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Japanese Gardening Boots

Imagine if your wellies could fold up for storage, how much space would that save in your hall closet? A normal knee-high pair of boots takes up, what, at least 1-1.5 cubic feet of space? Flexible rubber enables these boots to be rolled up for storage, meaning more glorious room for other hall closet miscellany.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £103.00
Available from: SCP

Speakr Box by Buka Projects

This portable wooden speaker requires no batteries or power source and works with pretty much any gadget you own (mp3 players, iPods, phones, laptops, etc.). Nice to see a simple wooden speaker option for the desktop or for outdoor activities (don’t take that to mean it’s waterproof though).

Support BLTD by buying here: Speakr Box, $79.00 from gnr8.biz

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Price: $79.00

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NoteSlate

No, it’s not an iPad wannabe, nor is it a new eReader. It’s got no apps or games or books stored on its memory card. This simple tablet device takes the place of pen and paper, that’s all. It has a simple real-paper-look interface that allows you to make notes or sketches for future reference, then save or delete them. With a long life battery (180h) and a $99 price point, it’s awfully tempting to see how well it would work. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until June of this year to actually put your hands on one, but it could just be worth it.

See NoteSlate’s website for specifications and details.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Availability: Buy NoteSlate here

Merit Badges from Disorderly Goods

You’re never too old to give or receive a merit badge from Disorderly Goods. Have a think about if any of your friends or family (or even yourself) might deserve a little bit of recognition for any outstanding behavior and then choose the appropriate badge for commemoration. Or, go all-out and get the Over-achiever 12-pack for $114.00.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00 each
Available from: Disorderly Goods

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Bike Portage Strap

Now, this is a very specific item that perhaps only avid bikers will appreciate, but I think it’s smart and simple, and improves the biking experience enough to be mentioned. This strap provides a slight suspension between the top bar and seat tube of a bike, so that when you carry your bike there’s a nice padded place for your shoulder. If you’ve ever carried a bike up a steep incline or a few flights of stairs, you’re familiar with the discomfort and know that this would make those small journeys a little bit easier. See the (happy) biker below for an example of the strap in action.

Hand-made and hand-finished leather.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: WalnutStudiolo's shop

LINK Furoshiki

Furoshiki, which you might be familiar with, are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used for all sorts of things. This particular print seems particularly eye catching with its graphic red/white design, and while you could use it for wrapping a gift (or a wall hanging, or as a scarf, etc.) it seems like it would be a great gift all on its own.

Also, I found this site called Furoshiki.com which seem to specialize in the subject… the Animals White ($34) is a nice one, also Palace ($42).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: PLASTICA

Analarm

Analogue alert anyone? If you tend towards the non-digital, you’ll maybe like this square faced alarm-clock-inspired watch. Instead of chirping or beeping, the alarm creates a vibration on the wrist like a mobile phone.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £300.00
Available from: Design Museum Shop

Budtrap

Add another headphone organizer to your list of considerations, because this one is super small and seems to do the job nicely. It slides onto your earphone jack and provides a place to clip in the cord after wrapping the earbuds around your device. If you’d like to see more, visit Budtrap’s site for more details.

There’s also a slight discount if you buy in bundles or packs… fyi.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $5.95
Availability: Buy Budtrap here

Lens Bracelets

If words or pictures aren’t enough to profess your love for photography, you can literally wear it now. Designed by Adam Elmakias, Lens Bracelets are reproductions of lens focusing rings made in soft silicone. Could go well with that Camera Lens Mug of yours. Available in 50mm prime or 24-70mm zoom, one size fits all.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Lens Bracelets here

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Split Ring Key (Keybrid)

I posted this key-that’s-also-a-key-ring while back, and now that it’s got a new site/price/info update it’s worth another look.

SC1 Keybrid blank for SC1 keys/locks, $8.99
KW1 Keybrid blank for KW1 keys/locks, $8.99
SC1 & KW1 Bundle, $16.99

by Scott Amron

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.99
Availability: Buy Split Ring Key (Keybrid) here

AViiQ Laptop Stand

While the price tag is a bit high on this laptop stand, it’s got the distinct advantage of being incredibly thin and foldable (yes, foldable!) for ease of transport. And, if you can believe it, they’re offering a 40% off coupon code for anyone that wants to give it a try. Just enter 10-TUV-02-MB-PC at checkout. There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee if that makes your decision easier.

Compresses down to a 1/4 inch thin plate.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.95
Available from: AViiQ

Fortune Cookie Coin Purse

Made from remnants from the furniture and garment industry, each of these leather coin purses carry a unique number to track its origin. Each purse comes with a little dust bag and a printed fortune inside.

Designed by Diana Eng.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Availability: Buy Fortune Cookie Coin Purse here

Straight Jacket Sleeve

Hope your holiday weekend went well. Maybe you’re still on holiday? Maybe you aren’t even bothering to check your dear beloved BLTD??… but then you wouldn’t be reading this, would you? To those of you loyal souls that need your design fix, even between Christmas and New Years, don’t fret. We are here, slaving away as usual to bring you the best/strangest/most visually pleasing items available online. We do live to please.

These sleeves by Autum are right up any minimalist’s alley. Leather (domestically tanned) with padded construction makes up a simple sleeve for your iPad or laptop, ensuring protection without adding any ‘look at me’ visual clutter. And, just for fun, check out Autum’s Minion Bike (vavoom!).

Limited Production (First run of 50)
Hand Made – USA

Purchase Information:

Price: $133.00
Available from: Autum

Lacie Moskeyto USB Drive

Lacie has tackled the design of the portable USB drive in quite a few ways over the years — some mimicking currency, some resembling actual keys, and some even indestructible. The Moskeyto, one of their latest designs pares down the USB drive to, well, really just the USB port. I don’t think anyone really has been complaining about oversized thumb drives but if you’re into super miniature form factors this should do the trick.  Available in 2, 4, 8, and 16 GB capacities in black. White is only available in 2 GB.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $14.99
Availability: Buy Lacie Moskeyto USB Drive here

Source: Gizmos for Geeks

Digital Harinezumi

From our archives (originally published January 8, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

This 2-megapixel Digital Harinezumi by Superheadz will give you soft, out-of-focus videos and still images like the old Super 8mm. If you’re not quite certain what that means, there’s a video below that shows what it looks like.

3.8″ x 1″ x 2.2″
lens: 24 mm (equivalent to 39.6 mm in 135mm format)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: gnr8