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About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)

 
 

Friday Links

Pocket Art Director, $16

– Quartz asked 40 leaders What’s the Best Gift You’ve Ever Received?

The Ultimate Guide To Winning Your White Elephant Gift Exchange Using Game Theory

Solo Stove (This will most likely be a post next week.)

– Elle Decor: How to Eat Sushi (But, you already know this, right?)

– If you or someone you know is preggers: Baby Keepsake Box

– Kid-proof outlet: SafeLight

– YouTube: Amazon Go

Salto, the jumping robot. Anyone else a little scared?

CHADHAUS Wish List 2016

To kick off this season’s sharing of wish lists, Emily and Chad Robertson from Chadhaus have been kind enough to find time away from their design studio to send a list of things they’d like to give and get. Thank you both for sharing!

1. NATALIE JOY JEWELRY ARC HOOPS, $80.00, or NATALIE JOY RECTANGLE HOOPS, $80.00

2. IITALA TEEMA PITCHER, $35.99

3. RED WING HERITAGE WORK CHUKKA, $260.00

4. FILSON TOTE BAG, $195.00

5. FREEMAN COMMODORE CADET VEST, $165.00

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Magic Jar Scarf Kit

Okay, this is a fun gift. Artist Shabd Simon-Alexander has given the power of alchemy over to you (or your recipient). A jar of a non-toxic blend of permanent dyes and fixatives is paired with a silk crepe de chine scarf for a special, one-of-a-kind accessory. Simply add water, wait an hour while the dyes are released, and then admire the result. Fun!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $78.00
Available from: MoMA Store

RBT Barware

Hmm, this set of barware from RBT is sure worth a second glance. Take a look at the collection. There’s an aerator with faceted acrylic top, a decanter made of borosilicate glass, a tabletop corkscrew (for the uncoordinated-yet-stylish amongst us?), a metal Wing Corkscrew, and more. All feature the signature black and gold color scheme, which keeps your bar area looking sharp. You’ll look like you know what you’re doing, even when you don’t.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 150.00
Available from: RBT

The Natural Balance, Self-Watering Flowerpot

This cute little flowerpot hides a trick up its sleeve, as it has a hidden reservoir that keeps the soil of the plant hydrated. A water-permeable, earthenware partition lets water soak through gradually, giving your plant just enough water right when it needs it. When the pot needs more water, it will tip to its side, making it very obvious you need to grab the watering can. Only when you fill the reservoir back up will the pot return to its normal, upright position. Interested? Back the project over at Kickstarter.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €39.00
Available from: Kickstarter

G-RO Carry-On Bag

Need new luggage for your holiday travels? Maybe something that can tackle rough roads and cracked sidewalks in all sorts of weather? Take a look at the G-Ro Carry-On Bag’s all-terrain wheels. They’re built to handle any terrain, and because of their larger diameter, the load is closer to its center of gravity. That means the bag balances better and feels lighter as you pull it around all those future, far-flung destinations.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $550.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Helsinki Paper Bag Holder

If you have a bunch of paper bags that aren’t being utilized, you may want to add this item by Helena Mattila to your cart*. The Helsinki Paper Bag Holder is simply a black metal frame that’s designed to hold paper bags, thus making it exceptionally appropriate for sorting your recycling or stacking magazines and newspapers. Find a suitable cloth bag that fits on the frame, and you’ve got a laundry or toy storage option. So, plonk down your $26 (sale today only, $35 usually) and know that you’ll be reusing all those extra bags very soon. Note: set two of these frames with bags next to each other and add a third bag in between for more storage.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.90
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Pebble Cheese Board and Accessories

If you go completley bonkers over cheese, you’ll look way less crazy if you eat your fromage (said with a French accent) on something as sleek as the Pebble Cheese Board. Bonus sophistication points if you use the accompanying accessories to shovel that precious Gouda and Gruyère into that mouth of yours, as the curves on the black cutting utensils are elegant and the silicone handles ensure a good grip and safe delivery. And, yes, of course, any (or all) of the pieces could be a good gift for your favorite turophile as well. Be sure to check out the Craft Salt and Pepper Cellars and Shakers by Simon Legald as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00 - 75.00
Available from: Gretel Home

Crank Brothers Multi 19 Tool

Multi-tools are must-haves, don’t you think? Whether you keep one on you, in your car, or on your bicycle, you’re prepared for almost anything with a multi-tool. They’re way easier than carrying around than a toolbox, that’s for sure. The Crank Brothers Multi 19 Tool features side grips for a secure handhold and includes a spoke wrench, a chain tool, hex wrenches, open wrench, screwdrivers, and torx. And, yes, I had to look up torx. Also, if you are (or know) a cyclist, do check out the Crane E-Ne Bell in black, also available from the same retailer.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $33.95
Available from: Handsome

Brass Pencil and Case

Know someone that’s always writing and sketching with a pencil? Pair Miho Hashimoto’s Brass Pencil with the Brass Pencil Case for a thoughtful gift. The pencil fits inside its holder for a more compact writing utensil, while the case is the perfect spot to keep an extra couple of favorite pens and other necessities. Both holder and case will change color over time as they oxidize.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00 - 40.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Lego Architecture

The phrase ‘fun for the whole family!’ keeps running through my head when I look through the whole of Lego Architecture. And, in fact, building any of the well known structures and monuments will be fun for your whole family, as everyone can participate. Some of my favorites are harder to find and a bit more expensive (Villa Savoye, Farnsworth House, etc.), but look around and see if there’s one or two that might scratch your Lego itch. They may even be collectible further in the future, so, it’s an investment, really, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.99+
Available from: LEGO

Friday Links

– Yes, please: Galaxy Wrapping Paper (via apartmenttherapy)

– Get a daily email of suggested actions to help others and reduce the impact of racism, sexism, class and income inequality, disability discrimination, and more: actionnow

– Tiny and efficient: Elos Skateboard

Christmas Drawing book

– 10 easy-to-follow tips: Retirement Rules

Stop the iPhone Calendar Spam

5 Ways to be a Silent Trump Protestor (Sorry, Trump supporters.)

Enjoy your first weekend of December!

Impossible I-1 Analog Instant Camera

Remember the Impossible Project’s I-1 Analog Instant Camera, the camera system that uses the original Polaroid® format from way back when? It may be a gift consideration for those that have been extremely nice. It comes with an accompanying I-1 App, which lets you control aperture and shutter speed. Autofocus and ring flash (eight LED’s plus it counts how many photos are left on the film) makes anyone’s photo skills shine, and there will be an actual instant photo to show off, give away, or frame. Oh, and, of course, images can be uploaded to social channels via the app as well. Hip, hip, hooray!
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Impossible

Stuart & Lau Portfolio Case

Another laptop sleeve? You may be sort of sick of seeing leather sleeves, but I can’t help but point out how sophisticated an attache can be compared to a ragged-y old backpack or beat-up bag. It fits 13″ devices, and each one is handcrafted in New York City. Perhaps it could be a nice gift for someone who likes nice things?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $188.00
Available from: Spring

Duo Coffee Steeper

More coffee paraphernalia for your consideration… The Duo Coffee Steeper features two chambers to produce the the richness of immersion brewing but with a cleaner taste. Your hot water and coffee steeps in the upper chamber, then once your brew reaches the right strength, you twist the silicone center to let it flow through 2 stainless steel filters into the lower carafe. Twist it again and you’ve locked the chamber for pouring from the spout. Pretty easy, and relatively compact- it may even be a good option to bring with you on your travels, if you’re picky about your coffee.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: A+R Store