It's two weeks 'til Christmas, so people are scrambling to find the right gift for others or themselves. I made a little selection of -- possibly last minute -- gifts for the motorcyclist / traveler /photographer / designer / geek / artist in your life.
In the sub-$1000 range, it’s hard to beat Fuji’s tiny but capable X30. It does low-light well, has Fuji’s signature colors and is beautifully designed. But best of all, it’s just really damn fun to use.
LEICA TABLETOP TRIPOD
capturing those shots
For film, consider a used Leica M6/M6TTL or M7. They go for $1200-$2500 on eBay and offer the nicest film-shooting experience known to man. A brilliant lens for Leica-mount cameras is the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2.
PC & Console alike
It’s been about four years since I stopped looking for the best mouse, and despite my furiously trying many new gaming mice, nothing beats the Razer Mamba. Wireless and wired, Mac & Windows, good for gaming and work.
EVERY DAY IS PLAY
Insanely beautiful book featuring art from some of my favorite artists and designers either from games or paying homage to video games and their culture.
A must-have, or must-give at such a low price.
productivity and decor
Easily the best laptop stand I ever owned is now even better: the new and improved M-Stand by Rain Design has a swivel base for rotating your laptop. Still as stylish as ever.
Kaaswhat? A Dutch kaasschaaf is a critical kitchen and dining table utensil for making perfect slices of Gouda (and other!) cheese. Makes for a great Dutch / cultural gift!
Speaking of slicing, if you want to dice vegetables, make fries, potato chips or anything else, why settle for anything less than the slicer that is used by the Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts? It’s a piece of art.
Some of the most stylish stuff has been released this year for motorcyclists: I'm a big fan of the Bell Bullitt helmet. If you order through Amazon, the excellent return policy means you can always get the size adjusted if it's not a perfect fit.
A nice alternative is the Gringo by Biltwell. Great helmets.
BROOKS TOOL BAG
A nice leather tool bag for bicycle and motorcycle rider alike, easily affixed to the saddle or elsewhere. Comes in various leather treatments. Also check out their leather tape for stylish wrapping of handlebar grips.
Sena makes Bluetooth headsets that can easily be inserted into any helmet, letting you listen to music, answer or respond to calls or even talk over an intercom function to other Sena-equipped riders. Absolutely essential.
MAGNUM CONTACT SHEETS
A5/05: LUFTHANSA AND GRAPHIC DESIGN
YOU AND I
THE OLDEST LIVING THINGS IN THE WORLD
THE ART OF TRON LEGACY
All of these books are gorgeous coffee table books that are great for anyone who loves beautiful things.