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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)


Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays to you! Hopefully the end-of-the-year festivities will bring you joy, and you’ll get plenty of rest so you can start the new year out right.

Gifts, again

Are you sick of gift guides and talk of gift giving? Instead of looking at yet another gift round up, browse through our tagged gifts for the perfect item for your favorite friends and family members.

Gifts for Him

Just a few ideas for you in case you’re stuck…

1. 500 lumens with three light settings and USB port with 30” cord for charging other devices: Trailblazer Flashlight, $100.00

2. To keep him warm: Cashmere Crew, $100.00

3. H2 in Silver Cloud, $199.00

4. Closed Helix Keyring, $30.00

5. The Intrepid Gent Men’s Essentials Kit by Aesop, $92.00

Gifts for Him

6. Louise Bourgeois Card Case, $20.00

7. B&O Play P2 Speaker in Natural, $169.00

8. Komono Walther Watch in Nero, $180.00

9. Stylish and minimal: The Nylon Square Backpack, $58.00

10. So he can sew his initials (or favorite curse word) on anything: DIY Embroidery Kit, $30.00

11. Rosewood Bottle Opener, $59.00

Gifts for Him

12. Show some humanity: The 100% Human Pin (3-Pack), $18.00

13. Lue Shoehorn, $142.00

14. X-Cap Light Up Hat, $35.00

15. Nimbe Clock, $165.00

16. For his eyes, 200 revelatory images in Evolution: A Visual Record, $40.00

17. Cool, sculptural Tetra Soap, $23.00

For more inspiration, check out all the items tagged in our Gifts Section.

Titanium Multi-Tool Collar Stays

These collar stays are the sort of thing a modern day MacGyver would have as it incorporates a half-phillips screwdriver, slotted screwdriver, thread cutter, and a bottle opener (no paperclip, though, sorry). Now, how often you’d need all of those functions, who knows, but some of them are bound to come in handy sooner or later. Like when you discover an errant thread on your way to an important meeting, or when you’re stuck in an elevator… with a few bottles of beer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

PBspoon: The Perfect Peanut Butter Spoon

I know, I know, we all want to minimize kitchen clutter, but this spoon/spatula is meant for scooping, spreading, and scraping peanut butter. There’ll be little to no waste when you use the PBspoon, because it features both a rounded and square edge, which gets at every nook and cranny of those jars. And, of course, a flat backside helps you efficiently spread your spreads onto your favorite bread. Use it for butters, nut butters, jams or other condiments.

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Delfonics A4 Briefcase Set

Get someone this Delfonics A4 Briefcase Set. Why? It includes a blush pink Rollbahn A5 Notebook, a black glossy Rollbahn Pocket Notebook, a Wood Ball Pen in silver, a Wood Sharp Pencil in white, and a white Delfonics A4 Document Case to keep everything together. What else will they need to sketch out their next great idea? Nothing.

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00
Available from: Need Supply

Dearborn Glassware

What says ‘grown-up glassware’ more than the $70 per piece price tag of the Dearborn Glassware? Maybe the intricate, fluted Borosilicate glass, or the knowledge that each piece was expertly created by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic. Borosilicate glass, if you didn’t know, gives thermal resistance, which translates into a durability appropriate for daily use- it’s safe to use in ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers- and that gives us all a little more understanding to the collection’s value (and, ultimately, the aforementioned price tag). Now on sale.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00 - 75.00
Available from: Alchemy Fine Home

Gifts for the Homebody

How about gifts for someone that loves staying home? You know, a nice vase, a few coasters, a good tray, and the like.

Naturally Cooling Ceramic Wine Cooler

When you’re drinking rosé or white wine, do you really want to deal with ice and buckets? Nope. Get yourself this Ceramic Wine Cooler from Magisso and then pat yourself on the back for making chilled drinks that much easier.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: A+R Store

Friday Links

The Internet is under attack. This is the Battle for the Net. and Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now

2017 in Photos: Wrapping Up the Year

I Tried Emailing Like A CEO And Quite Frankly, It Made My Life Better

Richard Woods Lumio

The Cat Case Bookcase

The Cat Case – Pet-friendly Bookcase & Cat Tree Alternative

The Taxonomy Of Fruits & Vegetables

The Glittery Jewels Of The Bee World

– Glow in the Dark Tokyo Furoshiki by Hannah Waldron

Enjoy your weekend.

Glow in the Dark Tokyo Furoshiki

The Fundamentals Kitchenware

Kitchenware, as a gift? Maybe, especially if the recipient is planning on new digs. Or maybe it can be a gift for yourself, in order to minimize the tools in your kitchen (let’s face it, some of those thing-a-ma-jigs you never even use). Material’s Fundamentals Set include their 8” Knife, The Almost 4” Knife, The Metal Spoon, The Wood Spoon, The Slotted Spatula, The Only Tongs, and The Base. They’re intended to be the quintessential tools that you’ll use every time you cook.

Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00
Available from: Material

Stammen and Baggen Speakers

Here’s a neat little speaker box for your audio needs that packs a punch. It’s got a subwoofer plus two high-class tweeters for a rich, full sound. Now at a reduced price for select colors, you have a chance to add one to your mid-sized space for an excellent sound experience. Want something bigger? Take a look at the Baggen, a larger version with -you guessed it- a bigger sound.

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: Urbanears

Fashion Gifts

How about some random fashion gifts for those nearest and dearest? There’s no real rhyme or reason to the selection, just that they’re all pretty fun.

Rare Whiskey Glasses by Fferrone

Does full realization of adulthood hit when you start lusting after nice glassware? If you’ve led a fortunate life, perhaps so. The Rare Whiskey Glass by Fferrone has a slight curve towards its mouth which helps enhance the flavor of your favorite distilled beverage by concentrating the aroma. Each glass is handcrafted by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic from borosilicate glass. Sold as a set of two, it’s a perfect gift for someone who cares about their whiskey.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Photography Gifts

Know someone that likes snapping photos? Here’s a few things that they might like as a gift this holiday season.