Custom Leather Luggage Tag

Now that the holiday season has passed, it's time to focus on escaping for ski trips or warmer climes. And what will you need to distinguish your bag from all the other black cases at the airport? How about a custom leather tag hand stamped with your name, phone number, and email address? (Skip your address, for safety concerns and/or just in case you move house.) On a personal ...Read more

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Price: $45.00
Available from: Owen & Fred

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Make Your Own Banner

That's right, the next time an impromptu celebration is called for, you'll not be caught unawares. You'll have this re-usable Make Your Own Banner Kit, which has 100 multicolored letters with spacers, links, and hanging strings, so you will be able to spell out whatever message is appropriate to the occasion, to the delight of all party attendees. Size: 6h x 5.25w x 2"d Materials: Paper, Steel Brads, String...Read more

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Price: $8.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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Imo Folding Stool

I've seen this in person and it truly is a lovely little stool. Perfect for tight spots, it folds down the middle so that it can be stored easily on the wall and free up valuable floor space. It's not the least expensive stool, of course, but the craftsmanship is entirely apparent. Designer: Russell Pinch Solid walnut frame with solid elm top. Accompanying walnut peg for wall mount. 410 x 450 x 475 ...Read more

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Price: $421.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

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Postalco Wall Calendar

So now that we're all back at our desks and ready to face the new year, let's start with making sure we have tabs on the important dates of 2013. This calendar lays out the whole year all at once so you can see at a glance what's happening when. Do take a look at the other calendars we've posted if this one doesn't fit the bill. 22.4" x 18.1" Material: paper Made ...Read more

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Price: $19.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile Store

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Our thanks goes out to you, dear reader, for visiting us often, and to each of our sponsors that have helped us keep the site up and running. We're signing off until the New Year, so here's hoping you have a very happy holiday season. Stay safe and warm, and do try and enjoy yourself. Shown above: 18" Unlit Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, $10.48 ...Read more

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Michael Mundy’s Gift Ideas

You might know Michael Mundy from an afternoon with..., as he's photographed quite a few interesting people and their spaces. Michael's the last person to share their give/get list for this holiday season. Thanks again to everyone that has participated this year- it's been great to see each and every point of view. Here's Michael's give /get list: 1. A new Journal from Il Bisonte, $188 2. Small flashlight from Huckberry, $25 3. A ...Read more

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Pen Type-A

If you've ever written with Hi-Tec-C Pen, you know it's amazing and well worth the price. CW&T have designed a stainless steel casing that looks a hundred times better than the original plastic casing, and a stainless steel sleeve for protection. If you missed their Kickstarter campaign, you can now purchase it for the retail price of $150. Includes Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3mm black ink refill Accepts any Pilot Hi-Tec-C refills [...Read more

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Price: $150.00
Available from: CW&T

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Simon Yuen Gift Picks

Wait! Here's one more gift guide, just in time for holiday shipping. Warning: There's oodles of Portland Oregon / Pacific Northwest love all over this post. 1. Ipad Sleeve by The Good Flock. Sure the Apple magnetic sleeve is nice... but waxed denim! Come on! Made in Portland. 2. Never actually wanted to own a terrarium until I saw these stunning handmade steel and wood ones from Arc & Ash. Made in Portland. 3.  ...Read more

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The Arctic Trench by Aether Apparel

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel. Take a walk in downtown Manhattan in the middle of January and you'll see a few trends in women's fashion -most notably, the full-length insulated parka. When it's freezing cold outside, women dress for the occasion. But while the typical quilted parka does a wonderful job of keeping you warm, it's not exactly the most flattering of options. Too frequently women are ...Read more

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Price: $495.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

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Nusskubus Modern Nutcracker

Remember this? Also called the Cubist Nutcracker by some, this nutcracker by Adam and Harborth does the job in a straightforward way. Place a nut in an appropriately sized indention in the larger cube, take the other smooth cube and place it on top of the nut and then give it a good whack. Voilá, the nut is cracked. Presented in a nice gift box, includes instructions. Materials: 2 cubes of ...Read more

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Price: $39.99
Available from: Nova68

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Oreflector

Nice! The Oreflector is a safety reflective badge for when you're out and about at night. Whether you're on your bike, walking your dog, or going for a run, its reflective material shines out to let cars and other passers-by know to steer clear of your soft self. Best of all, it's not as bulky (or obnoxious) as a blinking bike light clipped on to clothing. Comes as a set ...Read more

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Price: $19.00
Available from: designboom

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Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung Gift Picks

Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung have been operating Poketo, a go-to source for well-designed and curated homegoods and art, since 2003. We're never shy to feature their products on BLTD, so we were curious to see what was on their holiday list. Here are their top ten picks from 'round the web as well as their own offerings: 1. Poketo Linen Tea Towels 2. Poketo Sun and Shore Eco Sweatshirt 3. Poketo Striped Fleece ...Read more

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Perpetual Wall Calendar by Massimo Vignelli

7 days left, and if you're still running around trying to find the perfect thing, do consider this calendar by Massimo Vignelli. It would be perfect for anyone who leans towards simple/spare graphic design. The large, bold numbers are easy to read across a room and will keep track of the date year after year. Designed in 1980. Made of heavyweight paperboard. Made in Italy. H 13" W 13"...Read more

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Price: $80.00
Available from: Fitzsu

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Kate Bingaman-Burt Gift Ideas

Kate Bingaman-Burt is an illustrator and educator. She has been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until her hand cramps since 2006. I never met anyone who works harder than Kate, and oh yeah, she just happens to be the nicest person ever. Here are her ten very colorful gift ideas for anyone in the creative professional field or has an appreciation for great design. 1. Biography on acclaimed ...Read more

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Woodmobiel Starter Kit

Is it crazy to think that the little ones in your life might enjoy this Woodmobiel Starter Kit? Wooden parts and real tools will put their creativity to use, and maybe you'll even have some fun helping out. With the starter kit, you can build about 9 different life-sized wooden toys (instructions included) with the 25 pieces and fasteners, or if you want to go big, there's also the standard kit ($265) with 43 ...Read more

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Price: $146.85
Available from: creativebrains

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