Category Archives: Gifts

Alite Designs Monarch Butterfly Camp Chair

Backpackers Rejoice


This camper’s delight comes from Alite Designs, a San Francisco based company.

 The Monarch Butterfly chair is light weight, at 18 oz. and packs into a 4.5 x 13 in. stuff sack.  Expanding on the aluminum pole design, seen in most new tents, set up is quick and easy.  The chair is made with nylon fabric and mesh side panels for breathability.  despite its nimble weight, it’s capacity is rated to 250 lbs, even your bigger buddies can use it.

The 2 rubber feet can be a balancing act (pun intended), but with practice can become quite relaxing. So prop your feet up and enjoy the campfire all year long!


Screwpop™ (4-in-1 keychain tool)

Have you ever opened a cooler full of beer only to see nothing but pry-off tops? Have you attended a birthday party where a gang of unruly 3rd graders insists that batteries be immediately installed in all of the new toys? There is no need to fear these situations any longer thanks to Screwpop™.

The Screwpop™ is an extremely convenient tool that fits right in the palm of your hand. As a screwdriver, it leverages surprisingly impressive torque delivered through a reversible snap-in Flathead and Phillips screw-bit. Old, weathered, and rusty screws were no match for the tool in our tests. The compact design even functions as a ¼” nut driver for tightening loose bolts and works as a mini pry-bar for working things apart (using flathead bit). The Screwpop™ also functions as a bottle opener for people who’ve worked up a thirst unscrewing things.

Noticeably smaller than most car keys, its compact size fits nicely in the pocket without adding significant bulk. I added it to my keyring this weekend and had no trouble adjusting to the extra mass. The Screwpop™ has a high build quality, including some etchings on the tool (absent in the pictures above) that add a nice level of detail.

With a paltry price of $4.95, you really can’t afford to not have one of these on your keyring.


Do you need protection from co-workers at the office?  Like to terrorize your better half or pets? Or just want something to turn off the lights without getting up? Nerf has got you covered.

The N-STRIKE NITE FINDER EX-3 is a great single shot gun, that includes a light beam that is accurate from 15 ft.

So shoot in the dark or the day,  this gun doesn’t take sides.  Make your co-workers envious and fearful of your Nerf wrath.

All Aboard!

Gerber – Artifact Pocket Keychain Tool

Are you still looking for a gift? Well, I always like to give gifts that I would appreciate and use; that’s where Gerber comes in.  Gerber has released the Artifact Pocket Keychain Tool which retails for around $10.  The Artifact features an exchangeable / removable #11 hobby blade, cross driver, small and medium flat drivers, wire stripper, pry bar/paint can opener and lanyard/keychain attachment hole.

It is a great gift, that will actually get used!

All Aboard!

2009 Holiday Party White Elephant Gift Guide

Since holiday party season is in full swing, we thought we’d share our recommendation for white elephant gift giving this year. $15 seems to be a common limit for many of these games, so we’ve tried to pack as much punch as possible for that amount.

Let me start by saying that white elephant gift giving can be tricky. Too kitschy, and everyone who put hours of effort finding the nicest gift possible within the budget will feel insulted. Too swanky, and guests with the more “creative” gifts will feel like you’ve made a corporate mockery of the game. To top things off, there is always the equally touchy topic of gender neutrality.

We’ve taken all of these considerations into account and we recommend… the Tiger Cane & Crown combo!

The timeless wooden tiger cane is available for $6.49 at World Market (on sale from $12.99), and we found a 375ml bottle of Crown Royal at a local liquor store for $9.99 (holiday special); adding up to a grand total of $16.48 (everyone goes over). With a retail value of around $25, you’ll be bringing more than your fair share of value to the party.

So, if you feel like giving a white elephant gift with priceless class, infinite possibilities, and maximum value, give this combo a shot.

Caveat: This gift is difficult to wrap.

All Aboard!