Santa is not real, but these top-notch gems from 'round the Thrillist Network are. Give them cookies, then try and figure out where that fat sack of coal came from. Happy Holidays.
Emailed to Boston: MKS Knives
From a Cambridge furniture designer who took a bladesmithing class and became reborn a devout cutlery man, MKS hand makes custom knives heat-treated to an appropriate hardness in Idaho, manufactured in batches of 100 in Italy, and then fashioned with injection-molded grips styled after either four colors of a Schwinn's shiny contoured handlebars or, for added radness, the black-padded no-slip rubber of a BMX.
Read this, then go rent Rad..
Emailed to New York: Guide to "No Homo"
This NY-based handsome vlogger (no homo) hilariously deconstructs the hip-hop phrase's dark origins (no homo) and explains its variously deplorable uses (no homo) to the culturally illiterate and sexually insecure (no homo?).
Emailed to Nation: Webgiftr
WG's an all-purpose gift resource designed by a man who turned to the internet for help alleviating his gifting woes only to find it barren of truly robust help...or maybe he just got distracted by mini-donkey websites, or whatever.
You suck at gifting; Webgiftr can help
Emailed to Chicago: Northshore Distillery's Absinthe Gear
The suburban boutique distillers of Sirène Absinthe Verte are now hawking French-imported absinthe gear including two- and four-spout fountains, a brushed metal sugar dish, pontarlier & reservoir glasses, four stainless steel slotted spoons (one's Eiffel Tower shaped!), and a silver-plated "Balancier" that sits atop a glass and delivers sugar water via a slow drip -- a sound old-school absinthe lotharios were all too familiar with.
More on dope absinthe shiz here
Emailed to Los Angeles: The Year of the Jewish Woman
This Shalom-tastic 2009 calendar features local Jewess comedienne Jamie Sneider in various states of undress, sometimes covered in nothing but kosher: for February, she's covering her mams with a brisket, while Valentine's Day proper has her taking a bagel bath.
You haven't heard of Jamie Sneider? Who cares?