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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)

 
 

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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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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Price: $22.00 - 75.00
Available from: Gretel Home

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

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

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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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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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Price: $99.00
Available from: A+R Store

UE Roll 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

There’s soooo many bluetooth speakers out there, how do you choose just one? Well, the UE Roll 2 gets great reviews, so sit up and pay attention. It’s got a bungee cord attachment, so you can strap it to anything. It’s waterproof, so hang it in the shower or take it to the beach. And, it’s light; in fact, it’s lighter than a can of soda. The range is pretty good too, as you’ve got about 100 ft. before you start losing the signal. Rest easy knowing you’ll have around 9 hours of rechargeable battery life while you’re out on your adventures. Pretty good, eh?
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Price: $99.99
Available from: Amazon

EM77 Vacuum Jug

Lukewarm coffee is just not acceptable, and this EM77 Vacuum Jug will ensure hot coffee stays hot. When tipped, the rocker stopper automatically opens to let coffee flow out- this limits the amount air entering the jug, thus preventing your coffee from cooling prematurely. You can use the EM77 Vacuum Jug to keep beverages cold as well, so don’t put it in the back of the cupboard when spring comes around. Now on sale.
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Price: $119.20
Available from: Lumens

Clutchette Power Charging Pouch

Until our mobile devices figure out a way to charge themselves, you may want to arm yourself with this clutch*. It packs a full punch of a battery charge. That’s not necessarily a new thing- there are other clutches and bags that have battery packs- but this one is discreet enough to work with most wardrobes (very important) and it’s made of vegan leather (very important to vegans). That may just make it a perfect gift for someone that’s always glued to their phone, yet somehow constantly complaining of a low battery.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Fab

blink blink Wearable Tech Kits

So, for the crafty amongst us, there are these fun little kits by blinkblink to keep our brain from turning to mush. Why not make an awfully tacky-yet-fun holiday sweater? Or a blinking greeting card or how about a scarf that actually sparkles? Maybe just add fairy lights to everything for a full-on festive atmosphere. And do I really need to point out that these could be excellent gifts for other crafters?
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Price: $59.00
Available from: Fab

Cast Iron Bar Set

If you know someone who drinks, chances are they’ll make use of this Cast Iron Bar Set. It’s just about as simple and robust as you can get when it comes to bar accessories, so snap a few sets up for those sturdy friends and family of yours that tend to enjoy a bottle of beer, wine, or whiskey. Best of all, it’s not too terribly expensive. Score!
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Leather Tech Envelope

If you’ve got some loved ones on your gifts-to-give list that are extremely hard to shop for, you might want to choose something low key and useful like this tech envelope. The minimal exterior is elegant and restrained while the interior has room for an iPad Mini, cord and cable storage, cards, cash, passports, and travel documents. For an extra special touch, choose to monogram it with the recipient’s initials. Available in blush, navy, or tan.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Mark & Graham

Mozartkugel Music Box

What do you get the person who has everything? A Mozartkugel Music Box, of course. Turn the key and Mozart’s ‘Voi Che Sapete’ from ‘Marriage of Figaro’ begins playing from inside the large, solid wooden ball. Magic? We wish. This wind-up music box is cleverly designed by Adam + Harborth of Siebensachen and is available in Light Beech, Dark Smoked Oak, special edition #01 Snowball, or special edition #03 Golden Oak.

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Price: $120.00 - 170.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Wilson Keyring, Carbon Black

Would you like a minimal keyring with a nitrocarburized coating? I know I would, especially when it costs $10. You may have already seen the brass version (or the brass with enamel stripe), but the black is a little more fetching in my humble opinion. It’s a pre-order, FYI, so best snap a couple up now if you’re thinking about gifts for friends.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Craighill