Whether you’ve actually got the construction of a couple of tree houses under your belt or are just a dreamer, Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air is for you. This 300 page study tours 50 of the best tree houses around the world, spanning different styles, costs — some made from scraps while others rival traditional homes in price — and builders, including short biographies of the craftsmen known. And not unlike the retreats it features, Tree Houses invites you to cozy up on a couch with a cup of something warm, climb in, and escape from reality, if only for a short while.
Grab a copy at Amazon – $47
Finally, a concise tome of recipe excellence for residents of Colorado and Washington state (sorry other 48, but your time is coming). Herb, affectionately compiled by the guys from The Stoner’s Cookbook, is a crowdfunded book chock full of cannabis-based recipes originating from their website. Reaching 120 million people per month, Stoner’s has combined their readers love of mind-altering botanicals and the munchies obtained thereby into recipes that satisfy both desires simultaneously. Inside Herb you’ll find 200+ pages of mouth-watering dishes that all feature something that might look like oregano. Recipes are replete with detailed extraction methods, beautiful photography, science behind cannabis, and much more. You won’t find these dishes at Chez Henri, but you may have thought up some of them while munching at Taco Bell.
Find it at InkShares – $15+
Nathan Sawaya is undoubtedly the world’s most famous LEGO artist, and if you’re wondering why, a Google search (or a copy of his new book) will quickly clarify. The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO takes a behind-the-scenes look at Sawaya’s stunning, often surreal pieces across 248 pages, accompanied by anecdotes, stories and the inspirations fuelling his transforming of our favorite toy into incredible works of art.
Preorder at Amazon – $24 [via]
Eyeing the Chromecast but haven’t yet picked one up? Amazon may sway you with their Fire TV Stick, a drop dead simple way to watch Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, stream media from your computer, or rent TV shows or movies amongst the hundreds of thousands on Amazon. This compact stick plugs straight to an HDMI port to take over your TV and doesn’t disappoint in quality thanks to support for 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital 7.1 sound. It also outclasses its competitors performance-wise, boasts 8GB of on-board storage, and doubles as a casual gaming rig with support for the Fire Game Controller and over 200 games.
Preorder at Amazon – $39 (or $19 for Prime members over the next 2 days)
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a box. Okay, so an interactive box for your TV is not necessarily breaking news. But the Nexus player might just breathe some fresh air into a category seemingly bereft of new ideas. This all-in-one entertainment package is powered by a hefty 1.8GHZ Quad Core Intel Atom processor and boasts 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space, and runs a multitude of apps, games and more in one sleek, streamlined console. A voice activated remote offers hands-free search for your favorite shows at the push of a button and doubles as input for casual or multiplayer games. If you happen to take your gaming seriously, the Nexus Player also supports a gamepad that’s engineered for finer control of all your favorite Android games. Remember TiVo? Well this is the great-great-grandbaby, allowing you to choose from personalized recommendations on your home screen. Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Chromebook devices can all stream media to your TV via the Player, though Android devices also support content syncing so that your movie can follow you from bathroom to kitchen to your tablet in bed.
Read more at Google – $109
By no means must you spend a grand to bolster your television’s meager sound. But should you choose to, Libratone’s Diva is sure to please both your eyes and ears. With a face that’s entirely concealed by Pepper Black wool and a curved shape that diverges from the angular norm, the Diva boasts — importantly — 225 Watts worth of speakers, including dual 1-inch tweeters, two 3-inch midranges, and a 5-inch 75W subwoofer. It’s also primed to be your primary sound system even when the TV’s off thanks to AirPlay and DLNA compatibility, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, quick NFC pairing, and built-in clamshell-shaped reflectors that fill even larger rooms with sound. And if the dark wool face doesn’t suit your pad, just unzip it and swap it out with another one from Libratone’s wide range of color options.
Read the press release at Libratone – $TBA but probably roughly $1,000
Americans love beer. Actually, so do virtually all humans. The Beer Book helps thirsty individuals locate some of the world’s best breweries and whistle-stop beer trails, all while learning about their favorite alcoholic beverage. This recently updated visual catalog covers over 800 breweries across all prolific beer-making countries, tasting notes on 1,700 beers, and insight on the key beer regions every travelling aficionado needs to visit. Notably, it’s also packed with pictures, making for an easy read that’s sure to rev up your hankering for a cold one.
Pick up a copy at Amazon – $20 [via]
Marvel turns 75 this year, and in celebration of their continued diligence, risk-taking, and ultimately, success, comes a massive tome that looks back through the publisher’s long line of work, from their first comic book depicting the Human Torch to their latest big screen developments. Taschen’s 75 Years of Marvel is a 700-plus page magnum opus packed with over 2,000 images of vintage comic books, original art, film stills, and collectibles, a four-foot accordion-fold timeline, as well as biographies of over 300 of the minds behind your favorite characters and strips. Plus it’ll arrive just in time for the holidays and is sure to captivate both hardcore junkies and casual readers alike.
Preorder at Amazon – $126 [via]
Happen to watch a lot of TV? Like really, a lot? Then perhaps the upcoming TiVo Mega is for you. This machined server-sized device packs a ridiculous 24 terabyte storage capacity, recording up to 3 years straight worth of programming without breaking a sweat. To help best make use of this are 6 tuners and search capabilities that allow it to scour cable TV and streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus to hunt down your next fix and archive it forever. Plus, if the built-in drives weren’t enough, they’re also hot-swappable for additional space.
Learn more at TiVo – $5,000
Sometimes you don’t want Ultra High Definition. No one needs to see their mother-in-law’s nose pores or an Englishman’s teeth in larger than life detail. But sometimes, UHD compliments its surroundings like moonshine to Bluegrass music. Samsung’s new 3D, UHD 4K, 5,120 x 2,160 pixel, ultimate immersive experience inducing, extended panoramic view curved 105” screen delivers 4 times the resolution of HD. The proprietary technology that makes the curved screen possible creates a picture experience and panoramic effect unlike any other television on the market. UHD upscaling takes your favorite flicks, enhances their details and processes their signal to create near UHD picture quality so you can forget the halo effect and image distortion. And, to assist you in deciding what to watch – because TV guide are a thing of the past – the integrate Smart Hub helps you discover new content effortlessly.
Learn more at Samsung – $120,000