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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)


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

Friday Links

Cabin Porn 2018 Calendar, $17.00 (You can buy prints there too.)

LOGIFACES Concrete Menorah

Halo Wireless Phone Charger

Orijeen’s rainbow-hued furniture uses lenticular surfaces to change colour

The Minimalist Notebook

– Hmm. POSTUREAZE, “the easy way to maintain good posture.”

– Planner: Colour Me 2018

Nutrl: Fresh Bath Towels Made with Silver

– Know anyone? She Should Run

Have a great weekend.

Scott's Cabin
Scott’s Cabin, $42.00, 16 × 20-inch Frameable Print

Wallpaper* City Guides Gift Box

What do you get someone who’s interested in travel and design? The Wallpaper* City Guides Gift Box, of course. Each city guide is small enough to fit into a jacket pocket and has a fold-out map for easy reference, so it’s easy to find nearby museums, landmarks, and fun restaurants. This pack features Lima, Havana, Mexico City, Miami, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: NET-A-PORTER

Monkey Radio & Speaker

Fun! This Monkey Radio & Speaker features a flexible antenna that can wrap around a bike handle, bag strap, or shower rod (yes, it’s waterproof). No need to be without an FM radio and Bluetooth speaker when it’s so handy to carry around, right? The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts for five hours and takes around three hours to fully charge. (And a great gift idea, too.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Artist Socks by Chatty Feet

Okay, so maybe you’re not a crazy sock person, but, aren’t these fun? Surely they’ll brighten up your day, or someone else’s. My favorites are ‘Andy Sock-Hole’ and ‘Frida Callus’- there’s quite a few more available on Chatty Feet’s site (though the shipping will take longer as it’s a UK based company, fyi).

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Artware Editions


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!

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.

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.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: American Design Club