Archive for November 29th, 2013

GIFT WE WANT

The heirloom book Audubon’s Birds of America from Abbeville Press.

HOLIDAY FIND

The second best way to countdown to Christmas: the Whisky Advent Calendar from Master of Malt.

WAY TO GIVE BACK

Help children be children by supporting Saving Innocence.

Today is Black Friday.  We are making the official start of the Christmas shopping season by launching our fourth annual Lost Cowboy’s 25 Day of Christmas – special posts every day leading up to Christmas Eve with gifts we wants, holiday finds and ways to give back this season.  Watch for our daily posts.  In the meantime, here are a few random finds for just another Friday in November…

FF: Custom Label Cigars from Victory Cigars

FN1After all these years, a good way to celebrate a birth, a retirement or a bachelor night, is still a fine cigar. Add to it a custom label for the occasion and you have the perfect gift. This is exactly what the fine folks at Victory Cigars do.

About Victory Cigars: “Victory Cigars began as a simple idea and quickly grew into the successful company it is today. As an avid cigar smoker, businessman Harold Nathan initially just wanted to have a few cigars with his company’s name on the label. Disappointed with the low quality of the cigars and bands available at the time, he set out to produce a premium cigar with a professionally designed custom label. Satisfied with his results, he realized that others might appreciate quality private label cigars for their business or personal events. With this in mind, he founded Victory Cigars.”

Find out more about Victory Cigars here.

FF: The hand-crafted leather goods of Ghurka

FN2I have an embarrassing number of carrying bags (more than any guy should have) but none nearly as awesome as the kind made by Ghurka.

About the hand-crafted leather goods of Ghurka: “Ghurka leather bags and accessories are handmade by master artisans committed to a tradition of superior craftsmanship, superb functionality and timeless American style. Everything that bears the Ghurka mark is designed and built to provide a lifetime of use and enjoyment.”

I covet the Walnut Leather Messenger Bag.

Learn more about the hand-crafted leather goods of Ghurka here.

FF: Organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans

FN3A few years ago I discovered vanilla beans – as in the actual bean. I like to grate them directly into my favorite tea or even into seltzer for a special treat. Some of the best beans I have found are the Organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

About the Organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas: “Prepare organic meals for yourself, family and friends with these premium, certified organic vanilla beans. Originating from the Bourbon Island of Madagascar, each vanilla bean is hand-selected for its freshness and rich fragrance. The bean’s sweet, creamy flavor and velvety after-tones pair perfectly with your cooking and baking applications while the use of the actual vanilla seeds adds a gourmet visual delight to such dishes as ice cream, custards and crème brûlées.”

See all the great products of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas here.

FF: The furniture of Misewell

FN4I love the simple, classic extremely well-made (as in this is not IKEA) furniture of Milwaukee’s Misewell – like this “Conrad” coffee table.

About Misewell: “We believe functionality extends beyond the intended purpose. Our furniture is easy to assemble, durable and enjoyable to live and interact with. Misewell is socially and environmentally responsible. We achieve sustainability on many levels, from product life to material choice and manufacturing process. We manufacture everything locally, with local and environmentally conscious materials. We focus on staying true to our values and making the best furniture possible. Misewell began as a conversation between two brothers. That conversation slowly evolved into a furniture collection, which grew into an award winning design company. To put it simply, Misewell is built on doing things responsibly. We carefully select the best materials, work with the most talented craftsmen, and design meaningful objects that truly stand the test of time. We create our furniture exclusively in the United States, and respect our planet.”

Check out all of Misewell’s furniture and lighting designs here.