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Happy New Year!…Champagne Gift Set

Happy New Year! Have a safe celebratory night if you venture out (or stay in, for that matter)… we’ll return to posts as usual on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Shown above: 5-piece stainless steel champagne gift set, $49.95 from CB2

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Price: $49.95
Availability: Buy Happy New Year!…Champagne Gift Set here

InsideOut Collection Champagne Glass

From our archives (originally published October 2, 2007), for your gift list consideration…

This is one of the more interesting champagne glasses I’ve come across in my many days of perusing online retail stores.

“Besides the visual beauty, there is another extremely convincing argument: your drink simply doesn’t warm as fast as it would in a normal champagne glass as you are not touching it at all and if you really want it cold, chill the glasses in the freezer and create an amazing visual presentation…”

Handmade, 1.5″ (3,8 cm) wide and 9.25″ (23,5 cm) high

Set of 2.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Availability: Buy InsideOut Collection Champagne Glass here

Totem Cups

Check out this awesome set of ceramic stacking cups based on the traditional Native American Totem Pole. Comes in a set of four and available in white, gold and silver. Buy multiple sets and make a totem tower. Just be careful not to topple them over.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Availability: Buy Totem Cups here

Abe Flared Mug

Good ol’ honest Abe. I’m a believer in silly mugs, as they make early mornings a little more bearable.


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Price: $8.00
Availability: Buy Abe Flared Mug here

OTTO Beer Glass by Monica Singer & Marie Rahm

Impossibly sexy and devilishly handsome are a few of the words that come to mind when I see this glass. And somehow, I start to think of Tom Ford and The Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There” plays in the background. Yes, this mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal beer glass is taking me there – to the Rive Gauche – and with the hefty price tag, it should, no? This glass is part classically-dimpled pint mug, part dark talisman, and all fantasy-inducing cup of the gods.

Designers: Monica Singer & Marie Rahm
Manufaturer: Lobmeyr, Austria
6.1 x 3 inches
Lobmeyr Collectible of the Year, 2008

Purchase Information:

Price: $1958.00
Availability: Buy OTTO Beer Glass by Monica Singer & Marie Rahm here

Pupek Tall Tumbler by Bollen Glass

I was intrigued by the design of this mouth-blown, Czech crystal glass thinking the bulbous bits were some modern use of animal heads – tapirs perhaps. As it turns out, the concept dates back to the 16th century when most people ate with their hands and the bulbous bits, known as Pupek (dots), kept the glass from slipping out of greasy hands. What’s old really is new.

6.9 inches tall
Special order

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Price: $72.00
Availability: Buy Pupek Tall Tumbler by Bollen Glass here

Celebration Champagne Flute, Set of 6

Happy New Year everyone!

Raise a glass and start the new year off with a toast—in six different languages. Each 4-ounce champagne flute is etched with “cheers” in Chinese, German, French, English, Italian, and Japanese. Set of six comes with one of each language.

2″Dia. x 9.75″T.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Celebration Champagne Flute, Set of 6 here

6-piece Botella set

Whoa, talk about a steal of a deal. Snap this 6-piece wine set up as a thoughtful gift for that friend or family member that loves playing host, or maybe for yourself if you plan on throwing some holiday get-togethers. If you or the giftee prefer something of the stronger sort, consider the 5-piece shot glass set or 4-piece martini set.

6-piece set: four 9 oz.; 4″H wine glasses, one 52 oz.; 3.75″dia.x16.25″H decanter and one 3.5″dia.x3.75″H funnel.

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No longer available.

“O” Pitcher and “O” Red White Wine Glasses

For something you use everday, the details do make a difference. A well designed glass can add a tiny bit of happiness to your table, if not your drinking habits.

Ideal for everyday use as well as special occasions, these glasses have rippled hollow bases and are suitable for serving a variety of beverages. Made of non-lead clear glass. Dishwasher-safe.

Designer: Georg J. Riedel, 2009

“O” Pitcher, $50.00 ($45.00 Members), Buy it here.
“O” Red and White Glasses, $35.00 ($31.50 Members), Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy “O” Pitcher and “O” Red White Wine Glasses here

Fresh Traveller

Now you can transport your breakfast cereal (or other fruits or foods) separately from your milk (or drink) and mix them whenever you want. I’d say it’d be perfect for milk and cookies, but I guess it’s not often that you want to take those with you…or maybe it is, what do I know.

Designer: Arian Brekveld
Material: Stainless steel, high-grade plastic.
Size: H 18.5 cm, Dia 9.3 cm, Vol. 420 ml.

£29.00, Buy it here.

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Price: £29.00
Availability: Buy Fresh Traveller here

Nambé Twist 10-Inch Cocktail Shaker

Talk about a some serious cocktails, this spiral shaker has some sharp curves (and point) to make handling easier. It looks slightly scary, but I’m sure it does the job extremely well.

The twisted, sculpted sides of the shaker increase the ease of handling the shaker when moist, and beautifully flow into the pointed, cone-shaped top. Made of sand-cast metal and polished to a bright mirror finish, the shaker retains cold remarkably well and can be thoroughly chilled in a freezer before filling with martini ingredients. A thin black rubber ring is integral in the lid and in the removable strainer, to make the press fit nice and snug. With a 16-ounce capacity and height of 10 inches, the shaker comes gift-boxed and ready to impress a favorite cocktail maker.

designed for Nambé by Fred Bould
5 x 5 x 12.5 inches

$144.95, Buy it here.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $144.95
Availability: Buy Nambé Twist 10-Inch Cocktail Shaker here

Spherical Ice Tray Set

Time for an updated post; back in ’07 this was a little bit less and had a not-as-great photo. Now, it’s $16 for the tray that molds two ‘eye-catching’ ice spheres.

This unique ice tray molds two 2″-diameter ice spheres, eye-catching alternatives to traditional ice cubes. Made of plastic. Set of two (one shown).

Size: 2.25h x 6l x 3″d

$16.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Spherical Ice Tray Set here

Alt Mugs

These are a little late in being featured, but better late than never, right? It seems like one of these would be a perfect small gift for a co-worker/friend.

Each of these mugs has been subtly altered to give them added and unusual functionality, not limiting what you can put in a mug to tea or coffee. what about milk? or money? or golf balls?! Our Alt Mugs cleverly and subtley change the function of the humble mug to give it a new twist, a new lease of life – people have been drinking out of mugs for millions of years, it’s time for a muggy revolution! Range of 4 mugs to collect, each with a different use; ashtray, money box, milk jug, or golf practice mug.

£ 10, Buy it here.
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Alt Mugs here

Slanted Mug

With my luck, I’d spill this on the way to the chair/sofa, or while pouring the beverage.

We’ve all done it! Precariously placed a glass or mug containing our favorite beverage on our lap, only to have it spill on our clothes, not to mention our favourite chair. This mug’s uniquely shaped base allows you to nest it easily and securely in your lap. Available in orange, cream, light blue and mint green.

$35.00 CAD, Buy it here.

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Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy Slanted Mug here

Polycarbonate Glasses by Italesse

As the summer sun heats up, make sure you’re ready for those out-of-doors drinks with these polycarbonate (i.e. unbreakable) glasses.

technio-shaped stemmed glasses suitable for sparkling or still wines. the newest in polycarbonate injection technology enabled us to shorten the stem and make them ideal also for serving long drinks and cocktails too. unbreakable and perfect for poolside, boats, bbq’s on the deck, or that guest who tends to break your nice crystal stemware.

prive beach flute, set of 4, $34.00
prive grand cru beach flute, set of 2, $34.00
vertical beach party glasses, set of 2, $30.00
vertical beach glasses, set of 2, $34.00

Buy it here.

(If these are a bit pricey, check out the polycarbonate glasses at Target…they’re a bit more affordable.)