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iPad Air sleeve by A.M. Ideas

Offset your super hi-tech gadgets with a little sustainably produced, hand-sculpted rush grass. Huh? Yep, it’s an iPad Air Sleeve, and there’s iPhone 6s Pouch too. A microfibre lining keeps those metal and glass devices safe while the rush grass gives you a natural yet durable exterior. Talk about high contrast, eh?
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Price: $68.00 - 125.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

Pumice Stones

Umm, how odd and sort of wonderful are these Pumice Stones from Fredericks and Mae? Let’s just appreciate how combining two tools in one is clever, and also how this combination makes it more sculptural and special. Use one to help clean, shave, exfoliate, etc., and note how one would look perfectly at home left out on a ledge or countertop (artfully arranged with your other things, of course).
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Price: $36.00
Available from: Fredericks and Mae

The Lomo’Instant Automat Camera

In the days of digital everything, it’s pretty fun to mess around with instant cameras, don’t you think? Lomography has a new Instant Automat Camera over on Kickstarter and it packs all the punches you’d want. Auto adjustment on shutter speed, aperture, and flash output means you can take cool shots quick and easy. There’s a few creative features for a little more photo magic. Of course, seeing your images develop right before your eyes is the best part- a printed photo is sooo much better than a digital one buried in your photo stream, right? Back the project over at Kickstarter, or visit Lomography.
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Price: $135.00
Available from: Lomography

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. (Back in stock!)
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier

I know, I know, a block of wood with some strange carvings won’t make much sense until you pair the title with the picture. It’s the Pivot Koostik Passive Amplifier, and it does just what it says- it passively amplifies sound on your iPhone. Two channels allow you to set your phone in either landscape or portrait mode, and you can customize the face. Might be a fun gift to give, right?
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Price: $79.99
Available from: Koostik

Walnut Cable Manager

Why do you need a walnut, puck-shaped thingamajig? Well, it’ll keep your charging cords and cables it place, so you can avoid crawling around on your hands and knees behind/beside your desk/sofa/bed every time one slips away. Remove the magnetic base, snake cables through the channel, pop the base back on, flip it over, and all your cords are tidy and secure.
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Price: $24.95
Available from: CB2

Bike Speaker, Blue

Bike speakers are certainly a popular thing nowadays, aren’t they? This one is similar to the Soundflex Bluetooth Speaker, but at a lower price point. Not a bicyclist? You could also hang this around a shower head for your morning playlist. Its battery charges via USB and it has a wireless range up to 10 meters.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Leather Desk Mouse Pad

This Leather Desk Mouse Pad has come to your rescue, because it doubles as a carrying case for your iPad, mouse, and power cords. That’s right, carry your stuff around in it, then empty it out for a mouse pad. You’ll never be looking around for a mouse pad stand-in again. An embossed ruler across the side is there for reference whenever you might need.
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Price: $99.95
Available from: CB2

AC002 Jewel Box

Fair warning, you won’t like the price of this jewelry box. However, it’s very notable for its beauty and organizational efficiency. Three circular components stack on top of one another, with each layer having concentric, curved dips where items may be placed. No tangled mess of watches, earrings and necklaces here- everything will be laid out and easily accessible. A lid on top keeps dust from your valuables. (Also, for a less expensive option, do take a look at the Box Modular Jewelry Container.)
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Price: $670.00
Available from: Wallpaper

Minimalist Zip Folio

This folio beats the pants off of any other folio. It’s made of vegan leather (score!) and has a roomy zippered compartment that perfectly fits a 13″ laptop or iPad. One outside pocket gives you space for other necessities while still keeping its tailored, slim profile. Lack of decoration suits all genders; choose between gray, navy or cream. And, best of all, looking smart with this folio under your arm won’t cost a fortune.
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Price: $68.00
Available from: Poketo

Unseen Backpack

Do you want a special sort of backpack? This one by The Unseen Emporium transforms from black to vivid colors in response to fluctuations in air pressure. A little reptilian, no? Of course, a bit of magic is involved- or science, if you prefer the truer explanation- and will have others doing double takes as they catch your bag changing color.
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Price: $1,450.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Soundflex Bluetooth Speaker

Do you need an inexpensive bluetooth speaker? This one has a flexible arm that lets you hang or clip it practically anywhere, which is oh-so-convenient if you’re always on the go. Hang it on your bike or bag and take off on your everyday adventures. The lower price tag means you don’t need to freak out if it gets some sand on it or a scratch or two (remember, it’s a speaker, not a precious little kitten). It’s water-resistant and USB rechargeable (cable included), and has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

DriStore Bags

Raise your hand if you like using plastic bags to protect and organize your gear. If so, maybe you’re ready to upgrade from disposable food bags to the DriStore Bags. The triple-polymer film is rugged and touchscreen compatible, while the IPX8-rated seal is airtight and waterproof to 10 meters. Whether you’re traveling to work in a downpour or to an exotic location clear across the world, put your devices, papers, matches, etc., inside these bags and know your stuff will remain safe and dry (and organized).
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Best Made

Phosphor Bronze Circle Keychain Bottle Opener

Another keychain bottle opener… no big deal except for this one is elegant. Surprised? Yeah, me too. The circular design incorporates a bottle opener without visually screaming ‘I LOVE TO DRINK BEERS!’ at everyone. Instead, it says confidently, ‘I am prepared for opening all manner of bottles.’ Just the kind of keychain bottle opener we all could use.
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Price: $39.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Hinza Tote

You know what’s fun? Colorful, recycled, polyethylene totes that are very sturdy, because you can lug them around everywhere and not worry about messing them up. Take it to the beach, the grocery store, your local garden nursery, attach it to your bike, use it for kids toys, fill it with ice to cool down drinks, etc… it’s a multipurpose tote that won’t crumple no matter what you throw in it. You’ll be happy to know that the green totes are made of sugar cane, which is super environmentally friendly (and a little more expensive).
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Price: $34.00 - 50.00
Available from: Plastica