Miscellaneous Recommendations

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.

Gadgets

Apple Computers
I recommend Apple computers and laptops.

Apple TV
I think the current Apple TV running in conjunction with a Plex server is the best way to watch TV.

iPhone
I think the iPhone is the best smartphone on the market.

Nest Thermostat
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.

Blue Yeti Microphone
This is the microphone I use to record our podcast. (I recommend using a pop filter with it.)

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.

AirPods
I had no idea how badly I wanted simple, wireless, earbuds until I got the AirPods. I absolutely love them.

Amazon Echo
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.

Equipment

Elevation Dock
I have one by my bedside and one by my desk. I think they’re the best, and most beautiful, docks you can buy.

Elevation Headphone Anchor
Fantastic little anchor for hiding your headphones under your desk but within reach.

Incase Shoulder Bags / Sleeves
I am a big fan of Incase’s shoulder bags and neoprene sleeves (I prefer the ones without zippers).

Pack and Smooch Sleeves
These felt and leather iPad sleeves are great and classy for heading out the door.

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.

BlueLounge CableBox
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.

GoRuck Backpacks
There’s a reason these packs are so highly regarded. They’re exceptionally well made, tough, clean, and worth it.

Bellroy Wallets
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.

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.

Spyderco HoneyBee
A simple, great, and tiny everyday carry keychain knife.

Grooming

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.

Kitchen

AeroPress (Coffee Maker)
Secret to great coffee: Good beans, a good grinder, hot water, and an Aeropress.

Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker
This precision cooker (also known as sous vide cooking) has changed how I cook.

Contigo Stainless Steal Travel Mug
I’ve used one of these every single day for years now.

Miscellaneous

MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Easily the best cleaning cloths I’ve found for glasses, iPhones, and computer screens.

Update: This post was updated last on December 6th, 2017.

Jason Tate
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