Buyer’s Guide: 20 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

The annual Valentine’s Day celebration is one that usually makes the coupled-up feel just as much pressure as the singletons among us. Riddled with anxiety over what to buy your beloved with fear that it will be too sentimental, not sentimental enough, or succumbing to the commercial nature of the holiday – it’s enough to send anyone over the edge. Luckily, we’ve curated a list to help guide you in such times of need, in the hope that you’ll find something that strikes the perfect balance.

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Frozen Soap Bubbles

Photography by Angela Kelly
Photography by Angela Kelly

As much as we’re longing for spring in all its blossom-filled glory, this Happy Monday we’re embracing the cold in the form of these amazing frozen soap bubbles. Blown by American photographer Angela Kelly and her 7-year-old son, during the big freeze at the end of last year, the bubbles began to solidify almost immediately – a process captured close-up by Kelly to miraculous effect. Some twinkle like baubels in the…

Leica X2 Camera Wrapped in Fedrigoni Paper

Italian paper makers Fedrigoni have over 125 years of expertise when it comes to making fine quality paper, which makes them a perfect match for esteemed camera brand Leica. Together, they’ve created a limited run of just 25 of their X2 camera, wrapped in exquisite Fedrigoni paper. Their pearl-embossed Constellation Jade paper replaces the usual leather wrap, and is said to give just as much protection as the leather covering would. Head on over to Selectism to find out more and watch a short film of the camera in all its glory.

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This Guy Wants To Turn Part Of The Old Bay Bridge Into A House

When the new section of Oakland’s Bay Bridge went up, the historic section of the Northern California icon was slated for the scrapyard. David Grieshaber wants to turn it into a building, complete with an Airbnb space for guests.

Last September, a brand new eastern span of the Bay Bridge stretching between Oakland and San Francisco opened to traffic, a multi-billion dollar, earthquake-safe project that arose right next to the old Bay Bridge, a historic piece of infrastructure erected in the 1930s that partially collapsed during a 1989 earthquake. Bay Area resident David Grieshaber, for one, was sad to hear that the structure would be dismantled and sold for scrap. “It’s been a part of our Bay Area for the past 78 years, and now it’s going to be gone forever,” he says.

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The Weekender: Lock your mum in the kitchen, it’s party time! Welcome to the Weekender

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You know, in the ancient Egyptian times they used to bury their loved ones with a bunch of objects they may need in the afterlife. There’s been another bout of this kind of thing going around recently, with funeral directors coming forward and reporting on weird requests they’ve had. In the UK it’s more chucking in their favourite lighter, a bottle of ketchup, or the remote. Over in the US things get way more obscure, and better! This Reddit thread has got all kinds of juicy, stories on it, such as "my friend who works at a funeral home got a request to play the “Soul Bossa Nova”, the Austin Powers theme song as they walked out". The Weekender has already submitted its funeral requests, unfortunately we can’t share them with you as they (literally) violate our style guide and put us into the legal equivalent of shark-infested waters.

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