PERSONAL

Slow Factory Scarves

What do you get the person who loves cosmology and/or fashionable things? One of these scarves from Slow Factory, of course. The 30% Silk/70% Cotton scarves start at a reasonable $80, while the 100% silk scarves go up to the $200 price point. Might be a nice Mother’s Day gift, perhaps? Or a reward for doing your taxes? Hmm, bookmark it in either case.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: Slow Factory

Evernote Triangle Commuter Bag

Messenger bags are okay, but what about one that won’t tip over when you set it down? That problem is solved by Japanese brand Abrasus: a triangular shape keeps the bag upright and allows you a bird’s-eye view of your contents when you unzip, allowing you to find your things efficiently. There are inside movable dividers for organization and an outside vented pocket allows you to see (and hear) smaller items.

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Price: $199.00
Available from: Evernote

Swivel Spork And Knife Set

Well, if the MoMA Store is carrying a Spork, then you know it’s an acceptable utensil to have in your everyday bag, camping backpack, or travel carry-on. Should you see anyone turn up their nose at your use of an orange, swiveling Spork and/or Knife, simply inform them that Wei Young designed the set in 2012 out of BPA-Free plastic and metal. Or just smirk in self-satisfaction at your preparedness: you have an eating utensil, after all, and it’s clean. Or flip them the bird, it’s up to you.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Izola Water Bottles

Izola has a new collection of stainless steel bottles to keep water near at hand. With simple phrases like Onward & Upward and A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss, the bottles are true to the Izola aesthetic while providing functional storage for life’s essential liquid. There’s also a Blank Water Bottle (25 oz.) (and 10 oz.) if you prefer an all stainless steel look.

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Price: $30.00 - 44.00
Available from: Izola

Snappgrip

Nice! Now your iPhone can have real shooting controls thanks to Snappgrip. It mounts to a protective phone case so you can use it when you want (and detach it when you don’t). The Snappgrip has a Shooting Mode, Portrait, Landscape, Flash, Video, Zoom In, and Zoom Out functions, plus a standard tripod mount on the underside and a standby power switch. How’s that for bridging the gap between smartphone photography and more expensive cameras?

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Price: $69.99
Available from: BiteMyApple.co

Double O Bike Lights

Bike lights just keep getting better, and who knows, maybe that’ll tempt more people to get out of their cars and onto their bicycles. This Double O Bike Light is hassle free: it utilizes neodymium-grade magnets to make it easy to attach and remove. Polycarbonate mounts hold the light in place while you ride, and simply snap the lights off the mounts when you’ve reached your destination.

Plus, the ‘O’ shape allows you to thread the lights on your bike lock for storage- no need to carry them with you. And you know how some bike lights are almost too bright? The Double O uses less bright LEDs but more of them to make sure the emitted light is bright enough but won’t blind drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists.
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Price: £50.00
Available from: Kickstarter

DAAME Leather Laptop Tote

Whoa, it’s about time. If you’re of the female persuasion and you’ve ever searched for an appropriate laptop bag, you know it’s hell. They’re either too ‘office-y’ or way too nice and expensive and not at all utilitarian. The DAAME Leather Laptop Tote has pockets and spaces for your laptop and tech stuff as well as your everyday essentials, and it doesn’t scream ‘HEY I’M CARRYING A LAPTOP! I JUST CAME FROM THE OFFICE!’… and it doesn’t cost over a grand, which is refreshing in the world of ladies’ high quality handbags. Instead, it’s being offered at (an introductory price of) $395, which is a steal considering its elegant appearance and utility.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: DAAME

Geo Ring Holders

Ladies, put your hands up… and gentlemen, let’s not leave you out, because you might just be cool enough to wear man rings (pinky rings do not count). Do you need a ring holder? These almost look like jewelry for your jewelry when all four of these Geo Ring Holders are lined up side by side, and despite being ‘trinket-y’ they’re all relatively safe bets for a small gift idea (for others or yourself). Plus, you always have the option of busting out some ‘Put A Ring On It’ lyrics- and dance moves- when you pick up/put down your rings.
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Price: $10.00 each
Available from: Umbra

Ember Modular Urban Backpack

This backpack from Ember means business. It’s a 20-liter pack and modular system meant for commute and travel. Add the weather-proof exterior gear pockets on to the minimal pack (padded internal laptop & tablet sleeves) for more room when needed, or leave them off when you’d like a lighter pack. There’s also three styles of external utility straps/handles. Take a look at their Kickstarter page to back the project.
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Price: $209.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Titanium Flexy Un-Wallet

Now, this is a minimalist wallet. Made from Commercially Pure Grade 2 titanium, the Un-Wallet is very thin (1mm thick) and holds up to 10 cards or 50 bills in total with its slat-like two-sided design. A silky, matte finish hides fingerprints. Nice, isn’t it?
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Canoe

Sugru Fix-It-All Kit

Hooray! Sugru is now available at MoMA, and that means more people can fix and modify all sorts of things with this magic stuff. Sugru, if you’re not familiar with it already (Simon wrote about it back in 2010), is a self-setting rubber that you can mold like play-dough. It bonds to almost everything and sets into a flexible, water-proof silicone rubber overnight. Use it to make tools easier to grip, mend broken wires, put bumpers on your phone, and more. You may also buy the kit directly from Sugru ($22), fyi.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Grain Audio PWS Wireless Speaker

Another wireless speaker, yawn… but wait, the very fact that it’s not neon orange or some other outrageous color makes it seem more grown up and mature, and that certainly won’t hurt your image, am I right? Solid walnut wood helps deliver a warmer sound than other plastic speakers, and, with the addition of neutral graphite speaker grills and buttons, you have an altogether pleasing package. The Grain Audio PWS measures in at 7″ long, 2.345″ wide, and 3.125″ high, so it’s the perfect portable size.
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Price: $249.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Grovemade’s Walnut iPad Case

If your iPad needs a nicer case, take a look at Grovemade’s Walnut Case. It’s made from Oregon Walnut and domestic maple and features 3 flexible standing positions. A soft ultra-suede material lines the case to keep your screen protected. For iPad Air and iPad Mini 1 & 2.
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Price: $129.00
Available from: GROVEMADE

Smart Warmer 3 in 1

Don’t assume this is just a flashlight, because it has two bonus functions. It’s a hand warmer as well, and you can carry it around with you to keep your fingers comfortably warm for up to three hours. That might not sound like a big deal when you’re nice and warm in your home or office, but tell me if you feel differently when your little fingers are like icicles on your next commute. The Smart Warmer is rechargeable, and (the other bonus function) it can also charge your iPhone.
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Price: $34.99
Available from: Canoe

Maharam Frame Bag Indigo

Indigo, anyone? Yeah, you’ve seen the Safety Orange version, but the Indigo is sooo incognito. Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Maharam, the Frame Bag displays its architecture on its exterior. PVC Webbing creates a sturdy frame while the nylon skin keeps the bag lightweight and soft to the touch.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop