Better Late Than Never – COOL HUNTING®

For anyone who left their purchases at the 11th hour or need to purchase a gift unexpectedly, shopping online may no longer be an option. While most of the selections below (which range from drinks and home décor items to books and vinyls) are from online stores that offer fairly fast delivery, they are also available in various physical stores, including most can be found nationwide, from New York to New Orleans, Saint Paul, Sacramento, Detroit or Dallas.

Water lily coasters

Designed by Aruliden, this colorful set of six coasters ($ 28) does more than protect a surface from moisture. Temperature and scratch resistant TPU discs can be bound in a range of sculptural combinations, when not in use. They are a vibrant addition to any kitchen or dining room, whether used for a cocktail party or with a morning coffee. They are available online and in-store at MoMA Design, Neiman Marcus, and West Elm stores.

Black Food: stories, art and recipes from across the African diaspora (a cookbook)

Organized by award-winning chef and activist Bryant Terry and published by 4 Color Books, Black Food: stories, art and recipes from across the African diaspora (a cookbook) ($ 38) travels through time and location to capture the expansive multiplicities of black culture. Through recipes, poetry, artwork and essays that explore food’s intrinsic connection to community and history within the diaspora, this rich cookbook encompasses the work of over 100 black luminaries, including visuals from Black Panther Party Creative Director Emory Douglas. Featuring a mix of traditional, contemporary, and remixed fare (from Suzanne Barr’s jerk chicken ramen to okra and BJ Dennis’ shrimp purloo) as well as an original playlist curated by Terry himself, this book is a treasure that readers will be glad to lose themselves inside. It’s also available in West Elm and at local independent bookstores.

Mixed Emotions Perfume

Mixed Emotions ($ 190) incorporates surprising scents to create an entirely transporting scent. The scent presents top notes of earthy and herbaceous mate and some spiciness of blackcurrant; a heart of radiant, floral Ceylon black tea and fresh green violet leaves; and a woody, soothing base of papyrus and birch. Although the combination seems loaded, the result is divine: a slightly sweet but fundamental scent. It’s also available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales stores.

Yayoi Kusama covered everything in points and wasn’t sorry

Yayoi Kusama’s dazzling world of polka dots is charmingly interpreted and adapted to children through Fausto Gilberti’s book, Yayoi Kusama covered everything in points and wasn’t sorry ($ 18). Written from the perspective of the Japanese artist and spanning 48 delightful illustrations, this children’s book details how Kusama got his start, after traveling from Japan to the United States to fulfill his passion for a world filled with dots. This enchanting story promises inspiring read for children aged four to seven. It is also available from Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores.

Ribbed knit beanie

From Danish brand GANNI, this ribbed knit beanie ($ 95) was made from a blend of recycled wool and synthetic polyamide. Made in Italy, the cozy, soft and warm accessory comes in several colors (fawn, black, pale pink or red) and features the brand name on a patch. This beanie is also available at Bloomingdales.

Legacy North South Tote Bag

Utility in design as well as function, the Legacy North South Tote ($ 50) stands up to everyday use. Made from tough 600D polyester treated with durably water-repellent, triple-stitched Rain Defender, this tote was designed for commuters. This is also demonstrated by its range of functional details, like side pockets that can accommodate water bottles, a sturdy zipper for protection and interior organization panels. These touches (and more) make this clean, patchwork tote a snap to use. It is available at Carhartt and at various athletic, outdoor and workwear stores.

2022 Deadbeat Club Calendar

From the Los Angeles-based independent publisher (and roaster), Deadbeat Club offers this limited-edition 2022 calendar ($ 30), featuring photographs, color washes, personalized letters, and personal scribbles from the contemporary artist and skateboarder Ed Templeton. Measuring 12 x 13 inches, with a Wire-O binding, the pages vary between two-color offset artwork in color and black and white. It is also available from Printed Matter.

Check the dog bed

A pet bed that doesn’t need to be tucked away, the Check Dog Bed by Dusen Dusen ($ 198) doubles as an eye-catching floor pillow. With a 100% cotton canvas base and acrylic chain embroidery, the cover is machine washable in cold water, but not tumble dry. With a polyester insert, the bed measures 36 x 27 inches (and about four inches tall) and provides your pooch with a stylish place to take a nap. A different iteration of this dog bed (and various Dusen Dusen products) is also in stock at Nordstrom stores.

Japanese breakfast Jubilee Vinyl

Limited to 500 copies and only available at Rough Trade, this special edition of Japanese Breakfast’s Jubilee ($ 25) comes on a light green vinyl. The indie group, led by singer and songwriter Michelle Zauner, create an infectious and exuberant electropop sound for their third album, which lists a struggle for happiness in nuanced, guitar-charged tones. While the light green vinyl is exclusive to Rough Trade, the album is also available at Urban Outfitters and independent record stores.

Dry gin

For those who like a dry gin with a citrus tinge, this iteration ($ 55) of AMASS in Los Angeles promises notes of various fruit zest, lemongrass, pepper and more. Made from 29 medicinal plants (11 of which are cultivated in California), with no artificial additives, it’s complex yet easy to drink and works well with most cocktails, especially a classic martini. It is also available at Astor Wines and other good liquor stores.


After Sayaka Murata’s first book translated into English, Convenience Store Woman, cult with more than a million copies sold worldwide, the writer is back with an even more shocking and strange novel, Earthlings ($ 17). The book tells the story of a young girl who feels alienated from society until one day she confides in her best friend and plush hedgehog, Piyyut, who endows her with magical powers. Together, the narrator and her equally disenfranchised cousin (who thinks he’s an alien), make a pact to travel the world together. While it may sound like a dreamlike childhood story told through light prose, Murata’s novel remains dark and alive, especially as the now-adult protagonist takes into account femininity and the aftermath of escaping. a stifling world, from murder to cannibalism. The book is available from Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores.

Neon tube

Full of potential, HAY’s neon tubes ($ 60) can be hung or leaned against a wall alone or with others to create a dramatic, moody glow. Available in red, blue, yellow, or warm white, each measures 59.25 inches and has an in-line switch located on the 78.75 inch cable. Each 12-watt LED has an average lifespan of 6000 hours, or 250 full days. They can be purchased at independent design stores and in the MoMA Design Store.

Harmony Collection Rich Cacao Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

The inaugural release of The Macallan’s new limited-edition Harmony Collection, Rich Cacao Single Malt Scotch Whiskey ($ 280) offers a delicious profile of fine chocolates, cinnamon and dried fruit. For this first expression of what will become an annual series, Macallan whiskey-maker Polly Logan has collaborated with Girona, Spanish pastry chef Jordi Roca of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Celler de Can Roc, and owner of the Casa Cacao bouquet hotel. . The sustainable packaging in this version includes a 100% recyclable gift box, made from discarded cocoa pod shells, and front and back labels made from 15% organic cocoa shell, 40% post-waste. consumption and 45% FSC virgin fiber. This expression is also available in good independent liquor stores.

MORE JOY Silk Eye Mask

Made from 100% silk, Christopher Kane’s Black Eye Mask ($ 85) features the words “More Joy” in the same font as the 1972 privacy manual. The joy of sex. Made by siblings Christopher and Tammy Kane, the mask is luxuriously soft and comfortable and adds a touch of inspiration to your next nap. It is available online and on Nordstrom.


A celebration of pastel as an artistic medium, Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party Pastel The exhibition at the Flag Foundation in New York was a delightful and immersive experience. For those who haven’t had the chance to wander the place – with its Rococo-inspired murals, patterned walls, and rich, richly framed paintings – the book Pastel ($ 50) commemorates the show. The 216-page hardcover serves as a look at the exhibition (featuring artists like Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau and others) and includes words from Nicolas Party, Glenn Fuhrman, Robin F Williams, Louis Fratino, Loïe Hollowell and Billy Sullivan. It is also available at Target, Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores.

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