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Cork Planter Bookend Set

Like anyone else, I’m completely charmed by a full and well-organized bookcase. However, having a second stash of go-to or display books has an equally important role in a well decorated home. Finding just-the-right bookends may be a daunting task, but I can’t see too many rooms where these won’t fit it perfectly. The Cork Planter Bookends are made to accommodate small houseplants such as succulents and miniature cacti. The high-density natural cork also serves as a place to pin up notes, making it a perfect desk companion.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Canoe

Vertical Calendar

How about a vertical calendar this year? While a linear approach might or might not help you adjust to time’s passing, it is handy that the weekdays are separated from the weekends as it allows for a quick visual to where dates fall. And, if you like, in addition to all major U.S. holidays, MAKE Collaboration can add your own important dates onto the calendar for a more personalized version ($39).

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Price: $29.99 - 43.99
Available from: MAKE Collaboration

Punkt AC01 Alarm Clock

United Kingdom-based designer Jasper Morrison presents a modern spin on the traditional analog alarm clock that’s so striking in its simplicity and aesthetics that it’ll make you want to ditch your cell phone as your alarm clock. A clever manual switch activates the alarm and the status will be clearly displayed on the dial. A gentle squeeze of the clock illuminates the face. Glow-in-the-dark hands displays the time in any light setting. These very user-friendly features coupled with a solid aluminum casing and scratch-resistant glass lens makes for a properly designed and lust-worthy object.
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Price: $125.00
Available from: Canoe online

Linear and Mizuu Light

Have you seen these lamps by Melissa Moore? They’re slightly scientific looking (tubes + lights) and perhaps that’s why they stand out. I particularly like the Stick Lamp and the Linear 2.0, shown above and below.

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Price: $150.00 and up
Available from: Nikkuu Design

Booklets Wooden Notebook

With a laser cutter and some clever design, wood is made flexible as illustrated by these new Booklets by Snijlab. A hinge is carved into birch plywood to create these beautiful and reusable note-takers. Available in either horizonal or vertical (shown) format. Holds a standard A7 writing block. These notebooks might even be too nice to leave the house!
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Price: €25.00
Availability: Buy Booklets Wooden Notebook here

Your big tea mug

How about a handmade tea mug with custom illustrations by Lieke of Liekeland? It’s special, for sure, as you pick what images you’d like on it and she’ll do the illustrations. Maybe it’ll even prompt a mass donation of extraneous mugs in the cabinet? It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind gift, for someone special or maybe just for yourself. Note: only a few can be made at a time, so you have be added to the wait list in hopes of being selected.
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Price: €45.00
Available from: Liekeland & Dave Hakkens

All Purpose Greeting Cards

All purpose greeting cards are the way to go for last minute messages, especially when they have a funny way of offering so many options. Paper cards, though rare nowadays, give an importance to an occasion, much more so than an email, and with these cards you’d have an arsenal of appropriate greetings for any event.
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Price: $4.50
Available from: Fifiduvie

First Aid Storage Box

If you’d rather assemble your own first aid kit than spend money on a premade kit (like the Best Made Co. one), consider this sturdy metal box with rivited clasps and hinges. Embossed lettering clearly labels the contents making it easy to find, which is, of course, important in an emergency.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: design warehouse santa fe

Cut Out Number Calendar

It wouldn’t be the end of year without thinking about the next one coming up. Stationery experts Present & Correct present a 2012 minimalist desk calendar that simply lets the numbers do the talking. Measures 6×3.5′ and available in neutral or bright colors.
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Price: £17.50
Available from: Present & Correct

Mozart Wooden Musical Sphere

This is a must have for a Mozart fan. It’s a handcrafted wooden musical box (sphere) that plays “Voi Che Sapete” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. The sphere makes it special, of course, but please don’t just put in on a shelf to look at; occasionally turn the key to hear the 18-note chime play the music, because that is its function, after all.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: Nova 68

Menorah by Josh Owen

How about a hefty menorah? This one by Josh Owens is made of solid cast iron and has an integrated tray to catch wax drippings (or a used match). Happy Hanukkah!

Also, if you’re looking for a menorah, take a look at the Jewish Museum Shops… they’ve got plenty of good ones.

Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 3.5 inches

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Price: $150.00
Available from: Areaware

Richard Tipping Signs

Designed by Richard Tipping, these signs play with familiar images and text that will have you looking twice.

Open/Closed Sign, $18.00, from Design Warehouse Sante Fe
‘Come in we’re Closed’ or ‘Sorry We’re Open’. Either way just isn’t right for most folks. Durable plastic. 8″ H | 12″ D

One Day Sign, $16.00, from Design Warehouse Sante Fe
Defeatist and yet optimistic, this sign might get you going in the right direction if you remember to look for it. Pressed aluminum. 2″ H | 6″ W

Also, the Tate Online Shop has a couple of Richard Tipping Signs too (for example: Wrong Day, £12.50).

Originally posted Oct 19, 2009.

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Price: $14.00
Available from: Design Warehouse Sante Fe

EcoSphere

This might be the best gift ever, unless the recipient is extremely clumsy. It’s a whole ecosystem completely enclosed in handblown glass. With sufficient light and a comfortable room temperature, the shrimp, algae and microbes will coexist peacefully in their own little world without any help. Plus, when the life span of 2 to 3 years is up (some have lived up to 10 years), each EcoSphere comes with a replacement, recharge or upgrade policy.

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Price: $54.95 - 395.00

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Available from: Ecosphere on Amazon

Origami Sticky Notes

If you have a plethora of sticky notes around your workspace, just think how nice would it be to make a little origami from them instead of chucking them in the bin. You could take a tiny creative break whenever you complete the task or no longer need the note. I’m sure it would help the day go by a bit easier.

Each pad has instructions for 10 different shapes (pig; penguin; boat; crane; butterfly; squirrel; lily and water bomb)

Originally posted Aug 18, 2009.

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Price: $3.99
Available from: ThinkGeek

Archie Grand Notebooks

Keep track of your friends and foes with these colorful notebooks, or just pretend like you do and use it for notes and sketches instead (which would be my recommendation).

-matte satin cardstock cover
-160 blank pages of Lessebo Linn paper with sewn signatures.
Designer: Archie Grand, Sweden
Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 6 1/2″

Also available at Archie Grand, €11.95.

Originally published October 8, 2009.

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Price: $13.00
Available from: Jasper + Black