Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or simply worship at the Temple of the Self, the love of beautiful things can be powerful enough to transcend religion. (Well, that third Temple kinda sorta is religion. Neverthless!) Put these items on your wishlist, buy them for yourself, or simply read and drool. Here, part one of our series (Part II here) on the year’s most covetable things.
Best Made Axe
With heads forged in Maine and Tennessee hickory handles, these made-to-order axes are almost too beautiful to use. Luckily, these sturdy tools — available in a range of handle designs — are as beautiful to swing as they are to admire. From $265.
ZIKMU Parrot Speakers
These Philippe Starck-designed speakers achieve the impossible: They sound as good as they look. Thanks to NXT flat panel technology, small-scale vibrations adapt to the acoustics of any room, and Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity means no chords. $1820.
Tony Hawk: Ride
Ditch the guitar for a skateboard as you enter a virtual world of urban shredding. Infrared sensors detect your every move on the deck as you nail the kickflips and 360s you’d never have the balls to attempt on concrete. $139.
Red Canoe Cessna Stow Bag
If flying lessons aren’t in the cards, opt for the next best thing: a vintage pilot’s stow bag. Meticulously reconstructed details, including a pilot’s nameplate and authentic late ’70s Cessna lettering, pair perfectly with rugged, hardwearing canvas. $90.
Zeo Sleep Coach
The headband transmits data to your bedside unit, assigning a nightly score to the quantity and quality of your sleep. The sweetest part: The alarm wakes you at a non-REM moment (within a preset range), so your dreams are never interrupted. From $249.