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Kime Shoe Horn

Do you sometimes need a shoe horn? You know, that thing that helps you put on your nice shoes without crushing their heels? If so, get this one, because it’s beautiful. Perfectly symmetrical and carved from a single piece of wood, the Kime Shoe Horn appears to be an art piece rather than a functional tool. Lucky for us, it’s both. “Kime” means texture or wood grain in Japanese and is the name of the collection.
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Price: $ 56.00
Available from: ode to things

Block Shop Scarves

Block Shop’s rugs will get their due attention next week, but, first, let’s just admire their scarves, shall we? A mix of thin lines and shapes create patterns, all hand block printed by 5th generation master printers in Bagru, India, with natural dyes on a silk/cotton blend. I’ve got my eye on the Tent design, or maybe the Sidewinder. Which one is your favorite?
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Price: $75.00 -120.00
Available from: Block Shop

RS01 Integrated Reflective Shirt

Um, how excited are you about a button-down shirt that has hidden reflective strips? If your answer is less than exclamation-point-worthy, you may want to ask someone who depends on alternative means of transportation, like bicycles or skateboards and the like, and see how excited they are, because then I can give them a high five.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Magic Jar Scarf Kit

Okay, this is a fun gift. Artist Shabd Simon-Alexander has given the power of alchemy over to you (or your recipient). A jar of a non-toxic blend of permanent dyes and fixatives is paired with a silk crepe de chine scarf for a special, one-of-a-kind accessory. Simply add water, wait an hour while the dyes are released, and then admire the result. Fun!
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Price: $78.00
Available from: MoMA Store

blink blink Wearable Tech Kits

So, for the crafty amongst us, there are these fun little kits by blinkblink to keep our brain from turning to mush. Why not make an awfully tacky-yet-fun holiday sweater? Or a blinking greeting card or how about a scarf that actually sparkles? Maybe just add fairy lights to everything for a full-on festive atmosphere. And do I really need to point out that these could be excellent gifts for other crafters?
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Price: $59.00
Available from: Fab

X-Cap Light Up Hat

Headlight plus hat? Sign me up, because who knows what outdoor exploring we’ll be up to when the winter evenings are here? The removable head lamp clips into and out of the beanie so you can charge (via USB) the 120-lumen light. I’d say this is an improvement over single strap headlamps, as the beanie is less likely to slip off the ol’ noggin, don’t you think?
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Price: $32.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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