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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)



Still on the hunt for the perfect gift? You’d best be quick. Remember, you can click on over to our Gifts category, where items have been sorted according to price. Plus, the Gift Guides are always fun to peruse. Some retailers are offering next day shipping, but if not, best hit the sidewalks or roads for local shops. Happy shopping!

Gifts Under $25
Gifts $26-$50
Gifts $51-$75
Gifts $76-$100
Gifts $100+

Stefan Boublil Wish List 2016

Stefan Boublil, the creative director of the apartment, is next to share his wish list of gifts to give/receive this holiday season. Thank you, Stefan, for continuing the tradition!

Patina Bottle Opener

A beautiful bottle opener? In this case, it’s true. Cofield’s bottle openers are solid brass with three available patina finishes. A polished edge sets off the patina nicely, and somewhat gives an illusion of inset stone. Now, the hard part will be deciding which patina you prefer- do you like the Polychrome, Turquoise, or Black best? Be sure to take a look at Cofield’s Brass Clocks too, which have the same patina treatment.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Cofield

Paper Virtual Reality Glasses

There’s a good chance someone you know will give or get a VR Headset this holiday season, especially as many retailers are promoting them like crazy. And, yes, you could plonk down $130 for the Zeiss VR ONE Plus Headset or $40-$60 on the many other options, but maybe you’d rather spend $15 just to see what all the fuss is about. These paper Virtual Reality Glasses are easy to assemble/disassemble and could be the perfect stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Friday Links

Women Who Draw (via slate)

– Cute Wooden Toys

– Useful Stedi Hands-Free Funnel

– Something to think about for the new year: I kept a Happiness Jar for a year to get data on how to build a more joyful life

– A versatile furniture system on Kickstarter: GO – Growing Object

– Cute: Recycled Skateboard Geometric Air Plant Holder (the cutting board is pretty neat, too)

– Another interesting travel pillow: Infinity Pillow

– Precision Machined Pepper Mill

– Pretty Painterly Spectrum Resin Lamp

Painterly Spectrum Resin Lamp

Simon Yuen Wish List 2016

The next wish list is from Simon Yuen, a former writer for us here at BLTD, and an all around maker of stuff. He runs Recreation Department in Portland, so if you ever have a party there and need some games, you know who to call. Thank you, Simon, for sharing your list!

SuperYR Calendar by Supergraph

However will you keep track of your daily habits in the new year? Well, get this big SuperYR Calendar by Supergraph, as then you’d be able to cross off each and every day that you complete your task. Seeing a visual of your impressive progress will keep you on track and focused… that’s the plan, anyways.

Ostrich Pillow Go

Remember the Ostrich Travel Pillow from Banana Things? Those same good folks are back with the Ostrich Pillow Go, which is a little more like your normal travel neck pillow, but better. Total neck support is possible thanks to the big, comfy headrest made of high-sensitivity memory foam. Hidden magnetic buttons ensure three different positions for all neck sizes. You may still get a few funny looks walking through the airport or train station, but you’ll have had a wonderful, restful journey, while all those other suckers will be complaining about neck pain. Note: there’s only 22 hours left to back the project over on Kickstarter.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Kickstarter

RS01 Integrated Reflective Shirt

Um, how excited are you about a button-down shirt that has hidden reflective strips? If your answer is less than exclamation-point-worthy, you may want to ask someone who depends on alternative means of transportation, like bicycles or skateboards and the like, and see how excited they are, because then I can give them a high five.

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Minimalissimo Wish List 2016

The next wish list to be shared is from the team over at Minimalissimo, specifically, Carl MH Barenbrug, Editor-in-Chief. If you’ve not had a chance to take a look at their Mag N°2, I bet you’ll enjoy it. Thank you, Carl, for sharing your list of minimalist gifts to give and get this holiday season.

15.0% Ice Cream Spoon

Before you roll your eyes at a $45 spoon, you need to know this is a very special spoon, for ice cream. It uses your body heat to cut through your frozen favorite flavor, which makes your “scooping experience” effortless. The solid aluminum spoon has a thermal conductivity of 237 W/mK (watts per meter kelvin), so you’ll be slicing through your mint chocolate chip/vanilla/rocky road with ease, like a ice-cream-eating ninja. And, of course, if you are searching for a gift for someone that adores their ice cream, you now know what to get.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Stephanie Madewell Wish List 2016

The next wish list is from Stephanie Madewell of even*cleveland. This makes year #6 that we’re lucky enough to see what things she’d like to give and get this holiday season. Thank you Stephanie!

Camera Straps

If you are a photographer (amateurs count), or know someone fond of taking photographs, then you may want to take a look at these camera straps. They feature quick release clips and smart little pockets for SD memory cards. Maybe add to your ‘buy later’ folder, if you don’t end up getting one as a gift? You can buy the set together, $160.00, or individually.

Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Available from: This is Ground

Friday Links

Pocket Art Director, $16

– Quartz asked 40 leaders What’s the Best Gift You’ve Ever Received?

The Ultimate Guide To Winning Your White Elephant Gift Exchange Using Game Theory

Solo Stove (This will most likely be a post next week.)

– Elle Decor: How to Eat Sushi (But, you already know this, right?)

– If you or someone you know is preggers: Baby Keepsake Box

– Kid-proof outlet: SafeLight

– YouTube: Amazon Go

Salto, the jumping robot. Anyone else a little scared?

CHADHAUS Wish List 2016

To kick off this season’s sharing of wish lists, Emily and Chad Robertson from Chadhaus have been kind enough to find time away from their design studio to send a list of things they’d like to give and get. Thank you both for sharing!




4. FILSON TOTE BAG, $195.00