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Snow Peak Wooden Stacking Mug Set

Snow Peak’s wooden stacking mugs might not look like much, but if you’re out on a day trip, they’re a perfect pairing for a full carafe of hot tea or coffee. Hand-crafted in Japan, they’re lightweight, durable, and, in my opinion, a pleasure to hold. Consider adding them to your lunch, picnic, or campsite bag for a more tactile (and dignified?) drinking receptacle.
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Price: $120.00
Available from: Snow Peak

Dearborn Glassware

What says ‘grown-up glassware’ more than the $70 per piece price tag of the Dearborn Glassware? Maybe the intricate, fluted Borosilicate glass, or the knowledge that each piece was expertly created by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic. Borosilicate glass, if you didn’t know, gives thermal resistance, which translates into a durability appropriate for daily use- it’s safe to use in ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers- and that gives us all a little more understanding to the collection’s value (and, ultimately, the aforementioned price tag).
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Price: $65.00 - 70.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Salt, Pepper, & Sugar Flasks

No more mismatched serving vessels for your salt, pepper, and sugar. Tse & Tse offers up this set, each flask with its own stainless steel top to serve a specific function. The pepper flask has a pierced cone, the salt a small sprinkler, and the sugar flask tip incorporates a spoon. A soft plastic plug is located at the bottom for refills.
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Price: $68.00
Available from: Horne

Whiskey Wedge

If you like a little whiskey now and then, maybe you’d be interested in this efficient method of keeping it chilled with less dilution than normal ice cubes. The Whiskey Wedge has a silicone mold that diagonally bisects the glass, letting you freeze the glass with one half ice. It’ll keep your whiskey cold, and you’ll have less clinkety-clanking of cubes as you finish your drink. The presentation is pretty interesting too, if you’re into impressing your guests.
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Price: $14.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Typography Mugs

Excuse me while I geek out over this Bauhaus Typography mug- there’s also one for you Helvetica nerds, so keep your pants on. Even though some of us might already know the year of the design, the designer, and the type size, those details are printed upon the bone china mug so that everyone else may be educated as to two of the most popular typographies’ factoids. Would this make a great gift? Most certainly.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Arc Bottle Opener and Cork Screw

The solid brass of the Arc Bottle Opener and Cork Screw will open up your wine and other bottles with ease, and, of course, they’ll look oh-so-elegant with their gold, textured finish. Fabricated with a sand-casting process, they’ll have a satisfying heft and tactile feel; these two tools designed by Tom Dixon are sure to become well used when it comes to enjoying your favorite beverages.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: YLiving

Variopinte Plates

How about some colorful dinnerware for this season’s festivities? Variopinte* enamel plates were created as part of the A TAVOLA! project, where Stefania Di Petrillo created a dining room that’s easily transported via a clever packing plan/container. The plates are available in three sizes and can be stacked or used separately. Best of all, the enamel is durable enough to use outdoors should you fancy a picnic.
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Price: €12.00
Available from: Variopinte

Acacia Honey Dipper

Hmm, perhaps we all need to upgrade our honey dippers- if we even have one to begin with, that is. The hexagonal shape of a honeycomb attached to a polished stainless steel handle allows honey to drizzle easily into your tea or toast. Designer Miriam Mirri brought this clever idea into existence, and we might just have to say it’s the coolest honey-drizzling tool to ever cross our computer screens.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: A+R Store

24K Gold-Plated Cocktail Shaker

What do you need for the winter other than a 24K Gold-Plated Cocktail Shaker? Plenty of alchohol to put in it and just enough food to survive, and that’s about it. This three-piece cobbler shaker makes any drink look like it was mixed by a pro, and you’ll no doubt enjoy your concoction more when it’s poured from such a luxurious receptacle.
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Price: $128.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Entomo Dinnerware

How about some creepy-crawlies alongside your dinner? Might sound unappetizing, but the pattern is delightful. Black butterflies and beetles provide such a nice pattern on bone china; a few of these plates or mugs are sure to find their way into any entomologist’s (amateur or professional) hands. The mug would make an especially excellent gift, by the way.

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Price: $26.00 and up
Available from: Switch Modern

EM77 Vacuum Jug

Lukewarm coffee is just not acceptable, and this EM77 Vacuum Jug will ensure hot coffee stays hot. When tipped, the rocker stopper automatically opens to let coffee flow out- this limits the amount air entering the jug, thus preventing your coffee from cooling prematurely. You can use the EM77 Vacuum Jug to keep beverages cold as well, so don’t put it in the back of the cupboard when spring comes around.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Table Tiles

Products that have an illusion of a 3D surface through use of color go straight in the ‘favorites’ folder, and this set of six coasters from Bower is no exception. Arrange them as a group in “endless permutations”- fun, right?- and also for function as a trivet. Choose between black/beige, green/gray, or red/blue.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Areaware

Sottsass Twergi Spice Grinders

These bright Twergi Spice Grinders have a vintage appeal that’s bound to stay timeless thanks to their classic wood-turned shapes and bold red/black/yellow color scheme. Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and his team of designers were responsible for Alessi’s range of wooden products during the 80s and 90s, and, thankfully, they created these beech wood grinders that highlight some of the wiser color combinations of two rather daring (and some might say questionable) design decades.
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Price: $129.00 - 165.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Bodum® Pebo™ Vacuum Coffee Maker

Are you up for a bit of chemistry when making your morning brew? If so, this Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker from Bodum could be an interesting experiment. How does it work? Steam escapes from the bottom bowl into the top, mixing with the oils of your coffee. Once you remove it from heat, and the newly brewed coffee filters back down into the bottom bowl for serving. That’s a simplified version, of course, but you get the idea. It’ll take a little longer (5 to 11 minutes) than a regular coffee maker but the brewing time and temperature are calibrated precisely for a perfect cup each time.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Sur La Table

Design Letters Arne Jacobsen Kids Cutlery Set

Do you think people would look at me funny if I chose to eat all of my meals with a kids’ cutlery set? Not if they recognized Arne Jacobsen’s typography, right? This four-piece alphabet cutlery set is pretty cute, and, if I had kids, I would insist they use these until they could say the alphabet forwards and backwards. This set was designed by Arne’s grandson Tobias Jacobsen, and belongs to the Design Letters tableware set.
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Price: $29.00
Available from: Huset Shop