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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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Purchase Information:

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

Secret Decoder Ring

For your secret messages, you’ll need a Secret Decoder Ring. Pass communication on paper, email or text without fear of prying eyes to your spouse/partner/coworker knowing that only they (and other people with the ring) can decode your words. It’s sorta fun, right?
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Price: $19.00
Available from: Whitney Museum Shop

Raumgestalt Watch Box

If you possess more than four watches, you need a Watch Box. Alternatively, if chunky bracelets or large brooches are more your thing, this box will keep those jewels safe and secure. The box has eight compartments with soft tyvek® lining; the divisions are removable should you need a larger storage compartment.
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Price: $90.00
Available from: Luminaire

The Lunch Box

Foodies and minimalists will love THE* Lunch Box. It’s made from anodized aluminum- that means it’s sturdy, lightweight, heat-conductive and hygienic. There’s no clips, straps, buttons, or branding (thank goodness), so your food will be the star of the show. Fun fact: the proportions of the box are based on the Japanese flag.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Marble iPad Stand

What do you get when you take a small marble slab, a wooden sphere and a little gold bar? An iPad stand from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, of course. Made exclusively for Poketo (one of my favorite shops), this stand will look like a sculpture with or without your tablet, phone, letters, or books.
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Price: $78.00
Available from: Poketo

Box Modular Jewelry Container

When an ordinary box just won’t do, take a look at the Modular Jewelry Container. Made of solid walnut, it has four stackable pieces that may be repositioned to accommodate different shapes and sizes of watches and other jewelry. Take a look at the video to get a better idea of the size and how the trays can be flipped to make more room on a tier.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00
Available from: Luminaire

Kiki Toolbox Keyring

Another EDC tool thingamajig? Yep, and it ticks all the boxes, just as you’d expect. Plus, it comes in a leather sheath for a friendlier feel on your keyring. Bottle opener, standard and metric ruler, spoke wrench, hex drive, small and large pry bar, and screwdriver- that’s what you get all on one small tool. Fit it alongside your keys so you’re prepared for anything, anywhere.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Slim Insulated Water Bottle

This skinny, baton-like thing is a water bottle. And why is it skinny? To better fit in your bag, of course. It’s a double walled vacuum flask, so it’ll keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold for up to 12 hours. With such a thin profile, it’ll slide in amongst papers (or clothes) easily without causing your bag to bulge.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Bike Spoke Reflectors + 12

These inexpensive Bike Spoke Reflectors will make sure you’re seen in the dark, which is very important because most drivers are idiots (all cyclists know this). At the price, I’d encourage you to buy several packs and trick out your bike so that all the spokes have reflectors; it’s extra likely you’ll be spotted at night (and it will look fun).
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Price: $7.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Folly Soaps

Do you remember the link to Folly Soaps back in January? If you were quite smitten with the colors and shapes (I know I was), you’ll be happy to know that Pelle Designs has updated their site, plus a few individual soaps are also available at the Cooper Hewitt Shop ($16- $56). If you feel like splurging, or happen to be exceptionally dirty, get the whole set for $280.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 - 280.00
Available from: Pelle Designs

Sound Grenade by ROBOCOPP

You can either never leave your house, throw caution to the wind, or prepare yourself with a personal safety device. All sorts of scary situations exist, in the city (muggers) and deep in the great outdoors (bears!). The Sound Grenade by ROBOCOPP works just as you’d expect: pull the pin and you’ll set off a 120-decibel siren that scares off impending danger. Replace the pin, and the sound turns off. Take a look at the field test to get an idea of the sound volume.
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Price: $24.00
Available from: ROBOCOPP

Minimalist Folio, Extra Large

Yep, we’ve posted the Minimalist Folio before, but this one is Extra Large, and that means a 15″ laptop will fit perfectly. It’s made of polyurethane, which helps the price point quite a bit (and will make you happy if you’re not a big fan of leather) and closes with two simple peg-in-hole fastenings. Choose between Navy, Black, or Blush.
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Price: $68.00
Available from: Poketo

Closca Fuga Foldable Helmet

If you ride a bike, you should have a helmet. We don’t want to hear that they’re bulky, ugly, or mess up your hair, because a bulky head with messed up hair is better than one smashed on the pavement. Plus, the Closca Fuga Foldable Helmet isn’t bulky, it’s foldable, so it will fit into your bag when not in use without looking like you’re carrying around a coconut. Three mobile rings are utilized to make the foldable design possible.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $126.00 - 140.00
Available from: MoMA Store