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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)

 
 

Iittala Kastehelmi Collection

As we’re in full gift-finding mode, it’s very appropriate to feature truly classic gifts- the kind of gifts that hold value no matter the year. Now, you might have seen Iittala’s Kastehelmi Collection before, but take another look and pay attention to each piece. They’re quite pretty in a very elegant, classic way, don’t you think? I’ve seen them used to hold jewelry/trinkets, snacks and food stuffs, and even plants. A set of jars or glasses could be a good gift option for that hard-to-figure-out person on your list? The Finnish word “kastehelmi” means “dewdrop,” in case you were wondering.
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Price: $20.00 +
Available from: AllModern

XFR Tote

A durable tote that converts to messenger, shoulder bag, and backpack sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? The XFR Tote expands and collapses, so it’s ideal for a shopping tote. It’s also made from the highest grade 600D Double-Sided Tarpaulin with bound internal edges- that means solid construction that won’t disintegrate after a heavy grocery shop. Small loops near the handles enable you to clip in additional straps for changing your carrying style.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Halflight Leather Valet Tray

If a certain someone you know doesn’t have a tray or container to catch all the paraphernalia in their pockets, then you know exactly what to get them as a present this year: a valet tray. This leather one is available in natural or black, and is sized appropriately to fit anywhere- on a desk, dresser, console, or nightstand.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: TRNK

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Talk about a great gift- you can’t go wrong with the Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera. Why? Because who doesn’t like taking instant photos? It blends nostalgia with updated digital technology, and is small enough to take with you wherever you’re going this holiday season. You (or the recipient) will have fun with it, no doubt about it.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Polaroid

Normann Copenhagen Basic Bronze Bar Tools

What do you get your favorite wino oenophile? These Bronze Wine Tools from Normann Copenhagen, that’s what. However, if they’re a true oenophile, they probably already have a preferred opener/set, so they’ll most likely say, ‘oh, that’s so nice of you, but I already have a preferred opener, so please, do keep it for your own use…’ and then you’ll have to pretend to be embarrassed instead of particularly pleased to upgrade your own bar tools to something so streamlined and functional. Win/win, right?
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Price: $16.00 - 21.00
Available from: TRNK

Forestry Wool Throws

New designs from Forestry are here just in time to keep your toes warm this winter. Made from 100% New Zealand wool, each design is spare and elegant with subdued colors that are friendly to any interior- that’ll make those modern design aficionados on your list happy as can be. Might as well get one for yourself too, while you’re at it.
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Price: €139.00
Available from: Forestry

Hideaway Folding Guest Bed

Winter brings holidays and those holidays usually bring guests. That may or may not be something you enjoy, especially if you’re short on space. Here’s something that might make your younger* guests a little more comfortable without taking up too much room the rest of the year. The Hideaway Folding Guest Bed is like a suitcase when closed (with a convenient handle for carrying) and can be used as a ottoman or be stored under a bed or in a closet. Open up the triple-fold mattress for a comfortable sleeping space for one, no fussing about with an air pump or a leaky air mattress.
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Price: $165.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Perpetual Wall Calendar by Massimo Vignelli

Are you in full gift-shopping mode yet? If you’re trying to find the perfect thing, do consider this calendar by Massimo Vignelli. It would be perfect for anyone who leans towards simple/spare graphic design, especially considering it’s pretty much a design classic for those in the know. The large, bold numbers are easy to read across a room and will keep track of the date year after year.
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Price: $82.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Craft Design Technology

What do you get the pickiest of design aficionados? Any item from Craft Design Technology, that’s what. How could you not fall head over heels for a collection of high quality work tools designed to be “beautiful, functional and enduring”? I want all of it (specifically, the scissors have been on my wish list ever since ’08). Available in the US from rikumo. More of the collection below.
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Price: $4.50 - 96.00
Available from: rikumo

Cyber Monday Sales

Ugh, how are we supposed to keep up, with all the Cyber Monday deals clogging up our inbox? Here’s just a few that we know about… good luck making some tough decisions!
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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re taking the rest of the week off to spend time with friends and family. Here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving is better than you hope, and that you get your fill of turkey (or another seasonally appropriate alternative) and all the other wonderful stuff. We’ll be back next week with gifts aplenty.
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Ding Enameled Cast Iron Casserole with Stand

I know next to nothing about cooking, but I sure know a handsome casserole dish when I see one. Made from cast iron (which is very efficient at retaining heat), the dish has a flat base that sits easily on an oven rack or stovetop with a separate stand (and non-slip silicone pads) to raise the dish for tabletop serving. Those of you familiar with the the ancient Chinese tradition of “Ding” will notice that this piece shares some similarities in shape; think of it as a modern update to some of the world’s oldest cookware.
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Price: $240.00
Available from: Gessato

The Palmerston Stool

Here’s another excellent option for a counter stool, straight from Coolican & Company. Handcrafted from solid Black Walnut (harvested on the Niagara Escarpment), the counter height stool has a classic turned leg with an interesting faceted top for comfort. The pared down styling makes it a future classic, as it would work well with many other design periods. The price is pretty reasonable too- or, at least not crazy expensive considering some of our other favorites.
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Price: CAD525.00
Available from: Coolican & Company

Stelton RigTig Easy Kitchenware

Spatulas, sticks, tongs, and spoons- do you have everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast? The ‘Easy’ collection for Rig-Tig by Stelton hits the right spot for minimalist kitchenware. You’d best figure in rush shipping for any online orders, though, as you you’re cutting it awfully close for cut-off dates (we don’t want you to have to serve your sweet potatoes with your hands, now, do we?).
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Price: $6.00 -16.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Pinson Carafe

This carafe by designer Céline Frébault (in collaboration with the Sentou gallery) incorporates a rather odd beaker-like handle, which fills when the carafe is full. As far as carafes go, it’s definitely got a high end (semi-mad-scientist?) look… any guesses as to the price? Is it $50, $100, $200?
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Luminaire