1. Eco-friendly Essential
Stylish and environmentally chic, the A2B Metro e-bike by HeroEco (www.heroeco.com) provides a smooth and technologically advanced ride powering up to 20 mph–as fast as one can cruise without a license. Offering the option of alternating between the pedals and the motor, this urban wheeler offers a 500-watt electric motor, power-on-demand acceleration, 3-inch-wide tires that have puncture protection, and front and rear lights for nighttime riding. $3,099
2. A Musical History and 3. A Classic Collection
Formed in 1887, Columbia Records introduced the world to a variety of singers across genres. 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story (Chronicle Books; $45) by Sean Wilentz provides an illustrative history of the recording business, race relations, and the legendary talents Columbia recorded.
The 25th Anniversary of Graceland box set (www.paulsimon.com) honors Paul Simon’s controversial, but much-celebrated collaboration with musicians from South Africa. The set comprises two CDs, a deluxe book, notes, lyrics, and two DVDs: the original 1987 “African Concert” and the documentary film Under African Skies. $106
4. Light Up
The right tools make cigar smoking an art: ST Dupont Black Chinese Lacquer with Yellow Gold Finishes: $1,300; ST Dupont Ligne 1 Yellow Gold Diamond Head Lighter: $825; Davidoff 5 Robusto Cigar Case in Havana Leather Finish: $209; Davidoff Double Guillotine Cutter in White Gold Plate and Diamonds: $5,000 (www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com/shops/davidoff-of-geneva-ny).
5. Touch for Taste
With 3,500 interactive recipes from 100 acclaimed chefs, a Web browser, and personalization and friend-sharing options, the unique, kitchen-proof la tablette QOOQ (www.qooq.com/en/) from France is the first touch tablet for aspiring chefs. $399
6. House Call
Fashioned after a doctor’s satchel, the Bombay Bar Bag is complete with bar tools such as a Boston shaker, Japanese bar spoon, bird’s nest strainer, muddler, ice pick, squeezer, and more. Perfect for the on-the-go party planner. $495