During my senior year of high school, I was given what I still count as one of the best gifts I've ever received. It was a tool set. Nothing fancy - just a hammer, some screwdrivers, and a cordless drill that died after 23 seconds of use. When I received it (it was given to me by my friend's brilliant and thoughtful dad), I thought it was cute and sweet, but not much more. It wasn't until after I moved into my first apartment that I realized just how awesome of a gift this was. You never stop to think about buying a hammer until you actually need a hammer.
FabCab is short for Fabulous Cabin and it lives up to its name. The timber frame kit home debuted at the 2010 Seattle Home Show to onlookers' delight. The kit is shipped to the homeowner and then erected by a licensed contractor. Is it DIYable? Since the kit comes in pre-cut parts, possibly, if you have experience with construction of that sort.
Urban Outfitters SuperHeadz Plamodel DIY 35mm Camera ($28) would be a great way to see just how a camera works. Much like a model car kit, the camera comes in parts that you separate and then snap together, but unlike the scaled-down versions of cars, this kit produces a working camera--albeit without a flash. The kit includes a vinyl bag, wrist strap and screw driver. No batteries are required for opperation and it takes good old 35mm film.
Fortunately, the Cold War is over. But unfortunately, there's no more swinging bachelor pad-ish bomb shelters floating about the suburbs.
Still, emergencies can happen, especially if you live in geographic area with a higher risk of natural disasters. Keeping a few items on hand will put you in the best place in case a blackout occurs.
Matches. Get a whole box, and keep them dry. Keeping a couple candles nearby is always advisable. If you have a...