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Black Book: The Cool Material Editors’ Favorite Things Right Now: December 2023

Black Book: The Cool Material Editors’ Favorite Things Right Now: December 2023

For many, the holiday season means wading through list after list looking for that perfect gift for the loved ones in your life (if you’re still on the hunt for a last minute gift, you just might find it among these gifts for him and gifts for her). And in that searching, you may have even come across some things you want as well. Don’t let the season of giving be limited to others, whether that means making the purchase yourself or dropping some helpful hints for the holidays and beyond.

In the onslaught of products we see every day from Black Friday through December, these are the things that most caught the Cool Material editors’ attention—and if you’re looking for more, these picks from last month still hold up.

Dewar’s Double Double 37 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Dewar’s Double Double 37 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Dewar’s Double Double 37 Year Old is a strictly limited-edition blended malt Scotch whisky, meticulously crafted through a distinctive four-stage aging process. The inaugural release of the Collector’s Series pays homage to Scotland’s renowned whisky regions. Finished in Oloroso sherry casks that previously held Aultmore single malt from Speyside, this exquisite whisky has an aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, and heather honey and a palate defined by notes of ripe peaches, orange peel, and brown sugar culminating in a creamy and balanced finish. Each 375ml bottle includes two Baccarat Massena crystal tumblers, making it easy to make each drinking occasion feel like a celebration.

Buy Now $1,799.99
Quince European Linen Duvet Cover Set - Indigo Blue

Quince European Linen Duvet Cover Set

No matter what type of mattress you have, it can always be improved with better sheets and a better duvet. This mid-weight (read: you won’t get too hot, won’t get too cold) duvet cover set uses 100 percent European flax. The breathable fabric is certified free of harmful chemicals or pesticides, and the duvet has a button closure and corner ties to keep it in place. Twenty-one color options from solid white to navy to striped terracotta ensure it fits in with the rest of your room’s decor.

Buy Now $139.90

 

JFK Saratoga Sunglasses - Huckberry Exclusive

JFK Saratoga Sunglasses

These handcrafted frames draw inspiration from the timeless look of the sunglasses made famous by John F. Kennedy. The Saratoga Sunglasses are exclusive to Huckberry in partnership with American Optical, and feature light and durable lenses with an oleophobic coating to keep the smudges down. The sunglasses are functional, too, with a glare-reducing anti-reflective coating. Make them extra special with a custom etching on the inside of the temple.

Buy Now $245

Work Louder Creator Board XL

Work Louder Creator Board XL

The standard keyboard is just that: standard. But special work cases and better gaming call for something more. Work Louder creates keyboards for those who need better functionality than the typical QWERTY set up, and delivers on its promise as a tool that enhances your work (and play) rather than slows you down. It includes a nano pad, loop pad, and work keyboard, and has the ability for more shortcuts than you can come up with uses for. A modular grid system ensures that you can have put each set of keys where you want it, and the Creator Board XL is compatible with Mac, iOS, Windows, Linux, and Android.

Buy Now $559

RAINS Trail Blanket

RAINS Trail Blanket

The Trail Blanket from Rains is a fusion of comfort, warmth, and waterproof prowess. It’s crafted with insulated quilted polyester on one side delivering a cozy embrace, while the reverse flaunts Rains’ water repellent fabric for ultimate protection. It’s the perfect go-to for al fresco dining or outdoor adventures with a size at just over 5 feet by 4.5 feet. With a convenient webbing strap system and rubberized buckles, the blanket is as water-repellent and packable as it is comfortable.

Buy Now $125

WEIR Blackwatch Wool Duffle Coat

WEIR Blackwatch Wool Duffle Coat

The Weir perfects the traditional duffle coat with classic features like checkered wool (dark blue, dark green, and black), a hood, and horn toggle fastenings. The long sleeves offer warmth when you want it while the button adjusters at the cuffs bring in a breeze when you need it. It’s made with 100 percent wool, offering natural weather protection, and uses 100 percent soft cupro in the sleeves. It’s the type of coat that’s just as fit for a misty walk as it is for going into town.

Buy Now $907

Daneson Toothpicks

Daneson Toothpicks

There’s beauty in simplicity, and Daneson does the simplicity of a toothpick just right. The company makes a range of flavors: Cinna Mint No 7, a spicy cinnamon toothpick; Atlas Mint, reminiscent of sweet spearmint; and Mint No. 9, which combines mint flavors with fennel and juniper. Then there are the standouts made using whiskey. One option gets its flavor from 14-year-old Islay Scotch whisky and has all the peat and oak you’d expect, and the other is steeped in six-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon for flavors like leather, caramel, nuts, and fruit. Each is made with American-milled northern white birch wood with flavors from essential oils and spirits (all natural ingredients, never fats or sugars). And for each tree Daneson uses, 100 are planted.

Buy Now $41+
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