What global financial crisis? In spite of ubiquitous belt-tightening, 2010 was a banner year for stuff. As such, building a holiday wish list has seldom been easier. Narrowing it down, however, is a different story. And so, presenting you with our roundup of the year’s best stuff — from gadgets and books to furniture and clothes — will take a few weeks. Here, part one of our four-part series.
1. Mackintosh x Kitsuné Tokyo Jacket
Kitsuné, the Parisian record label/fashion brand known for crisp, modern tailoring, has teamed up with Mackintosh, the two-hundred-year-old British brand that invented the raincoat, to create the Voyageur collection: Near-perfect coats inspired by London, Paris and our favourite (coat, not city), Tokyo. $830
2. Philips & O’Neill Stretch Headphones
Ideal for music lovers on the go, these sweet-sounding, impact- and crack-resistant headphones are practically indestructible. Bonus: A quick-release cable function prevents snapped cables and damaged iPods. $80 ($100 after tomorrow).
3. Leatherman Super Tool 300
From the iconic, Oregon-based multi-tool brand, the 300 — complete with pliers, screwdrivers, saw, can opener, wire cutters and more – will make your Swiss Army Knife look like a pair of nail clippers. $70
4. Bike Shelf (pictured above)
Come winter, don’t ditch your rides in cold, dark shed; instead, turn it into an ornament with this stylish wall mount, in walnut or ash. Be prepared to wait. From $275.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab
With up to 32 GB of memory and a crisp seven-inch touchscreen, this Android-powered tablet is a worthy iPad contender. And at .08 pounds, it’s practically half the weight. From $539, depending on carrier.