PERSONAL

Handmade Leather Key Holder

The ever-present key conundrum: how to keep your keys organized without looking like a janitor? This key holder is made from rugged leather and holds your keys in a slender profile; there’ll be no jingling/jangling about like you should have a mop and bucket nearby. Thanks to custom set screws, your keys are stacked together in the case- which protects your bag or pocket contents from those unfortunate scratched surfaces – and at the ready to swing out for use. The corners are embossed with the words “Home,” “Office,” “Door,” and “Ignition” for quick reference.
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Price: $59.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

iCorkCase

If you’re the type that wants extra insurance for your precious iPad, take a look at this faceted case made of cork from pomm* design studio. It’s pretty thick, so you know it’ll absorb the day-to-day minor shocks and bumps, and the faceted feature might give you a few ‘oh-that’s-cool’ comments. It’s not cheap, but it does win points for its sculptural form.
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Price: $70.00
Available from: pomm* design studio

Pins by Macon and Lesquoy

As you might have noticed, gift guides are popping up all over the place. We’ll have some wishlists/gift guides just like last year in the upcoming weeks, but until then, keep these pins by Macon and Lesquoy on your radar. They’re intended purely for fun, and, as they’re quite small (~1″- 2″), could be easily worn on shirts, jackets, and bags. Perfect for co-workers, friends, etc.
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Price: $20.00 - 30.00
Available from: Greener Grass Design

Vers 1Q

Oh, what a tempting, tiny speaker. There’s the choice of hand-crafted Walnut or Bamboo case, and sure, that looks pretty good, but the point of that wood/bamboo is the natural acoustic properties. Also, check out the size: 3″ X 3″ X 3″. Compact. Of course, it has integrated Bluetooth (what speaker nowadays doesn’t?) and it delivers enough sound to fill a decently sized space. Other standout bullet points are its 30′ range and estimated 10+ hours of battery life.

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Price: $119.00
Available from: BiteMyApple

BoostTurbine

With the recent disaster of Hurricane Sandy, many were (and still are) without power, which means no means of communication with friends, loved ones, or emergency personnel. Don’t let yourself fall into the same scenario- take stock of your own disaster kit and make sure you have an adequate wind-up charger for your mobile phone. Etón has a new rechargeable USB battery pack with a hand turbine power generator; one minute of cranking can produce power for a 30-second call or a few important texts. Available for pre-order, starting at $50.
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Flavour It Glass Water Bottle

Like a bit of lemon or mint in your water glass? Or perhaps a hint of strawberry? Now you can take your fanciness on the road with this glass bottle, thus reducing your own plastic bottle usage as well as any unfortunate snobbery that crops up whenever you’re faced with plain tap water.

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Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Grip Rings

True story: I currently have skinned knees and 4 inch bruise on my chest. Why? Because I completely wiped out going down a parking garage when my left handlebar grip slipped off. Anyways, don’t be like me and have properly maintained grips and bar-ends on your bike. But do it with some style! These new GripRings from Spurcycle are individual silicone rings that make up a complete handlebar grip. Each set included 16 rings in the color pattern of your choice. Ride safe!
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Spurcycle

Source: Bless This Stuff

Libratone Portable Wireless Speakers

Warm and fuzzy are words to describe pleasant sounds coming from your speakers, but what if your speakers themselves were so? Copenhagen-based Libratone recently released a series of AirPlay-enabled wireless speakers wrapped in either wool or cashmere. Three sizes are available depending on your room size and portability needs. AirPlay works with all iPads, iPhone 3Gs or newer, iPod touch and Mac/Pc. Fabric covers are available in eight colors.
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Price: $449.00
Available from: Libratone

Source: Design Boom

The Mirjam Bag

Do you have €450 to spend on a leather hold-all? If so, check out Travelteq’s latest offering. The Mirjam is handmade in Italy of Florentine Vachetta leather and has 4 inside compartments to organize your laptop, files, and other necessities. Yes, the laptop compartment is shock resistant (as it should be), and yes, the bag is big enough to carry around everything but the kitchen sink, so it looks pretty perfect for everyday use or for travel- especially as a carry-on bag for longer flights.
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Price: $450.00
Availability: Buy The Mirjam Bag here

Donna Wilson Hats, Scarves, Gloves

Ms. Wilson, take a break, please. There’s just too much pleasantly patterned cold weather wear to take in. The Circus Arm Warmers, for instance; who knew they needed these until spotting those colorful blocks of stripes and triangles? And the Tip Top Gloves. Our old gloves were perfectly fine, thank you very much, until thinking of waving our fingers around with blue, red, or pink tips. As stated before, it’s a little overwhelming, and it feels like you’ve detonated a quirky/cute bomb on us all without any prior warning.
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Canvas Briefcase

Need a no-nonsense, utilitarian briefcase? This bag by Industry Portage features an exterior padded pocket for your tablet, interior pen slots and pockets for organizing smaller items like business cards, and adequate space to carry a decent stack of documents (let’s hope you won’t need to do that though). Rugged canvas and suede handles reinforce the no-frills approach; there’s no doubt it’s durable enough for your everyday commute or for those longer journeys. Also available in red.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: The Vitrine

SIWA Cushioned iPad Case

If you’re fond of SIWA paper products, you’ll be happy to hear there’s an iPad case available. A simple string and button closure secures the contents and a matching color liner keeps your iPad scratch free. SIWA products are made of Soft Naoron (wood pulp and polyolefin using “washi suki” paper manufacturing process); this paper-like material is strong and highly water resilient.
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Price: $72.00
Available from: Baum-Kuchen

Blunt XS Metro Umbrella

Remember the Blunt Umbrella? Now there’s a collapsible version that can easily fit in your bag. With the same patented BLUNT Tips (to you, these are the non-poke corners) and unique Radial Tensioning System (reinforcement to keep it from collapsing when strong winds strike), the XS gives you the same rain protection in a convenient carrying size. See the other sizes on Blunt’s website.

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Price: $49.00
Available from: BLUNT

Puurco iPhone Wallet Case

This wallet is traveling light at its best. Handcrafted in Prague, a 100% Merino wool sleeve is stitched together with a vegetable-tanned leather pocket. Your phone and credit card, what else do you need? Fits iPhone 4S/4/3GS/3G (maybe the new iPhone 5?). Gotta love that red thread accent and packaging!
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Price: €29.00
Available from: PuurCo

Curve BT iDock

For those of us that rely on our mobile phones for most, if not all, of our calls, a wireless handset is worth consideration. I recently received a sample of the Curve BT iDock to try out, and despite my reservations of adding yet another item to my desktop, I’m actually pleased with its look, feel, and function. At times our mobile phones can be a little awkward to hold, but the Curve’s handset is comfortable and more appropriate for longer conversations. It can connect to 2 devices (think iPad + phone) simultaneously and your iPhone/Android can sync and charge while on the dock to avoid losing any of that precious battery life.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: Native Union