PERSONAL

Touch Tonic

Why is this person painting their gloves with fingernail polish? Pfft, we know better than to assume that, and we’re probably thinking whatever they’re doing to their gloves has to do with cold weather and our devices, and we’d be right. It’s Touch Tonic, and you paint it on your favorite gloves so that you can connect with your device while keeping your fingers warm. It’s better to use it on darker fabrics, as it’s not completely clear, fyi, and each application lasts several weeks.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Photojojo

The Prepster Emergency Survival Bag

Too lazy to put together your own emergency survival kit? Don’t you worry, you can buy the Prepster Bag and be fit for any disaster, for 72 hours at least. There’s a hand crank radio and phone charger, a first-aid kit, ProBarĀ® Meals, BOXED WATER IS BETTERĀ® waters, tools, a tent, LED flashlight, and so much more. It’s assembled all for you, in a striped and monogrammed bag, no less. If you had this the next time a fire, earthquake, or hurricane rolled around, would you be more prepared? Definitely. Could you buy all this stuff yourself and possibly save some money? Probably, but will you ever get around to it? There’s also the Prepster Lite ($145.00) for a trimmed down version.
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Price: $345.00 - 395.00
Available from: Preppi

Isaac Reina Dopp Kit

What do you buy when you’re design conscious, travel often, and have loads of money? An Isaac Reina Dopp Kit, that’s what. The square box-like shape converts handily into 2-compartment tray with the convertible snaps at the bottom, making all your toiletries organized and easily accessible. And, if you’re scoffing at those numbers in the price tag, consider the fact that Isaac Reina has worked in the Parisian house of Hermes, and his bags and accessories are only available in “select directional boutiques”.
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Price: $462.00 - 578.00
Available from: Luminaire

Rolo Luggage

Hmm, would packing and unpacking be easier with this Rolo rollup luggage? For shorter trips, it just might. There’s a hanging hook, so it will fit practically anywhere- closet, door, etc.- without taking up much room. Once it’s up you can easily see all the contents without rummaging around, or packing and unpacking just to get to one thing. And, seeing as you roll it up for transport, all your clothing is compressed to minimize the overall size. Take a look over at Rolo’s site to see more info and pics.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: Rolo

Mod Laptop, Craft Edition

It’ll be very hard not to be organized with the Mod Laptop, Craft Edition from This is Ground. First off, the toffee primo leather is a nice, neutral color that will withstand all manner of bumps and bruises, and it will age well according to how you use it. Second, take a look at the interior pockets and slots- there’s a place for everything. So, stow away your cords, writing implements, cards, notebooks, your iPad/tablet, and your laptop (15″ MacBook Pro, 13″ MacBook Air, or the 11″ MacBook Air) and know that you can grab whatever you need quickly and easily; you’ll at least look like you’ve got it all figured out.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00
Available from: This is Ground

Bookman Clip-On Reflectors

What are you looking at? Reflectors. Why should you care? Because it’s the end of September, and, in North America, that means it’s getting darker earlier in the evening, and you’re hard to see when you’re out running, biking, or walking your dog. These reflectors from Bookman are sort of special because they clip on with a magnet. Add one or two on in a snap- to your jacket, to your dog’s leash, to your bike, you name it. That makes it super easy to remain visible to other people (and those people in vehicles) when you’re out and about no matter what you’re wearing.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Smartphone Projector

Cool! It’s a $40 cardboard projector, and it’s just the thing for getting those movies from your smartphone onto the wall. Photos and videos being shown to the office or at a family gathering just got a whole lot easier, though, do be realistic with your expectations- it is made from cardboard, after all. It’ll be easy to move around, as it’s light, compact and portable, and fits phones up to a maximum size of 3.2 x 5.7 inches.
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Price: $39.99
Available from: Animi Causa Boutique

Jump Charging Cable

A cable plus charger in a smaller, less bulky size? Yes, please. The Jump will charge your phone as well as packing a power boost whenever/wherever you need it. It automatically charges itself whenever it’s plugged in and packs 800mAh into a compact form that weighs less than two AA batteries. 800mAh means roughly 3 hours of additional talk-time, which will definitely save the day if you’re caught with the dreaded red dead battery sign. Stuff it in a bag or keep it in your pocket and rest assured you’ll have a charge or a boost whenever needed.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: BiteMyApple.co

Slow Factory: Mars Scarves

Do you follow all news of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission? Do you have a fondness of ethereal, beautiful imagery? Do you sometimes get cold? If your answer was yes to any of those questions, congratulations, you deserve a Slow Factory scarf showing images taken by HiRISE. That’s the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, if you’re not familiar. Bookmark the collection as an excellent source for gifts this holiday season, and know that you’ll be thanked profusely if you decide to be so generous.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Slow Factory

The Convertible Roadtrip Tripod

What will make your photos better? A tripod, of course. No more shaky pics or blurriness, hooray. The Convertible Roadtrip Tripod will show off its features the more you use it. Lightweight aluminum means it’s easy to carry along and, with a few quick twists, you can convert it into a monopod for quick shots. Oh, and for those of you that care, there’s also a bubble level, a bullhead, a center column hook for stabilizing weights, and a carrying case.
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Price: $189.00
Available from: Photojojo Store

Laser Etched Pouches from Molly M Designs

Should you want or need a laser etched leather pouch, head on over to Molly McGrath’s site, Molly M Designs. There you’ll find a sizable array of geometric patterns etched upon various sized pouches, and, happily, you can pick the color you like most for your clutch/wallet/business card case. There’s also laser cut trivets and coasters made from 100% wool merino felt as well as a fair amount of geometric jewelry, if you’re interested.

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Price: $50.00 - 100.00
Available from: Molly M Designs

Abacus Totem Key Holder

It this some sort of facial jewelry? Or perhaps a tiny dumbbell for a muscly mouse? I suppose it could be either, but, alas, it’s a key holder. The Abacus Totem Key Holder is from Postalco, the maker of many wonderful things. Handcrafted in Japan from solid brass, it keeps your keys tidy with a simple screw end that makes it easy to add or subtract individual keys.
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Price: $96.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Soba Cable Director from Bluelounge

Most of us would like to ignore the unfortunate mess of cords lurking underneath and around our desks. It’s understandable, as organizing it all seems like such a pain. However, once you take a look at the Soba from Bluelounge, you might actually look forward to organizing those cords. Skeptical? Don’t be. The flexible tube portion has a ‘Vortex zipper’ that allows you to easily open and route cables through from one end to the other. Bundle up to three cords in the tubing and use the mounting clips to keep it all in place. Easy, right? Take a look at the video below for visuals.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Cone

The Cone portable speaker learns what music you like, and how and when you want to listen. Use voice commands to find music, podcasts, and radio stations, or just turn the dial to play or skip to another song. It has a 3″ woofer on board, dual tweeters, and a 20w amplifier to keep your audio experience pristine. And did I mention that it looks appropriately sleek? It’s easy on the eyes, that’s for sure.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Aether

Walnut & Leather iPhone Case

For your new iPhone 6, you should have a new case, and may I recommend this walnut and leather option from Grovemade? It’s very sleek, yet the materials give a tactile warmth to our cold, cold technology. The case also doubles as a stand, which is essential for all those videos and brilliant photographs you’ll want to look at and show off.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00 - 139.00
Available from: Grovemade