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Katie

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)

 
 

Gifts

Ah, the holiday season… and all the shopping that goes along with it. We’re going to not do the guest gift guides this year, but, remember, you can click on over to our Gifts category, where items have been sorted according to price. Plus, the previous Gift Guides are always fun to look at for ideas. Let us know if you come across any broken links. Happy shopping!
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Rivsalt Himalayan Salt & Grater

Gah! It’s a cute Himalayan Salt & Grater set, which is pretty damn adorable. I can see how an overachieving host might want to get one for each guest, but one is more than enough to pass around a table for a special sense of occasion. The grater rests in a beechwood stand, a perfect little companion piece to give the salt a home.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Poketo

Gradient Calendar

You do know December is just two days away, right? Maybe you’ll use this Gradient Calendar to keep track of the date in the coming year, as it has just enough room to jot a few notes down on each un-coated page. Every month features a new font, and every day there’s a new type treatment, so you won’t get bored. There’s no year listed, so you can use it at any time in the future.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: American Design Club

Multi-ccino Mug

What’s the best gift for a coffee-drinking perfectionist? This Multi-ccino Mug, that’s what. The borosilicate glass mug has indicators printed on the outside for customizing proportions of espresso, milk, and water for the perfect brew. Do take note it’s currently on backorder (boooo) so don’t count on it for this holiday’s gift-giving exchange.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: MoMA Store

pencil+

Do you refuse to give up on your pencils? Me too. I generally keep them around until they’re too small to use, and that’s just where the pencil+ comes in to save the day. It’s an all-in-one extender, sharpener and transporter. The sharpener is built into the end, so you’ll always have a sharp point when you want it. Smart, right?
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Purchase Information:

Price: €35.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Cyber Monday Sales

If you’re wading through newsletters in your inbox right now, you have my sympathies. It feels like Black Friday/Cyber Monday has sort of gotten out of hand, so I’m trying not to pay too much attention to it. However, if that makes you frown, here’s a few sales notifications that didn’t immediately get trashed, as well as a few items that look awfully tempting. Good luck.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re taking the rest of the week off to spend time with friends and family*. Here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving is better than you hope, and that you get your fill of turkey (or another seasonally appropriate alternative) and all the other wonderful stuff.
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O Corkscrew

Simplicity at its best, designer Athanasios Babalis reimagined the corkscrew to sidestep all the extraneous design elements in favor of pure function and form. The O Corkscrew requires only a twist and pull. The bronze and stainless steel will look right at home next to all your fancy bottles of wine and holiday fare, so feel free to leave it out to make imbibing that much easier, and possibly more delightful.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Keep Track Coat Rack

This coat rack and shelving system has a sleek sensibility. Metal pieces slide into and along a channel cut into a solid block of alder wood, letting you adjust and change the pieces as you see fit. The larger piece can be flipped up to use as a mail holder or kept level for use as a small shelf. Use the smaller metal pieces as hooks for scarves, bags, and hats. Maybe you’ll use it in the entryway or office?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: ILOVEHANDLES

Herman Miller Sale

Guess what? It’s time for the Herman Miller Sale! That means it’s an excellent time to snap up a classic, as you can save 15% and get free White Glove Delivery. Hooray!
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More information:

View Herman Miller Sale here

Pocket Mirror

How important is it to have a mirror with a pocket? Pretty damn important when you’ve lost your keys/phone for the hundredth time and you’re running late and does your hair look okay? Keep those certain essentials in the integrated storage pocket of this mirror and never curse your lack of organization again.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $228.00
Available from: Luminaire

Dewy Floor & Table Lamp

It’s hard to feel bad when you’re next to a dewy glow. These blown frosted glass domes let off a bright, cozy bubble of light, just like a new day. We could all use a fresh start, couldn’t we? Especially with the state of things. Maybe this little lamp will switch our brain on towards a happier mood even on the dreariest of days… we can hope.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $215.00 - 285.00
Available from: Luminaire

Gidon Bing Citrus Juicer

Do you know anyone who juices their citrus often? Because they just may like this special ceramic juicer bowl handcrafted by Gidon Bing, a sculptor/ceramicist based in Auckland, New Zealand. It’ll fit smaller citrus like limes and the biggest of grapefruits.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Round Silicone Lids

These silicone lids will make leftovers a snap. Just stick them on any sheet, pan, or bowl, and you’re done- no separate container necessary. That’s music to anyone’s ears, but especially to those of us with a slight case of lazybones around the holidays. They also keep food hot (a small one for your coffee, perhaps?), or can stand in as the top of a saucepan. Get them for yourself, or as a ‘happy holidays’ sort of host/hostess gift. Also available in a rectangular shape.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 - 52.00
Available from: Food52

Aandersson Mugs

Some days you feel a bit square, some others a bit squiqqly, so let your coffee mug reflect your mood with these Aandersson Mugs. There’s three different designs to choose from: Alwin (in black), Alfred (in light grey), and Annika (in storm grey). Keep one in mind as a gift for one of your favorite coffee/tea drinker friends.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Available from: Poketo