Thanksgiving is perhaps the only time during the year where people are asked to pause and reflect on the things that they hold nearest and dearest to their heart. While more esoteric and far-reaching ideals like one’s health, the happiness of family, and a general thankfulness that the zombie apocalypse hasn’t occurred just yet are obvious, we pulled together more tangible items that have brought joy to our lives as an editorial staff. Pulling from the worlds of style, tech, entertainment and more, here are the 25 products that made 2013 a better year than the last.
Dyson Bladeless Air Multiplier
A fan with no blades? Welcome to the future.
The Resurgence of High Art in Pop Culture
Art has always influenced popular culture but the last year has seen the high art world infiltrate the masses like never before. Not only through high profile collaborations such as Marina Abramovic x Jay Z or Lady Gaga, but also through quality brand partnerships like Supreme’s Artist Series and Damien Hirst x Alexander McQueen. To be honest sometimes it can even be too much, but for all of the boundaries being pushed and genuinely crazy ideas I thank the art world for keeping things real and interesting.
Apple iPhone 5s
Beautiful device with arguably the best mobile camera out today. I don't think much more needs to be said.
Motorola Moto X
We're really warming up to the Android OS with this one. Everything Google built right in makes life very easy, and this form is the sleekest we've come across yet.
Not so long ago when your phone died, you'd be S.O.L. until you found a power outlet and charger. With the Mophie Powerstation you can charge it wherever you may be. Twice (or more) battery life without having to rock one of those silly battery cases. Genius.
Sony Playstation 4
This doesn't even need explaining but Sony's long awaited PS4 is one of life's luxuries that just makes things you've always enjoyed doing, that bit more enjoyable.
Giving amateur and professional musicians alike the chance to project their music since day one. Most importantly, it gives fans of said amateur and professional musicians the chance to hear it.
Grand Theft Auto V
One of the most anticipated games releases of the year, the graphics and content of this game on their own are enough to be thankful for. But also because it's one of the few single player games which still warrants a social gathering. Happily I'll watch the action because all the features, including the radio stations, are so dope - and also because I'm pretty shit at it.
For most of history, you had to be at the place the music was being performed in order to hear it. Now, you can be anywhere in the world and listen to music from any point in time thanks to apps like Spotify.
Assassins Creed Black Flag
The second game on our list is also the latest installment in another on-going series, Assassin's Creed. Like GTA, this is a solo game that is just as fun to watch as it is to play with it's open world and countless features. And this time you get to be a Caribbean pirate like captain Jack Sparrow.
VSCO has set the new standard for mobile photo editing with this app. If you haven't tried it out, give it a shot and watch your Instagram game take on a new dimension. Plus, it's now free!
Call a car. See your drivers face and watch him approach you from your smartphone screen. Welcome. To the. Future. You don't even have to worry about paying, or tipping the driver (until you get your bill at the end of the month). The app takes care of it all.
Snapchat is probably one of this year's top app but was it really necessary? Probably not but that never stopped us before.
WhatsApp has become less of an app to me and more of a lifeline. It's the only form of communication I fuck with. Phone calls? Too confrontational. Facebook/Twitter? Way too judgemental. SMS? BORING. Where the Emojis at!? (Ed: In America we just use iMessage....)
iCloud Photo Sharing
We're thankful for iCloud's Photo Sharing service because although technology is getting more intuitive, who actually has time to upload photos onto their computer? This allows us to keep in touch with everyone back home without any extra effort.
Nike Air Max 1
AM 1s, for me, are the most universally appealing sneakers of all. Regardless of shoe size, gender, or even age, that iconic silhouette just always seems to sit right. There's been numeration Air Max versions since but none of them come close to the O.G style.
Rimowa Rolling Luggage
Be careful. This is a world that you enter once and never leave. You may think 4 wheels are for business geeks but once you feel that 360 degree glide in action you'll be rethinking your whole travel game.
Nike Gyakusou Collection
The Nike x Undercover Gyakusou range has helped bring the tech running look back in fashion, and we're big fans of anything comfortable that happens to be fashionable as well.
KITH Sneaker Collabs
Ronnie Fieg seems to be right on the money with any and every one of his collaborations this year. From the ASICS Flamingo pack to the New Balance Daytona, there is just something extra in Kith's winning formula right now.
More liquid convenience. Good coffee in a single-serve, 1-button operation. Get caffeinated and move on with your day. This is 2013.
No, not Club Soda (though that honestly works pretty well too) we're talking Perrier and what not. Stay hydrated without the sugar and still feel the satisfaction of cracking a cold one. Try it and tell us it's not amazing.
Kanye West's BBC 1 Interview with Zane Lowe
No explanation necessary. Whether you love him or hate him, Kanye is undoubtedly THE celebrity of 2013. Who would've thought he could top his 2009 VMAs Taylor Swift stunt? Like a fine wine, the man just gets better with age.
Ray Ban Lightforce Wayfarers
The all-time classic Ray Ban Wayfarer received an upgrade this year by way of "LiteForce." It's the same shades everyone loves in a lighter, more comfortable rendition. A must.
Streaming movies and TV shows for one low monthly price beats both cable TV and piracy in one fell swoop, and the Netflix originals keep getting better by the day. Have you seen House of Cards? Wow.
Living Rooms these days feel like a goddamn luxury. Having spent three years living in London where any extra inch of space is a precious commodity and not for wasting on non-essential furniture, I used to relish trips back home in order to sink into a sofa and turn on a television. Why is that so much to ask? Now that I live in Berlin, our "Living Room," is half occupied by a third house mate, which means that a screen dividing the room in two plunges the communal half into darkness, and a lack of television gives us no focus, leaving me feeling like I have no focus in life. I think I've had enough of this lifestyle. Give me a friend whose flat contains a sofa facing a television and I'll happily sit there watching any old program, (but Human Planet is one of my favorites), for hours. They say you don't realize what you have until it's gone, well I've realized now, okay, so can I have it back?