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Zuzunaga Roots Laptop and Tablet Case

What, there’s a new item from Cristian Zuzunaga, and I’m not going to tell you about it? Puh-lease. The new Roots Tablet Case slips on easily over your device- no fastener necessary. Think of it like a big, crazily-patterned sock for your iPad or Laptop. Could be a fun gift for someone fond of bold colors. There’s also shawls, shoes, t-shirts, and scarves available directly from Zuzunaga, if you’re tempted to get something for yourself.
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Price: $98.00 -114.00
Available from: YLiving

XFR Tote

A durable tote that converts to messenger, shoulder bag, and backpack sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? The XFR Tote expands and collapses, so it’s ideal for a shopping tote. It’s also made from the highest grade 600D Double-Sided Tarpaulin with bound internal edges- that means solid construction that won’t disintegrate after a heavy grocery shop. Small loops near the handles enable you to clip in additional straps for changing your carrying style.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Talk about a great gift- you can’t go wrong with the Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera. Why? Because who doesn’t like taking instant photos? It blends nostalgia with updated digital technology, and is small enough to take with you wherever you’re going this holiday season. You (or the recipient) will have fun with it, no doubt about it.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Polaroid

AuraBox Clock Speaker

Is this little light-box unnecessary? Yes. Do you need it? No, not really. Is it fun? Definitely. Think of the AuraBox as a desktop digital art piece. You can pair it with your phone/device’s notification system to receive instant on-screen alerts for calls, texts, or social media updates. Make your own drawings or animations via the app or use any of the ready-made alerts. It’s also useful: make hands-free calls using the built-in microphone, use it as an indoor thermometer, or use it as an alarm clock with a customized music and light show. See what I mean by ‘fun’?
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Price: $65.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Lock Climber Carabiner Key

Remember the Carabiner Key? This is the newer version, and it looks just a little more robust, don’t you think? Clip your key to other key rings, a bag, or your own belt loop and know it will stay securely fastened until you unclip it. Such a smart detail.
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Price: $12.50
Available from: Amron

Hummingbird Foldable Bike

A folding bike that weighs the same as two cats? For reals? The Hummingbird Bike is the lightest folding bike on the market, thanks to its carbon fibre frame and smart design. It weighs in at 6.5 kilograms (that’s 14.33 pounds)- pretty impressive. After all, is there anyone sane who enjoys lugging their bike up stairs after they’ve pedaled for miles and miles? Or finding a spot in the office where it’s not in the way? No, of course not. The Hummingbird solves both those issues, as you can easily carry and fold it up, making it ideal for city commutes and even longer routes that involve public transportation. Learn more over at Kickstarter.
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Price: $1,662.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Grovemade Minimalist Wallet

You don’t really need all that stuff in your current wallet, do you? Grovemade’s Minimalist Wallet will force you to pare down to the essentials. Made from lightweight anodized aluminum and a hidden steel faceplate, the wallet holds around five cards (plus a bill or two). Vegetable-tanned leather ups the ante in the style department, and you’ll look a lot more organized and put together when you’re not searching through a dozens of cards and receipts for the right payment.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: Grovemade

iPad Pro Sleeve and Stand by This Is Ground

I’d say this is an elegant option for a iPad Pro sleeve/stand, wouldn’t you? It fits your tablet, stylus, and a file for loose papers- that’s it. A front flap on the inside allows you to prop up your tablet against the folded back side, giving you a two-in-one function with sleek and simple styling. Smart.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: This Is Ground

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

Verloop Colorblock Touchscreen Gloves

These color-blocked gloves by Verloop will cheer up any dark and dreary winter day, and, yes, they will work with all your touchscreen devices. Nano-metallic conductive yarn on the thumb, index and middle fingertips ensure warm fingers and uninterrupted scrolling/tapping/texting while you’re out and about.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

The Vamp

See that tiny, red, cube-like device on top of that speaker? It’s here to save the lives of all the old speakers that don’t have Bluetooth. That’s right, you can keep your vintage Mcintosh or JBL speaker(s) with its/their amazing sound and have the convenience of streaming music from your latest smartphone or device.

So, how does it work? The Vamp fits onto your existing speaker via a magnetic metal disc or the provided audio cables. Connect it, and voila! Bluetooth compatibility. Keeping those traditional speakers around reduces electronic waste, so it’s a win/win situation. And, if you possess no traditional speakers, The Vamp team will give you one, free of charge* (from the recycling center). Cool, huh?
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Price: $75.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Orbitkey

Do your keys jangle around like a janitor? If so, how are you going to sneak up on anybody to scare them? Fix that with the soft Orbitkey. It’s a loop that locks your keys into a stack, keeping them organized and in place. There’s also an optional bottle opener and USB key that fits snugly into the stack. Choose between several colors in an elastomer polymer (ideal for runners) or the leather version.
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Price: $29.95 -39.95
Available from: Orbitkey

Objetis Mirror Magnets

These little things won’t be to everyone’s liking, but they could could be awfully handy for hanging jewelry and smaller accessories, especially if you’re short on space. Objetis are magnetic pegs perfect for hanging your keys, jewelry, or headphones right where you can see them. They come with a magnetic back-plate to ensure a firm hold. Each Objetis has a small rubber ring sitting proud of its magnet to keep it in place. Available as a set of 3.
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Price: $36.00 - 58.00
Available from: Objetis

Helmet Bag

Well done, you, for using your bike as transportation. As a sort of present to yourself, you might consider adding this Helmet Bag to your wardrobe, as it can comfortably fit a helmet, or any other round-ish or odd-shaped item, along with your daily work papers and devices.

The front pleats are oh-so-smart as they allow for expansion- a smart detail that’s sure to come in handy. Let’s also mention that those pleats are entirely acceptable style-wise, unlike other pleats on some other garments (specifically, pleated khaki trousers- those are not, I repeat, NOT acceptable). Not a cyclist? Consider how your bento box or lunch pail might fit comfortably within this bag as well.
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Price: $72.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Dock Tray

The designer of theSwing LED Table Lamp, Objekten, also offers this Dock Tray. Featuring a spot to store your cords and other small items underneath, your iPad can rest comfortably on its back or angled in the outer edge, horizontally or vertically. It’s a pretty perfect catch-all and device stand for a desk/worktop, don’t you think?
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Price: $110.00
Available from: Rypen