Most of my recommendations can be found in nice little categories: Albums, movies, tv shows, books, software, podcasts, blogs, and audio-equipment. Or, when I post one-off recommendations they’re all under the “recommendation” tag. However, this is kind of a “catch-all” post for a bunch of different things that I think are great but don’t really have a place to put them. It doesn’t make sense for them to all be separate posts, so instead it’s a giant long list of links! I’ve added some commentary in a few places as well. I have personally used and recommend all of the products on this list and I’ll try and keep it updated semi-regularly for when you’re looking to buy new toys or find a cool gift for that special someone.
I recommend Apple computers and laptops.
I think the iPhone is the best smartphone on the market.
I think the iPad Pro is an incredible tablet and portable computer.
I never thought I’d care enough to buy a smart thermostat, but the amount of money it has saved me, the convenience of being able to check and change the temperature when away from home, and the amount of compliments it gets from guests, has made it one of my favorite accessories.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX
These computer speakers rival most of my friend’s home entertainment systems. I’m a big fan of their clear sound and simple style.
UE Mini-Boom Bluetooth Speaker
I use this mini-bluetooth speaker all the time. It’s the main way I listen to podcasts in the kitchen while cooking or eating, while cleaning the house, or in the bathroom when I shower and shave. Surprisingly good sound from such a little device.1
Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting
This is the best HomeKit enabled smart lighting system I’ve tested. I use it throughout my place and love it.
I had no idea how badly I wanted simple, wireless, earbuds until I got the AirPods. I absolutely love them.
Walking into the house and asking the Echo to turn on the lights, or turn everything off and dim the living room for “movie lights” was the selling feature for me. I went from not understanding why anyone would need one of these to finding it almost indispensable when I walk into the kitchen late at night with an armful of groceries.
I think this is the best Kindle from a price to performance ratio.
LG Electronics OLED65C7P 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV
I absolutely adore this television. It’s the best TV I’ve ever owned by a massive margin.
It’s my favorite gaming console, maybe ever.
amCase Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch
I’ve been really happy with this simple case for storing cables and controllers out of the way.
Feiyen Outlet Wall Mount Hanger
I received a couple Amazon Dot’s (2nd generation) for free, and this little gadget is a great way to put a Dot in a room by just attaching it to a outlet. It’s nice to have access to Alexa in virtually every room without needing it to take up much space.
Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier
We have two cats and I have very bad seasonal allergies. This is the air purifier we have in our bedroom, and maybe it’s a placebo, but I believe I breathe better because of it.
I have one by my bedside and one by my desk. I think they’re the best, and most beautiful, docks you can buy.
Pack and Smooch Sleeves
These felt and leather iPad sleeves are great and classy for heading out the door.
MoKo iPad Pro Sleeve
I currently store my iPad Pro in this very simple sleeve.
TotalMount – Apple TV Universal Mounting Kit
I use one of these to mount the Apple TV to the back of the TV in the bedroom.
I use multiple BlueLounge Cableboxes around the house to take a bunch of messy cables and store them out of the way. I’ve got one under my desk and one under the couch in the living room.
MOS Spring Lightning Cables
I think these are the absolute best lightning cables available. They come with a lifetime guarantee.
There’s a reason these packs are so highly regarded. They’re exceptionally well made, tough, clean, and worth it. I think the GR1 is the best backpack in the world and I also use love their kit bag for a simple over night bag.
GoRuck Field Pockets
I love these field pockets for keeping my bags organized.
I carry a black slim-sleeve wallet and love it.
Zebra F-301 Pens
I love the solid metal casing and weight of these pens. I stash them everywhere.
Moleskine Graph Paper Notebook
This notebook combines the size and kind of paper I like best for writing notes, sketching out ideas or designs, or simply trying to get thoughts down while get away from a computer for a few hours.
These are incredible notebooks for keeping on your desk for notes and, in my case, sketching out new design ideas.
Fenix LD12 LED Flashlight
I love this flashlight. It’s a powerful little guy that’s perfect for if the power goes out or in your emergency kit.
NightStand for Apple Watch
My favorite Apple Watch dock. Nothing fancy and smaller than you’d expect.
A simple, great, and tiny everyday carry keychain knife.
Xthel Titanium Keychain Beer Bottle Opener
A light weight and very simple keychain bottle opener.
Merkur Long Handled Chrome Safety Razor
Fantastic double-edged safety razor.
Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Razor Blades
These are extremely sharp double edged razor blades and I would recommend trying a variety of blades to see what works best on your skin and only move up to these after you’ve mastered a technique.
Stirling Shaving Soap
I love this shaving soap. I usually order a couple trial pucks to try out a variety of scents and they last me a very long time. The ones with menthol work best on my skin, but there’s a scent and product for basically everyone. Easily my favorite shaving soap I’ve tried.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Aftershave
It’s on the more expensive side, but you only need a little of this aftershave.
Escali 100% Badger Brush
Great shaving brush.
Kent Brushes and Combs
Fantastic, handmade combs and brushes in many sizes for any hair style or length.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap
Basil scent – because it cleans well, smells great, and is awesome.
Fisherman’s Friend Cough Suppressants
Simply the best cough drops.
AeroPress (Coffee Maker)
Secret to great coffee: Good beans, a good grinder, hot water, and an Aeropress.
Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder
I use it every single morning to grind coffee. Incredible burr grinder.
Cuisinart CPK-17 Electric Kettle
I’ve been extremely happy with this electric kittle. The different temp presets are fantastic.
Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker
This precision cooker (also known as sous vide cooking) has changed how I cook.
Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug
I’ve used one of these every single day for years now.
Frywall – Splatter Guard
The frywall is a fantastic splatter guard to use on pans while cooking on the stove. It really does help keep oil/food splatter down and makes clean up a breeze.
These are my favorite spatulas. Great construction. Great design.
Gir Reusable Straws
These are great for iced coffee or anytime you need a straw.
Zeroll 1020 Ice Cream Scoop
It’s the classic ice cream scoop for a reason.
Prepworks Magnetic Measuring Spoons
I’m a big fan of these measuring spoons. The dual head and magnetic features are great.
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Easily the best cleaning cloths I’ve found for glasses, iPhones, and computer screens.
Earasers Musicians Ear Plugs
As I’ve gotten older I’ve embraced that I need ear plugs at concerts. These hide well in your ears and are the most comfortable version I’ve found.
Earasers Ear Plug Carrying Case Black
I use this to carry around said ear plugs so they don’t get lost or gross.
PetBonus 3-Pack Pet Food Can Spoon
I’m weirded out using human food spoons with the wet cat food. So I use these. They’re great.
Serenilite Stress Ball
My favorite desk toy.
I started wearing the Los Angeles Apparel cotton mask. I like the elastic band around the back of the head to keep my ears from hurting, and the mask itself is comfortable. But for a more “formal” looking mask, I went with, and can recommend, the Proper Cloth mask. It comes with a filter, various options (behind ears or head, two sizes), and it’s well made and (in my opinion) looks good.