Presenting the Alphabet: 14 Gifts that Start with Y
I can't tell you Y there's so much hostility in the world today. I can't tell you Y the box of frosted shredded wheat and gallon of milk I bought yesterday cost $14. I can't tell you Y sealed bottles with foil tabs and plastic flaps that say "Pull to open" never f-ing open when you pull. I can't even really tell you Y I decided to make 26 gift guides based on the letters of the alphabet.
What I can tell you: 14 gifts that start with Y.
Note: All alphabet gifts are priced as they were at printing on January 12, 2023. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Yomo Simple Sushi Maker
People always talk about sushi making as this formidable, elusive craft that many have tried, but all but the most elite and Jiro-Ono-blessed have failed to execute well. And while I basically agree with this assessment, I've never understood it because most of the time when you're making sushi you're not seasoning or emulsifying or even cooking anything except the rice, which you have a machine to do - flawlessly - for you. And more importantly, if sushi is so hard, why hasn't anyone invented a way to make it easier, and accessible to home cooks one and all? If we can build machines that churn out Indian rotis and spherificate any food into caviar, why the H-E-double-cucumber-sticks can't we build something that makes rolling sushi a no-brainer?
Well, Yomo Sushi thinks they have.
Yoga Joes Army Men
Yoga Joes call themselves "a non-violent toy." Maybe that description makes you smile, in which case you can buy some army men doing yoga as a gift for your kids or to decorate your desktop. Or maybe that description makes you sneer, in which case you too can buy some army men doing yoga. As a gag gift for your favorite member of the armed forces, veteran, or dude who needs to chill out. Much like yoga itself claims to do, the 9 figures striking peace-loving, body-calming, sun-saluting poses transcend all earthly constructs. They are perhaps the perfect present for people who really love namaste, and really hate it alike.
Yosegi Japanese Puzzle Box
Yosegi Puzzle Boxes suggest that the best way to dissuade petty thieves and nosy family and co-workers is to make them think. Developed during the Edo Period (early 17th to mid 19th century), these Japanese stash holders require equal parts manual and mental dexterity to open.
You're Saying It Wrong
Why let minor errors slide or take a potayto-potahto stance on pronunciation when You're Saying It Wrong can make it so much more fun to call someone out for being a linguistic idiot? A grammar know-it-all's dream, this Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words - and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse will arm you with all the knowledge you need to sling superiority at family, friends, and the loudmouth on an online date at the table next to you. "It's nyah-kee, not guh-nockee, dude."
Yoga Auxiliary Chair
Yoga Auxiliary Chair? Yoga Auxiliary Chair? Psssh, yeah. Yoga Auxiliary Chair. This is a sex chair if I ever saw one. Even the lady "doing yoga" on it looks like she supports my position. (And looks like she could support many more of my positions too!)
I also like how the Yoga Auxiliary Chair mimics your standard, cheap-ass folding chair, making it even more obvious that this is not only a sex chair, but, unlike the Bowchair luxury models, a poor man's sex chair.
Yooperlite UV-Fluorescent Stone Designs
I'd never seen yooperlite before today, but after just a few seconds of gazing at the UV-fluorescent stones, and the designs Palcamsol Distributing has turned them into, has me going all Fred Flintstone and saying, "Yooper-dooper-doo!"
Under normal conditions, yooperlite is a nice enough looking rock, mottled with black and shades of brown and gray. Palcamsol Distributing has shaped the stones into a variety of objects, including beaded bracelets, wicked skull and dragon sculptures, and even a 6-pound solid yooperlite sphere, ready both to tell the future and take out an intruder. But the real yoopermagic begins when the sun goes down, the LEDs go off, and the black light flickers to life.
Yukon Glory Burger Serving Set
The Yukon Glory Burger Serving Set, it's an extravagance, indeed, but a fat-beef-patty-with-melty-cheese extravagance well worth it when you need a gift for your favorite foodie, or your favorite Dad. Yukon Glory has even included a stainless steel mesh basket for french fries, tots, or onion rings (or all 3!), a slate plate for the meaty masterpiece, and a coupla condiment bowls, each secured for carry in perfectly sized cutouts made in the acacia wood board serving tray.
Yahtzee: Cup Noodles
I've yelled, "Yahtzee!" after finding one last container of Cup Noodles left in the house to eat enough times over the years that a Yahtzee: Cup Noodles version of the dice game makes nothing but sense to me. I've also participated in other kinds of ramen challenges - namely eating contests and dares to inhale single noodles up my nose and pull them out my mouth - so slurping up wins in a ramen-themed Yahtzee game is just one more I'm eager to add to my Cup Noodles success stories.
Yukon Hammerhead Pro HD Steerable Snow Sled
When Yukon Charlie's shows off their Yukon Hammerhead Pro HD snow sled with the invite to "#ExperienceWinter," part of me hates them, because F you, Yukon Charlie, I've been shoveling snow for the past 2 hours and I don't want to #ExperienceWinter. I want winter to suck it.
But the other part of me appreciates Yukon Charlie's attempt to turn my frown upside with their take on the most accessible way to enjoy the godforsaken snow: sledding. And not just sledding. Sledding on a belly-down speed beast. Get out the way, all you kiddies with your plastic drug store sleds and trash can lids! I'm a-comin' down on a powder coated 6000 aluminum frame polycarbonate and HDPE skis!
You Are Special - Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers
Mister Rogers. Saint Fred. In You Are Special: Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers, the man proves once again how brilliance, success, and happiness can be the product of compassion and understanding, interacting with and relating to other people. Even an emotionally void cynic like myself felt something stir in my chesticular region reading some of Fred Rogers' words of wisdom.
YakiYaki Dosshiri Grill
The Oiten foundry makes some groovy cast iron pans. Their YakiYaki Dosshiri Grill is made using the techniques and traditions of Nambu ironware from the Japanese prefecture of Iwate, a place that has perfected the process over 900 years.
The YakiYaki Dosshiri Grill is designed for faster cooking and even heat distribution. It is made from 75% recycled material and casted in a fine grain sand, creating a product Oigen says will last over 100 years if cared for properly. The pan comes with a detachable cast iron handle and a cedar trivet to make it as ready to add panache to your presentation as it is to grill up your flank steaks, crab cakes, and branzini.
Yaasa Adjustable Bed
Not one to settle for mail-order mattresses alone, Yaasa has developed the Yaasa Adjustable Bed to accompany their hybrid foam-and-coil snooze cushion. At first glance, this bed looks: 1) like something I would like to have to soothe and sit me upright when I'm so hungover I can hardly roll over on a Sunday morning; and 2) Attractively minimalist and stylin' for what is essentially a piece of furniture you'd typically only see in hospitals and your grandma's bedroom.
The Yaasa Adjustable Bed comes with a backlit wireless remote that has one-button position changes between Flat, Anti-Snore, and Zero Gravity. There is also a full range of custom adjustment options for you to tweak to elevate your upper and lower body for working and reading, watching TV, or promoting blood circulation.
YakTrax Walk Traction Cleats
As much as I love bloopers videos of people slipping on ice and biting it in snowy winter weather, I don't love it when the subject of such videos is me. YakTrax are traction cleats that slip on over your outdoor shoes to help your treks through packed snow and ice slip-, fall-, and YouTube-free.
YakTrax's "cleats" are really spikeless spirals of 1.2mm skid lock steel coils. They wrap around a poly elastomer webbing to provide 360 degrees of traction, while adding just 5 ounces of weight to each foot.
YETI Tundra Haul Cooler
Based on Tundra cooling technology, the YETI Haul comes with NeverFlat wheels, made from a solid, single-piece tire construction that resists impact and puncture. Its empty weight is 37 pounds, with a capacity for 45 cans of beer (2:1 ice-to-can ratio) or 55 pounds of ice only. Sounds ready for the tailgate to me.