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Zuzunaga Roots Laptop and Tablet Case

What, there’s a new item from Cristian Zuzunaga, and I’m not going to tell you about it? Puh-lease. The new Roots Tablet Case slips on easily over your device- no fastener necessary. Think of it like a big, crazily-patterned sock for your iPad or Laptop. Could be a fun gift for someone fond of bold colors. There’s also shawls, shoes, t-shirts, and scarves available directly from Zuzunaga, if you’re tempted to get something for yourself.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00 -114.00
Available from: YLiving

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Talk about a great gift- you can’t go wrong with the Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera. Why? Because who doesn’t like taking instant photos? It blends nostalgia with updated digital technology, and is small enough to take with you wherever you’re going this holiday season. You (or the recipient) will have fun with it, no doubt about it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: Polaroid

AuraBox Clock Speaker

Is this little light-box unnecessary? Yes. Do you need it? No, not really. Is it fun? Definitely. Think of the AuraBox as a desktop digital art piece. You can pair it with your phone/device’s notification system to receive instant on-screen alerts for calls, texts, or social media updates. Make your own drawings or animations via the app or use any of the ready-made alerts. It’s also useful: make hands-free calls using the built-in microphone, use it as an indoor thermometer, or use it as an alarm clock with a customized music and light show. See what I mean by ‘fun’?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: MoMA Store

iPad Pro Sleeve and Stand by This Is Ground

I’d say this is an elegant option for a iPad Pro sleeve/stand, wouldn’t you? It fits your tablet, stylus, and a file for loose papers- that’s it. A front flap on the inside allows you to prop up your tablet against the folded back side, giving you a two-in-one function with sleek and simple styling. Smart.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: This Is Ground

The Vamp

See that tiny, red, cube-like device on top of that speaker? It’s here to save the lives of all the old speakers that don’t have Bluetooth. That’s right, you can keep your vintage Mcintosh or JBL speaker(s) with its/their amazing sound and have the convenience of streaming music from your latest smartphone or device.

So, how does it work? The Vamp fits onto your existing speaker via a magnetic metal disc or the provided audio cables. Connect it, and voila! Bluetooth compatibility. Keeping those traditional speakers around reduces electronic waste, so it’s a win/win situation. And, if you possess no traditional speakers, The Vamp team will give you one, free of charge* (from the recycling center). Cool, huh?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Dock Tray

The designer of theSwing LED Table Lamp, Objekten, also offers this Dock Tray. Featuring a spot to store your cords and other small items underneath, your iPad can rest comfortably on its back or angled in the outer edge, horizontally or vertically. It’s a pretty perfect catch-all and device stand for a desk/worktop, don’t you think?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00
Available from: Rypen

Building Block Leather Sleeves

I’ve got a nose like a bloodhound when it comes to minimal, expensive things, so it really shouldn’t surprise you that this leather 13″ MacBook sleeve is lodged firmly in the mid-$300 price range*. A smooth black exterior with a nude leather interior hits the right note of functional luxury without any extraneous details to get in the way of your daily work routine (or your excellent appearance). There’s the 11″ size as well as the iPad Mini Sleeve, so there’s something to suit each of your devices.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00 - 345.00
Available from: GARDE Shop

Aaden Battery Charger

Does your keyboard/trackpad/mouse always seem to need a battery recharge at the most inconvenient times? Keep a fresh set ready to go with the Aaden Battery Charger. It plugs directly into your computer’s USB port, no extra electrical outlet needed- that means less searching around behind/underneath the desk. (It looks like a tiny version of the Apple TV, doesn’t it?)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Tech Dopp Kit

So many cords and chargers, what’s a person to do? Well, you could swear off gadgets, maybe go off the grid permanently, or you could get something like this Tech Dopp Kit from This is Ground. The zip-up organizer offers plenty of spots to keep your cords and adapters strapped down and tidy, so you can easily grab whichever one you need without untangling it from all the others while shouting out profanities. An internal zipped pouch keeps smaller items separate. The larger grande size has room for headphones, while the regular size will keep your basic essentials.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00 - 199.00
Available from: This is Ground

Mindful Dock

How can you concentrate with all those texts and notifications? In the past 20 minutes I’ve received no less than 5 texts, and I’m not even all that popular.

The Mindful Dock aims to give you a distraction-free zone; just slide your phone into the dock to avoid peeking at its screen every single time it dings/rings/buzzes. It charges your phone too, of course, but it’s more of a displayed intention of concentrating on the task at hand. After all, those cat videos that your friend keeps sending are super cute, but your work/love-life/sleep will suffer if you keep picking up your damn phone. You know I’m right.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $98.05
Available from: Kickstarter

Orée Wireless Wood Keyboard

Is that a wood keyboard you see? Yes, indeed it is. And why do you need the Orée Wireless Wood Keyboard? For the warmth or for the novelty, you pick. It’s completely wireless and connects via Bluetooth with up to 5 devices. Notice that the wood grain matches on all the keys- nice, right? Pick from three different fonts and two different woods, and also be sure to check out the multi touch wood trackpad and numerical keyboard ($190) as well, as it would make a nice companion piece.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $190.00
Available from: Design Boom Shop

One Off Goods by Dino Sanchez

You’re super picky, so one-of-a-kind leather accessories might just suit your style. Dino Sanchez offers a small collection of individually made items- no two pieces will be alike. Laptop sleeves, wallets, key fobs, take your pick, and know that your item will be distinct.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00 - 285.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

Vifa Copenhagen Wireless Speaker

Are you still looking for a wireless speaker? Save your pennies, because this one earns top marks for its pared down design and integrated handle. It’s like someone took an old boombox, shrunk it down, and waved a magic wand to reduce it down to only a Kvadrat fabric facing and aluminum frame. Very minimal/modern, isn’t it?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $999.00
Available from: TRNK

Lumenati CS1Cinematic Smartcase for iPhone

Holy. How much fun will you have with this cinematic smartcase? Loads, I’m sure. Simply slide your iPhone into the Lumenati CS1, pull the trigger, and you’ll be shooting video like a pro. It’s lightweight, very portable, and is way more ergonomic than holding on to your iPhone on its own. The Lumenati CS1 even has a real-time viewfinder so you get exactly what you see (a.k.a. WYSIWYG capabilities). Swap the lenses out to change from fisheye to wide angle, easy as pie. Where in the world can you get it? Back the project on Kickstarter (up until August 12).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150+
Available from: Kickstarter

Ovo iPhone amplifier

Add this to your list of things you absolutely don’t need but want sort of badly. I mean, come on, it’s a passive amplifier made from Carrera marble for your iPhone. The shape is carved very slowly from a single block of marble (does the price make more sense now?) and works solely from mechanic sound diffusion. No cords, no batteries, just plain ol’ geometry working to optimize your listening experience.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $368.00
Available from: designboom shop

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