Indoors indoors-gift-guide

Published on December 14th, 2012 | by Greg


TrulyIndoors Gift Guide For Every Home

Welcome to the second of our upcoming holiday gift guides- be sure to check out the other ones, like the first from TrulyKitchen! We’ve checked out hundreds of products in 2012, and our staff has bathed, slept, traveled, and cleaned dozens of rooms (in the name of journalism). Here are some of the best items we checked out this year, that kept us coming back and have proven useful since we originally wrote.

From SUCK UK, we’d be remiss not to suggest some of their inexpensive gift options, perfect stocking stuffers. The Color Changing umbrella didn’t last, but the Book Rest lamp has, and the Terrorist Teapot continues to garner compliments. $12-60, a broad range of gear for just about anyone.

The soap that has kept us awake, brightened our morning, and made us long for pine forests even before the holidays: Anthony For Men’s Ivigorating Rush Hair and Body Wash. We use it for both, and it’s a great gift for any hard-to-buy-for man. Now our shower is Alpine fresh. $22.

Speaking of fir, the only item on this list that we haven’t previously reviewed is the Thymes Frasier Fir aromatic votive candle- it’s festive, burns cleanly and is incredibly crisp and natural. It adds that special scent to Christmas, and earns our “candle of the season” award. $12.50 for two ounces.

Of course, we wouldn’t enjoy our office nearly so much if we didn’t have a convenient place to put our trash and recycling. Simplehuman gear is a bit on the pricey side, but worth it- solid construction have held up well and a built-in filter cut down on odors. Automatic opening and closing done right, on the 48L Rectangular Sensor Recycler. $250.

Finally, we really liked the Samsonite Gravtec 20″ Spinner. We’ve been taking it all over, and aside from some scruff marks, it’s held up well to a fair bit of bashing and wheeling and dropping. At under $200, it’s also a decent buy. We just checked out an upgrade from the company, the Cosmolite, and though it’s a lighter and sexier, it hasn’t yet proved to be worth twice the price.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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