PERSONAL

Pennant Belt Holster

I think it’s safe to say that most holsters are generally unfit for the discerning eye, especially when paired with a phone, as was popular when mobiles first became popular. Now, if you’re wearing a holster for tools, as in actual tools for a job or craft, it’s entirely forgivable, especially if it looks anything like this Pennant Belt Holster. It’s just strange enough to be interesting, and, of course, looks quite convenient for holding the tools you need immediately at hand.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Scarr

Bigshot Camera

Build a fully functional digital camera! While the Bigshot Camera would be enormously effective in any learning environment, you might also benefit from understanding how science makes capturing images possible. There’s three different lens settings, three fields of view, a flash, a lithium polymer (rechargable) battery, and a hand crank for back up power. Just follow the instructions and in no time you’ll be clicking away. If you do buy one for yourself, also consider buying one for someone else (kid or adult) that would enjoy assembling and using the camera, as $89 is a small price to pay for this sort of knowledge.
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Bigshot

Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack

There’s nothing wrong with a little scuffs here and there on a great leather bag, especially when that bag keeps your 15″ MacBook Pro pristine. This Soffio Macbook Sleeve Backpack is made of high quality untreated leather that protects your Macbook, with space for an iPad, a magazine, a moleskine or A4 documents. The front removable pocket perfectly fits a charger, or, more likely the case, just use it to carry all those other smallish things you need upon your personage. The straps may be changed around for use as a briefcase, shoulder bag, or backpack. Remove the straps and pocket altogether and it’s simply a sleeve.
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Price: €210.00
Available from: Soffio

Party Hat

Come on, now, remember when party hats were standard birthday party fair? Why let kids have such special ceremonial attire when we adults deserve just as much (if not more) for certain events? LA designer OTAAT creates these leather Party Hats just for those festive times, whether it be a birthday or other significant life event. Keep one in the office or at home to use again and again, and make sure certain things are celebrated appropriately.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Please Call Key

Have you ever lost your keys? Or found someone else’s? This Please Call Key by Noah Lambert will give any finder your mobile or office number so they can call and let you know your keys have been found. Engraved to a depth of .005″, the number will be legible for years, so make sure it’s one you’ll keep. Once you and your keys are reconnected, be sure to thank whoever found them profusely, as they just made your life a little easier.

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Price: $30.00
Available from: Noah Lambert

Toby Bag Small

Would you like to see a cool box bag that you can use horizontally or vertically? Okay, here you go. It’s the Toby Bag, and you’re seeing the small size (there’s also a large). An all-around zipper makes things fun; open it completely as a work surface (or placemat, as Otaat suggests) if you so desire.
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Price: $585.00
Available from: OTAAT

Flip and Tumble Tote Bag

This sturdy bag is made entirely from 100% recycled-plastic bottles. I keep it in my daily commuting bag and it’s great for unexpected trips to the market. Folds flat, and when open measures 12.5″ wide, 15″ tall, with a 4.5″ gusset and features a flat plastic bottom.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: Flip and Tumble

Lytro Light Field Camera

Remember the Lytro? This little camera is pretty special; you can focus each picture after you take it. The Lytro Light Field Camera (a.k.a. the first generation) captures the entire light field, allowing you to pick foreground/middle/background, whichever you prefer, by simply clicking on the area you want to focus on. Take a look at their living pictures to get the idea. Now priced at $199-$249. (Also, if you’re more serious about your photography, you’ll want to take a look at the Lytro Illum).
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Price: $199.00 - 249.00
Available from: Lytro

The Polaroid Cube

This small little camera cube wants to be in your hands, on your helmet, or attached to any moving thing to record the action around you. At less than 1.5 inches cubed, the Polaroid Cube is water resistant and shockproof, so you’ll find it easy to take photos or record videos in all sorts of situations. A magnet on the bottom helps it stay put; plus, there’s a variety of mounts available as well to suit your activity.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

Projecteo

It’s a very tiny projector for your Instagram photos. If you can’t quite talk yet because you’re thinking of all the possibilities for perfect gifts and future special moments to be captured, it’s understandable. Let’s just admit that the Projecteo is adorable and amazing and, if you use Instagram, you’ve pretty much got no choice but to try it out. $34.98 with free worldwide shipping.
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Price: $34.98
Available from: Projecteo

The Autographer

Hmm, if you’re the type of person who likes looking through loads of photographs, then this little gadget will be your best friend. The Autographer is a wearable camera that automatically takes pictures as you go about your day. A GPS, a compass, accelerometer, thermometer, color sensor and infrared motion detector are all utilized in order to figure out the best time to snap a shot. You can set the capture rate, and it will grab 50 to 100 photos an hour, leaving you to enjoy your hike/bike ride/vacation/adventure. All the photos upload via bluetooth to your iPhone (or USB for Android) for later viewing.

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Price: $400.00
Available from: Photojojo

Minimalist 2 Key Ring Bottle Opener

This key ring looks more like a piece of jewelry than a bottle opener, so I suppose we could look at it as multi-purpose kind of accessory. A triangle pin keeps the shackle closed, keeping your keys secure and your hand at the ready should an unopened bottle of beer or soda cross your path. Each key ring is precisely cut within thousandths of an inch by family company J. L. Lawson & Co.

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Price: $48.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Aer Duffel Pack

Your gym shoes stink. Don’t feel bad, it happens to everyone. However, that smell shouldn’t keep you from working out before, during, or after work. The Aer Duffel Pack keeps the smelly clothes and shoes separate from your laptop and office essentials, all in one bag. There’s the main compartment for clothes and such, a ventilated shoe pocket, a padded section for laptop and tablet, and a side easy-acess pocket for smaller items.

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Price: $129.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Orbit Collection Bags

There are several simple messenger bags out there, and the Orbit Collection by Sputnik Zurich most definitely belongs in that category. There’s two pockets and one strap. It’s a rectangle. Don’t yawn yet, though, because the bag incorporates reflective stripes to make sure you stay visible at night. The stripes will completely surround your torso; that means you’re safer no matter what direction you (or the vehicles around you) plan to go. The front, back, and straps all have reflective material, so you’ll be able to wear the bag on either shoulder.
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Price: $90.00 and up
Available from: Kickstarter

Bicycle Spoke Keyring

If you’ve spent a lot of time on two wheels, you might recognize that this keyring is made from used bike spokes. Just screw/unscrew the spoke nipple to add or remove keys; it’s as simple as that. And don’t go thinking you have to be a bicycle nut to have one of these- the simple reuse of a spoke is reason enough to consider it for your everyday keys. Available from scene3.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: scene3