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Picto Silicone Watch

Remember the Picto Wall Clock? I know you like the simple graphics of its face and hands, but here’s an idea- instead of wearing it Flavor Flav style, why don’t you get the wristwatch version? A monochrome case and band has a rotating watch face that shows the passage of time, and it’s now in MoMA’s permanent collection.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00
Available from: Dwell Store

MH40 Over Ear Headphones

It is all but de rigueur to have a proper pair of headphones on your head, whether at work or at home. And, let’s clarify, by ‘proper’ I mean premium leather, perhaps some steel components, an aluminum body, and maybe some 45mm neodymium drivers for high performance. Memory foam lambskin ear pads might also be nice, right? The MH40 has all that and more- take a look at Master & Dynamic for more specs.
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Price: $399.00
Available from: Master & Dynamic

Soffio Card Wallet

There’s no shortage of wallets, yet to find the perfect wallet is still a goal for many. Soffio’s Card Wallet is quite simple- just a leather pocket really- and has a handy thumb spot to easily retrieve your cards and cash. Also, be sure to take a look at their iPhone skins (one shown below) as well, as they’d be a great option for keeping your essential cards with you on the go.
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Price: €35.00
Available from: Soffio Online Store

DIY Konstructor Camera

How do you keep someone busy? Give them a DIY Konstructor Camera. It’s a 35mm SLR camera, and you put it together yourself, thereby learning the mechanics of analog photography. There’s a top-down viewfinder, a multiple exposure function, a “bulb” function for long exposures, and a detachable 50mm f/10 lens. It’s appropriate for ages 12 and up, so consider it as a gift for a niece/nephew or a curios co-worker.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Pacific Printed Silk Scarf by Kelly Lynn Jones

What do you get your favorite lady (or confident-in-his-masculinity male) friend when you’re out of ideas? A silk scarf that’s beautiful and compliments any style. This Pacific Printed Silk Scarf by Kelly Lynn Jones fits the bill as it features a photographic print of (you guessed it) the Pacific ocean. Plus, it’s way more affordable than it looks. There’s also a Pink Balloons Printed Silk Scarf worth checking out.
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Price: $69.00
Available from: Vacation Days

HELLO! My Name Is LED Nametag Kit

Oh, the endless conferences and meet-and-greets. Instead of filling out yet another nametag, showcase your soldering skills with a DIY HELLO! My Name Is LED Nametag Kit. Is it a teensy bit nerdy? Yes. Is it also kind of fun and cool? Yes. Consider it as a gift for someone not afraid of melting metal.
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Price: $19.99
Available from: Maker Shed

Libratone Zipp Speaker

There’s a pretty significant savings on the Libratone Zipp Speaker- it’s $279.95 down from $449.95. If you’re not familiar, the Libratone Zipp is super portable thanks to its leather handle and compact size, and it streams music wirelessly from whatever device you prefer using Apple’s AirPlay technology. You’ll get 360-degree sound thanks to Libratone’s patent-pending FullRoom™ technology, and, if you’re concerned about color, don’t worry, it comes with three sleeves so you can switch them out as you wish.
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Price: $279.95
Available from: DWR

Hide Phone Case and Card Holder

Keep your phone- or your sunglasses- safe with this Hide Phone Case from Tom Dixon, or opt for the smaller Card Holder for credit and business cards. Copper plated hardware and a stamped logo shows that these vegetable tanned Italian leather pieces are just a little more special than ordinary options. Either could be a thoughtful gift for a good friend or family member.
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Price: $80.00
Available from: Lumens

Twill Tablet Case

Maybe your tablet case is looking a little worn down and beaten up, in which case you should drop $20 to get a very simple new one from Everlane. The exterior is 100% cotton twill, the interior 100% twill-fused lining, and it has thinly padded sides to protect your precious. And, hey, $20 is such a steal, you’ve got no excuse to not look professional when you bring your tablet to meetings.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Everlane

Bento Bowl

This Bento Bowl won’t make your life any better if you never bring your lunch to work. However, if you do, then it stands a fighting chance to make your midday break a little more tidy and enjoyable. Styled after the traditional Japanese bento box, this bowl system is layered and stackable to separate your meal and transport it safely. You’ll be delighted when your lunch isn’t smushed or mixed with your other snacks or drinks- unless you like disintegrated chips or crushed fruit all over your sandwich. Maybe you’ll even get creative with a little bento box art, hmm?
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Price: $18.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone

Gramophones made in the 1920s did a couple of things really well; they distributed sound and made a big visual impact with their curvy, horn speakers. Considering we are all about streaming music from our devices nowadays, it’s good to see that Gramovox has married the old Gramophone design with bluetooth technology, giving us the Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone, a sort of nostalgic filter in which to play our tunes.

The solid walnut base houses the brains, putting the rest of our focus on the larger steel horn. No cords means less clutter, but it also means batteries, though 15+ hours is a good span of play time, and no big deal when you rely on rechargeables. It’s Android™/IOS® compatible, of course, and has a micro USB & stereo input. It’s not the first modernization of the iconic gramophone shape, but this version certainly has an authentic and minimal edge over any competition.
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Price: $399.99
Available from: Gramovox

Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier

I know, I know, a block of wood with some strange carvings won’t make much sense until you pair the title with the picture. It’s the Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier, and it does just what it says- it passively amplifies sound on your iPhone. Two channels allow you to set your phone in either landscape or portrait mode, and you can customize the face. However, fair warning, this is more for a woodworker or DIY-er- you have to glue on the faceplate, cut to size and shape you prefer, sand, and then finish. Could be fun project (or gift), right?
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Proper Audio 2

Remember the PA1 Bluetooth Speaker? Well, Studio Proper had decided to make some small changes to make it better, and now there’s the Proper Audio 2, ready for your pledge. The PA2 is a wall mount and portable speaker, giving you some much-needed flexibility when it comes to listening to your music. A quick turn releases or mounts the Proper Audio 2, so there’s little fuss when moving it from room to room, or from home to office or outside.
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Rose Gold Colla Card Holder

Do you need a Rose Gold Colla Card Holder from Otaat? Maybe not, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting one. Once pocket holds your dolla dollar bills and/or business cards, all in a lovely rose gold cowhide leather case. And, if you prefer a less shiny (i.e. more conservative) version, Otaat has a black, camel, and navy options on their website.
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Price: $65.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Seatylock

So smart! This bicycle saddle seat transforms into a solid one meter bicycle lock. Huh? Yep, you read that right. The frame under the seat unfolds to provide you with a secure locking system- no extraneous lock or chain needed. The less we need to carry with us on our bikes the better, and integrating a lock into a seat is a brilliant idea, as we’ll never be without it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: Kickstarter