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Crest Bottle Openers

Hey, what should you get someone that’s fond of their bottled beverages? A special bottle opener, of course. This collection of solid brass openers by Fort Standard use a minimal amount of material to get the job done, and, since they’re too pretty to be tucked away in a drawer, there’s the option to leave them out on the table or on a wall hook for display.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Fort Standard

Carafe Pinson

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: $115.00
Available from: thevitrine.com

Timo Termo glasses

These glasses have a spiral silicone layer, ensuring that you’ll have a better grip on hot or cold (or slippery) beverages. It’s a pretty simple idea that’s executed elegantly. The Timo glass is also heat resistant.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $78.00 for s/4
Available from: Plastica Shop

Cylinder Shakers

You’ve seen these before, but now these salt and pepper shakers from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio have black and white high density food-safe plastic cores so you know which one’s which. No messing around with extraneous design elements here- just the bare-bones cylinder will do, with a cork stopper plug to keep contents inside. Available in Copper, Brass, and Aluminum with a radial polish and protective coating to maintain shine.

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Price: $70.00
Available from: Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Wud Walnut Platters

A bold border on a handcrafted black walnut platter? Yes, please. Furniture designer David Rasmussen creates several sizes of trays, plates and platters, as well as furniture, in Carbondale, Colorado. You may even customize the border and wood color if you order through his website (David Rasmussen). Or, if you fancy one of the platters above, head on over to CB2.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.95
Available from: CB2

Nesting Steel Shot Cups

It’s not a bad idea to have steel shot cups. You could throw them at the wall, as Wintercheck suggests, or keep them pristine and be confident they’ll last a lifetime. Each set comes with four cups and is dishwasher safe. Choose between Polished Nickel-Plated, Industrial Satin Nickel-Plated, and Slate Gray Teflon.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Wintercheck Factory

The HOST Chill Cooling Pour Spout

Has warm wine got you down? It’s just horrible, isn’t it, when your favorite bottle isn’t the ideal temperature? Picky drinkers will be happy to see this particular pour spout that integrates a cooling rod, thus insuring your bottle won’t lose its luster due to these warmer days of summer. And, if you’re not sure what the recommended temperature is, don’t you worry, there’s a chart below.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Cooking.com

Eno Beech Bowls

Made of solid beech wood, these pieces from Eno are perfect for serving small snacks. The Pecorino 20 cheese board has a cut out in its side for carrying and will add a little height variation to your table area. The Pecorino and Parabol both have handles to make passing and serving your guests a little easier and are well suited for nuts and small crackers.

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Price: $55.00 - 65.00
Available from: Fitzsu

I Eight Sum Pi Plates

If you’re a mathematical smarty pants, then you know the equation on this plate translates into “I ate some pie”… sort of funny, no? Perhaps this set of 2 plates would be the perfect housewarming gift to anyone who has an appreciation of math and/or round pastry. There’s also a dish, if you want to complete the set further.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Stainless Steel Growler

You might like your draft beer, but do you like it enough to have your own growler? Maybe, probably, whatever your answer might be, the point is, if you’re going to use a growler, this stainless steel one is much lighter than its glass relatives and will keep your beer colder, longer. A silicone sealed lid keeps contents fresh. Also, fyi, Popular Mechanics did a lab test to see how well stainless steel growlers held up to abuse, this one included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Blue Ribbon General Store

Spork & Cork

What to do when you’re away from home and without utensils? Pull out the Spork & Cork from your bag, desk drawer, or glove box and chow down. The all-in-one eating implement is hand-shaped from a single piece of Certified organic bamboo and it’s lightweight and compact enough that you’ll want to bring it along on any adventure.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Bambu Home

Alphabet City Coasters

Manhattan-based photographer Joanne Dugan compiled these urban typographic images originally as a teaching game for her two-year-old son. And, as they’re so striking, why not make them into a coaster set for all to enjoy? Many of the signs and landmarks are now demolished, so tip of the hat to Ms. Dugan for creating such a great archive of New York City’s visual history.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Moon Pot Mat

Shoot for the moon (!) especially when you have hot pots or serving dishes. I’d be tempted to leave this out on the table all the time, because, well, it’s the moon. Designed by Elisabeth Dunker for Fine Little Day. Made from HDF-material and moisture-resistant.
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Price: $39.00
Available from: Huset

Anniversary Wine Box

The joys of the summer wedding season, where your friends and family get together to celebrate the official union of two people in love… are you rolling your eyes yet? Or squirming uncomfortably because there’s a wedding coming up shortly and you’ve no idea what to get the happy couple?

Never fear, for the wine box is here. Buy the box, fill it with a few bottles of nice wine (make sure the ten year one will actually taste good in ten years) and call it a day. Bam! Guess who just gave a really thoughtful gift? That’s right, you did. You can also customize a message on the inside of the box to further emphasize your awesomeness.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: wineforawedding

Loop Tea Strainer

Another tea strainer. Aren’t you excited? I know how important it is to you, that perfect (elusive?) cup of tea, and Kinto has yet another option to consider. This stick-shaped tea strainer has a slidable side that allows you to scoop tea leaves directly without the use of a spoon. Slide the side back down to cover, and then place in your cup with hot water. The slidable part is easy to remove completely for cleaning.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00
Available from: Emmo Home