For the Beer Snob
FACT: Beer tastes better when you can open the bottle with one hand. Lucky for you, there's Kebo, the one-handed bottle opener. Fresh from the inventor's workshop, this unique gift is perfect to bring to a party or to stick in a stocking. Kebo, created by Charleston architect Rush Dixon, was inspired by a vintage 1930's opener and perfected through months of experimentation (and more than a few 6 packs). This beautifully designed stainless steel bar tool comes in a retro-styled tin designed by Rush and your favorite elves at SLANT. $24.99 www.rush3studio.com
For your Co-worker who's a Lowcountry Noob
Giving the gift of food without breaking the bank can go one of two ways: 1) bake a loaf of something or 2) hand out a Subway gift card. Either way, you're going to get some fake smiles and a generic "uh..thanks."
Avoid the awkwardness with a gift certificate to one of Charleston's little-known dining secrets: 24 North Market. Tucked away inside the Art Institute, 24 North Market (who's logo was designed by SLANT's very own Connor Lock, a graduate from the Art Institute) is the culinary school's dining room. For only $11, diners can enjoy a fabulous 3-course meal, complete with a delightful signature beverage (of the non-adult variety). A 24 North gift certificate is a great (and affordable) choice for a co-worker who is new to the area. And, hey, you could always sweet talk them to invite you along. www.facebook.com/24NorthMarket
For the App-oholic
This is the best kind of gift - it's of the FREE variety. Do you have a loved one who suffers from chronic Dead Battery Anxiety (DBA)? You know the kind - the otherwise wonderful person who you've seen crawling on the floor of a bar to look for an outlet? Then this app is for them - BatterySense by Philips Consumer Lifestyle (and designed by SLANT) is a free app that recommends what settings to adjust to achieve more battery life while on the go. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/batterysense-by-philips-consumer/id426068946?mt=8