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airbnb builds 50 birdhouses modeled after home listings Ha: Minimal Nativity Set. Fleksy, an application that replaces your device’s on–screen keyboard. 10 Pranks for Christmas Morning If you care about taking your very best selfie... The Power of Empathy: A Quick Animated Lesson That Can Make You a Better Person The Wolf of Bedford Falls That is all. Enjoy your weekend. ...Read more

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Random Gift Ideas

As we're in the last throes of shopping frenzy, let's throw some random stuff together and give one last jolt, a therapeutic dose if you will, to your dying interest of finding just the right thing. Don't give in to the general malaise of oh-this-cheap-pair-of-gloves-will-do, for you, my friend, are better than that (you are reading this site, after all). A thoughtful gift is out there, and some places are ...Read more

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Random Gift Ideas 2

More random gift ideas for you... Items in the image above are listed from left to right, top to bottom, just like you read a book. 1. Camera Pin (silver) by Macon and Lesquoy, $28.00. At just under an inch square, this little pin will fit on a jacket or bag perfectly. 2. Soap: Kuro, Shiro, $35.00. Kuro Soap is made with White Charcoal powder, so you could get away with saying you're giving ...Read more

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Random Gift Ideas 3

And here's the last random gift idea list today, more on Monday... Items are listed from left to right, top to bottom, just like you read a book. 1. Wilson Keyring, Enameled, $12.00. Stocking stuffer alert! 2. The Pattern Box, 100 Postcards by 10 Contemporary Pattern Designers, $19.95. A treasure trove of patterns. 3. Botanical Moss Tea Towel, $22.00. Another nice stocking stuffer, I think, or a nice gift for an acquaintance. 4. Dandelion Paperweight, $98.00. Pretty and simple = love. 5. ...Read more

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Arne Jacobsen cups

Think you can't afford an Arne Jacobsen piece? Sure, maybe not the furniture, but you can now own... (drum roll) a cup. Who doesn't want some Bauhaus-inspired typography on their cup of coffee/tea/pencils/pens/miscellany? The letters were originally created by Jacobsen in 1937 for Aarhus City Hall, and now they've been revived (with permission) on these porcelain cups. Need I point out this could be a good gift ...Read more

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Price: $21.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

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Wintercheck Factory Gift Ideas 2013

And here's another list of gift ideas for this last-Thursday-before-Christmas. Kristen Wentrcek and her partner Andrew Zebulon Williams rounded up a list of 12 things they'd like to give/get this season. If those two names aren't familiar, Kristen Wentrcek owns and designs for Wintercheck Factory and is the co-founder of 06/08. Andrew Zebulon Williams is an illustrator and the other co-founder of 06/08. Thanks for sharing your list, Kristen and Andrew! 1. Truck ...Read more

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Phaidon Concierge

If you want to be really generous, consider a Concierge package from Phaidon. Answer a few questions, and you'll get expert guidance towards which books will be most successful as a gift. This isn't cheap, of course, as we're talking about nice and hefty art, photography, and food books (and we're down to last minute shipping too), but it might give you an inkling as to which titles your recipient ...Read more

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iSpoon Kitchen Stylus

It's nearing stocking-stuffer time, and for $8, you can stuff your favorite cook's stocking with this beech wood spoon with a handy silicone stylus end. If they use a tablet in the kitchen for following recipes, they'll appreciate the combination, no doubt about it. Dimensions: 1.5"Wx7"H -Beech wood and silicone -Hand wash; do not immerse in water -Made in China ...Read more

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Price: $5.96
Available from: CB2

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Unstuff Gifts

If you've not yet got a special gift for that special someone, you're in trouble. It's either errands on foot or by car to brave the crowds or paying through the nose for premium shipping. But wait, what if you could give that special person an experience rather than a thing? Unstuff, rather than stuff. Maybe you could give them a class in Aerial Yoga. Or would they enjoy learning ...Read more

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Nimbus Dashboard

Not that you need to be more connected, but this 4-dial dashboard will help you track what's important. It's customizable, so you get to pick what info it displays- it'll wake you up, but maybe you also want to know the weather, how many emails you have, what the morning traffic is like, or just what day it is... the Nimbus will show you it all via each dial/barometer. ...Read more

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Price: $129.00
Available from: Quirky

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Series One Titanium Tool Set

What to get that hard-to-please person? Well, if they like tools, get them this Series One Titanium Tool Set. There's one Edge tool (for prying, cutting) and one Opener (for opening up bottles); both are lightweight, durable, and keychain friendly. The set is available in titanium from Hand Eye Supply as a limited edition. Set of two - an edge tool for cutting and a bottle opener for.. unbottling. Solid ...Read more

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Price: $155.00
Available from: Hand Eye Supply

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Present Modular Shelving by MOCO x Furni

What do we have here? It looks like a modular shelving system, but it's certainly unlike any you'll find at a regular retailer. With a pair of brass plated rails, three solid walnut shelf elements, each "module" of the Present Modular Shelving will provide multiple storage functions to fit your needs. Use the box element as a simple container for emptying your pockets or as a frame for your favorite ...Read more

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Price: CAD425.00
Available from: Kickstarter

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Michael Mundy Gift Ideas 2013

Michael Mundy from Anafternoonwith.com has once again found the time to share his gift list this year. If you haven't checked out his site lately, it's worth a visit to see the latest people and spaces featured. Thanks Michael! 1. Luc Parfum bottle, $85.00: great for men and women. 2. Best Made Steel Bowls, $35.00: for what ever. 3. First Aid Kit, $74.99: These could be a life saver. 4. Fisher Space Pen, $20.00: The chicest pen ...Read more

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ISHUJA’s Eco-Essential Pen and Pencil

Are you sick of holiday shopping yet? Yeah, me too, but this might help. If you still have one impossible person on your list, and absolutely no idea what to get them, consider ISHUJA's Eco-Essential Pen and Pencil Set. Formerly a Kickstarter project, the set is now available for sale, and consists of one pen and one pencil, both with bamboo & aluminum bodies and a high-sensitivity stylus nib on each ...Read more

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Price: $50.00 - 95.00
Available from: ISHUJA

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Slate Mobile AirDesk

If your favorite working spot is anywhere other than a desk, you might just appreciate this mobile desk called Slate. It's made from a block of pure, premium bamboo, which enables a lightweight, strong surface. A docking station and flush mouse pad gives your workspace increased function and, thanks to the air ventilation holes, your lap/laptop won't be uncomfortably warm. "The curves, air ventilation, and docking station are chiseled, ...Read more

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Price: $99.99
Available from: BiteMyApple.co

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