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Suck It, Hippies: Study Shows Material Things Can Bring Happiness

Over the past several years, a number of surveys have come out extolling the benefit of experiential goods versus material goods. But those studies may have missed something crucial, according to a new study by Canadian psychologists.


11 Books That Will Change The Way You Experience Cities, Starting With Your Own

You might use an app or VR headset to explore your neighbourhood these days, but books still win when it comes to truly understanding where we live — and how those places are changing.


What Amazing Gift Do You Wish You'd Gotten For Christmas?

My three younger sisters are in the other room playing with Gear VR right now and having a blast. It’s a unit I bought to review, and ultimately plan to return, but if they could have their way it would never leave the house.


Dads With Drones Are Ruining Christmas

Lots of thoughtful people gave their father a drone this Christmas, because they had already gotten him a Kindle last year and an iPad the year before that and you sort of stall out on gift ideas from there. But! Drones can be difficult, and dads can be clumsy*, and the result has been nationwide terror.


The Most Popular Christmas Gifts Of The Last Decade: Elmo, Apple, Elmo

The most popular Christmas gifts over the past 10 years speak volumes about what people like. Which apparently is Elmo and iPods (but mostly Elmo). But if we look a little closely, it also says a whole lot about just how far tech has progressed. Let’s take a look.


A Tiny Aluminium Canister That Could Come In Very Handy Next Winter 

There are plenty of gadgets you could wish for as you’re sitting in the dark on a slow ski lift, with a dead phone, in freezing temperatures. Unless you are one of those people who carries more than just a phone and a wallet in your ski coat — which, congratulations — you will probably have none of them.


Make Any Gift Look More Grandiose With High-Rise Wrapping Paper

Is there anything more awkward than showing up to a birthday party or a wedding and plunking down the smallest present on the gift table? It turns out that science can help compensate for your limited spending through some simple optical illusions. By wrapping your gift in this clever paper that makes it look like an apartment building, the human eye will see it as being much larger than it really is.


Facebook Is Killing Off Its Gift Service Altogether

The laziest way to send your nearest and dearest a gift is gone: Facebook has announced that it’s killing off its Gifts service entirely as of August 12.


Wrap Your Gifts In Influenza This Year

If you’ve been looking for some truly original wrapping paper this year, swap snowflakes, stars, and stripes for pneumonia, influenza, and the common cold. It turns out that under a microscope those viruses are hard to distinguish from festive decor, and when blown up they make for some lovely gift wrap.


Gift Guide: Gifts For Your Favourite Drone Enthusiast

To a lot of people, drones are those scary things that kill people in Afghanistan. To others, though, they’re a super-fun hobby and even a valuable tool.


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