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CW&T Jump Rope

This might be the nicest jump rope anyone has ever seen. CW&T (of Pen Type-A fame) recently released this beauty to the world, and it’s got handles machined out of solid 6061 aluminum and a leather cord. The handles’ inside edges have a precise fillet to make sure the rope is held at a tangent as it spins. Should you ever wear out the leather cord (way to go you- you’re just like Rocky!) you can simply replace it by tying a couple of knots.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: CW&T

Sandwich on Board Box

Another aluminum lunch box? Can we be so lucky? Apparently so. This handy little lunch box is from black + blum, and, just as expected, it looks to improve upon those sub-par lunch carriers that have left your lunch squashed in the past. It’s aluminum (or, aluminium, if you prefer) with a naturally antibacterial, sustainable bamboo lid that provides a surface for ingredient assembly if needed. Available in silver, lime, or pink.
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Price: $21.00
Available from: black + blum

KeySmart

Until technology allows us to enter all buildings and vehicles without physical keys, we’re going to have to deal with the mess that is the usual keyring. KeySmart aims to organize keys in a swiss army style holder, with keys folding into a compact handle instead of jingle-jangling all over the place. Would you believe it could hold up to 100 keys? That’d be one hefty keychain. You can also add in a USB for convenience.
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Price: $19.98 - 38.98
Available from: KeySmart

Pia Shopping Bag

Raise your hand if you like strange shopping bags. This one from Milk Design and Feel Good Home has a different sort of 3D shape made from Tyvek and leather handles, which will surely tote your purchases safely home with a fair amount of style (don’t be surprised if people ask you where you got it). Tyvek is durable and water resistant, not to mention very light, plus, did you see the price?
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Price: $35.00
Available from: MilkDesign

Baggu All Weather Bag

Originally designed for surfers, this all-weather gear bag has welded seams and a water resistant zipper to keep water completely in (or completely out, if that’s your goal). Surfers, just stand inside the bag to remove your wetsuit, then zip it up for your trip home. Sand and seawater will be safely contained within. Everyone else, know that whatever you put in the bag will stay dry no matter what (within reason).
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Price: $140.00
Available from: BAGGU

Aquabot

How often are you out at the beach, campsite, or park and wish you had a garden hose to wash off dirt and grime? This is exactly where the Aquabot by Lunatec comes into play: it transforms your regular water bottle into a pressurized device, giving you the function of a portable hose/faucet/fountain/mister so you can use water efficiently. You might remember when it was a Kickstarter project, but it’s now available directly from Lunatec.
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Price: $24.00 - 29.00
Available from: Lunatec

Brass Peanut Lighter

Next time you venture into the great outdoors for a camping trip, make sure you have a lighter in addition to your matches and flint. We all know it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? And, because you don’t want to carry more weight than absolutely necessary, you might as well get this very compact and indestructible lighter. Made of solid brass stock, it has a secure screw down cap (that can be attached to a keyring), is waterproof, and measures 0.5″ x 1.9″ for the large size or 0.5″ x 1.3″ for the small.
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Price: $34.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

ONDU Pinhole Cameras MK II

Do you remember the ONDU Pinhole Camera we posted back in 2013? If you were even a tiny bit interested, you might be happy to know that ONDU has expanded their offerings, and this time there are new features and many different sizes. Pretty exciting for anyone who’s remotely interested in photography, right? Each camera is made from locally harvested and FSC certified walnut and maple wood with several fine details that improve the pinhole photography process. Take a look at their video below or on Kickstarter.
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Price: $60.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Welded Backpack

Not happy with your backpack/bag? Here’s yet another minimal option for your consideration, and this one is delightfully simple in its design. The Welded backpack from Aether* is lightweight, has an interior laptop pocket, padded straps, and weatherproof zippers. Maybe you’ll use it for hauling your computer back and forth from the office, or maybe you’ll take it with you on your next day hike or weekend trip. Either way, you’ll look quietly cool and you’ll be comfortable.
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Price: $135.00
Available from: Aether

Clug Clip Hanging Bike Rack

Please don’t attach your bike to a rock. You could, though, judging by Clug’s main hero shot, shown above, which gives you an idea of its function and strength. I actually purchased two Clugs when it was a Kickstarter campaign, and now our two bikes are stored orderly in our entry way, and not looking like two drunken hobos crashed crazily against the wall.

The Clug Clip all but disappears once installed, as it’s small and you can choose colors to fit your interior (or bike’s) color scheme. It hugs your bike’s tire, keeping it snug against the wall in either a vertical or horizontal position. There’s three different sizes to fit road, hybrid, and mountain bikes, and installation is easy- it’ll take just a few minutes.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Six Customized Brass Collar Stays

Father’s Day is June 21, but you knew that already, right? If your mind is blank on what to get your dad, here’s something perfect… if he wears dress shirts, that is. Here’s Six Customized Brass Collar Stays, with an engraving you specify. You can pick up to two engravings, so maybe pick your dad’s name for three collar stays and something sappy but nice like ‘BEST DAD’ or ‘I’M AWESOME’ on the other three. Or maybe you’ll be more imaginative than that, and then your dad will be oh-so-proud and quite happy that you took the time to make it clever.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Owen & Fred

Thousand Bike Helmet

Hey, did you know that bicycle helmets protect your brain and could save your life? Just checking, because it seems like an awful lot of people think they exist only to decrease their cool factor. Case in point, last Friday I witnessed hundreds of cyclists in Houston on a night ride and maybe 30% were wearing helmets, which might be a generous estimate. A night ride in a busy city, what could go wrong? (Stepping off soapbox now.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Pixi Tie by Bluelounge

What’s that red tie around that stack of notebooks? It’s the Pixi Tie, and it’ll do all sorts of securing for big and small jobs around the house. Simply pull the cord tight and through the button’s locking channel to keep it in place; pull up and outwards to release. Use the small size for cables or bread bags, the medium for organizing laptop cords and wire management, and the large for bigger items like camping gear or yoga mats.
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Price: $9.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Baxter iPhone 6 Dock & Storage

I know, I know, you probably already have a place to put your iPhone for charging, but this little dock has a small storage pocket for all those other little things that need a home. Pocket change or smaller jewelry pieces won’t get lost when they have a snug cork/rubber lid to keep them safe. Use the the lid as a soft resting spot for larger items that you’d like to keep in view.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: Most Modest

Zuzunaga’s Beach Towel Collection

An old, fraying beach towel doesn’t help you look any better, so why not upgrade to one of these smack-you-in-the-face-with-pattern towels by Cristian Zuzunaga? The upside is if you don’t have a spectacular (according to the media) body, the towel will grab people’s attention first (as in, ‘Ooo, who’s that fascinating person with that beach towel?’) and, if you do have a spectacular (according to the media) body, you’ll look like you have good taste (‘Ooo, who’s that hottie with that cool beach towel?’). You get the idea.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Available from: A+R Store