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When the end days come, you're going to need a few key things to survive: fresh water, durable footwear and, of course, a thematically appropriate skateboard. Ohio-based agency Real Art Design Group has teamed up with Alien Workshop to create 50 "Skate Recolonization Kits" for the impending disasters predicted by ancient Mayans for 2012. Packed inside a branded, apocalypse-proof steel case, each $149.99 kit includes three decks illustrated with different possibilities for mankind's destruction: alien invasion, nuclear fallout and natural disaster. You'll also get a set of instructions called “So You're an Apocalypse Survivor." To build some buzz for this limited edition project, the team has buried five of the kits "around the planet." The first clue to finding one was dropped into the clip below, and it was promptly discovered yesterday. More clues will reportedly be posted to AlienWorkshop.com. Even if you're not interested in scouting out a secret skateboard cache, the promotional video might at least convince you that a zombie skateboard movie is worth making.
In small quantities, bike tube patch kits aren’t terribly expensive. However, if you’re riding all year, or going out with a bunch of people, stocking up on kits gets expensive. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, Instructables user Zaphod Beetlebrox show a simple process for making your own patch kits in bulk. More »
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Birchbox, the New York-based startup that racked up more than 100,000 subscribers for its monthly kits of beauty products, is now aiming for a certain well-styled gentleman.
The company is launching Birchbox Man, which will deliver a box of grooming and lifestyle products for $20 per month to a customer’s doorstep. It might include four to five picks per month with samples like high-end shave gel, deodorant and skincare products from brands like Billy Jealousy, Costume National, Kérastase and Kiehl’s. Then there are lifestyle products that might include headphones or socks.
“It’s not as obvious the we would go for men,” said Katia Beauchamp, one of the company’s co-founders. “When we launched Birchbox, we would have never guessed that this would be the next vertical.”
But when the Accel-backed company did a test run with a $45 limited edition Birchbox for men last fall, they ended up with thousands of prospective customers on a mailing list. That gave them a sign that they should consider launching a full monthly product geared at men.
“The prestige men’s grooming category is a smaller total market, but it is experiencing some of the fastest growth,” Beauchamp said. “We’re really exploring this idea of discovery retail. Customers love discovering new products or brands, whether they’re mean or women. A Birchbox is a surprise and hopefully, it pushes you into things that could be fun.”
Birchbox has rounded up more than 100,000 subscribers who pay $10 a month to receive a box of beauty samples. (That’s an annualized runrate of at least $12 million if you’re doing the math and Birchbox is growing at 20 percent month over month.) But Birchbox also earns revenue from its online store. About 40 percent of the company’s subscribers go on to purchase full-sized products from the company within their first year.
“The e-commerce store is a substantial and growing piece of business,” Beauchamp said.
Could this double Birchbox’s subscriber base? Perhaps not for awhile, as Beauchamp said the overall size of the men’s market is smaller. But the higher price point at $20 could make up for this.
Birchbox has raised $11.9 million to date in two rounds led by Accel Partners and First Round Capital. It’s attracted a whole host of copycats for other target markets like Wittlebee for children and Lollihop for healthy snacks.
One item that we often mention should go into your emergency kit is some way to start a fire. Even if you’re in the woods and kindling is plentiful (or worse, it’s not and the old kindling around is wet), it always helps to have something that will give your fire a boost, whether you’re out camping or you’re in trouble and waiting for help. This simple trick involves a couple of cotton balls and some plastic drinking straws—in a few minutes, you’ll have tiny fire starting kits that fit into any emergency kit. More »
Before you buy a spice blend in a bottle, look at the label. If you have a reasonably well stocked pantry, most of what comes in a pre-packaged spice blend can be reproduced with what you have. Try blending your own, or at least putting those spices you love cooking with next to one another in a “spice kit” you can reach for easily to add some flavor to your food. More »
We’ve culled together all sorts of great gifts for the tech-lovers in your life, but this is Lifehacker, and we’ve got a strong dose of the DIY ethos pumping through our veins. So to finish of our gift guides for 2011, here are ten of the best DIY kits from Make’s Ultimate Gift Guide—perfect for the do-it-yourself lover in your life.
If you wear a lot of “dry clean only” clothes, your cleaning bills can get expensive pretty quickly. With a bit of spare time and these home dry cleaning kits, though, you can get your nicer clothes clean for 1/16th of the cost. More »
Today Google announced a flurry of new features for its fledgling social network, Google+. The new additions include popular content on Google+, analytics for public shares called “Google+ Ripples,” creative kits for photos and accounts for Google Apps users. “What’s…
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SOCIAL MEDIA WINE CLUB: WINE PARTY KITS
To add a twist to our Social Media Wine Club offering, and with the holidays just around the corner, our friends at VineCrowd are extending our Social Media Club community the #SMCWineParty in a box offer.
Wine Kits allow you to host a mixer for 12 people with 3 hand-selected wines from top boutique producers who keep their productions low to focus on quality. The kits also included everything you need to host a wine party, including tasting note pads, pencils, corkscrew, tasting notes & specs for each wine, food pairing suggestions. All you need to do it pick up some snacks, invite your friends and you’re ready to go!
The three wines selected for this month’s Wine Kit are:
Thanks to Michael from VineCrowd, along with Scott Sisemore of Waxwing Wines this short video helps you learn what to look for during your tasting!
VineCrowd is extending all our Open members flat rate shipping ($9) with Professional members receiving an even deeper discount, so it’s easier than ever to try our exclusive Wine Club deals, please visit http://www.vinecrowd.com/smcwineparty/ to order today!
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