PERSONAL

Misfit Shine

If you’re the type that enjoys tracking your movement and activities, you’ll want to know about the Misfit Shine. There’s a lot of fitness trackers to choose from nowadays, and the Shine stands apart for its size (slightly larger than a quarter), ease of use, no charging needed (it has a battery), and overall pleasing visage. It’s also water-resistant up to 50 meters- perfect for those swimmers among us.

The magnetic clip-on ring allows you to easily wear it in multiple places- on your shirt, pocket, sock, etc.- or you can wear it on a wrist band or necklace. I wore one for a few days to try it out and, thankfully, it doesn’t look like an obvious fitness tracker. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket or clip on to your clothing without being too bulky. It won’t show you your exact steps in numbers, which I rather miss as I’m used to a Fitbit, but you do see your progress via a halo of LED lights. It’s an elegant, minimal solution for a tracker, and, of course, the corresponding Shine app on your smartphone will store your overall progress per day/week. See the video below, or visit Misfit Wearables for more info.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.95
Availability: Buy Misfit Shine here

Incase Campus Backpack

Need a gear upgrade? Backpacks aren’t just for school kids, and Incase proves the point with its Campus design. Now, if you don’t mind a pinky-clay color, it’s on sale over at The Ghostly Store ($34.95!), but if you’d prefer another color ($79.95), take a look over at Incase for the full collection.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.95
Available from: Incase

Series One Titanium Tool Set

What to get that hard-to-please person? Well, if they like tools, get them this Series One Titanium Tool Set. There’s one Edge tool (for prying, cutting) and one Opener (for opening up bottles); both are lightweight, durable, and keychain friendly. The set is available in titanium from Hand Eye Supply as a limited edition.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $155.00
Available from: Hand Eye Supply

Keytags

Know a blogger, a bon vivant, or a bad ass? What about a fashion editor, a freeloader, or a philanderer? Maybe one of those people needs a keychain with their stand-out attribute written for all to see, or maybe you need a bunch to label your keys and/or yourself. Give some as gifts, give one to yourself, go crazy. See the whole collection at Various Projects.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Various Projects

Eye-Fi Memory Card

Here’s a little magic you can share this holiday season. You know how your pics and video are stuck on your camera until you upload them via a cable? That’s no longer the case when you have an Eye-Fi Memory Card; it instantly transfers your shots from your camera to your mobile device or computer. Eye-Fi cards create their own WiFi connections wherever you are, and initiates transfers whenever new content is detected by your device. There are a couple of options available: the Mobi, which allows your camera to connect to your smartphone or tablet, and the Pro X2, which additionally connects to computers. Learn more at Eye-Fi.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99 - 99.00
Available from: Eye-Fi

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Wood Speaker

Nothing fancy, just a wood speaker. Made of beech wood, this little speaker has a built in amplifier and rechargeable battery to keep things simple. It’s compatible with the majority of your devices and connects with a red, braided cloth covered cable. Consider it as an alternative to the other plastic, colorful options available in the marketplace.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Minimalist Wallet + Card Case

Yet another simple wallet? Sure, tell us more. The slim leather Minimalist™ Wallet features a front pocket that provides access to up to 2 frequently used cards, while the top pocket keeps an additional 2 to 4 cards handy. On the reverse side, Capsule’s CashStrap™ feature can securely hold up to 30 bills folded in half. Pockets are lined and each wallet is made of premium full-grain leather. I’d say it’s a good option to keep your silhouette slim, agreed?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00 - 85.00
Available from: A+R Store

Spaceless Wallet

If large, George Costanza-like wallets annoy the hell out of you, you’ll want to check out the Spaceless Wallet. It’s the thinnest wallet available, thanks to a polyimide film called Kapton. That might sound like the name of a neighboring planet of Kripton, but know that it’s used in such things as spacesuits, 3D printers, and flexible electronics and is pretty much indestructible. Pledge $38 to back the project on Kickstarter and you’ll receive one for your very own use.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Three Bag

OMG, you’re thinking, another bag by Konstantin Grcic? Yep, and this one is the last from his designs for Maharam this year, so you can rest easy knowing that there are only the three bags in total. Of course, this particular bag, called the Three, has two sizes, so you could count four different bags in total from Grcic to choose from… sound complicated? It’ll be clear when you look at the full collection of bags over at Maharam’s website. (The Scamp Bag from Jasper Morrison is something to consider as well, don’t you think?)
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Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Available from: Maharam

earHero Earphone Kit

These headphones slide under the radar as far as design aesthetic, and that’s okay, as they win top marks for safety. EarHero headphones lets you listen to your music or phone conversation without blocking ambient noise. Ambient noise just like trucks, cars, and bicycles, all of which could flatten you like a pancake if you’re deaf to warning sounds.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: earHero Store

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Ostfold 698 iPad Case

Apologies for featuring yet another iPad case, but this one has the requisite wool and leather materials (plus 698 perforations) to catch the eye. There’s still time to add it to your holiday wishlist, isn’t there? Handcrafted in Silesia, the Ostfold 698 iPad Case is made using German natural Merino wool-felt and premium Italian vegetable tanned leather.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £55.00
Available from: FAO Shop

Dots Furoshiki

Double up your gift by wrapping it in the new Dots Furoshiki. If you’re saying ‘what’s a Furoshiki?’ I’ll tell you: Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used in many different ways. Use it as a scarf, gift wrapping, a bag, or even a wall hanging. The red is especially festive, but don’t let that stop you from perusing all of Link Collective’s offerings (etsy shop: LINK).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Link Collective

Proper Audio PA1 Bluetooth Speaker

What? There’s an amazingly minimal bluetooth speaker on Kickstarter and I’m not going to show it to you? Puh-lease. You can at least count on me for that every once in a while. The PA1 is a wired Bluetooth speaker with a smart mount that allows you to move it around easily.

The very word ‘wired’ might upset you, but do know that portable battery speakers sacrifice some amount of quality, and the PA1 designers wanted to run more power to larger drivers, which means fuller, well balanced audio. Take a look at the video below for more info, or visit StudioProper’s Kickstarter page to back the project.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Triggertrap

Why have a shutter remote when you could just use your phone? That’s the idea behind the Triggertrap, a sync cord that triggers your camera’s shutter with motion, sound, and many other modes. Set for time-lapse, distance-lapse, face detection, and more. Oh, the fun to be had this holiday season with the Triggertrap. All you need is the sync cord and the (free) app.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Photojojo

Coin

Have you ever wished that instead of having to carry multiple credit cards, you only had to carry one? Enter Coin.

Coin works with your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards. Instead of carrying several cards you carry one Coin. Multiple accounts and information all in one place.

Coin also has a handy reminder notification from your phone so you get a push notification when you get too far from your card.

Pre order now for a 50% discount and pay only $50.00.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Only Coin