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earHero Earphone Kit

These headphones slide under the radar as far as design aesthetic, and that’s okay, as they win top marks for safety. EarHero headphones lets you listen to your music or phone conversation without blocking ambient noise. Ambient noise just like trucks, cars, and bicycles, all of which could flatten you like a pancake if you’re deaf to warning sounds.

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Price: $149.00
Available from: earHero Store

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Ostfold 698 iPad Case

Apologies for featuring yet another iPad case, but this one has the requisite wool and leather materials (plus 698 perforations) to catch the eye. There’s still time to add it to your holiday wishlist, isn’t there? Handcrafted in Silesia, the Ostfold 698 iPad Case is made using German natural Merino wool-felt and premium Italian vegetable tanned leather.
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Price: £55.00
Available from: FAO Shop

Dots Furoshiki

Double up your gift by wrapping it in the new Dots Furoshiki. If you’re saying ‘what’s a Furoshiki?’ I’ll tell you: Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used in many different ways. Use it as a scarf, gift wrapping, a bag, or even a wall hanging. The red is especially festive, but don’t let that stop you from perusing all of Link Collective’s offerings (etsy shop: LINK).
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Price: $48.00
Available from: Link Collective

Proper Audio PA1 Bluetooth Speaker

What? There’s an amazingly minimal bluetooth speaker on Kickstarter and I’m not going to show it to you? Puh-lease. You can at least count on me for that every once in a while. The PA1 is a wired Bluetooth speaker with a smart mount that allows you to move it around easily.

The very word ‘wired’ might upset you, but do know that portable battery speakers sacrifice some amount of quality, and the PA1 designers wanted to run more power to larger drivers, which means fuller, well balanced audio. Take a look at the video below for more info, or visit StudioProper’s Kickstarter page to back the project.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Triggertrap

Why have a shutter remote when you could just use your phone? That’s the idea behind the Triggertrap, a sync cord that triggers your camera’s shutter with motion, sound, and many other modes. Set for time-lapse, distance-lapse, face detection, and more. Oh, the fun to be had this holiday season with the Triggertrap. All you need is the sync cord and the (free) app.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Photojojo

Coin

Have you ever wished that instead of having to carry multiple credit cards, you only had to carry one? Enter Coin.

Coin works with your debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards. Instead of carrying several cards you carry one Coin. Multiple accounts and information all in one place.

Coin also has a handy reminder notification from your phone so you get a push notification when you get too far from your card.

Pre order now for a 50% discount and pay only $50.00.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Only Coin

Monocle by Native Union

This looks like one half of a pair of headphones, doesn’t it? It appears to be so at first glance, though after further inspection, you’ll find a few bells and whistles to enhance its appeal. It’s a speaker, handset, and speakerphone. Listen to music while on the go and receive calls without digging around in your bag for your phone. You can even daisy-chain up to 10 Monocles together to create a surround-sound experience.
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Price: $49.99 - 59.99
Available from: Native Union

CableBin

Oh, those pesky cords, sometimes you just want to throw them in the garbage bin. Well, now you can, except it’s not garbage bin, but a CableBin. Huh? It’s the CableBin, a cylindrical bin that’s meant to be home to all your cable clutter underneath your desk. Cables and hubs may be attached to the sidewalls via adhesive components, allowing all the blinking mess to be tidied away. The top tray/lid has cable access so you can easily charge your devices. Available at Bluelounge, $89.95.
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Price: $89.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Tube Bag

Another Grcic bag? Aren’t we lucky. Just as the Frame Bag was made of polyurethane and nylon, this satchel’s thin, lightweight construction also takes advantage of the materials’ strength to create room for a laptop and other small essentials without extra bulk. A zip closure keeps the large compartment secure while Velcro does the job for the medium/side pocket.
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Price: $185.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Polaroid Z340, Z2300 Cameras

Polaroid fans, your wish came true. It’s back now, better than ever. Perhaps you’d like an updated version of the original? Take a look at the Polaroid Z340 Instant Camera. It delivers instant 3″x4″ prints, and also has a bonus of shooting 14 megapixel digital photos that you can save and edit. And- it gets better- it’s compatible with your SD card, which means you can print photos shot on other digital cameras.

If a smaller camera is more your style, then you’ll want to read up on the Polaroid Z2300, a digital camera that makes instant sticky-back prints at the push of a button. Stickers! It takes video too. No doubt one of these two cameras will be added to many a holiday wish list this season.
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Price: $199.00 - 249.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

NudeAudio Speakers

After you watch NudeAudio’s video, you’ll wish you could juggle, because these portable speakers are just begging to be thrown around. Super simple with premium quality acoustics, the speakers feature a thick, protective silicon sleeve with a wrist strap for easy handling. And, don’t worry, there are various sizes to suit your needs. See below for product options and pricing.
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Price: $29.99 - 99.99
Available from: DigitalFix

Radio Dock

Finally, the Radio Dock by Jonas Damon is available. Nostalgic styling provides a spot for your iPhone to rest while charging on your desk, countertop or nightstand. And, see that radio graphic on the phone? That’s the Public Radio App, which finds up to seven public radio stations within a 50-mile radius. Unfortunately (as of today) it keeps crashing, which is disappointing, but fingers crossed it’ll be up and running with no snags soon.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Areaware

Frame Bag

Anytime the name of Konstantin Grcic is mentioned, I sit up and take notice. So, yeah, it’s not a surprise that your eyes are landing on this Frame Bag he designed for Maharam. Intended as an exercise for unrestricted expression, Maharam asked a few designers to create a bag suited to their personal needs. Mr. Grcic answered with this carryall that displays its architecture on its exterior; the PVC webbing creates a strong frame while the inner nylon skin is lightweight and soft to the touch.
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Price: $295.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Sparse Fixed Cycling Lights

If you ride a bike at night, chances are you have appropriate cycling lights (if you don’t, you’re an idiot). And, considering you’re reading this right now on our website, you probably care about well-designed items, so why not upgrade to this set from Sparse? Sleek, uncomplicated, and fixed, so there’s no hassle with taking lights on and off depending on the time of day. Don’t you worry about longevity either; they’re constructed from cast metal and sealed with a silicone gasket so they’ll last for a very long time.
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Price: $139.95
Available from: Sparse

Libratone’s Loop Wireless Speaker

There’s a never ending stream of new wireless speakers, and we’ll all just have to deal with it, whether we’re still searching for the perfect audio experience or have respectfully decided to be happy with what we’ve got. I belong to the latter group, so it’s hard to get too excited by any wireless speaker nowadays, but this Loop Wireless Speaker is slim, round, and has changeable wool covers, which is useful if you’re into switching up your interior design colors every now and then. You can mount it on the wall or position it on a table or bookshelf with its kickstand support. But what are the audio specs, you ask? Follow the link to the retailer, or read some of them below, because there’s a lot of data that’s better left untouched by the likes of (unexcitable) me.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $499.95
Available from: A+R Store