PERSONAL

Grid-It Organization System

From our archives (originally published January 15, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

While this ‘organization system’ looks haphazard and crazy, I think it might be quite useful in organizing all the gadgets and chargers and such that we all know and love/hate. Order out of chaos…

“The Grid-It organization system is a unique weave of rubberized elastic bands made specifically to hold personal objects firmly in place. Designed to provide endless configurations of digital devices and personal effects. Slim design and conveniently sized for your current laptop bag or travel case, lets you easily find what you need. Features rear zippered pocket for additional storage.”

12in X 8.125in

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Flight 001

Bird-Electron EZ0 Limited Portable Speaker

From our archives (originally posted April 9, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Weird name for a company, but certainly a cool looking and hopefully good sounding speaker for your mp3 player. I’m impressed that it doesn’t require a power source but still has a switch to control loudness. This is a Japan exclusive product, available only through AudioCubes.

Material: Aluminum with leather strap
Color: yellow, blue, silver.
Dimensions: W73 x H76 x D32 mm

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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.99
Available from: AudioCubes

The Fold Wallet by Leffot

I love the simplicity of this leather wallet by Leffot. It’s a single piece of “horse ass leather” folded three times to secure your cash. That’s it, no fancy gimmicks. Some of the colors are back ordered, but expected back in stock mid December. See Leffot Blog for more details.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Leffot

SIWA Cases and Bags

It’s impossible to ignore these cases and bags, even if the SIWA briefcase is my favorite. With several different sizes to choose from, you can organize your belongings in whatever way you see fit.

All pieces are produced by the Onao paper company in Japan and are highly water-resistant and capable of carrying heavy loads (tested for up to 10 kgs/ 22 lbs).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00 and up
Available from: baum-kuchen

SIWA Briefcase

How long have you been waiting for the SIWA (pronounced shiwa) collection by Naoto Fukasawa to hit the stores? It feels like forever, doesn’t it? The briefcase stands out the most to me, but only because I need/want one and I’m partial to the details. I’ll do a separate post on the pouches.

All pieces are produced by the Onao paper company in Japan and are highly water-resistant and capable of carrying heavy loads (tested for up to 10 kgs/ 22 lbs).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign.com

Brenthaven Enclave 5-in-1 iPad Case

The Enclave iPad case from Brenthaven won’t turn too many heads on looks alone, (plasticky brown and black shouldn’t be the first thing you want to wrap your sleek iPad in), luckily it makes up for it in function. Besides the basic duties of protecting your iPad, the Enclave functions as a viewing and typing stand, and features a secure grip for to protect against a accidental drop. An included strap allows you to hang it from the back of a car seat, or perhaps on the bus too if the person in front of you doesn’t mind. If you’ve got a minute to spare, check out this video which best explains the features of the case.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.95
Availability: Buy Brenthaven Enclave 5-in-1 iPad Case here

Source: MocoLoco

Right Wrong Gloves

More cuteness from Donna Wilson… no confusion as to which goes on what hand with these 100% knitted lambswool gloves. Available in Camel, Coral, Green or Grey.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $58.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Hex Watch Band for iPod Nano

If you’ve got the newest iPod Nano (Gen 6), you know it’s pretty slick and über tiny. So tiny that it would be more at home, say, on your wrist than in your pocket. Enter in the Hex Watch Band, a silicone strap that allows you to pop-in and pop-out your iPod as you wish. Could be a good gift this holiday season perhaps?

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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Availability: Buy Hex Watch Band for iPod Nano here

Recycled Billboard Banner Macbook Sleeve

There are some great graphics on these recycled billboard banner Macbook sleeves. My favorites are below, but there are a bunch more to choose from. All sleeves are padded with 6mm/0.25-inch of PE foam on each side and come with a velcro closure.

Shown above: 13″ Macbook Sleeve No. 64

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Purchase Information:

Price: $64.00
Available from: NottyPooch on Etsy

Rain Level Boots

These rubber boots are printed with playful “rain level” gauge graphics, perfect for galoshing around the city on rainy days and finding the largest puddle to jump in. Or, for just looking really cool and turning a few heads. Designed by Stefano Priovano and manufactured in Italy.

Purchase Information:

Price: €69.00
Availability: Buy Rain Level Boots here

Source: Baekdal

The Steven, Laptop Case

Uh, a crocheted laptop case that empowers people to rise above poverty? Sign me up. Using materials sourced from local vendors, this thin laptop sleeve will do all sorts of good for your computer and, of course, for the people of Uganda. And hey, if the stripey red sleeve above isn’t your sort of thing, no worries, check out the uber cool black sleeve below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Available from: Krochet Kids International

Leather Writing Case

If you still prefer the pen/pencil writing method rather than the clickity clack of keyboard strokes, take a look at this beauty. The case is crafted from Bavarian cowhide and comes complete with a lovely assortment of writing tools (see below) that will no doubt add ceremony and purpose to your works. Also, if you already have your own tools, the case is available on its own without contents for £51. Could be a great gift for a writer friend or family member maybe. (Also, can I just say how many wonderful things Manufactum carries? I get lost on their site every time, adding loads of things to my shopping basket only to remind myself that I shouldn’t spend £300 on office supplies and miscellaneous brushes.)

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Purchase Information:

Price: £91.80
Available from: Manufactum

Source: even*cleveland

Newspaper for Rain Bag

Right now it’s raining here in London (cold, windy, etc.) and on the streets just below my window I’ve seen two people so far that are trying to keep soggy newspapers above their heads in hopes of keeping some part of themselves dry. More than several are without any protection whatsoever, and the elements have soaked them through and through. Now, silly them, if only they had something like this handy bag here, they’d be better off for sure.

So, yes, it’s a bag that looks like a newspaper and unfolds as a newspaper would when you’re caught in the rain. Reminds me of the Newspaper print laptop bag by mitemite that I posted a while back (and bought). Just one thing to note, though, there’s no zippers on the tops of the compartments, so if you do hold the bag above your head, watch out that you don’t spill your contents all over the sidewalk.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: Yanko Design Store

OMHU Cane

Not that I know much about canes, but these appear to be the best looking ones that I’ve ever seen. Omhu is a newish company aiming to provide well designed objects for those that need help with simple tasks such as walking, bathing, or reaching overhead. Omhu (om-who) is Danish for “with great care”, and the company takes their inspiration from Scandinavian furniture, bicycles and skateboards. The cane you see here is made from a light weight birch laminate with an aluminum shaft and is finished with your choice of six bright colors of American bicycle paint.

Available in three sizes 31″, 34″, 37″ and six colors: purple, green, orange, black, cream, and light blue.

To learn more, visit Omhu’s website.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: OMHU Shop

Very Awesome World Tote Bags

Do you remember the post a while ago on Dallas Clayton’s Awesome Book for kids? Well, now he has some equally awesome tote bags.

Shown above:
Good/Bad Tote
PMA Tote

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: AWESOME STORE