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Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Now that the holiday season has passed, it’s time to focus on escaping for ski trips or warmer climes. And what will you need to distinguish your bag from all the other black cases at the airport? How about a custom leather tag hand stamped with your name, phone number, and email address? (Skip your address, for safety concerns and/or just in case you move house.) On a personal note, I watched someone receive his very own custom tag on Christmas morning, and that someone (a frequent flyer) looked like Ralphie with a Red Ryder BB gun.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Owen & Fred

The Arctic Trench by Aether Apparel

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

Take a walk in downtown Manhattan in the middle of January and you’ll see a few trends in women’s fashion -most notably, the full-length insulated parka. When it’s freezing cold outside, women dress for the occasion. But while the typical quilted parka does a wonderful job of keeping you warm, it’s not exactly the most flattering of options.

Too frequently women are forced to choose between wearing something warm or wearing something fashionable. Either dress well and die of hypothermia or dress warm and look like the Michelin Man. This dilemma was the inspiration for the Arctic Trench. Designed for women in cold urban environments, it offers some serious insulation, but with a refined modern aesthetic.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $495.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

Oreflector

Nice! The Oreflector is a safety reflective badge for when you’re out and about at night. Whether you’re on your bike, walking your dog, or going for a run, its reflective material shines out to let cars and other passers-by know to steer clear of your soft self. Best of all, it’s not as bulky (or obnoxious) as a blinking bike light clipped on to clothing. Comes as a set of two badges- one mini and one maxi size.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: designboom

Pinhole Art DIY Combo

Add this to the list of possible perfect gifts. This cardboard and paper DIY Combo can use 35mm or 120 film and allows for partial-frame and multiple exposures. Perhaps there will be more than a few soft focused images that quality as ‘art’ when using this puppy… you won’t know until you try it out. Also, not that you need reminding (because you’re so on top of things this year), but time is running short for shipping time, so best do your ordering today.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Lomography Shop

Folding Bicycle Helmet by Overade

A folding bicycle helmet? Yes, please. Overade’s helmet is now available for pre-sale on Ulule, and it looks well worth some consideration for anyone who’s ever been on a bike. It folds down to a third of its size, making it easier to stash in a bag for quick trips around town. Suitable for cycling in all forms, skateboarding, skating, or scooters, and available in two colors and two sizes.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $97.00
Available from: Ulule

Making of the Element: By Aether Apparel

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

Aether Apparel started out as a Men’s outerwear company, and was formed in reaction to its co-founders own frustrations while shopping. As outdoor enthusiasts living in the city, they felt there was a need for men’s technical performance jackets with a refined urban aesthetic. However, after their first season of Aether, they discovered this combination not only struck a chord with men, but with women as well – who have been asking for Aether Women’s since the company launched.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

Donky Cargo Bike

Get everything on your grocery list. Don’t skimp out on the 12 pack and the cake just because you can’t haul it home on your bike. The Donkybike sports both front and rear cargo racks that are attached directly to the frame, allowing for a stable ride without any unwieldy steering or swaying rear end. The frame is created in no-nonsense and durable steel, sure to last a lifetime. Available in green and black.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $800.00
Available from: Donky Bike

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The ALTITUDE by Aether Apparel

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

A mix of form and function, the ALTITUDE ski jacket has been designed to combine the highest level of technical performance with a refined aesthetic and tailored fit.

Each winter Jonah Smith and Palmer West, co-founders of Aether Apparel, make a pilgrimage to the Canadian Rockies for a week of CAT skiing at Baldface Lodge. While there they keep a close eye on the different types of gear being worn. They noticed that while many of top-end ski jackets perform phenomenally under the conditions, they left a lot to be desired in terms of fit. Everything was just a little baggy. The jackets were also made from “hard” fabrics that crinkled like wrapping paper in the cold air. After seeing this, Jonah and Palmer decided it was time to make a top-end ski jacket of their own. One that incorporated all the technical features, but one designed with a more refined fit and quieter fabrics.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $675.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

Photojojo Phone Lens Series

Are you kicking yourself for not adding Photojojo’s Phone Lens Series to your wish list? If so, join the club. Maybe it’s not too late, though, especially if we lay down blatant hints… as in, gee, I really wish I hadn’t forgotten to add the Wide/Macro Lens to my list. Here’s hoping it works.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00 - 49.00
Available from: Photojojo

Wow Bluetooth Speaker

Another Bluetooth speaker? Indeed it is, and this one seems sized perfectly for desktop or the out-of-doors. The Wow Speaker wirelessly streams music from any of your Bluetooth devices and charges via a USB cable. While it seems to be available only through one US retailer (Unica Home shipping Jan 2013), there are a few UK sites that seem to have it in stock (Do Shop and, of course, the designer’s site AAREVALO shop).
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Purchase Information:

Price: £55.00
Available from: AAREVALO shop

Beta Key Ring with Inkless Pen

Why does it seem like a sleek key ring is the perfect gift for acquaintances, coworkers, and relatives? It is because it’s impersonal yet useful? In any case, this Beta Key Ring has an inkless pen attached, meaning its owner will never be without a writing tool. The pen has a solid metal alloy ‘nib’ that leaves a pencil-like mark on paper.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Canoe

Lumawake

Nice. This smart docking station senses your approach and lights up so you can find it easily in the dark. This function also simulates sunrise to make sure you wake naturally. Lumawake tracks your sleep cycles and gives you a detailed report each morning contact free (which means no wristbands). And, if you’re on the home automation bandwagon, the Lumawake can be integrated into systems like SmartThings & WeMo to turn off lights when you fall asleep or turn on the coffee maker when you wake up. Quite a few functions there, which helps explain the price tag. Ships early 2013.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Lumawake

Aether Apparel’s Field Jacket

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

The Field Jacket by Aether Apparel combines the utility of a traditional field jacket with the weatherproof performance of a ski jacket. The design-focused outdoor apparel company came up with the idea after seeing their photographer struggle to carry an assortment of miscellaneous camera equipment during one of their photo shoots. Their solution? Design a tough-as-nails jacket to keep you dry in the backcountry with enough pockets to hold all your gear.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $550.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

Freekey

You and I both know what a hassle it is to get keys on and off a regular keyring. You can use a staple remover to aid the process or you could change your keyring to a Freekey. It has a patented wave that allows the end to open, making adding or removing keys a snap. There’s also a Freekey System that comes with additional small rings for grouping your keys together.
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Price: $5.00 - 7.50
Available from: Freekey

Agloves

Welcome back from your Thanksgiving break! Chances are you’ve already taken advantage of those Cyber Monday deals, so we won’t mess with any of that. Instead, shall I suggest these touchscreen-compatible gloves? Agloves use real silver threads to increase warmth and conduct the bioelectricity from your body to your device. No more cold fingers when answering your phone or changing the playlist on your iPod. Might make a good gift for someone on your list too. Also, if you prefer to keep your own gloves, you could just add conductive thread, as this Touchscreen Gloves Kit provides (via swissmiss).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.99 - 34.99
Available from: Agloves

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