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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

OYOBox Eyewear Organizer

I know, I know, organizing your eyewear is not at the top of your list. However, if you have more than three pairs of good glasses/sunglasses, chances are that you often fumble around with cases and worry about scratches. So, maybe you need an OYOBox; it’s a box just for your eyewear. A glass lid keeps dust out while a leatherette interior has one centered ridge to keep glasses upright and aligned. I’ve seen a sample in person and I’m impressed. And, yes, you guessed it, the boxes aren’t cheap, but your glasses aren’t either, so why not keep them safe in a nice, lacquered box? Maybe put the small one on your holiday wish list?
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Price: $135.00 - 350.00
Available from: Neiman Marcus

Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife

See this tiny, very adorable pocket knife? It kicks ass, because it’s the size of a standard house key when folded. That means you won’t look like a lumberjack carrying it around (not that there’s anything wrong with looking like a lumberjack); it’s small enough to unobtrusively fit in your jean’s coin pocket or attach to your keychain (or even a zipper!). So handy.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: quiet carry

S’well Bottle

Here’s another option for your water needs. The S’well Bottle is suitable for hot and cold beverages, features a double-walled stainless steel design, has a wide mouth (for ice cubes), and comes in so many great colors it will make your head spin. Blue Suede, White Gold (shown above), Pink Diamond, and so many more… take a look and you’re sure to find just the right one.
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Price: $35.00 - 45.00
Available from: Need Supply

To Go Click Travel Mug

Need a new travel mug? Stelton has improved the vacuum mug by making it possible to drink from all sides. Click the spill-proof lid open or closed, it’s that simple. You’ll not look ridiculous trying to drink from the wrong side, and your beverages will stay hot or cold according to your preference. Choose from copper, steel, black or chalk.
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Price: $35.00 -45.00
Available from: A+R Store

Minor History Traveler Backpack

Can there ever be too many minimal totes? I think not, because we are all a little picky in our quest for an everyday bag. This backpack by Minor History has a fold-over top with a magnetic closure, adjustable brass buckle straps, and a large zippered compartment (in the fold-over). That leaves plenty of room for a laptop and other necessities, either for your daily commute or a longer journey.
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Price: $280.00
Available from: Poketo

Lucina Wearable Light

If you’re going to spend any time outside at night walking, running or biking, make sure you are visible to vehicles around you. Clip on the Lucina Wearable Light and you’ll do just that, with either a steady or flashing beam to alert others of your presence. The Lucina uses magnets, so it’s easy to fasten it to your shirt/coat, bag, or leggings. Just push a button to turn it on or off.
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Price: $19.50
Available from: Canoe

Measurement Keyholder by IROSE

Thank goodness, now there’s no need to take a tape measure everywhere you go because you’ll have this handy Measurement Keyholder by IROSE. The snappable loop is ideal for attaching your keys to a bag’s strap or belt loop, in case you’ve your hands full or just to make them easier to find, but it also gives you a more precise measuring tool than your palm or smartphone.
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Building Block Leather Sleeves

I’ve got a nose like a bloodhound when it comes to minimal, expensive things, so it really shouldn’t surprise you that this leather 13″ MacBook sleeve is lodged firmly in the mid-$300 price range*. A smooth black exterior with a nude leather interior hits the right note of functional luxury without any extraneous details to get in the way of your daily work routine (or your excellent appearance). There’s the 11″ size as well as the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini Sleeve, so there’s something to suit each of your devices.
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Price: $240.00 - 345.00
Available from: Building Block

Herman Big Bag

Okay, raise your hand if you use or have used Ikea’s large, blue shopping bag around your home or for other errands. Don’t worry, you won’t be ostracized, as I’m guilty of the same. It just goes to show that really large totes can be extremely useful. Ferm Living’s Herman Big Bag slides in as an alternative option, as it measures in at 26″ long with a 15″ and 13″ height and width. Heavy cotton canvas with leather handles is durable enough for all manner of toting to and fro and looks quite a bit nicer than plastic… though it does cost quite a bit more as well. It would be well suited for a weekend getaway bag, don’t you think?
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Price: $100.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

que Collapsible Travel Bottle

A collapsible travel bottle? Yes, please. The que Bottle has a smart spiral design that shrinks into half of its size for easy transport. It’s made of BPA-free food-grade silicone (completely plastic-free) that keeps it lightweight, dishwasher safe, and taste and odor free. A 100% kitchen-grade stainless steel lid tops things off with a secure air-seal that prevents spills and leaks. Fill it up, hydrate throughout the day, and then scrunch it down to a smaller size to throw in your bag. No more empty, bulky bottles rattling around. What else? You have your pick of two sizes: high-capacity 20 fl oz for everyday use and a smaller 12 fl oz bottle.
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Kickstarter