Slate Picks - Best Gifts for 2015
Slate writers' unabashed favorite toys, books, clothing, music, gadgets and tech, and swag for the home and kitchen.
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Between the World and Me: This changed everything for me: How I think about race, and America; about parenting and writing and the world.
Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Kanye West: Rockabye Baby’s lullaby renditions of Kanye West’s classic Late Registration is the gift I definitely did not know I wanted but now is a staple of my morning.
Plum and Posey Jewelry: An Etsy shop of custom necklaces and other pieces created from antique letter seals.
Sleep Joy Ventilated Mattress Topper: This blessed find makes me feel like I’m sleeping on a gently supportive cloud. It also forgoes that layer of scientifically ambiguous, “cooling” blue gel and literally breathes via actual holes.
Penzey’s Spices Brady St. Cheese Sprinkle: This is the best popcorn seasoning in the world. If you have other popcorn seasonings in your cabinet, burn them and buy this.
7-Minute Workout App: This presentation of the NYT workout covers a strenuous full-body interval session in units of 30 seconds on, 10 off.
Cade Shaving Duo: The only thing I’ve found that make shaving bearable and keep my skin remotely healthy.
Capital Bikeshare: It’s revolutionized the way I move about my city and think about making plans.
Roku 4 Streaming Media Player: It's getting colder out and thus time to prepare for an uptick in your binge-watching.
Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier & Air Purifier: Believe the hype and the German engineering.
Cooks Flip-flops: These puppies are eco-friendly and come with a surprisingly comfortable plastic strap and a cork foot bed, which means that after a year of near-constant wear they still fit as snugly as they did on Day 1, and they smell considerably better than they have any right to.
Hape Block and Roll: It boosted our toddler’s bipedal range instantly, from a couple of wobbly steps to making deliveries all over our home.
Machine Era KeySquare: An American-made product elegantly designed to keep your keys safe, snug and accessible in your back pocket. And like any good, marketable product today, it also pulls double duty as a beer opener.
S-ZONE Vintage Canvas Leather Messenger Traveling Briefcase Shoulder Laptop Bag.
KitchenAid Classic Egg Slicer: separates a hard boiled egg into 8 or 9 perfect bite sized pieces that they can easily devour on the ride to school.
iPhone 5 to iPhone 4 Adapter: a tiny adapter that snaps on top of an obsolete iPhone port and makes it usable again.
Bio Bidet Simplet BB-70 Toilet Seat Attachment: You and your loved ones should stop using toilet paper and switch to this easy-to-install home bidet, which cleans your tuchus with energizing efficiency.
Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 Food Processor Blender: Powerful with individual serving cups has been a life-changing addition to our kitchen gadget inventory.
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter: If you bought your home speakers before Bluetooth or Airplay technology, this is a handy device for making them modern.
Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen: It combines excellent specs and Modernist design with affordability. You’ll be so keen to use it, you’ll invent aunts to send thank-you cards to.
People Socks 4 Pairs Merino Wool Crew Socks: Manhattan winters turn toes blue // and so to Amazon I flew // for not that flimsy summer crew // but a stocking of sturdy form // of wool that weathers any storm // now my toes are forever warm.
Vidalia Chop Wizard: To my knowledge, the Vidalia Chop Wizard is the only "As Seen on TV" product that actually works.
Before I bought this foam roller, my shoulders were hunched, as was my spirit. LuxFit Foam Roller: Now, I can return my vertebrae to their proper alignment in under a minute.
Infiniti Pro by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Styler Dryer: easy to use, inexpensive, and totally worth it.
Moleskin Classic Roller Pen: It comes in different point widths, colors and has a metal clip, perfectly contoured to the notebook.