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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you and yours this season! We’ll return with our usual postings on Tuesday, December 28th.

Pictured above: Filigrantrae Wooden Holiday Tree by Trine and Peter Find, $275.00 from A+R Store

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Simus the Rhino and Hattie the Elephant

From our archives (originally published February 23, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate these posable animals. Their hardwood frames and elastic-band muscles will remain durable whether it’s you or a two year old playing around with them. Available for pre-order, with a ship date of around 5/15/2010.

Designer: David Weeks
Material: Sustainably Harvested Beech Wood

Hattie the Elephant, 17 x 8 x 6 inches, $125.00
Simus the Rhino, 12 x 5.5 x 4 inches, $110.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Areaware

Cao Maru Stress Balls

From our archives (originally published May 3, 2010), for your gift list consideration…

I don’t know whether to grrrrrr at the price or awww at how cute they are. Luckily, Makiko Yoshida designed them out of squishy and pliable polyurethane resin, so they’ll hold their shape whether I bear hug them or chuck them at the wall when the credit card bill comes.

Set of four, “white” or “brown”, and 2.75 inches in diameter

Purchase Information:

Price: $152.00
Availability: Buy Cao Maru Stress Balls here

Chess Bottle Stops

Knight and Queen bottle stops? Yes, please. Add these to your list of perfect stocking stuffers.

Designer : David Weeks
Made of wood and cork.
Measurements : H 3.5″ x Dia 1″

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

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Karate Kid Clipboard

From our archives (originally published November 20, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Two wooden parts held together with a rubber band make this unusual clipboard. The lack of metal makes it look a little more warm and friendly than traditional office supply clipboards, don’t you think?

Designed by Simon Donald for spunique. Bands may vary in colour.

Purchase Information:

Price: £12.00
Availability: Buy Karate Kid Clipboard here

Modern Chess Set

From our archives (originally published on September 1, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Designed by Lanier Graham, this modern chess set is notable for its minimal interpretation on traditional pieces. The shape of each piece mirrors its function (Knights have L shapes, Bishops slope diagonally, etc.) and the scale indicates importance. All pieces interlock neatly into a rectangular puzzle for storage.

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Price: $65.00
Available from: MoMA Store

InsideOut Collection Champagne Glass

From our archives (originally published October 2, 2007), for your gift list consideration…

This is one of the more interesting champagne glasses I’ve come across in my many days of perusing online retail stores.

“Besides the visual beauty, there is another extremely convincing argument: your drink simply doesn’t warm as fast as it would in a normal champagne glass as you are not touching it at all and if you really want it cold, chill the glasses in the freezer and create an amazing visual presentation…”

Handmade, 1.5″ (3,8 cm) wide and 9.25″ (23,5 cm) high

Set of 2.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Availability: Buy InsideOut Collection Champagne Glass here

Eames House of Cards

From our archives (originally published October 2, 2007), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

I’ve been a fan of Charles and Ray ever since I first saw their designs. And, man, if you even like the Eames’ a little bit, you should take a look at the film ‘901: after 45 years of working‘ that their son, Eames Demetiros, did of their workshop being packed up for the Library of Congress. It’s pretty amazing.

Small Cards, $25.00
Medium Cards, $45.00
Giant, $50.00
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Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Eames House of Cards here

Bacsac Mobile Gardening Containers

Here’s a perfect gift for a garden loving friend who perhaps only has porch or balcony space.

Imported from France.

Purchase Information:

Price: $108 and up.
Available from: A + R Store

Düller’s 36-Colors Pencil Set+Sketchbook

Here’s a set of 36 colored pencils perfect for your favorite creative-type.

New design Japanese collective IDEA Idea partnered with an old school German art supply firm to create Düller. The mission: Combining Japanese notions of harmony with the German penchant for methodology. There’s parallel symmetry in the same-sized pencil box and sketchbook, and the box and book cover are made from recycled paper (harmony with Mother Earth!). Perfect for the artist or architect or design-loving doodler. The paper is specially crafted for colored pencils. There are 36 colors in this pencil box: red, orange, pink, light blue, white, yellow, yellow-green, green, purple, blue, black, brown, carnelian, vermilion, grey, pale orange, chrome yellow, ultramarine, deep green, Van Dyke brown, magenta, gold, silver, Prussian blue, rose red, sky blue, lemon yellow, emerald green, mandarin orange, wisteria violet, lilac, olive green, peacock blue, leaf green and reddish brown.

Purchase Information:

Price: $66.00
Available from: A + R Store

Superbitus money box

From our archives (originally published October 2, 2007), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

“Superbitus is a one-piece bomb-shaped ceramic money box. Supplied with a white marker to write the purpose of savings.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Availability: Buy Superbitus money box here

Sagaform Wine Decanter

From our archives (originally published December 1, 2008), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

I think as far as wine decanters go, this one is incredibly elegant…might be the perfect gift for a wine lover.

67 oz., Glass, Oak.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Tatebanko Paper Diorama Kits

From our archives (originally published May 22, 2008), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Incredibly affordable, these diorama kits will give enjoyment long after assembly.

‘Tatebanko is the forgotten Japanese art of creating amazing dioramas and scenic perspectives from paper. Tatebanko was popular and widely admired from the 17th century (Edo period) to the early 20th century. Then it all but disappeared. “It’s a Beautiful Day” has now revived and reinterpreted this simple and elegant Japanese art with two new paper craft kits. This kit features Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Beautifully designed and printed in Japan with elegant metallic accents, the kits are nicely packaged A4 size and make a diorama that is 7 1/2” W x 3 1/2” D x 4 7/8” H.’

Hokusai (left): $9.95, Buy it here.
Hiroshige: $9.95, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95
Available from: Brooklyn5and10

Mysqueeze Citrus Squeezer

From our archives (originally published September 24, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

If you love your lemons, feast your eyes upon this citrus squeezer by Roland Kreiter. The innovative torpedo shape allows both sides to be utilized at once, making short work of enough juice for lemonade or your favorite cocktail.

Mysqueeze Citrus Squeezer was a winning entry in mydeco’s “Pure Creativity” competition juried by Philippe Starck.

Also, if you’re interested, Mark Tintner won the pure creativity competition to make a viral film based on the mysqueeze. See it on Vimeo.

Purchase Information:

Price: $67.00
Available from: arango

DIY Paper Guitar

Speaking from personal experience*, these paper puzzles are not for the faint of heart. They do require a bit more patience than the average puzzle, as there’s many complex parts. That said, this guitar (and violin) look amazing and could be a good gift for someone that has the willpower to finish it.

Detailed simulacrum of an actual guitar.
Instructions and display hook included.
Made in Japan.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods