Fountain Pen Gift Guide

Fountain pens are elegant writing instruments, and unlike ballpoint pens, they’re not disposable. Two of the most prominent features of fountain pens are elegant design and that they write well — not something you can always say about a typical ballpoint. Like watches, fountain pens are sometimes considered a status symbol. There are many brands that produce expensive pens, but there are also many companies that produce good quality pens that most of us can […]

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Hello Kitty Gift Ideas

Hello Kitty has been Sanrio’s flagship character since 1974. She’s the embodiment of kawaii or ‘Japanese cute’. But her appeal goes further than children’s lunch boxes and pencil cases. The little white cat’s logo can be found on all sorts of consumer products. As a brand, Hello Kitty seems to be recession proof. In 2008 Sanrio Luxe opened in New York’s Time Square. The name says it all – diamond studded watches, designer fashions, high […]

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Anime Figurine Collecting Hobby

Mention collecting figurines and most people would not think of anime figurines. This hobby is too new for most people to have heard of, yet just like Lladro or Hummel the figurines are modeled after popular characters. Anime figures are very much like traditional collectible figurines but they have an additional element of being associated with Japanese pop culture. In my opinion, this is what makes the collecting anime figurines special by comparison. For example, […]

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Star Search: Telescopes For Astronomy

I still own the amateur astronomy telescope I used in college. I passed the class, but to this day I can’t find a single constellation. That is until I joined a local astronomy Meetup group. What helped me was a book recommendation

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