2nd Day Air/Next Day Air Shipping Specials

Now – Thursday 12/22 until 12:30pm: We’re offering UPS Next Day Air (normally $35-$75) for a flat rate of $25 (Alaska & Hawaii $35) Another option is UPS 2nd Day Air with Saturday delivery for $20 (we’ll assume all 2nd Day Air orders want Saturday delivery, but you can add that in the comments box during checkout, too.)

And then:
Thursday 12/22 after 12:30pm – Friday 12/23 at 3:00pm: We’re offering UPS Next Day Air with Saturday delivery for $30 (normally $35-$75 plus a $10 Saturday delivery charge) and we’re extending our shipping cut-off time until 3:00pm to allow for those last minute orders.

Synapses for the Undead?

A few weeks ago, we received an order for a couple of dozen of our Synapse backpacks from Undead Labs for their employees as holiday gifts.

They look normal enough, but these people are trained zombie fighters. So, if you see one of them on the bus, or waiting in line in front of you for an espresso, and they have a Synapse with the “Undead Labs” logo embroidered on it, give ‘em a nod of appreciation and say “thanks for a zombie-free planet” (unless they look like the walking dead, in which case we’ve made a terrible mistake.)

P.S. We don’t do embroidery in-house, but we can often work with customers who want a batch of embroidered bags – give us a call (1-800-729-9607) to discuss your needs.

Starting now: UPS 2nd Day Shipping $15

We’re offering UPS 2nd Day Air (normally $25-55) for $15 now through Wednesday 12/21 at 12:30pm. No coupon code necessary; simply select HOLIDAY SPECIAL UPS 2nd Day Air shipping during the checkout process for guaranteed 12/23 delivery.

Questions? Email us, call us (1-800-729-9607) or ask us on Twitter — we’re here and happy to help.

Derek Sivers Uses This (Tri-Star)

Derek Sivers uses the TOM BIHN Tri-Star

The Setup is a collection of nerdy interviews, asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done. Check out their interview with Derek Sivers, TED speaker and founder of CD Baby. We recommend you visit The Setup to read the very interesting interview. To cut to the Bihn-relevant part: “I’ve been living out of a carry-on bag for a few years, until recently, so the less, the better.” And that carry-on bag is our Tri-Star:

Starting Now: UPS 3 Day Select Shipping $10

To help make sure you get your order on December 23rd, we’re offering UPS 3 Day Select shipping (normally $17-$55) for a flat $10 anywhere in the continental U.S. (hey Alaska and Hawaii: UPS 3 Day is technically a “ground” service, so…) through Tuesday, Dec. 20th at 12:30pm PST — simply select Holiday Special 3 Day Select shipping during checkout.

Questions? Email us, call us (1-800-729-9607) or ask us on Twitter — we’re here and happy to help.

Holiday Shipping Update

Monday, December 19th by 12:30pm PST: Last day for folks in the Mid-West to place an order with UPS Ground as their shipping method with guaranteed delivery by or on December 23rd. East Coast folks: you’ll need to select UPS 3 Day Select as your shipping method to ensure December 23rd delivery. Tomorrow is the last day for West Coast folks not in Washington or Oregon to choose UPS Ground.

Questions? Want to make sure your order arrives in time? Email us or call us (1-800-729-9607) — we’re here and happy to help. As always, we strongly recommend putting the exact date you need your order by in the comments box during checkout.

Tom’s Favorite Gift to Give

The Aeronaut Maximum Carry-On Travel Bag

People often ask me at this time of year which bag I most often give as a gift. My answer? The Aeronaut. Pretty much everyone I know travels at some point. They fly to Europe, Hawaii, take road trips to the Southwest, get a sitter and escape for a weekend to the coast, take their first real vacation in five years, visit family on the East Coast, or go on that round-the-world trip they’ve always dreamed of. The Aeronaut is as close I get to being able to come along with them.

As a musician and member of The Ecclestons, my friend Greg Madill tours all over the world. When I was first designing the Aeronaut, Greg and his wife Lorena were set to go on a trip to Italy. I gave Greg one of the first prototypes of the Aeronaut to test.

My friends Robert and Maggie went to Paris for their honeymoon, so his-and-hers Aeronauts made perfect sense as a wedding gift. Robert reports:
“My wife and I were given a pair of Aeronauts as a wedding gift, and we took them on our honeymoon. I try never to check bags, so the size is great. The handles on three sides of the Aeronaut make the bag super manageable, from the trunk of the car to the seat on the airplane. The shoulder straps deploy fast enough for that moment when you realize you need to run to the gate, then disappear just as quickly. We love these bags, and we’ve used them every time we’ve travelled. Six years later they show no signs of wear.”

Shop Bags make great gifts, too: pretty much everyone shops at the grocery store or the farmer’s market. And if anyone I gave an Aeronaut to didn’t get the full set of Packing Cubes and other accessories (3D Clear Organizer Cube, Clear Quarter Packing Cube, RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Packing Cube Backpack, Packing Cube Shoulder Bag) they might this time around. Some of my favorite non-TOM BIHN stuff to give includes items from CB’s Nuts, wine from Bill Frick and and Oliver Schroer‘s CD “Camino”.


Bob’s “Aeronauts in Italy” Poster

I set up my friends Bob and Susan with Aeronauts for their honeymoon trip to Italy. Their shared love of art (Bob was an amazing artist), good food (Susan is an amazing cook), and other cultures made Italy an obvious choice for a destination. Upon returning from their trip, Bob gave me a watercolor showing their two Aeronauts in front of a montage of noteworthy Italian sites: The Dolomites, Florence, Torino and Venice.

Sadly, Bob died in 2010. He left to Susan his journals, full of stories, art, and recollections. Bob isn’t the kind of guy you’d ever forget, but his journals help us remember him in fine detail. To celebrate Bob’s artistry, we are offering fine-art quality giclée prints of his “Aeronauts in Italy” watercolor. All proceeds from the sale of the poster will be donated to the Bob Boardman memorial scholarship at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

– Tom

Gifts for….. + Holiday Shipping Update

Gifts for..... + Holiday Shipping Update
The Kit is popular amongst gift-givers this year.

If you’re shopping with us for the holidays, note that you can shop care-free until December 16th at 12:30pm Pacific Time. After that, you’ll want to check out our Holiday Shipping Schedule to make sure your order arrives on or before December 24th. But if you’re a last minute shopper kinda person, don’t worry: we’ll be here shipping all the way until the afternoon of December 23rd for delivery on the 24th.

Travelers: Travel Tray, 3D Clear Organizer Cube, Aeronaut, Tri-Star, RFID Blocking Passport Pouch, Western Flyer, Co-Pilot, Kit, Clear Quarter Packing Cube

Students: Clear Organizer Pouches, Brain Bag, Smart Alec, Freudian Slip, Snake Charmer, Super Ego, Field Journal Notebook

People with dogs: Citizen Canine and a Krebs Recycle leash

Knitters: Swift, Swift in Cork, Little Swift, Yarn Stuff Sacks, Clear Organizer Pouches, and Travel Tray

People with laptops: (if you know the make/model of their laptop) Cadet, Cache, ID, Brain Cell, Empire Builder, Brain Bag, Super Ego

Those who might already have a TOM BIHN bag: Color Key Straps, Cork Organizer Pouches, Clear Organizer Wallet, Guardian Light

Difficult people: Organizer Pouches. We haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like them.

Secret Santa gifts: Cork, Clear, Ballistic, Padded, Dyneema/nylon or Cordura Organizer Pouches, Guardian Light, Shop Bag, Travel Tray, Kit, Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth

Gifts that’ll they’ll use for years to come: everything we make.

Seattle Store open Weds/Thurs/Fri/Sat this week

Our Seattle retail store/factory showroom is open four days this week: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am – 4pm and Saturday from 12pm – 5pm. See you here!

4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134

Seattle Store Open Wednesday and Saturday