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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)


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.


Remember the Alldock? We posted it back in 2014 when it was a Kickstarter campaign. Perfect for your household gadgets, the Alldock provides inner rails to rest your devices on while they charge- with all the cable clutter hidden in its base. Choose the size that fits you/your family best, and never fight over who gets to charge what when again. Could be a good gift for someone always losing their charging cord and/or device, perhaps?

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00 - 219.00
Available from: Alldock

100% Human ACLU Tees & Sweatshirts

What to get someone who cares about the individual rights of citizens guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States? A donation to the ACLU, of course, a pocket-sized copy of the US Constitution and maybe also one of these 100% Human ACLU Tees & Sweatshirts. $5 from the purchase of each product will go to the American Civil Liberties Union, so you’re doing good even before the giftee starts wearing the shirt/sweatshirt around.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00 - 60.00
Available from: Everlane

Ridge Kitchen Set

Gifts…blah, blah, blah. What about buying something for yourself and your table for a change? The Ridge set somehow hits a new-yet-vintage vibe, and the hand blown pieces with their rippled surface is sure to be a hit when you’re proffering beverages.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00 - 40.00
Available from: Areaware

Soundskins for Sonos

Okay, take a moment from your holiday shopping to consider speaker components to your home audio setup. Do you have Sonos? They look pretty good in comparison to other speakers, but what if you could cover them up with a knitted cover without compromising any audio quality? Soundskins (founded by VANMOKUM and designed by Studio Truly Truly) fit perfectly over Sonos speakers, letting them blend into your decor while still allowing you to use the functions. Nice, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: €20.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Futagami Key Rings

A Futagami Key Ring may be an excellent gift for someone on your list. Made in solid brass, each ‘Plate’ style key ring is designed to be easily found in a cluttered bag. The geometric shape will catch the light and also act as a divider should one wish to separate home and office keys.

Purchase Information:

Price: $64.00
Available from: Ukiyo Home