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Mighty Wallet

The Mighty Wallet is made from Tyvek, a tear-resistant, water-resistant plastic that feels just like paper. This results in a wallet that will pretty much take as much abuse as you can give it. I’ve had mine for over a year now and it has yet to show any signs of failure. Mighty Wallets come in a multitude of printed graphics and colors, and are recyclable.

– Printed with SGS Certified Environmentally Friendly Ink.
– 100% recyclable packaging made from recycled PET plastic.
– 2 interior pockets, 2 credit card pockets (holds approx 16 cards) and 2 quick access business card pockets.
– 8 w x 3.25 h x .125 d

Beign the design and computer nerd I am, I have the Dot Matrix wallet, and and have got my eyes on the new Color Bar design for my next one (if my first one ever falls apart that is).

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Mighty Wallet here

Logo Branding Iron

I cannot think of a rational reason of why I want this, I just know I do. The Logo Branding Iron is a customized, 3d printed attachment that goes on top of a lighter. A few seconds under the flame and your iron is hot enough to brand into the material of your choice (I suggest wood or anything that will not ignite easily). For only $20, I’ve yet to come across a better little gift this year.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Logo Branding Iron here

Cork Laptop Sleeve

Your laptop works just as hard as you do. Why not treat it this new year with a handmade, natural cork and custom stitched sleeve? Since we’re dealing with natural materials here, I do worry about the life expectancy of the product, but I have a feeling it will last a lot longer than your laptop. Also available for the iPhone.

Material:
-cork: natural or recycled
-backing: synthetic “Fibrana”
-stitching: nylon

Dimensions: Mac book cover 13″ : 390/267mm
Stitching Colors: blue or orange

Purchase Information:

Price: €29.00
Availability: Buy Cork Laptop Sleeve here

Produce Bags

I live right by a great farmer’s market and I like to use my usual canvas bags when I go, but canvas is sort of bulky and not the best for smaller items. The produce bags bridge the gap between large canvas totes and plastic bags because they’re light and translucent.

Because they’re mesh, you can wash your produce right in the bag; they’ve got color-coded tabs (in a lovely palette), and they’re fully machine washable. Best of all, you get a set of 5 bags (one of each tab color).

Dimensions: 12� x 14″

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.00 for a set of 5
Availability: Buy Produce Bags here

Portela iPhone Case

Mark’s recent post reminded me that somehow this iPhone case had missed a mention here on BLTD. Although more expensive than some of the other cases on the market, it’s certainly more luxurious and will keep your iPhone safe and sound in style.

Phone case features a leather outer with ribbed fabric lining, a zipper closure, and extra slot.
Available in tyrian, ecru, black, green, grey, and violet.
5″w x 3.5″h x .5″h.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Availability: Buy Portela iPhone Case here

Credit Card Lightbulb

This is sort of a neat gadget. It’s a card that fits in your purse or wallet (it’s just a bit thicker than a credit card) and when you need light, you just push the bulb out and it lights up, while the base of the card acts as a stand. It might be a nice little gift as a stocking stuffer.

* Small lightbulb folds flat for storing your wallet
* Flip up for light
* Batteries included

[via The Green Head]

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.99
Availability: Buy Credit Card Lightbulb here

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Undercover Laptop Sleeve

Ooo, I like this so much more than the Interoffice Laptop Sleeve. Both are the same sort of idea (obviously) but I like how this looks like a properly beat up package.

Undercover sleeve looks just like an old ratty mailer envelope from the outside, but features a satiny, quilted inside perfect for almost any laptop. Water and tear-resistant shell that’s great for writing on; durable Velcro closure; expandable design. Imported. Wipe clean.

15″w, 2″d, 11.5″h
Coated paper, PE foam, polyester

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Availability: Buy Undercover Laptop Sleeve here

U Kindle Case by Hard Graft

The whole collection of cases and bags by Hard Graft are simple and just look really sophisticated. The U Kindle case is nice because it’s better than that silly case that comes with the Kindle, and the elastic strap looks like it’s easy to slip the Kindle in and out of it’s case without too much hassle.

Purchase Information:

Price: €55.00
Availability: Buy U Kindle Case by Hard Graft here

All Year Rings

What a lovely idea: this range of fold-out paper jewellery is intended for the owner to assemble each month, for all year long. Also, if you don’t want to go the whole year route, you could just go with the Birthday Ring, £10.00, which is one ring for whichever month you’d like.

The collection consists of twelve ring designs which are laser-cut and engraved from 200g/m2 textured white paper come with engraved recycled brown envelope.

Purchase Information:

Price: £45.00
Availability: Buy All Year Rings here

TeuxDeux

If you’re still searching for a good way to keep your to-do list organized, I have to personally recommend TeuxDeux, a to-do app from swissmiss and Fictive Kin. It’s so simple to use and has a nice uncluttered look. I have it set as my homepage, so I see my list each time I open a new window. And, it’s free.

More information:

View TeuxDeux here

Want Les Essentiels de la Vie 

This is a really nice bag. Canadian luxury goods company Want Les Essentiels de la Vie offer modern takes on classic leather goods. Named after famous airports, their range includes 24hr, 48hr and 72hr overnight bags, wallets, laptop bags and iPod cases.

Inspired by Timeless, functional design classics, Want Les Essentiels de la Vie was conceived out of a want for premium quality leather goods to house the essential professional and personal products that we use in our modern everyday lives. It aims to create a balance between a traditional style and a modern compatibility. The brand’s core value, identified on its products by its ubiquitous gold and silver zipper, is to achieve unity through contrast.

The smallest overnight bag, Malpensa 24hr, is perfect for a night away and is available in six leather colours. It is made from 100% organic leather in Italy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,495.00
Availability: Buy Want Les Essentiels de la Vie  here

IT Clip

You’re in luck if you’re an avid bicycle rider and happen to always be in the need of bungee cords (I know I am). Use IT Clips to transform your old, punctured inner tubes into incredibly useful tie down straps. A fine example of upcycling done right.

“The IT (Inner Tube) Clips and IT Hooks allow you to reuse your old bicycle inner tubes as tie downs. This version fits mountain bike inner tubes from 1.5 in – 2.5 in. wide. As inner tubes deteriorate and break down, the IT Clips and IT Hooks allow them to be reused; it’s a great way to keep old inner tubes out of landfills. Cut your old inner tube and thread it through the clips as you would a strap through a buckle and latch the clips together; you determine the size you need.”

If these really catch on I can forsee entire bins of donated used bike tubes at bike shops and various establishments ready to be turned into these straps.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00
Availability: Buy IT Clip here

Hello Buddy Carr Skateboard

I won’t mess around with talk of deck size or trucks because, although important, it’s really the graphics that stand out on this skateboard. And, hey, no tears if you’re not a skateboarder, you can always wear the T-shirt.

Hello is a collaboration between California based skateboarder Buddy Carr and New York based graphic designer Antonio Carusone.

T-shirt (Color: Black, White): $22.00
Skateboard, Limited Edition of 100: $160.00

[via things i have seen]

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Availability: Buy Hello Buddy Carr Skateboard here

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Helvetica/Avant Garde Necklaces

These typeface necklaces remind me a little of these, obviously due to the same material and construction method. These are super cute and would be a nice gift for your favorite graphic designer friend for the upcoming holidays.

I’m way into Avant Garde and Herb Lubalin and his collaboration with Ralph Ginzburg, Avant Garde Magazine, for which the font was created.

Buy it here: Helvetica Necklace

Buy it here: Avant Garde Necklace

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Helvetica/Avant Garde Necklaces here

IDEA’s Micro Gem Headphones

While these might not be the most masculine-looking set of headphones, they do appear super light and comfortable and won’t fall out like standard iPod earbuds when you’re exercising, which you do no less than three times a week, right? Plus, the bead-like earpiece would all but disappear, and androgyny is in style nowadays, trust me.

Orange or Pink.
Packaging: Foil/Clear giftbag
Earphones ball diameter: 0.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Availability: Buy IDEA’s Micro Gem Headphones here