Sway, $12, a novel about the Rolling Stones and the Manson family at a time the ’60s were going from peace and flowers to revolution and dread. Truly next-level writing, the book was named one of the Best Books of 2008 by the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone. A slam-dunk gift (if he hasn’t read it yet).
AMAZING Brooklyn-made candles, including a “portable fireplace” and a diesel candle that smells like “saffron leather, suede, earth and smoke.” $65.
Salami-of-the-month club (for a year), $145. Like a calendar, but better.
Dopp kit, $68, to make him smile each morning.
Magnetic money clip from cool Detroit-based design firm Shinola. $75.
Tickets to Upright Citizens Brigade’s ASSSSCAT, the funniest improv show in NYC (and Amy Poehler hosts!). $10/ticket.
Find Momo, a funny hide-and-seek photo coffee-table book starring an elusive border collie. $12.
Chocolate whiskey from Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn. $25. No explanation necessary.
Whale tray, $24, a great place to stash his glasses, loose change and that bike key he’s always losing.
Being Mortal, $15.60. With eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, this book by surgeon Atul Gawande talks about how we—and the medical field—can better help people live their last weeks or months. Moving and important.
Remote-control helicopter to fly around the living room to thrill your children (and himself), $19.