The Cosmos 2019 Gift Guide!
For the slim men in your life:
The Crescent Dress Shirt in white ($80): Our very own Head of Community Tanya Zhang is also cofounder of Nimble Made, a brand focused on creating high-quality, custom-made, actually slim dress shirts for men. She’s like the reverse Jason Wu, y’all. This shirt is perfect for friends, partners, and Dad alike!
COSMOS SPECIAL: Enter code COSMOS20 at checkout for an extra 20% off!
For the mom/sister/friend/Youtuber who taught you that perfect winged eyeliner:
Celeste Spektra Stick ($26): This highlighter stick by Jolii Cosmetics will keep you glowing holiday party after holiday party. Bonus points for fitting so easily into a clutch too. Jolii is the brainchild of Sasha Suresh, a beauty entrepreneur born in India and thriving in New York. She’s committed to cruelty-free, vegan, and paraben-free cosmetics, making this a purchase you can feel beautiful about inside and out.
For the foodie friend who always has the best Yelp recs:
Nguyen Coffee Supply “Loyalty” Signature Blend ($19): Did you know that Vietnam is the 2nd largest coffee producer in the world and the #1 producer of robusta beans? This is news for many of us, which is what inspired entrepreneur and award-winning filmmaker Sahra Nguyen to put Vietnamese coffee on the map! Her latest project, Nguyen Coffee Supply, is the first specialty Vietnamese coffee company importing directly from family farm in Vietnam and fresh roasting weekly in Brooklyn, NY. The “Loyalty” blend features notes of cacao, pomelo, almond, and smoked caramel… making it the perfect way to stay warm this winter.
Jia! The Food of Swatow and the Teochew Diaspora ($25): Teoswa is the local pronunciation of Chaoshan (潮汕), the region in China's eastern Guangdong Province comprising the cities of Teochew (Chaozhou), Swatow (Shantou), and Gigyong (Jieyang). We’re already hungry (and homesick) for dishes like the Swatow Beef Kway Teow Soup. These delicious recipes are perfect to try out for family dinners, holiday potlucks, or for your Saturday night in.
I Am Grounded (Dark Chocolate + Candied Quinoa) Chocolate ($7.75): Finally, we can have our chocolate AND a dose of mindfulness!! Each yummy artisanal chocolate bar is made with an intention by W3, three women (Amanda, Naomi, Sritha) from three different continents. We can’t wait to see more collabs like this!
For the cultured friend who takes you to museums and loves nerding out with you:
Rachel Nguyen's course on business momentum ($68 for Special VIP cohort, course starts Jan 8): SCHOOL is a video-based platform featuring skill-building classes for creative entrepreneurs founded by Internet-born creative Dani Roche. We love their commitment to free education access for all. For every course sold, the same course is made available to a marginalized community for two months. What better way to kick off the season of giving?
Slant’d Issue 2: Light and Dark ($25): Their most provocative issue to date, Issue 2's theme is Light and Dark and features stories in the form of personal essays, poetry, photography, and illustration from 20 #badasians. Spoiler alert: You’ll find an exclusive essay from our founders about the light and dark sides of building The Cosmos, including hard lessons learned! Grab your copy and let us know what you think.
COSMOS SPECIAL: Enter code COSMOS20 at checkout for 20% off Issue 02! Valid until 12/31.
The Rare Orchid: Washi Tape Variety Pack ($27.50): The Rare Orchid specializes in selling hand-silkscreened Japanese paper and paper goods. TRO is owned by Meredith Lee, a 5th generation Chinese-American from the San Francisco Bay Area who started her business as a part-time hobby while doing social work in Hawaii. We’re obsessed over the colorful prints and might end up washi taping everything in sight.
COSMOS SPECIAL: Use THECOSMOS30 for 30% OFF your entire order from now until December 11th!
For the friend who’s committed to prioritizing her mental health:
Free Therapy Consultation: Dr. Leilani Crane is a Filipina-American psychologist and therapist who has dedicated her career to ensuring therapy is accessible and available to individuals from multicultural backgrounds. If you’re thinking about giving therapy a try or curious whether it’s right for you, a free consultation is a great way to start.
COSMOS SPECIAL: Contact Dr. Crane on her website and mention that you've been referred by the Cosmos to redeem your free 30-minute consultation.
For the friend that can always #makeitfashion:
Dumpling Tote ($25) by Jocelyn Tsaih, an Oakland-based artist by way of Shanghai and Taipei. It’s a dumpling tote. It’s so cute. Do we need more in life??
Organic Indigo Cosmetic Pouch ($40) by Kah Mun Ng. All colored fabrics are dyed with natural wastes using only natural fibers, making this handmade gift truly one-of-a-kind. These pouches are not only easy on the eyes, but super useful for organizing our lives, backpacks, and purses.
Delicate Moon Necklace on 14k gold chain ($40) by Ellen Su’s P I X I U. Delicate, beautiful, and that MOON? YAS.
BNG’s online art shop ($15-300) by Cosmos Creative Director Bianca Ng! Exhausted by the suffocating standards of modern womanhood, Bianca’s latest series tackles the frustrating and often contradictory expectations women are pressured to live by. Her series “Defying Dualities” illustrates 31 individual women’s experiences with these hypocritical social scripts. Through visual storytelling, Bianca found her voice and empowered other women to speak their truth as well. Purchasing her limited edition art prints or original artwork is a beautiful way to support a friend without needing to find the right words.
COSMOS SPECIAL: Use COSMOS20 at checkout for an extra 20% off original framed artwork from “Defying Dualities”. Does not apply to art prints from “A Better Conversation with Myself”. Valid until 2019.
Holyrad Studio Kickstarter Pledge ($100 or whatever you can contribute): Daryl Oh and the Holyrad team are committed to making freelance creative professions more accessible via the generative power of community. Members at Holyrad Studio get access to a beautiful studio space, video equipment, lighting, and tools that can be cost-prohibitive to freelancers getting their work off the ground. If this resonates with you, check out their Kickstarter campaign to open Holyrad’s second studio space to serve creatives in NYC. A $100 pledge gets you a Limited Edition 11 x 14 Print Of Daryl’s Personal Photo Work (peep her work here) and supports their incredible mission to make more creatives' dreams come true.