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Party Hat

Come on, now, remember when party hats were standard birthday party fair? Why let kids have such special ceremonial attire when we adults deserve just as much- if not more- frivolity for certain events? LA designer Albert Chu (of OTAAT) creates these leather Party Hats just for those festive times, whether it be a birthday or other significant life event. Keep one in the office or at home to use again and again, and make sure certain moments are celebrated appropriately.
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Price: $75.00 - 80.00
Available from: OTAAT

Turrialba Volcano Silk Scarf

So effing pretty, it’s tempting to buy one for yourself rather than a loved one. Maybe you can do both, as some of these lovely scarves from Slow Factory are on sale. All are 100% silk, made in Italy.
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Price: $52.00 +
Available from: Slow Factory

Verloop Colorblock Touchscreen Gloves

These color-blocked gloves by Verloop will cheer up any dark and dreary winter day, and, yes, they will work with all your touchscreen devices. Nano-metallic conductive yarn on the thumb, index and middle fingertips ensure warm fingers and uninterrupted scrolling/tapping/texting while you’re out and about.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Cashmends, Tweedmends

We’ve featured Cashmends before, but they’re just too good to forget. We all have favorite sweaters, and it’s so very sad when they get worn spots. Cashmends are iron-on patches that spruce up the elbows (or other areas) so you can continue wearing your warmest garments. There’s now Tweedmends as well, so you have the opportunity to upgrade an older blazer or jacket as well as your sweaters. Personally, I’m tempted to buy a few just to make some boring sweaters a little more interesting (a la Chinti and Parker). Elbow patches!
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Price: $12.00 - 16.00
Available from: Stella Neptune

UNDO Laces

So, did you know that a shoe creates a lot of environmental damage? Raw materials plus an intense manufacturing process means that those things we wear on our feet have a big carbon footprint (typical shoe = 30 pounds of CO2). Alarming, isn’t it?

UNDO Laces aims to offset that carbon footprint by purchasing credits from a wind energy, solar energy or reforestation project on your behalf. You get a pair of UNDO Laces, too, of course. Mini magnets installed in each end of the shoelace makes them easy to change out for color matching (it also eliminates those bothersome plastic ends hitting your ankles when you walk. Am I the only one with that issue? Back the project on Kickstarter.
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Price: $11.00
Available from: Kickstarter

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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Price: $120.00
Available from: A+R Store

Shadowplay Galaxy Scarves

We’ve featured Slow Factory’s silk/cotton Scarves before, but just in case you’d like a lower price point, the NYC based company Shadowplay has a nice selection of galaxy print scarves as well. However, don’t go thinking it’s an easy Mother’s Day gift option, as some of the designs won’t ship until the beginning of June.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Shadowplay

No Line No Wave Scarf Collection

If you happen to have a loved one that likes scarves and other strange, artistic things, then the No Line No Wave Scarf Collection should be on your list of birthday/anniversary/special event gift ideas. Glasgow-based studio Briggs & Cole invited twelve Scottish creatives to contribute designs, and the result is an odd-yet-wonderous array of silky squares. Be forewarned, though, as each scarf is produced as a limited edition of ten each, sold only in sets of two.
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Price: $600.00
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips

Does your favorite workout gear have reflective strips? Mine certainly don’t, but that’s about to change. Underfuse Iron-On Reflective Strips are easy to apply and will help make sure you don’t get run over by a bus/truck/inattentive driver when you’re out walking your dog or running at night. Iron a few strips on your jacket, bag, or workout clothes and stay visible. Also, Underfuse also has an iron-on pocket for your smartphone and/or keys, just in case you’d like to further customize your clothing.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Pacific Printed Silk Scarf by Kelly Lynn Jones

What do you get your favorite lady (or confident-in-his-masculinity male) friend when you’re out of ideas? A silk scarf that’s beautiful and compliments any style. This Pacific Printed Silk Scarf by Kelly Lynn Jones fits the bill as it features a photographic print of (you guessed it) the Pacific ocean. Plus, it’s way more affordable than it looks. There’s also a Pink Balloons Printed Silk Scarf worth checking out.
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Price: $69.00
Available from: Vacation Days

Touch Tonic

Why is this person painting their gloves with fingernail polish? Pfft, we know better than to assume that, and we’re probably thinking whatever they’re doing to their gloves has to do with cold weather and our devices, and we’d be right. It’s Touch Tonic, and you paint it on your favorite gloves so that you can connect with your device while keeping your fingers warm. It’s better to use it on darker fabrics, as it’s not completely clear, fyi, and each application lasts several weeks.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Photojojo

Slow Factory: Mars Scarves

Do you follow all news of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission? Do you have a fondness of ethereal, beautiful imagery? Do you sometimes get cold? If your answer was yes to any of those questions, congratulations, you deserve a Slow Factory scarf showing images taken by HiRISE. That’s the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, if you’re not familiar. Bookmark the collection as an excellent source for gifts this holiday season, and know that you’ll be thanked profusely if you decide to be so generous.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Slow Factory

Definition Scarf

If you’re into graphic design, you might appreciate a scarf with the Definition of Graphic Design as authored by MATTER’s design director Rick Griffith. It’s made from soft cotton, so it’s light enough for summer nights (or sun protection) or for layering during cooler months. Available from Matterial, $20. There’s also Annotated Definition Pillowcases with the same definition, fyi.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Matterial

NYC Transit Kerchief

Maybe you have the NYC Subway map memorized, and, if so, good for you. The rest of us rely on our smart phones when we’re in the city, and, oh, the horror when our battery dies and there’s not a reliable map to be found street side. If we had a NYC Transit Kerchief (or a Crumpled City Map), we could pull it out of our bag or pocket and then proceed to our destination without missing a beat. (We’ll avoid thinking about what happens when you’re sick and you badly need a tissue as well as directions.)
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Price: $24.00
Available from: Few & Far Company

Chelsea and Fabrika Scarf

If you are still searching for a Mother’s Day gift, you know you only have a few more days, right? Check out this scarf by Shonquis Moreno. Digitally printed on 14-mime silk twill, the Chelsea Scarf features an image abstracted and manipulated “down to the core color in pixels.” Sounds good, and looks even better.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop