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Soundflex Bluetooth Speaker

Do you need an inexpensive bluetooth speaker? This one has a flexible arm that lets you hang or clip it practically anywhere, which is oh-so-convenient if you’re always on the go. Hang it on your bike or bag and take off on your everyday adventures. The lower price tag means you don’t need to freak out if it gets some sand on it or a scratch or two (remember, it’s a speaker, not a precious little kitten). It’s water-resistant and USB rechargeable (cable included), and has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

DriStore Bags

Raise your hand if you like using plastic bags to protect and organize your gear. If so, maybe you’re ready to upgrade from disposable food bags to the DriStore Bags. The triple-polymer film is rugged and touchscreen compatible, while the IPX8-rated seal is airtight and waterproof to 10 meters. Whether you’re traveling to work in a downpour or to an exotic location clear across the world, put your devices, papers, matches, etc., inside these bags and know your stuff will remain safe and dry (and organized).
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Best Made

Phosphor Bronze Circle Keychain Bottle Opener

Another keychain bottle opener… no big deal except for this one is elegant. Surprised? Yeah, me too. The circular design incorporates a bottle opener without visually screaming ‘I LOVE TO DRINK BEERS!’ at everyone. Instead, it says confidently, ‘I am prepared for opening all manner of bottles.’ Just the kind of keychain bottle opener we all could use.
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Price: $39.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Hinza Tote

You know what’s fun? Colorful, recycled, polyethylene totes that are very sturdy, because you can lug them around everywhere and not worry about messing them up. Take it to the beach, the grocery store, your local garden nursery, attach it to your bike, use it for kids toys, fill it with ice to cool down drinks, etc… it’s a multipurpose tote that won’t crumple no matter what you throw in it. You’ll be happy to know that the green totes are made of sugar cane, which is super environmentally friendly (and a little more expensive).
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Price: $34.00 - 50.00
Available from: Plastica

Flavour It Glass Water Bottle

Like a bit of lemon or mint in your water glass? Or perhaps a hint of strawberry? Now you can take your fanciness on the road with this glass bottle, thus reducing your own plastic bottle usage as well as that snobbery that crops up whenever you’re faced with plain tap water. I’m sure you’ll get creative with infusions, as it’d be hard not to try all sorts of fruits and flavors while you stay hydrated.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

The Twill Weekender

I don’t need any more weekend bags, but I sure am tempted by this one from Everlane. At $98, it’s just enough of an ‘affordable’ choice that it has me thinking my luggage needs an overhaul, and the reverse denim version with leather details is mighty easy on the eyes. There’s several other color options too.
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Price: $98.00
Available from: Everlane

Q Knot Reusable Zip Ties

These sound handy enough, don’t they? Reusable zip ties could be used to manage unruly cords, seal up snack bags, and all those other things your imagination can think of. Made of rubber, they’re easy to release for reuse. Get a pack of 25 ties for $7 and divide them between your kitchen, office, and garage.
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Price: $6.95
Available from: Jet

To Go Cup

How many times have you fumbled around with your travel mug? And has it ever spilled? Or has its lid had a weird smell/taste/defect that made you dislike it immensely, yet you’ve not found something better to replace it with? If none of this sounds familiar, lucky you. All the rest of us flip you off will pay attention to Eva Solo’s thermal To Go Cup. The double walls keep temperature control in check while a click-open lid simplifies one-handed use. The silicone strap will make carrying a hell of a lot easier. No snagged fingers or juggling- you’ll just slip it around your wrist or hang it on your bag when you’ve got an armful.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Gessato

EDC Minitool Kit No. 2

Another EDC kit on a keychain? Yep, and before you pretend to yawn from seeing so many, have you seen a minitool kit, all in black? No? Well, this one includes a flathead and Philips screwdrivers, a pill case, bottle opener, ruler and hex wrench, and the pill case can be engraved with up to 10 characters of your choice. In fact, it would be a great Father’s Day gift if you can order it soon (as in, right now, as Father’s Day is this Sunday).
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Iron and Glory

LED Smart Jump Rope

Who wants a smart jump rope? I do, I do! And you do too, because it shows your jump count midair with LED lights, which means you’ll be more motivated to hit your goals and therefore healthier. Right? Right. Set training intervals and track progress, all via the included Smart Gym mobile app. What about battery life, you ask? Because you will be jumping ALL THE EFFING time now? A two-hour USB charge will give you 36 hours of active use, which is plenty. You’ll need a break now and then, anyways.
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Price: $89.99
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Timeless Travel Planner

Do your travel plans need a little more organization? That’s just what this planner aims to provide, with pages to specifically map out where you’re going, track expenses, and plan your itinerary. The amount of detail is spot on, as it has places to note current exchange rates, as well as entertainment, accommodation and transportation costs. There’s also room to list your very important ‘To Do’s’ before you leave. Does this mean you’ll travel smarter? Probably, as it would be hard not to take advantage of such an easy system. And maybe, just maybe, getting all your info written down in such a manner will free you up to enjoy your journey more.
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Price: $22.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Impossible I-1 Analog Instant Camera

The Impossible Project now brings us the I-1 Analog Instant Camera, the first camera system that uses the original Polaroid® format from way back when. But wait, it comes with an accompanying I-1 App, which lets you control aperture and shutter speed. Yep, pick your jaw up off the floor and soak it in. Autofocus and ring flash (eight LED’s plus it counts how many photos are left on the film) makes your photo skills shine, and you’ll have an actual instant photo to show off, give away, or frame. Oh, and, of course, you can upload your images to social channels with the app as well. Hip, hip, hooray!
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Price: $299.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Zip Backpack by Joshu+Vela

Sure, we’ve featured more than a few simple backpacks, but there’s something especially nice about the one from Joshu+Vela. With no external pocket, it refuses to be cluttered, and, with its robust materials, will most likely refuse to break down after years of use. It does have one interior pocket along with an interior iPad Sleeve, so you won’t be entirely bereft of organization. Choose between waxed twill canvas (olive, black, navy, natural, or safari tan) and black leather (super sleek, but more expensive, of course). There’s a small version of the backpack too, which is perfect for daily commutes.
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Price: $280.00 - 680.00
Available from: Joshu+Vela

Nello Bike Bell

How about a bike bell that looks like a clown’s nose? It packs 80 decibels of three sound variations, so it will give plenty of oomph when you need to alert someone of your presence. Fasten it magnetically to your handlebar when you’re riding and pop it off and put it in your bag or pocket when you’re on foot.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Open and Closed Helix Keyring

I’ve got a thing for simple keyrings, so of course these two Helix Keyrings by Craighill caught my eye. Choose between the open and the closed; both have one knurled side for adding or removing keys. As they say on their site, the keyrings would be “a daily, tiny joy.”
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Craighill