Grid Gift Guide 2011: Chic Geek

Chic Geek

written & curated by katie winkler | photos by lucas hardison & melissa mcfeetersFingerless gloves? Check. Wool socks? Check. Handcrafted hat and shirt? Chic! Don’t be Scrooge-y. That PA-manufactured folding bike isn’t going to put itself under the tree. The stylin’ urbanite in your life won’t know how to thank you. Then you can tell him where to go and how to get there with help from GRID’s good friend, Julie Lorch’s Where to Bike: Philadelphia.

#1: Commonwealth Proper Proudly handmade here in Philly, CP shirts promote timeless style, perfect fit and personalized details. Custom shirt about $175

#2: Brooks BioMoGo Sneakers These sneaks have the first-ever biodegradable midsole, are made with 75% post-consumer recycled materials, and use water-based adhesives and non-toxic dyes. $89.95 at Philadelphia Runner

#3: Fingerless Gloves Party In My Pocket’s gloves use wool from WWII-era wrist warmers and deerskin on the palm. Super warm and stretchy. Choose your own wool at pimpgloves.com. $65 at Art in the Age

#4: Reload Flight Pack This heavy duty, waterproof backpack has a plush, lightweight and waterproof liner inside and waxed brown canvas outside. $215 at Reload Bags, Bicycle Revolutions, Bicycle Therapy and Firehouse Bicycles

#5: Endless Hats Made by Emily Weisgerber of Bloomsburg, Pa., these handcrafted hats are a great addition to anyone’s winter wardrobe. $45 at Bicycle Revolutions

#6: Woolrich Socks Durable socks with a lifetime guarantee. The Pine Creek two-pack of ravel-free socks will keep you warm forever. $24.99 at I Goldberg

#7: Klean Kanteen Reflect Crafted from sustainably-harvested bamboo, food-grade silicone and stainless steel. Great for the minimalist. $32.99 at Big Green Earth Store

#8: GreenSmart Komodo Laptop Sleeve Made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Has a specially designed gusset so your laptop can breathe. $49.99 at The Big Green Earth Store

#9: Where to Bike: Philadelphia Embark on an adventure with this guide of more than 80 bike rides in and around the city. $29.99 at Keswick Cycle and other bike shops and bookstores

#10: Vers Ear Buds  Sleek earbuds crafted with sustainably sourced hardwoods & bamboo. For every tree used Vers plants 100.  $50 at Adorn Boutique

#11: Rogue Theory VERT These hip handmade wallets come in dozens of patterns. Made by Philly gals with a passion for design and functionality. $8 at Nice Things Handmade or RogueTheory on Etsy

#12: Xooter Folding Bike Made in Pennsylvania, this folding road bike is super light and stable. A great eight-speed ride. $749 at Philadelphia Electric Wheels

#13: Blackburn Flea Perfect for any cyclist, this compact rechargeable tail light has four super-bright red LEDs, and includes a USB and solar charger. $39.99 at Keswick Cycle

#14: Madrobes Jacket Made from recycled bottles and built to handle chaotic weather during everyday commutes and workouts. $140 at Bicycle Revolution