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NoteSlate

No, it’s not an iPad wannabe, nor is it a new eReader. It’s got no apps or games or books stored on its memory card. This simple tablet device takes the place of pen and paper, that’s all. It has a simple real-paper-look interface that allows you to make notes or sketches for future reference, then save or delete them. With a long life battery (180h) and a $99 price point, it’s awfully tempting to see how well it would work. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until June of this year to actually put your hands on one, but it could just be worth it.

See NoteSlate’s website for specifications and details.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Availability: Buy NoteSlate here

Merit Badges from Disorderly Goods

You’re never too old to give or receive a merit badge from Disorderly Goods. Have a think about if any of your friends or family (or even yourself) might deserve a little bit of recognition for any outstanding behavior and then choose the appropriate badge for commemoration. Or, go all-out and get the Over-achiever 12-pack for $114.00.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00 each
Available from: Disorderly Goods

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Bike Portage Strap

Now, this is a very specific item that perhaps only avid bikers will appreciate, but I think it’s smart and simple, and improves the biking experience enough to be mentioned. This strap provides a slight suspension between the top bar and seat tube of a bike, so that when you carry your bike there’s a nice padded place for your shoulder. If you’ve ever carried a bike up a steep incline or a few flights of stairs, you’re familiar with the discomfort and know that this would make those small journeys a little bit easier. See the (happy) biker below for an example of the strap in action.

Hand-made and hand-finished leather.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: WalnutStudiolo's shop

LINK Furoshiki

Furoshiki, which you might be familiar with, are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used for all sorts of things. This particular print seems particularly eye catching with its graphic red/white design, and while you could use it for wrapping a gift (or a wall hanging, or as a scarf, etc.) it seems like it would be a great gift all on its own.

Also, I found this site called Furoshiki.com which seem to specialize in the subject… the Animals White ($34) is a nice one, also Palace ($42).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: PLASTICA

Analarm

Analogue alert anyone? If you tend towards the non-digital, you’ll maybe like this square faced alarm-clock-inspired watch. Instead of chirping or beeping, the alarm creates a vibration on the wrist like a mobile phone.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £300.00
Available from: Design Museum Shop

Budtrap

Add another headphone organizer to your list of considerations, because this one is super small and seems to do the job nicely. It slides onto your earphone jack and provides a place to clip in the cord after wrapping the earbuds around your device. If you’d like to see more, visit Budtrap’s site for more details.

There’s also a slight discount if you buy in bundles or packs… fyi.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $5.95
Availability: Buy Budtrap here

Lens Bracelets

If words or pictures aren’t enough to profess your love for photography, you can literally wear it now. Designed by Adam Elmakias, Lens Bracelets are reproductions of lens focusing rings made in soft silicone. Could go well with that Camera Lens Mug of yours. Available in 50mm prime or 24-70mm zoom, one size fits all.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Lens Bracelets here

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Split Ring Key (Keybrid)

I posted this key-that’s-also-a-key-ring while back, and now that it’s got a new site/price/info update it’s worth another look.

SC1 Keybrid blank for SC1 keys/locks, $8.99
KW1 Keybrid blank for KW1 keys/locks, $8.99
SC1 & KW1 Bundle, $16.99

by Scott Amron

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.99
Availability: Buy Split Ring Key (Keybrid) here

AViiQ Laptop Stand

While the price tag is a bit high on this laptop stand, it’s got the distinct advantage of being incredibly thin and foldable (yes, foldable!) for ease of transport. And, if you can believe it, they’re offering a 40% off coupon code for anyone that wants to give it a try. Just enter 10-TUV-02-MB-PC at checkout. There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee if that makes your decision easier.

Compresses down to a 1/4 inch thin plate.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.95
Available from: AViiQ

Fortune Cookie Coin Purse

Made from remnants from the furniture and garment industry, each of these leather coin purses carry a unique number to track its origin. Each purse comes with a little dust bag and a printed fortune inside.

Designed by Diana Eng.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Availability: Buy Fortune Cookie Coin Purse here

Straight Jacket Sleeve

Hope your holiday weekend went well. Maybe you’re still on holiday? Maybe you aren’t even bothering to check your dear beloved BLTD??… but then you wouldn’t be reading this, would you? To those of you loyal souls that need your design fix, even between Christmas and New Years, don’t fret. We are here, slaving away as usual to bring you the best/strangest/most visually pleasing items available online. We do live to please.

These sleeves by Autum are right up any minimalist’s alley. Leather (domestically tanned) with padded construction makes up a simple sleeve for your iPad or laptop, ensuring protection without adding any ‘look at me’ visual clutter. And, just for fun, check out Autum’s Minion Bike (vavoom!).

Limited Production (First run of 50)
Hand Made – USA

Purchase Information:

Price: $133.00
Available from: Autum

Lacie Moskeyto USB Drive

Lacie has tackled the design of the portable USB drive in quite a few ways over the years — some mimicking currency, some resembling actual keys, and some even indestructible. The Moskeyto, one of their latest designs pares down the USB drive to, well, really just the USB port. I don’t think anyone really has been complaining about oversized thumb drives but if you’re into super miniature form factors this should do the trick.  Available in 2, 4, 8, and 16 GB capacities in black. White is only available in 2 GB.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $14.99
Availability: Buy Lacie Moskeyto USB Drive here

Source: Gizmos for Geeks

Digital Harinezumi

From our archives (originally published January 8, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

This 2-megapixel Digital Harinezumi by Superheadz will give you soft, out-of-focus videos and still images like the old Super 8mm. If you’re not quite certain what that means, there’s a video below that shows what it looks like.

3.8″ x 1″ x 2.2″
lens: 24 mm (equivalent to 39.6 mm in 135mm format)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: gnr8

Etre Touchy Gloves

From our archives (originally published January 11, 2010), for your gift list consideration…

Check out these missing thumb-and-index-finger-only gloves. Just the thing to keep most of your digits cozy while operating your phone and/or gadgets in the cold weather.

Available in Charcoal with turquoise trim (shown), Grey with rose trim, Black with charcoal trim, or Chocolate with mint stripes.
about $31.94 USD, ships worldwide.

Purchase Information:

Price: £19.99
Availability: Buy Etre Touchy Gloves here

Julian Scarf by Wintercheck

From our archives (originally published October 26, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Just how smart is this scarf? Instead of cramming your keys, phone, cash, etc. into your pockets this winter, you can get this scarf and have your valuables safe and close at hand. No more worrying about those precious items falling into the hands of pickpockets or out of your jacket when you put it on or take it off.

- lightweight 100% rodeo cotton flannel outershell
- water resistant 100% nylon ripstop pockets
- subtle and vivid pocket options for each pattern

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Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Availability: Buy Julian Scarf by Wintercheck here