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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)

 
 

Decanterlights

Remember Lee Broom’s Crystal bulb? Well, take that idea a step further and you’ve got his Decanterlights in all their fine hand-cut, lead crystal glory. Originally devised from vintage decanters, these replicas will make a lovely sort of statement above a bar or dining table. Pick between the Bell, Square and Tulip shapes, or mix several for a bigger statement.
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Price: $365.00
Available from: A+R Store

Soma Black Water Filter + Carafe Limited Edition

You’re such a snob for wanting the black version of the Soma Water Filter, but that’s okay because a) aesthetics do matter when it comes to the discerning design enthusiast, and b) $15 of each sale will go straight to the nonprofit Charity:Water organization which supports access to clean, uncontaminated water for people in developing nations.

Soma’s filter and carafe are made of a biodegradable filter (made of coconut shell carbon, layers of silk, and plant-based plastic) and pharmaceutical-grade glass and together they’ll filter up to 40 gallons of tap water. Subscribe to get new filters delivered to your door every 2 months. Oh, and you’ll get some special black gift surprise too- like a black Stelton chef’s knife or a black Salt Surf surfboard. Sounds like an all-around good deal.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: A+R Store

DIY Konstructor Camera

How do you keep someone busy? Give them a DIY Konstructor Camera. It’s a 35mm SLR camera, and you put it together yourself, thereby learning the mechanics of analog photography. There’s a top-down viewfinder, a multiple exposure function, a “bulb” function for long exposures, and a detachable 50mm f/10 lens. It’s appropriate for ages 12 and up, so consider it as a gift for a niece/nephew or a curios co-worker.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Pacific Printed Silk Scarf by Kelly Lynn Jones

What do you get your favorite lady (or confident-in-his-masculinity male) friend when you’re out of ideas? A silk scarf that’s beautiful and compliments any style. This Pacific Printed Silk Scarf by Kelly Lynn Jones fits the bill as it features a photographic print of (you guessed it) the Pacific ocean. Plus, it’s way more affordable than it looks. There’s also a Pink Balloons Printed Silk Scarf worth checking out.
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Price: $69.00
Available from: Vacation Days

HELLO! My Name Is LED Nametag Kit

Oh, the endless conferences and meet-and-greets. Instead of filling out yet another nametag, showcase your soldering skills with a DIY HELLO! My Name Is LED Nametag Kit. Is it a teensy bit nerdy? Yes. Is it also kind of fun and cool? Yes. Consider it as a gift for someone not afraid of melting metal.
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Price: $19.99
Available from: Maker Shed

Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar Calendar 2015

Up for your 2015 calendar consideration is Noa Bembibre’s Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar Calendar. This is its seventh year in production, and, as usual, each month features odd phrases that hold the month’s letters. Subtle colors lends a nice variation throughout the year. Produced in a limited edition of 500.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Libratone Zipp Speaker

There’s a pretty significant savings on the Libratone Zipp Speaker- it’s $279.95 down from $449.95. If you’re not familiar, the Libratone Zipp is super portable thanks to its leather handle and compact size, and it streams music wirelessly from whatever device you prefer using Apple’s AirPlay technology. You’ll get 360-degree sound thanks to Libratone’s patent-pending FullRoom™ technology, and, if you’re concerned about color, don’t worry, it comes with three sleeves so you can switch them out as you wish.
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Price: $279.95
Available from: DWR

W/W Carafe by Benjamin Hubert

This carafe is such an easy gift idea you might as well buy two. ‘W/W’ stands for ‘water’ and ‘wine’ as the carafe does double duty- use it for serving water or soft drinks and know that the rubber seal and stainless steel breathing device keeps ice and other stuff (like fruit/garnishes) in the carafe, or admire the ‘raining’ process which aerates wine as it’s poured into the decanter. Add the set of 4 Hubert Wine Glasses for an extra special gift set.
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Price: $49.95
Available from: Burke Decor

even*cleveland Wish List 2014

Here’s the first of several wish lists we have lined up. If you haven’t sent yours in yet, please do, it’ll be fun.

Stephanie Madewell is a transplanted Ohioan who lives and works in New York City and uses her blog, even*cleveland, to stash random bits of inspiration for a rainy day.
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Cabinet by Ferm Living

There are so many Cyber Monday deals I think it’s best to ignore them altogether. You’ve probably already taken advantage of the savings on the stuff you really want anyways, right? So, let’s just return to normal and talk about this excellent cabinet by Ferm Living. Use it as a bedside table or as storage for the office and enjoy the perforated metal back as it gives just the right amount of industrial edge to a room’s decor.
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Price: $579.00
Available from: Burke Decor

Hide Phone Case and Card Holder

Keep your phone- or your sunglasses- safe with this Hide Phone Case from Tom Dixon, or opt for the smaller Card Holder for credit and business cards. Copper plated hardware and a stamped logo shows that these vegetable tanned Italian leather pieces are just a little more special than ordinary options. Either could be a thoughtful gift for a good friend or family member.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Lumens

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! We’re thankful for lots of things this year, namely our health, family and friends, and the fact that you’re still reading this website after 9+ years of us posting all sorts of items that you may or may not need/want. Here’s hoping you have a safe and relaxing holiday weekend. We’ll be back on Monday as usual.
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Price: $55.00
Available from: Horne

Sleeper Sofas

Holidays almost always means visitors, family or friends, and if you like those visitors enough to invite them to stay at your home, you certainly don’t want them to sleep on the floor. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a whole dedicated room just for guests (lucky you), you’ll need a sleeper sofa. Here’s a few sleepers that look comfortable to sit on and comfortable enough to get a decent night’s rest, not to mention they’re utterly acceptable to shoe-horn into your modern-ish abode.
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Join Facet Placemats

I’ll bet that wherever you enjoy your Thanksgiving feast they won’t have placemats as cool as these (if we actually were betting money, I’d make an absolute fortune). The Join Facet Placemats (set of 2) have a 3d fractal pattern molded out of heat resistant silicone. Join them together for an interesting seamless table runner or keep them separate for an easy-to-clean table setting.
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Price: $90.00
Available from: Lumens

Twill Tablet Case

Maybe your tablet case is looking a little worn down and beaten up, in which case you should drop $20 to get a very simple new one from Everlane. The exterior is 100% cotton twill, the interior 100% twill-fused lining, and it has thinly padded sides to protect your precious. And, hey, $20 is such a steal, you’ve got no excuse to not look professional when you bring your tablet to meetings.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Everlane