As a man who’s used to getting what he wants the millisecond he asks for it (Jeeves! Fritos! Now!), we have a somewhat novel idea for you: delayed gratification. Calm down, we’re not suggesting that Jeeves drags his feet on delivering your salty, delicious corn chips–we’re merely suggesting you check out the amazingly stylish La Sardinia Camera & Flash($109) from Lomography. It’s just like one of those old school cameras you may remember from the late ’90’s, where you put film in, then later get it developed (ringing a bell?), only it’s way cooler. Its red, black and white design is just plain cool, and the camera itself comes with a ton of great features, like a wide angle lens, a rewind dial that allows for multiple exposures, a Fritz the Blitz Flash attachment, and bulb setting for night-time and long-exposure experimentation. As Jeeves can testify all too well, Experimentation is your middle name.
A little higher…no a little lower…ok, now a little to the right…tilt up…perfect! No, we’re not helping you relive your last Thai Massage–they’re instructions to your new, awesomely obedient TV. The Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4($TBA) is an 85-inch 3D HDTV that elegantly elevates itself to the optimal viewing position, just before its BeoLab 10 loudspeaker emerges from underneath the screen. Sound fancy? It’s just getting started. Not only does the BeoVision 4’s plasma screen have excellent picture quality with razor sharp details, and rich color, it includes 3D technology using active shutter glasses AND features a programmable Beo6 remote control that it allows you to control equipment from all over the house, like light settings, security systems, ventilation, pool cover, even the burglar alarm. Rumor has it the BeoVision 5 will also make a mean grilled cheese.
You’ve been perfecting your Kung Fu grip since junior high school. But as your old Sensei used to say, there’s always room for improvement, right? Right. One Trip Grip Bag Holders($7.00) is a concept that’s so simple it’s brilliant. It’s basically just a giant, orange, handle that allows you to carry multiple bags at once without inflicting yourself with the dreaded sausage finger. Simply press down on the thumb tab, slip your bags in and voila. You’re good to go. And just in time to stock up on all the Bear Paws, Flasks, Solid Gold Lighters, and Nelson Industrial Nozzles you’ll need for your holiday party.
Want Catherine Zeta-Jones in your bed? You got it. That tall, blue chick from Avatar? Not a problem. Grand Theft Auto? Whoa, whoa, what’s going on here? Introducing the Hi-Can High Fidelity Canopy Bed($62,350), equipped with blinds to shut out the outside world, and more notably, keep all the good stuff in. What kind of good stuff? Just about anything you can think of. We’re talking a state-of-the-art sound system, reading lights, a built-in PC and full multimedia complement with game and entertainment console, that’s connected to a projector that plays right at the foot of your bed, on a theatre screen that slides down. Hi-Can lets you control it all with the push of a few buttons. If all of that isn’t enough for you, additional equipment and appliances (blender? staple gun?) can be added, all to be controlled from the comfort of your pillow fort. As if beds weren’t already the funnest part of your house.
The holidays have a tendency to make people warm and fuzzy (for proof, look not further than classics like Charles Dickens, and/or Bill Murray). This year, Heineken is doing its part to add to that fuzziness with Noche Buena Beer. This Bock-styled Lager is one of Mexico’s highest regarded beers, brewed by Cerveceria Moctezuma, S.A. It’s specially made for the holiday season, and it’s coming to a few lucky markets in the U.S. this season. Noche Buena features spicy Styrian hops, straight out of Slovenia (totally normal for a Mexican beer), and its dry up-front characteristic is followed by berry notes at the finish and a lovely caramel toasted malt aroma at the nose. If there were ever a time to stock up on mistletoe, now would be it.