I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- being a TUAW blogger is dangerous in that I see way too much cool stuff that I end up wanting to purchase. The Grantwood Technology MacVelope for MacBook Air is precisely what I'm talking about. Fortunately, these fun interoffice envelope lookalike sleeves have a nice light price tag of US$21.99 (sale price, they're usually $29.99), so I'll be able to spend my January paycheck on it (just kidding).
The MacVelope is a play on what Steve Jobs did at the introduction of the original MacBook Air at Macworld Expo 2008 -- he fished it out of a manila envelope before waving it at the crowd. The MacVelopes come in two flavors, one for the 11" Air and another for the "big" 13" model. Both are made of a yellow vinyl material that's actually a bit more yellow than most manila envelopes I've ever seen, with a velcro closure and a fun red string closure that adds to the illusion. The inside is lined with a soft ballistic nylon that makes sliding the MacBook Air into and out of the case a breeze.
One commenter in Grantwood's online store noted that "the best part is the look on people's faces when a computer comes out of such a small envelope," while another said "it offers a BIT of protection-from-theft in that most casual observers wouldn't assume it contains a laptop." The company also offers a companion bag for $10 that the MacVelope snugs into, but I think I'd just carry my Air in the MacVelope. Click Read More to learn how to enter our giveaway.