The 2018 Huckberry Grail Gift Guide
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Behold, the Huckberry Grail Gift Guide. Our second annual list of top-ticket items you’d only ever dream of—born out of lofty “would you rather” scenarios and a pretty thorough scraping of the world wide web. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, including a Montana Ski Resort listed on Craigslist, Italian prefab cabins, and a highly-coveted first edition of On the Road. Listen, we know we probably won’t see these in our stocking come Christmas. But you miss 100% of the gifts you don’t ask for. Right?
The World's First All-electric Sport Utility Truck
An upstate New York company, Bollinger Motors was formed by a team of truck lovers in order to create a vehicle unlike anything else out there—the B1 is the world’s first all-electric sport utility truck. This 4x4 has all the torque and towing capacity of a regular truck but operates silently and with zero emissions. Need more cargo space? Bollinger Motors is also working on the B2 Pickup Truck, which—like the B1— will be all-wheel drive and runs on an all-electric drivetrain but can also haul full 4 x 8-foot sheets of plywood. Both trucks will go to production in 2020, and you can reserve yours now. Bollinger hasn’t released a price yet, but for vehicles this badass, we’re guessing it’s gonna be up there.
Price: to be announced
A Signed First Edition of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
The book that defined a generation and still inspires intrepid souls today, On the Road by Jack Kerouac is the epitome of the Great American Novel. While more than three million copies of the famous travelogue have been sold in the past 60 years, this 1957 first edition is the only one on the market with a personal note from Kerouac himself. Apparently, after his alleged three-week, coffee-fueled writing frenzy that produced this tour de force, the father of the Beat Generation wrote in red crayon.
A Trip to One of Alaska’s Most Remote Fly-in Lodges
Photo: Arturo Polo Ena
One hundred miles from the nearest road, nestled deep within the largest national park in the country (Wrangell St. Elias is the size of Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Switzerland, combined), Ultima Thule can only be reached by bush plane. Each stay at this all-inclusive, family-run Alaskan lodge is a custom experience with unlimited flights. Wanna see some grizzlies? No problem. Salmon fishing? You bet. Glacier landing? Of course. Plane-assisted backcountry skiing? You get the picture. With your own cozy log cabin, fresh Alaskan fish for dinner, and a skilled pilot at your disposal, five nights starting at $9,975 is basically a steal.
Price: 5-night classic package starting at $9,575
The World’s Largest Pocket Knife
Ever been caught without your wire stripper when you suddenly needed to strip some electrical insulation? How about your shoe spike wrench or reamer? We’ve all been there—but never again. The Wenger 16999 Swiss Army Knife Giant boasts 87 implements and 141 functions, so as long as you’ve got this, you’ll never need another tool. Just take it from one of the 200+ five-star reviews: “I tried to file my nails, but in the process I accidentally fixed a small engine that was nearby. Which was nice.” Sure, you might need Paul Bunyon’s pants to actually pocket this one, but that cupped cigar cutter certainly sold us on the $8,500 price tag.
Your Very Own 5-star Montana Ski Resort
Ah, Craigslist—it’s where you found your first apartment, your secondhand couch in college, that blender that broke two weeks after you bought it, and some bizarre personal ads you wish you could erase from your memory. It’s also where you can buy a $3.5-million Montana ski resort. Just 15 miles west of Flathead Lake, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area has 1,400 feet of vertical on 1,000 acres of Flathead National Forest Land as well as three chairlifts and a summit lodge that includes a bar, a restaurant, a ski school, and distant views of Glacier National Park.
Price: $3.5 million
Jean-Michel Basquiat Postcards
If the last postcard you sent was a tourist-ready photo of the Statue of Liberty or the Colessium, it’s time to step up your game. If you want to be sure your letters don’t get thrown away, these original Jean-Michel Basquiat postcards should do the trick. (That is, if you dare to write on them). At $10,000 a pop, these 5.5 by 4.25-inch works of art feature the 1970s New York punk artist’s signature graffiti-style drawings.
Price: $100,000 for a set of 10
3D Pancake Printer
Sure, your dad might have made you Mickey Mouse pancakes when you were a kid, but did he ever make you astronaut-shaped pancakes? How about a pancake of your face? Neither did ours. Luckily, we needn’t be deprived any longer. For $300, the Dash 2.0 Pancake Printer can make you a flapjack in whatever shape you want, just design your pancake on your computer, insert your SD card, and it’ll print your drawing on the griddle for you. Suddenly mornings don’t seem so bad.
A Silent Motorcycle
Swedish-owned sports company, CAKE, is sold out of its Kalk Limited Edition electric motorcycle, but take heart—the Kalk Production Series bike is available for pre-order now and ships as soon as January 1. Designed to be light, quiet, and clean, every component on the Kalk was created specifically for the series. Most importantly, it’s soundless and fume-less, so you can venture off roads, responsibly.
An Italian-made Prefabricated Monocabin
For those itching to live in luxury, off the grid (all of us, right?) Monocabin Prefab is a dream come true. Described by their US distributor, Boutique Homes, as a “Lego set for grown-ups,” these sleek, energy-efficient homes are created in Italy’s design capital (Milan) and can be dropped anywhere you want to settle down—even on the water. They’re modular and completely customizable with add-on options including a prefabricated swimming pool, terrace roller blinds, and a solar energy system. Welcome home.
Price: Starting at $56,000
Balloon Expedition Over Mount Everest
You know that Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, and you know that Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to reach its summit in 1953. What you didn’t know: Mountaineering isn’t the only way to see the 29,029-foot peak with your own eyes. In 1991, Chris Dewhirst and his team became the first and only group to pilot a hot air balloon over Mount Everest—and you could be next. That’s right—for a cool $5,950,000, Dewhirst himself will train you for the rigors of a 30,000-foot flight and take you for the ride of a lifetime—the Balloon Expedition Over Mount Everest.
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