Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen
Nothing makes writing feel better than using a fancy pen, and Kaweco’s fountain pen is the perfect way to add some old-school charm to your note-taking, lease signing, or doodling without breaking the bank.
Hario V60 Gooseneck Kettle
There are many cheaper vessels for hot water, but Hario’s V60 Gooseneck kettle heats quickly, and rarely needs to be cleaned. What’s best, though, is that it delivers a perfect, measured pour so you don’t get carried away with a delicate drink.
Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack
If you’re going to carry your backpack all day, from home to the gym to work to dinner and home again, you’re going to want something that’s well-designed without being ostentatious. The Dagne Dover Dakota neoprene backpack comes in three sizes and a bunch of colors, and will carry all your stuff efficiently and safely.
If you’ve got an iPhone, there’s basically one smartwatch to get: an Apple Watch. The latest model has an always on display, works well even when you don’t have your iPhone handy, and can track basically all your fitness activities right from your wrist.
Channellock 13-in-1 Ratcheting Screwdriver
If you’re striking out on your own — whehter that be to college or a new job — you’re gonna need some tools to put some stuff together. And this Channelock screwdriver is the best around, with a wide variety of useful bits that store right in the handle, so you’ve always got what you need, when you need it.
Madewell Medium Transport Tote
This leather tote bag not only offers ample room for all your everyday stuff, but is also big enough for carrying your laptop to work or class while still having room to spare. Then if things happen to get a bit too cumbersome you can attach the shoulder strap for additional support or just to free up your hands.
Beats Solo Pro
Beats’ popular Solo line of on-ear headphones finally get upgraded with noise-cancellation tech, along with Apple’s own wireless technology (the same as it uses with its AirPods) to make connecting them to your devices a snap.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1
The Instant Pot pressure cooker is the Swiss Army knife of the kitchen. With it, you can easily make a ton of different meals, or you can just use it to make batches of rice and broth. It’s useful, and if you’re short on space for appliances, it’s well worth picking up.
Apple Airpods Pro
Apple’s AirPods Pro are the company’s first true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation, which means they can help muffle the world around you while you’re studying or traveling to work or school. Like the original AirPods, you can talk to Siri by saying “Hey Siri,” and the case charges wirelessly.
Apple Macbook Air
Apple’s refreshed MacBook Air has a reliable keyboard, a Retina display, faster processors, and it now is finally back to that sweet-spot $999 price. The Verge’s Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel called it the best Mac for most people.
Takeya Water Bottle
No better way to stay hydrated—a thing adults do!—than drinking out of a big, beautiful water bottle. The Takeya stainless steel bottles have nicely designed spouts, but more importantly, they come in a bunch of pleasing colors.
UE Boom 3
Ultimate Ears’ Boom speakers are some of the best around, with their bright colors, waterproof exteriors, and waterbottle-sized design that makes it the perfect option for bringing to a picnic, a dorm, or a park. The Boom 3 is the most recent model, with the best sounding, longest lasting, and most durable design yet.
Beloved by Silicon Valley startups, Allbirds are basically the internet’s favorite shoes. But if you can get past all of the social media hype, what’s left is actually a really comfortable, easy-to-clean pair of shoes that are great for the office or a walk in the park.
Price: ~$95 to $135
Asus Zephyrus G14
The Asus Zephyrus G14 doesn’t look like a gaming laptop, but it very much is one. This $1,450 machine has AMD’s powerful, new Ryzen 4900HS processor, along with a host of other capable specs, like a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a 120Hz refresh rate display. With its looks, people won’t know you’re gaming at the cafe.
Jawa plush toy
If you’re bored with Baby Yoda, but still want something huggable and adorable, this talking Jawa Plush is just the thing. It stares at you with those big yellow eyes and says cute, unintelligible things while planning to steal your iRobot for parts. What more could you want?