I recently checked in with B, toys, my favorite toy creators on the planet, and they asked me to try out their brand new-ish Global Glowball. Being the clever person I am, I thought it would be a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day!
Looking at the Global Glowball (Their toys just have the most awesome names, don’t they?) online, I was immediately intrigued. B. toys always has top-notch playthings: colorful but not garish; creative, never predictable; exciting without being over-the-top-in-your-face. And of course all their packaging is recyclable or recycled [BONUS EARTH DAY POINTS].
End of the world, blah blah blah… Mayan calendar, blah blah blah… Apocalypse blah blah blah…
I had told myself I wouldn’t get sucked into writing about all that nonsense, but this DoXP card seemed to fit nicely…
2008 was the first of the “lean years” in our economy — at least it’s when Design Nut first felt it. Subsequently that year I decided to recycle/upcycle/repurpose/whatever and instead of printing all new cards, packaged several holiday and note card “Greatest Hits,” put them in a nifty, green photo box (LOVE me some Container Store!), and digitally printed a label for the top and a message card for the inside.
This post was originally written for The New Gay (hence the gay dad slant). But I think you’ll find you can substitute the word “designer” for the word “gay” in most of these gift ideas. Hey, good taste is good taste!
+ + + + + + + + + + ++ + + + + + + + +
The New Gay Dad
Just like there’s every kind of gay, there’s every kind of gay dad. Unfortunately, every group also has its stereotypes. And thanks to Modern Family, every two-father family apparently consists of a couple of well-off suburbanites (one queeny, one slightly less so) and an adorably exotic child, adopted from a distant land. You think I’m joking? We have at least two friends who refer to our son as Lily. Mainly because they can’t remember his name, (it’s Jon) but still…
Certainly there are worse stereotypes to be had, but with Father’s Day coming up, I felt it was my duty to represent a wider array of gay daddies, so that not all of us end up with the same (high-end and fashion-forward) necktie.
For the Leather Daddy
The chaps and harnesses may be gathering dust, but leather-lovers can still look studly in these subtle — but still butch — assortment of belts. Suitable for trips to the pediatrician or a (rare) night on the town.
Burberry, $495 Bluefly, $54 Nieman Marcus, $128 FCUK, $38
For the Foodie Father
Every Dad’s Day gift list has to include a grill, so why not show up the breeders with a tasty, tricked-out O-Grill 3000? This James Bond-sounding propane grill is compact, has a push-button igniter, and comes in six delicious colors. Pair it with an All-Clad BBQ tool set, and Dads will be serving it with style.
O-Grill 3000, $172.80 All-Clad BBQ Tool Set, $119.95
For the Musical Daddy
Give your fave gay dads a handsome (and high-quality) way to drown out Dora, Elmo, and the goddamn Wiggles with a set of headphones or earplugs from Urbanears. Particularly nifty are the Bagis earplugs, as the earpieces snap together around your neck for when the kiddo needs to be heard. Four different models. Thirteen fabulous colors. Musical genius.
Available at Urbanears or Amazon, $40-$60
It’s not easy being green AND groovy…
But hopefully these 5 cool DooDads can help you decrease your kiddo’s carbon footprint and have some funky fun at the same time:
Giggle storage bins
Super durable, super cute, super useful. These bountiful bins are great for toys, stinky clothes or annoying younger siblings. The body is made of sturdy 100% cotton canvas, while Messrs. Monkey, Owl and Elephant are eco-spun felt, which comes from recycled water bottles. 17″ h x 20″ d. $40 each
This first year and a half of being a Designer Daddy has been rough on my Designer side at times. My days end promptly at 5:30. If I work after JJ goes to bed, it’s with much effort (and even more caffeine). And my ability to get out there and mingle with other folk — designer or otherwise — has its limitations.
I certainly have come to appreciate the importance of networking — it’s not only good for my creativity, but is beneficial to my overall sanity. However, my mind, body, and creative soul are just not up for a typical design conference, where I’d be listening to the BIGGEST and HOTTEST designers in the land telling me all the boundary-breaking work they’re doing, and how they command their clients with awesome art directorial super powers.
So when I saw heard about Design Ranch, I knew it was for me. Words like “unplugged,” “hands-on,” and “intimate” were used to describe it, and sounded just about damn right.
So, what DID I do at camp…?
Like any other aesthetically-minded parent, I’m distraught by the mountains of primary-colored plastic toys that are amassing in our house. And I appreciate the effort New York-based Brinca Dada puts forth to create something stylish and creative for baby to play with. But seriously — this is a bit much.
I guess I could see a child playing with these “dollhouses”… if parents didn’t mind their child getting a few gaping head wounds from the modernist architectural corners. And if there were no other color in the child’s life — but what child doesn’t love earth tones? And don’t get me started on the dolls themselves. Yikes.
Brinca Dada does state on their website that the Emerson House is age-graded 13+. However, the above photo (pulled from their Facebook page) sends a different message. I think it’s time for these Dadas to take it down a notch.
(P.S. I can’t believe this hasn’t ended up on Unhappy Hipsters yet.)