ACCESSORIES

Mozart Wooden Musical Sphere

This is a must have for a Mozart fan. It’s a handcrafted wooden musical box (sphere) that plays “Voi Che Sapete” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. The sphere makes it special, of course, but please don’t just put in on a shelf to look at; occasionally turn the key to hear the 18-note chime play the music, because that is its function, after all.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Nova 68

Menorah by Josh Owen

How about a hefty menorah? This one by Josh Owens is made of solid cast iron and has an integrated tray to catch wax drippings (or a used match). Happy Hanukkah!

Also, if you’re looking for a menorah, take a look at the Jewish Museum Shops… they’ve got plenty of good ones.

Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 3.5 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Areaware

Richard Tipping Signs

Designed by Richard Tipping, these signs play with familiar images and text that will have you looking twice.

Open/Closed Sign, $18.00, from Design Warehouse Sante Fe
‘Come in we’re Closed’ or ‘Sorry We’re Open’. Either way just isn’t right for most folks. Durable plastic. 8″ H | 12″ D

One Day Sign, $16.00, from Design Warehouse Sante Fe
Defeatist and yet optimistic, this sign might get you going in the right direction if you remember to look for it. Pressed aluminum. 2″ H | 6″ W

Also, the Tate Online Shop has a couple of Richard Tipping Signs too (for example: Wrong Day, £12.50).

Originally posted Oct 19, 2009.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Design Warehouse Sante Fe

EcoSphere

This might be the best gift ever, unless the recipient is extremely clumsy. It’s a whole ecosystem completely enclosed in handblown glass. With sufficient light and a comfortable room temperature, the shrimp, algae and microbes will coexist peacefully in their own little world without any help. Plus, when the life span of 2 to 3 years is up (some have lived up to 10 years), each EcoSphere comes with a replacement, recharge or upgrade policy.

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Price: $54.95 - 395.00

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Available from: Ecosphere on Amazon

Origami Sticky Notes

If you have a plethora of sticky notes around your workspace, just think how nice would it be to make a little origami from them instead of chucking them in the bin. You could take a tiny creative break whenever you complete the task or no longer need the note. I’m sure it would help the day go by a bit easier.

Each pad has instructions for 10 different shapes (pig; penguin; boat; crane; butterfly; squirrel; lily and water bomb)

Originally posted Aug 18, 2009.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.99
Available from: ThinkGeek

Archie Grand Notebooks

Keep track of your friends and foes with these colorful notebooks, or just pretend like you do and use it for notes and sketches instead (which would be my recommendation).

-matte satin cardstock cover
-160 blank pages of Lessebo Linn paper with sewn signatures.
Designer: Archie Grand, Sweden
Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 6 1/2″

Also available at Archie Grand, €11.95.

Originally published October 8, 2009.

Purchase Information:

Price: $13.00
Available from: Jasper + Black

Slalom Steerable Sled

Remember how this week we’ll be updating our Gifts section? Well, if you’re lucky enough to have some snow, consider this for a gift this year…

When life gives you snow, you go sledding, obviously. Made from 5/8” thick marine-grade molded plywood, this fully steerable sled will hopefully help you and/or your kids fly down the hill safe and sound (and, of course, super fast).
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Price: $149.00
Available from: imaginechildhood.com

Gift Tag Stamp Kit

Sometimes minimal decoration on presents and packages looks much better than a bunch of fancy bows, case in point is this gift tag stamp from Yellow Owl Workshop. To win recycling points, use newspapers or paper grocery bags for wrapping, and then some string and this stamp to state the giver/recipient. Ta-da. You’re done.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Yellow Owl Workshop

Sale: Match Candleholders

Update: These are now on sale from $75.00 to $18.75! Craziness.

This is so smart. These candleholders have a vent for a match, eliminating the burnt finger scenario that often occurs with tealights. As I’ve caught the holiday-gift bug, it’s necessary to mention they’d be a good present option, no matter the event or recipient. Actually, on second thought, that might get you into trouble. Maybe make sure the recipient is somewhat interested in decor/candles, then it’s a safe bet. One set includes 4 Candleholders.

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Price: $18.75

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Available from: DWR

Pencil Holder from Travelteq

Travelteq just added this Pencil Holder to their shop and it sure looks like a nice way to store your pencils, color or otherwise. Handmade from Florentine Vacchetta leather, it certainly has a Patrician flair, especially compared to what you’d find at a student art shop, and I’d be willing to bet it’ll stay intact after years of use. It fits 19 pencils; color pencils from Bruynzeel included.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €65.00
Availability: Buy Pencil Holder from Travelteq here

Locus 3-way Mechanical Writing Instrument

‘Mechanical writing instrument’ sounds a bit technical, yet that’s the best way to describe this combined ballpoint, mechanical pencil, and eraser. Switch between the three by pushing the clip- it’s that simple. If you’re wanting to minimize your belongings in your bag or on your desk, this could definitely help you on your way. From Japanese design house Metaphys.
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Price: $86.00
Available from: A+R Store

Ania Tumblers

How about some traditional Polish motifs for your table this winter? Monika Lubkowska-Jonas (of British design house LSA International) was inspired by the traditional folk craft of paper-cutting, and as you can see, the handmade glasses look like they’d brighten up your libations in no time. Available in a set of 4; choose between several different colors.
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Price: $37.50
Available from: Lekker Home

AudioBulb

Hmm, an AudioBulb. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a light bulb that has a speaker in it. It’s an LED light bulb, of course, so it’ll last for years (as it should be if you’re shelling out a Franklin for it). Music plays wirelessly from your iPod/iPhone/auxiliary input source and installation is simple. Twist in the AudioBulb in a lamp or a light socket and then connect your device to the standalone base. You can have up to 8 bulbs and 2 different zones. Sounds like a pretty good idea, doesn’t it?
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Price: $299.00
Available from: GiiNii

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Vinyl Puzzle

Somehow a puzzle is the perfect past time during holiday family gatherings. Get this puzzle for the person who loves their vinyl, and watch them exclaim over titles that should (or should not) be in their collection. Or you could just get it as a history lesson for kids that have never seen a record collection… “So, back in the day, they used to have these flat vinyl disks that music was stored on…”
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Nest

Röshults Log Wood Basket

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace that works, you might be in need of a wood basket. This one is super simple and made of coated iron, so it’ll be sturdy enough for cords of wood, year after year. Designed by Thomas Bernstrand.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop