PERSONAL

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

Pin-hole Solargraphy Camera

From our archives (originally published December 14, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

If you’re still lost on small gift ideas, this pinhole camera is pretty much the perfect stocking stuffer for just about everyone.

Make-It-Yourself Paper Pinhole and Solargraphy kit. Assemble in 1-2 hours, no knife or scissors needed. Use 35mm film (not included) preferably ISO200. Technical Specs: Film type: Aperture 1.16mm. Focal length 20mm. F stop F/130. Pinhole cameras do not have optical lenses. Film is exposed by light through a tiny hole in front of camera. Because there is no lens, the image will be in focus at all distances. Best pinhole pictures are taken on a bright day. The camera must be very still when shooting. Exposure times range from 5 seconds to hours and sometimes days.

[via Dwell]

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Pin-hole Solargraphy Camera here

Source: Dwell

‘my document’ & ‘my photo’ cases

From our archives (originally published August 26, 2008), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Just the thing to keep your laptop and camera safe…

color: yellow (pantone 128)
materials: neoprene case with zipper
each case comes with one random icon badge (arrow, hand or timer)


‘my document’ laptop case
, $30.00 (+$12.00 shipping),
Buy it here.
13.3 inch (L 330mm W 280mm D 25mm)
14.1 inch (L 345mm W 300mm D 25mm)
15.4 inch (L 380mm W 325mm D 25mm)


‘my photo’ camera case
, $22.00 (+$8.00 shipping), Buy it here.

size: L 115mm W 95mm D 18mm

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00-$42.00
Availability: Buy ‘my document’ & ‘my photo’ cases here

Black Bird Fly Twin Lens Reflex Camera

From our archives (originally published October 7, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

When was the last time you picked up a camera that had film? A while maybe? Might be fun to experiment with the old school style again, you might be surprised with the images you take. (Perhaps this could also be a delightful gift for a friend or family member?)

Shutter speed of 1/125
Standard 35mm film format
Also available from Amazon.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Poketo!

“The Best”

From our archives (originally published January 21, 2009), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

This is such a cute idea, for real. Borrow someone’s sweater/jacket/whatever and sew in this little label, then return and know they’ll be surprised and delighted whenever they discover it. “Sneaky” art project by Tamara Shopsin.

Card measures 6″ x 4.5″ and label is approx.
1.5″ x .3″. Thread color may vary.
$16.00, Buy it here.

[via notcot.org]

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy “The Best” here

Source: notcot.org

Grid-It Organization System

From our archives (originally published January 15, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

While this ‘organization system’ looks haphazard and crazy, I think it might be quite useful in organizing all the gadgets and chargers and such that we all know and love/hate. Order out of chaos…

“The Grid-It organization system is a unique weave of rubberized elastic bands made specifically to hold personal objects firmly in place. Designed to provide endless configurations of digital devices and personal effects. Slim design and conveniently sized for your current laptop bag or travel case, lets you easily find what you need. Features rear zippered pocket for additional storage.”

12in X 8.125in

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Flight 001

Bird-Electron EZ0 Limited Portable Speaker

From our archives (originally posted April 9, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.

Weird name for a company, but certainly a cool looking and hopefully good sounding speaker for your mp3 player. I’m impressed that it doesn’t require a power source but still has a switch to control loudness. This is a Japan exclusive product, available only through AudioCubes.

Material: Aluminum with leather strap
Color: yellow, blue, silver.
Dimensions: W73 x H76 x D32 mm

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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.99
Available from: AudioCubes

The Fold Wallet by Leffot

I love the simplicity of this leather wallet by Leffot. It’s a single piece of “horse ass leather” folded three times to secure your cash. That’s it, no fancy gimmicks. Some of the colors are back ordered, but expected back in stock mid December. See Leffot Blog for more details.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Available from: Leffot

SIWA Cases and Bags

It’s impossible to ignore these cases and bags, even if the SIWA briefcase is my favorite. With several different sizes to choose from, you can organize your belongings in whatever way you see fit.

All pieces are produced by the Onao paper company in Japan and are highly water-resistant and capable of carrying heavy loads (tested for up to 10 kgs/ 22 lbs).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00 and up
Available from: baum-kuchen

SIWA Briefcase

How long have you been waiting for the SIWA (pronounced shiwa) collection by Naoto Fukasawa to hit the stores? It feels like forever, doesn’t it? The briefcase stands out the most to me, but only because I need/want one and I’m partial to the details. I’ll do a separate post on the pouches.

All pieces are produced by the Onao paper company in Japan and are highly water-resistant and capable of carrying heavy loads (tested for up to 10 kgs/ 22 lbs).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign.com