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Paper Virtual Reality Glasses

There’s a good chance someone you know will give or get a VR Headset this holiday season, especially as many retailers are promoting them like crazy. And, yes, you could plonk down $130 for the Zeiss VR ONE Plus Headset or $40-$60 on the many other options, but maybe you’d rather spend $15 just to see what all the fuss is about. These paper Virtual Reality Glasses are easy to assemble/disassemble and could be the perfect stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Ostrich Pillow Go

Remember the Ostrich Travel Pillow from Banana Things? Those same good folks are back with the Ostrich Pillow Go, which is a little more like your normal travel neck pillow, but better. Total neck support is possible thanks to the big, comfy headrest made of high-sensitivity memory foam. Hidden magnetic buttons ensure three different positions for all neck sizes. You may still get a few funny looks walking through the airport or train station, but you’ll have had a wonderful, restful journey, while all those other suckers will be complaining about neck pain. Note: there’s only 22 hours left to back the project over on Kickstarter.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Kickstarter

RS01 Integrated Reflective Shirt

Um, how excited are you about a button-down shirt that has hidden reflective strips? If your answer is less than exclamation-point-worthy, you may want to ask someone who depends on alternative means of transportation, like bicycles or skateboards and the like, and see how excited they are, because then I can give them a high five.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Camera Straps

If you are a photographer (amateurs count), or know someone fond of taking photographs, then you may want to take a look at these camera straps. They feature quick release clips and smart little pockets for SD memory cards. Maybe add to your ‘buy later’ folder, if you don’t end up getting one as a gift? You can buy the set together, $160.00, or individually.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: This is Ground

Magic Jar Scarf Kit

Okay, this is a fun gift. Artist Shabd Simon-Alexander has given the power of alchemy over to you (or your recipient). A jar of a non-toxic blend of permanent dyes and fixatives is paired with a silk crepe de chine scarf for a special, one-of-a-kind accessory. Simply add water, wait an hour while the dyes are released, and then admire the result. Fun!
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Price: $78.00
Available from: MoMA Store

G-RO Carry-On Bag

Need new luggage for your holiday travels? Maybe something that can tackle rough roads and cracked sidewalks in all sorts of weather? Take a look at the G-Ro Carry-On Bag’s all-terrain wheels. They’re built to handle any terrain, and because of their larger diameter, the load is closer to its center of gravity. That means the bag balances better and feels lighter as you pull it around all those future, far-flung destinations.
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Price: $550.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Impossible I-1 Analog Instant Camera

Remember the Impossible Project’s I-1 Analog Instant Camera, the camera system that uses the original Polaroid® format from way back when? It may be a gift consideration for those that have been extremely nice. It comes with an accompanying I-1 App, which lets you control aperture and shutter speed. Autofocus and ring flash (eight LED’s plus it counts how many photos are left on the film) makes anyone’s photo skills shine, and there will be an actual instant photo to show off, give away, or frame. Oh, and, of course, images can be uploaded to social channels via the app as well. Hip, hip, hooray!
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Impossible

Stuart & Lau Portfolio Case

Another laptop sleeve? You may be sort of sick of seeing leather sleeves, but I can’t help but point out how sophisticated an attache can be compared to a ragged-y old backpack or beat-up bag. It fits 13″ devices, and each one is handcrafted in New York City. Perhaps it could be a nice gift for someone who likes nice things?
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Price: $188.00
Available from: Spring

UE Roll 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

There’s soooo many bluetooth speakers out there, how do you choose just one? Well, the UE Roll 2 gets great reviews, so sit up and pay attention. It’s got a bungee cord attachment, so you can strap it to anything. It’s waterproof, so hang it in the shower or take it to the beach. And, it’s light; in fact, it’s lighter than a can of soda. The range is pretty good too, as you’ve got about 100 ft. before you start losing the signal. Rest easy knowing you’ll have around 9 hours of rechargeable battery life while you’re out on your adventures. Pretty good, eh?
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Price: $99.99
Available from: Amazon

Clutchette Power Charging Pouch

Until our mobile devices figure out a way to charge themselves, you may want to arm yourself with this clutch*. It packs a full punch of a battery charge. That’s not necessarily a new thing- there are other clutches and bags that have battery packs- but this one is discreet enough to work with most wardrobes (very important) and it’s made of vegan leather (very important to vegans). That may just make it a perfect gift for someone that’s always glued to their phone, yet somehow constantly complaining of a low battery.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Fab

blink blink Wearable Tech Kits

So, for the crafty amongst us, there are these fun little kits by blinkblink to keep our brain from turning to mush. Why not make an awfully tacky-yet-fun holiday sweater? Or a blinking greeting card or how about a scarf that actually sparkles? Maybe just add fairy lights to everything for a full-on festive atmosphere. And do I really need to point out that these could be excellent gifts for other crafters?
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Price: $59.00
Available from: Fab

Leather Tech Envelope

If you’ve got some loved ones on your gifts-to-give list that are extremely hard to shop for, you might want to choose something low key and useful like this tech envelope. The minimal exterior is elegant and restrained while the interior has room for an iPad Mini, cord and cable storage, cards, cash, passports, and travel documents. For an extra special touch, choose to monogram it with the recipient’s initials. Available in blush, navy, or tan.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Mark & Graham

Wilson Keyring, Carbon Black

Would you like a minimal keyring with a nitrocarburized coating? I know I would, especially when it costs $10. You may have already seen the brass version (or the brass with enamel stripe), but the black is a little more fetching in my humble opinion. It’s a pre-order, FYI, so best snap a couple up now if you’re thinking about gifts for friends.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Craighill

Keytags by Various Projects

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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Price: $15.00
Available from: Various Projects

Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are the perfect thing for anyone adverse to a lifetime commitment. Running across this one (shown above) reminded me how much I like tattoos of text. I’ll never get an actual tattoo, as I would not be able to settle upon just one phrase (plus I’m scaredy cat when it comes to needles), but temporary tattoos? Sure, let’s get some and plaster them all over our bodies. Could be fun to give as a gift, don’t you think?
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Price: $5.00
Available from: Litograph