Minimalist Folio

Well, isn't this a nice surprise. It's a Minimalist Folio that costs under $50. The fact that it's made from polyurethane could be good or bad, depending on your aversion or preference to leather, but I think we'll all agree that this kind of price point is very welcome. The medium size easily holds a tablet and notebook, while the large will fit a 13" laptop. A small pouch holds the smaller ...Read more

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Price: $48.00
Available from: Poketo

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Sheffield Kevlar Shears

Arm yourself with these shears and there will be nothing you can't cut. Designed to cut through Kevlar (a para-aramid synthetic fiber, by the way), the Sheffield Shears will cut through practically any household material- tape, cardboard, thick fabric, you name it- as they're extremely sharp and indestructible. Available in Left-Handed version as well as Right-Handed. Made in the legendary steel town of Sheffield England by 11th generation scissor makers. ...Read more

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Price: $76.00 - 90.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

You do know it's Mother's Day this weekend, right? If you've neglected to get your mother figure something special, here's a few ideas to get your brain in the right place. You might have to investigate two-day shipping rates, but that's better than having her think you don't care about her, isn't it? Be sure to take a look at our Gifts section (organized by price) if you'd like to ...Read more

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Slit Tables from Hay Studio

The Slit Tables from Hay Studio are pretty sharp. The designs are translated from paper origami, and the sleek lines and angles of the metal surfaces will offset your soft furnishings with style. You'll have a hard time picking out colors though, as there are 14 different combinations (mirror and brass finishes!) to catch your eye. Materials: Powder coated and mirror finish. Made to order item 6-8 weeks Slit Table Hexagon, £119.00 ...Read more

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Price: £119.00 - 339.00
Available from: The Lollipop Shoppe

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General Tray Artist Edition

We featured Good Thing's General Tray back in February, but now they're offering the tray in artist editions. Interested? Six different New York based artists are participating, and there's only three one-of-a-kind pieces by each artist, so you'd best add your favorite version to your cart lickety-split or else you'll miss out. They'd be the perfect hold-alls for your miscellany. Maybe with an artist's edition you're more likely to put ...Read more

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Price: $250.00
Available from: Good Thing

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FF DIN Typeface House Numbers

Oh, how nice to see these oak house numbers in the FF DIN font by Another Country. I'd wager an educated guess that they're certainly better than the current offering at your local hardware store, and the price isn't too terribly expensive (unless you have a lot of numbers in your address). The visible wood grain will provide an excellent contrast to your home's siding, and don't worry about quality ...Read more

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Price: $28.00
Available from: Dwell Store

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Ash & Anchor Tea Towels

Whoa, have you ever seen such pretty tea towels? Ash & Anchor has quite a few wonderful patterns printed with earth friendly pigment inks on a linen/cotton blend. Buy one (or two) for yourself, one for your best friend, one for your mother, and, if you have another $25 to spare after all that, send one to me. I'll take the Anodyne, no, wait, the Empire State... or the Tusk. Hmm, ...Read more

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Price: $25.00
Available from: Ash & Anchor

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Ora Teapot and Tea Cup Set

The same guy responsible for the x3 Watering Can, Paul Loebach, designed this double-walled glass teapot. There's no need for a handle, as the insulating outer glass wall never gets too hot to handle. Hold, carry, and pour your tea with ease. To complete the set, add the Ora Tea Cups to the mix. (Note: the teapot and cup set would make a nice gift for certain upcoming events.) Designer: ...Read more

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Price: $45.00
Available from: Kikkerland

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Shadowplay Galaxy Scarves

We've featured Slow Factory's silk/cotton Scarves before, but just in case you'd like a lower price point, the NYC based company Shadowplay has a nice selection of galaxy print scarves as well. However, don't go thinking it's an easy Mother's Day gift option, as some of the designs won't ship until the beginning of June. Designers/Makers: Shadowplay / Ali Bennaim and Ximena Chouza Dimensions: 56 by 56 inches (142cm by 142cm) 100% ...Read more

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Price: $65.00
Available from: Shadowplay

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x3 Watering Can

Yeah, it's just a watering can, big deal. And, yes, a single metal tube is bent three times (hence the name) to create the handle and the pour spout. The handle allows it to be held from the top when full and at the side when watering. All those things plus a semi-decent price tag must mean that this year you'll finally take decent care of your plants; with a ...Read more

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Price: $67.00 - 145.00
Available from: Kontextür

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Friday Links

"A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu has claimed more than 5,000 lives, caused thousands of injuries, and destroyed homes and infrastructure. Some 1.7 million children require humanitarian assistance..." -UNICEF. I made a donation, will you? (photo via TIME) dezeen: Brick bungalows provide social housing for elderly residents in east London Watch a Japanese Craftsman Lovingly Bring a Tattered Old Book Back to Near Mint Condition Wired's Absurd Creature ...Read more

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Voice Recorder by Richard Upchurch

Celebrate handcrafted noise with this Voice Recorder by Richard Upchurch. No, there's no fanciness involved, it's just a box with a voice recorder in it. However, the fun to be had is in the playback button and the control knob where you adjust the speed and pitch. Maybe think about filling up break time with a little bit of silly sound business? Or, better yet, it might be a good ...Read more

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Price: $28.00 - 66.00
Available from: RichardUpchurch on Etsy

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Travel Toothbrush Holder

The words 'toothbrush holder' and 'cool' have never belonged in the same sentence, as far as I can tell, but that changes with this particular holder by Cedes Milano. You can also add the word 'expensive' into that mix, as it's not cheap (just warning you). The hinged bottom is chrome plated and it has a tempered glass top with a very small hole to make sure no moisture gets ...Read more

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Price: $110.00
Available from: MAN of the WORLD

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Shapes Mirror: Oblong

An oblong reflective surface is set off by a contrasting matte color panel, giving this frameless Shapes Mirror the sort of look you'd get from a geometric art piece. The squared off base tends to suggest a tabletop placement, making it an ideal choice for a vanity or entryway area. Designer: Sylvain Willenz Size: 25" h x 40" w x 0.5" d (64x100x1cm) Material: Mirror and painted wood ...Read more

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Price: $375.00
Available from: A+R Store

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Wine Breather Carafe Deluxe

If your mother likes wine, maybe you could get this "deluxe" Wine Breather Carafe for Mother's Day next weekend. The updated gold-plated lid makes it special, while the function remains the same as the original Wine Breather. Simply invert a bottle of wine on the carafe for hands-free decanting. After aeration, use the carafe for serving or return the wine to the original bottle. Designed by Norm Architects, Peter Orsig ...Read more

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Price: $74.95
Available from: Lumens

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