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Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus (Software)

This is something smart- especially for those of us that tend to think in a more visual way.

“The Visual Thesaurus is an amazing piece of software. It’s an interactive dictionary and thesaurus with an innovative display that encourages exploration and learning. You will understand language in an exciting new way. And it’s visually interesting, so you’ll never hesitate to look something up.
A great gift for wordsmiths and students of all ages.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $39
Availability: Buy Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus (Software) here

aluminum folding coat hanger

What will they think of next?

“Folding Coat Hanger helps keep the wrinkles away. No more folding your suit jacket or looking for that clear hook to hang it on. With this travel solution, you can arrive to the meeting looking as fresh as you did when you left home.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.95
Availability: Buy aluminum folding coat hanger here

Filson Luggage Collection

This luggage collection looks like it could belong to Indiana Jones. It’s both utilitarian and elegant, which is kind of hard to pull off, so it deserves consideration if you’re thinking about updating your traveling gear.

“This durable luggage collection is made with industrial-weight rugged twill that’s densely woven and soaked in paraffin wax. The result is a strong material that’s highly water repellent, even in arduous conditions. Brass fittings resist corrosion in fresh or salt water and full-grain, vegetable-tanned bridle leather provides comfortable, durable straps.”

100% cotton twill; paraffin wax coating; cowhide straps.

Canvas Duffle Bag, H 14″ W 25″ D 13″, $255

Canvas Padded Laptop Bag, H 14″ W 16.5″ D 7.5″, $275

Canvas Tote, H 14″ W 14″ D 6″, $98

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Purchase Information:

Price: $255
Availability: Buy Filson Luggage Collection here

ECO Pneumo Dry Sacks

These dry sacks are noteworthy for several reasons. First, they’re designed to keep your valuables and electronics dry, perfect for backpacking trips where rain could be involved. The sacks also feature an easy-to-open recycled aluminum valve on the side which twists open and closed to purge trapped air inside bag, helping to reduce bulk.

Most notably though, is the fact that it’s made sustainably:

  • Constructed with a non-dyed, single-coated bamboo fabric, these durable dry sacks will keep your gear dry and the world around you clean
  • Bamboo is a highly renewable resource that is easily grown without fertilizers and pesticides, resulting in far less impact on the environment
  • Pacific Outdoor Equipment purchases environmentally friendly wind power to offset the carbon created in the production of the sacks

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Availability: Buy ECO Pneumo Dry Sacks here

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Porcelain Memory Stick

“…a 1 GB memory stick in a handmade porcelain case featuring USB 2.0. The Porcelain Memory turns the traditional notion of a memory stick on its head and offers a hand crafted, beautifully glazed piece of technology in a non-tech body, and the presentation really shines when the operating LED starts glowing through the china.”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $125
Availability: Buy Porcelain Memory Stick here

Lucky Flask

This is a rather unique flask- perfect as a gift for anyone who appreciates a tall tale or a warm drink.

“At 3.5″ x 4.5″ x 1″ (7,5 x 11,5 x 2,5 cm) it holds enough Glenmorangie to warm your heart on a cold winter day…”

Purchase Information:

Price: $60
Availability: Buy Lucky Flask here

ZipZip USB Memory Brick

2 Gigs of storage hidden in a familiar childhood toy.

Colors: Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow

Purchase Information:

Price: $69
Availability: Buy ZipZip USB Memory Brick here

Tengu

This little desk mate, which lip syncs to music, is the next big thing in Japan and possibly your desk.

You can see it in action here.

“cute little USB creatures (think Tamagochi all over again) that you
plug into one of the many USB hubs you have sitting around, and when
Tengu picks up music, it starts to sing (or sync) along… Tengu has 7
different facial (hmpf) expressions that it uses to lip sync, that are
displayed in red LEDs over his white face”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.99
Availability: Buy Tengu here

The North Face Base Camp Duffel – Large

The North Face is one of very few logos that I can look out without getting an allergic reaction (anybody read Pattern Recognition by William Gibson?). This bag actually looks pretty sleek, which seems unlikely considering it’s a duffel coated with polyurethane, but there you go. It looks decent.

“Main compartment features a D-shaped zippered opening for high visibility of entire interior, plus an internal mesh pocket for organization; Shoulder straps with an alpine cut for comfortable, easy hauling as a backpack; Constructed of waterproof, tear-proof and abrasion-resistant 1000-denier polyester; coated with PVC on the inside and polyurethane on the outside.”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $120
Availability: Buy The North Face Base Camp Duffel – Large here

9 Volt Light by Richard Lawson

This is quite clever, and even though you might have seen it before, you might consider buying a few up for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers (if you’re already thinking about that sort of thing).

“Think of it as an exact replica of a 9-Volt battery made out of high powered LED’s. All you do is plug it onto the before-mentioned 9-Volt battery and voila, you have a modern day version of a candle.”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $25
Availability: Buy 9 Volt Light by Richard Lawson here

Exposed Bag

Cheeky shopping bag.
“Reveal your inner deviance with an X-ray look into your bag – featuring your usual cellphone, ipod and keys, alongside your not-so-usual Jack Daniels, brass knuckles and snub-nose revolver. Made of durable non-woven plastic fiber and available in a shoulder bag or grocery tote, it makes for an intriguing accessory for everyday use… unless, of course, you’re planning on any airline travel!”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Availability: Buy Exposed Bag here

F1 Carry-on Bottle Set

This would reduce all the bottle bulk that goes along with traveling with toiletries.

Set includes 7 empty travel sized bottles in a variety of sizes, all under 3oz. Packaged in a reusable transparent quart-size zip pouch.

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Puma Bento Box

I saw this in a store recently, and after a few moments of wondering what it was, I finally picked it up and opened it- much to my surprise, it’s actually a cute little container to hold lunches or snacks. Now, I’m not sure if ‘cute’ is a qualifier for your food containers, but it looks to be well designed and compact enough to fit comfortably within any bag. If anyone knows differently, please let us know.

“Designed to accomodate the working lifestyle, the collection re-addresses and re-organizes the needs and priorities of the working urbanite to provide greater relevance to their lifestyles.”


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World Traveler’s Plug Set

These make adapting your electrical devices look fun- maybe because they look kind of puzzle-ish?

“These five lightweight and compact adaptor plugs accommodate plug sizes in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Made of high-impact plastic. For use with electrical appliances that suit or are switchable to suit the foreign wall outlet voltage.”


Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy World Traveler’s Plug Set here

45 Nano Cases

Man, this is smart. It would be a great gift for your favorite nano-owner.

“45 NANO CASES are made from reclaimed cassette tapes rebuilt to fit your 1st and 2nd generation iPod nano.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $45
Availability: Buy 45 Nano Cases here

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