This Week’s Must-Haves: a Toolbox That Keeps You Connected to the World

This week, the Adweek staff is highlighting gifts for people with things to get done and places to get to. Start in on that project with a high-tech toolbox. Hit the road or take to the skies, and do it in style. Or, create your own vinyl records. Take a look:


Coolbox, $199

Your next marathon Ikea assembly project is about to get a lot more enjoyable thanks to the Indiegogo-funded Coolbox. This souped-up toolbox boasts a bevy of useful features, like a rechargeable internal battery for charging your iPhone or powering small tools, an extension cord, power strip, Bluetooth speakers, USB ports, LED floodlights, clock, tablet stand and whiteboard—on top of holding a full bench worth of tools. When your project is complete, pop the cap off a cold one with Coolbox's built-in bottle opener. Buy it:


Kelby & Co. Slim Indigo Chambray Shirt, $110

Are you one of those people who can't seem to wear a shirt without spilling something on it? Kelby & Co. has you covered. The New York-based startup has created a collection of button-ups made from Dropel, a 100 percent cotton fabric that repels liquids and resists stains while staying totally soft and breathable. So when the inevitable occurs, just splash a little water on the offending spot and you'll be good to go. Buy it:


Carry-On Cocktail Kits, $24

Just because you're 30,000 feet up in the air doesn't mean you should have to settle for subpar cocktails. These pocket-size kits have everything you need to transform a miniature bottle of booze into a perfect Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule or Gin and Tonic—plus a linen coaster for proper presentation. Buy it:


Vinylify, $55

Create the perfect gift for your favorite vinyl enthusiast (or yourself) with Vinylify, a Dutch startup that lets you create your own custom records. Just upload your selected tracks and cover art to its website and within three to four weeks, a hand-cut 10-inch record will be delivered to your door. Buy it:


Grovemade Walnut Watch, $239

For its first foray into wearables, Portland, Ore.-based Grovemade—known for its wooden Apple accessories—has produced a refreshingly low-tech alternative to the myriad smartwatches flooding the market. Each watch, featuring either a walnut or maple face, displays the time via red and black dots that travel through 12 circular cutouts. Buy it:


ZBoard 2 Pearl, $1,299

Speed up your daily commute (or just relive your high school glory days) with the ZBoard 2, an electric longboard that packs a serious punch. The Pearl model, shown here, can reach speeds of up to 20 mph—pressure-sensitive footpads help you control the pace—and travels up to 24 miles on a single charge. An LED battery meter ensures that you'll never be caught off-guard by running out of juice, while the board's super-bright headlights and taillights will keep you visible even at night. Buy it:

This story first appeared in the Sept. 7 issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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