Kitschy Upcycled Macbook and iPad Sleeves

Etsy seller Finders&Keepers is in the business of taking normal, everyday items and recycling them for novel uses. Take for example that old Polo shirt sitting in your closet. They’ll take Polo’s just like that forgotten one in your closet and repurpose it into something useful – like a MacBook or iPad case.

I’m not too sure if I’d use these for my own MacBooks or iPads, but I can totally see a certain niche of people loving this item. This would make for the perfect gift for the techie that loves to frequent garage sales, swap meets, second-hand shops, and craigslist. And let’s not forget what a wonderful conversation piece these cases would make.

The Finders& Keepers Recycled MacBook and iPad cases are available now from Etsy and range in price from $55 to $75.

The New iPad + Steve Jobs Tribute T-Shirt

Today Apple unveiled The New iPad (for all intents and purposes it’s the iPad 3). The updated iPad features an upgraded rearside camera that some have said will revolutionize how we document our lives (I think the iPhone already did that), iPhoto (a welcome core app addition), and the mythical Retina display (we all knew it was coming).

With all the excitement behind the The New iPad, I sit here and watch the keynote and can’t help but think of Steve Jobs. I can’t help but think of what Steve Jobs would have thought about this iPad, how he would have unveiled it, and what he thought of its stripped down name. The iPad looks to be another excellent update to what has become arguably Apple’s flagship product. I’m just sad that Steve Jobs wasn’t here to see it come to fruition.

Sad Mac is available now from Degree for $35.

Jobs > Gates

Steve Jobs > Bill Gates. Steve Jobs is greater than Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. UNDRCRWN got it right with this shirt. I absolutely love it. I adore it. I admire it. It speaks the truth. And as a longtime Apple nut I can believe that. As a MacAddict that stood by Apple even when Steve wasn’t arount, I can believe that. As a MacHead that cheered when Steve Jobs returned as iCEO and proceeded to resuscitate a near bankrupt company, I can believe that.

Steve Jobs created and innovated. Steve Jobs conceptualized products that changed the world. Steve Jobs redefined multiple industries. Bill Gates simply made sloppy copies.

UNDRCRWN1 got it right. Jobs > Gates is available now from UNDRCRWN for $28.

1. Jobs > Gates is actually a part of UNDRCRWN’s Greater Than Series. They also have a Jay > Wayne T-Shirt, which is awesome, and then I saw this. Disappointed!

Threadless Holiday Gift Guide 2011

It’s that time of the year again! You know, the time of the year when you go out and buy a lot of cool stuff for your friends and family for Christmas! But who said you have to “go out” and leave the comforts of your own home to get cool stuff. Stay home, sip on some hot cocoa while listening to holiday music, and do all of your holiday shopping online at Threadless! This is 2011, after all. Mall shopping is like, so passé.

Not sure what to buy from Threadless? I know, I know, they’ve got tons of amazing stuff – but what should you spend your hard earned cash on? That’s were I come in to help. The friendly peeps over at Threadless asked me to put together a list of my favorite Threadless items. And of course I said hell yeah! Now, you don’t have an excuse to not pick something up from this Chicago based purveyeur of goodness.

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T-Shirts! This is Threaless’ bread and butter. If anything, pick up a Threadless tee and relish the comfy fit. I’ve picked three of my favorites for you: Stereotype Cereal by Dina Prasetyawan, Retold with Unicorns by Branko Ricov and Jonah Block, and Optimust by Phil Jones. Price: $18.

It doesn’t get all that chilly in Hawaii. Ah yes, HAWAII! But whem it does, I love to wear hoodies and Threadless has got some awesome hoodies! They’ve got the zip kind and the non-zip kind – you choose! If you feel like exposing your inner Michael Cera then pick up a Threadless hoodie! My two picks are Traditional Greeting by Paulo Bruno and The Pen is Mightier than the Sword by Clarice Crawford. Price: $29.

Over the last year, Threadless has released some real drool worthy accessories, including backpacks, totes, water bottles, and laptop/iPad cases. You’ve got something for every geek, nerd, foodie, artist, hippie and almost any other kind of person that you can think of. And although there are tons to choose from, these are my favorites.

I Be Au Sm is one of my all-time favorite Threadless designs. And now, they’v got it in Backpack form. Love it! Price: $59.

I’ve got a thing for good typography. And so I was drawn to Budi Satria Kwan’s ampersand themed Peace and Love. Price: $15.

Threadless Stuff on Thermos Stuff = double rainbow cool. Yes! When these first came out I rushed to Target to pick my favorite up. Which was my favorite you ask? Well, of course it was the iconic Funkalicious by Christopher Golebiowski. Price: $15.

Another iconic design that made it onto a Threadless accessory is the Tom Burns design, The Communist Party! It’s Christmas, let’s party! But first, if we’re going to party hard then we need to protect our precious iPhones! Why not do it in Threadless style? Price: $19.

If you’re buying an iPhone case for a fellow tehnogeek, then you may also want to consider picking up a laptop or iPad case. Why do boring black when you can do Threadless fun? These cases will have you covered! I suggest Liquid Shot and Sugar Skull. Price: $39-$54.

Finally, for those of you looking to pick up a grab bag gift or some stocking stuffers, consider these fancy little Threadless Dooodle Packs! They’re perfect for your doodle needs. Price: $9.

Homage To Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

As a longtime MacAddict and Apple enthusiast, I really don’t need to explain why I absolutely love this T-Shirt.

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish is available now from Homage for $28.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

- Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I am totally absorbed in this book. For a second, I thought about buying it from Amazon for use on the Kindle app for iPad. However, I realized that THAT would be wrong. So iBookstore it was. Don’t worry though, I am getting a hardcover version of the book just because. And that I will get from Amazon.

I hope to get a review of this book up soon. I’m still debating as to how I should go about doing that. Maybe I’ll highlight my favorite parts from each chapter across multiple posts. We will see. In the meantime, get your hands on this book.

Buy from Amazon or the iBookstore.

I miss you Steve.

The Fuchsia is Now

Fuchsia on dark grey. Lovely. I’ve been a fan of Fuchsia ever since I had my first big box Crayola crayons. Remember those? I remember begging for the box of 64 whenever we went shopping for school supplies in my youth. Now, the startup iOS app, PopBooth is all about the color Fuchsia. In fact, they love the color so much that they created a T-Shirt for Fuchsia fans around the world.

While you wait for your Fuchsia T-Shirt, you can grab the PopBooth app for free from the iTunes AppStore. PopBooth is a free photo booth app that turns 4 photos into a photo strip: post to Facebook, send by email, or send REAL photo strips in the mail. Neat! PopBooth is available for the iPhone and the iPad.

The Fuchsia is Now is available for purchase for $16.

Threadless Cases + Griffin Technology Deals, Steals and Coupon Codes

I love a good deal and let me tell you, Griffin Technology has some pretty great deals going on at the moment. This is especially true if you’re a first generation iPad owner (like me). They’ve dropped the prices of a ton of their iPad cases by up to 78%. I myself picked up both the Elan Form (regular price $49.99; on sale for $13.99) and the Studio Stand (regular price $49.99; on sale for $10.99). Pretty sweet deal … so far … read on as to how you can save even more!

Perusing the rest of the Griffin Technology shop, I also noticed that they’ve upped their selection of Threadless iPhone 4 cases. I myself use a Griffin Reveal Etch. With that said, Threadless x Griffin Technology iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod Touch 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen cases are 50% off at $14.99 (regular price $30). And you can also score a deal on a selection of iPhone 4 Threadless cases for $24.99 (regular price $29.99). Check out the selection of Threadless x Griffin Technology Cases here.

What’s even better is that if you use the coupon code PARDONOURDUST20 at checkout and you will score 20% off your entire order! AWESOME – Go buy stuff now!

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Home Is Where The Heart Is is a cute little iPhone themed T-Shirt that I discovered while perusing Daring Fireball. Apple pundit, John Gruber, had posted a link to Shawn Blanc’s new membership based website. It just so happened, that he was doing a giveaway during the weekend and one of the prizes was this Home Is Where The Heart Is T-Shirt. Considering that it was a T-Shirt, I decided to check out, not even knowing that it was Apple/iPhone themed. It turned out to be indeed just that, an Apple inspired iPhone themed T-Shirt. I was in love.

The shirt very much reminds of my favorite Milk & Eggs Co T-Shirt, Slide To Unlock. Both tees are very simple, and yet very recognizable to any iPhone or iPad user. The Home Is Where The Heart Is tee is a product from First & 20, a website that is dedicated to collecting and showing off iPhone and iPad home screens from some of the web’s most talented designer, developers and tech writers. If you’re itching to see what’s on the home screen of your favorite techie’s iOS device, then First & 20 should be your first stop.

Home Is Where The Heart Is is printed on an asphalt American Apparel T-Shirt and is available now from First & 20 for $20.

By the way, are you wondering what the home screen of my iPhone looks like? Well, here it is:

You can barely make her out, but that’s my chihuahua gracing my wallpaper. She’s a sexy beast. What does your iPhone or iPad’s home screen look like? Link it up in the comments so I can take a look ;)

T-Shirt Gift Guide for the Bookworm

Hey T-Shirt fanatics, welcome to my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide series! I feature some of my favorite T-shirt related items and even some things beyond T-shirts that I simply just love and would like to recommend to all of you. If there’s something that you think would fit in this list then please feel free to link to it in the comments! Enjoy and please feel free to share on Twitter using the Hashtag #GiftGuide.

I’m not a big book person, but there are times when I love to just sit back, relax and enjoy a good ol’ book. More recently, I’ve been spending more time reading books using my trusty iPad. Needless to say, if you’ve got a friend or family member that you know loves to read, then infuse some of your T-Shirt passion into their love for books by picking them up one of these amazing gifts.

1. Know someone who is a fan of classic literature? Well, your first stop should be Kafkacotton. They’ve got a bunch of tees that are inspired by the classics, or for some, those books that we were forced to read in middle school. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kafkacotton, Price: $24.00.

2. Chances are that if you’re buying a gift for a T-shirt fanatic, said T-shirt fanatic probably has some knowledge of Threadless. It’s even more likely that they have a closet full of multi-colored Threadless tees (maybe even duplicates of their favorites). And if they do, they’ll definitely love the recently released Threadless 10 Year Anniversary book by company founder Jake Nickell. Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts from the World’s Most Inspiring Online Design Community by Jake Nickell, Price: $15.

3. Torso presents t-shirts whose motifs not only function as a means of personal communication, but also reflect and increasingly influence the complete spectrum of modern graphic design. As the first book to focus on t-shirts created by the most innovative and style-setting streetwear brands, it is the definitive guide to the t-shirt culture of streetwear. Torso: Streetwear T-Shirt Graphics Exposed by Daniel Eckler, Price: $34.00.

4. Out of Print Clothing celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Score a fashionable tee featuring the classic artwork from Catcher in The Rye (one of my personal all-time favorites) as well as a bunch of others. Catcher In The Rye by Out of Print Clothing, Price: $28.00.

5. Tee Library T-Shirts are hard to find online, but if you live in one of the cities that they are available in then you can score your favorite bookworm an amazing book inspired T-Shirt. Tee Library, Prices: Varies.

6. Threadless released a couple of Comics-on Tees T-Shirts. I believe there are three diferent issues that you can grab, with more expected in the future. Threadless Comics-on Tees Series [click T-Shirt below to go to product page], Prices: $10-15.

7. Tees is one of my favorite T-Shirt related books. It’s got an excellent collection of T-Shirts and brand profiles. It’s a must read for any T-Shirt fan. Still not convinced? Read my review hereTees Special edition: The Art of the T-Shirt by MAKI Design, Price: $36.00.

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I can’t get enough of my iPad. It’s always in my backpack. I bring to work. It’s the perfect lunchtime companion. It’s the best couch device ever. And for bookworms, not only will they have access to books in Apple iBookstore, but they will have access to every book available in the Kindle Bookstore. You’ve got the best of both worlds with the Apple iPad. I’m currently reading The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead and loving it (I must add that this is the perfect book for the zombie enthusiast). I use the 64 GB Wifi edition and I absolutely adore it. Apple iPad (64GB, Wifi), Price: Starting at $542 on Amazon.