Ampersand sweatshirt, $62, because you belong as a pair.
A calendar with your favorite photos over the years, for his office desk, $29.99.
Krave jerky, $7 each, with the most incredible flavors (think: basil citrus turkey and chili lime beef). I don’t even usually like jerky, but these are ridiculously delicious.
NATO straps, $12.50. The fastest way to give his watch a makeover. Alex is obsessed. “If you’re into watches, you can’t help fantasizing about buying new ones,” he says. “The next best thing is to buy a new strap. They’re cheap and colorful and totally change the watch every time you put one on.”
Revolution in the Head, $14.62, which tells the real story behind every Beatles song. Written by a genius music critic, the book gives a sociological and musical analysis of how the Beatles achieved the effect they did.
Army green Marshall headphones, $100. As Alex says, “Marshall is the most storied name in guitar amplifiers, going back to Hendrix. You can’t fit a giant Marshall amp in your apartment, but you can get these Marshall headphones and keep the spirit alive.”
Cards Against Humanity, $25, to play when friends come over. It’s like Apples to Apples… but racy/crazy/inappropriate.
Bike light, $13.09. This tiny lamp fits onto the spokes of your wheel, so that once you’re pedaling at a steady speed it blurs into a solid ring of light that cycles through the color spectrum as you ride. For fun nighttime bike rides.
P.S. The 2013 gift guide so far…