PERSONAL

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”

[posted by kris ]

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.”

[posted by katie]

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.”

[posted by katie]

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!”

[posted by kris]

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.

[posted by katie]

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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Colin’s Traveling Bag

Nice look and could go anywhere with you…

“The shape of the bag allows the carrier to store not just the laptop, and all things work related – but also everything you need for a new outfit. All that without being overly clunky or disproportionate or, you know, just plain weird looking… To top it all of, the bag has a subtle and gorgeous green stitching and the interior sports a turquoise lining (not unlike the bespoke suits from Savile Row…) that adds a little dash of flash that is only visible when the bag is opened, to an otherwise beautiful and understated bag.”

Size: 23.5″ x 14″ x 4,5″ (59 x 36 x 11 cm)

Purchase Information:

Price: $620.00
Availability: Buy Colin’s Traveling Bag here

DIY hand sanitizer

When you’re traveling, anti-bacterial hand washes are great to have because more often than not, you’re eating on the run. My good friend D. over at Less is More Balanced has come up with a recipe to make your own hand sanitizer which not only smells amazing and really works, but also is a genius way to keep all those little bottles out of the landfills.

Make a solution of 60% of alcohol and 40% distilled water and then add a dash of your favorite essential oil. Peppermint smells amazing, but I’m sure any oil would work just as well. Since it is liquid, you will want to put it in an atomizer or spray bottle (I like the one’s sold by Muji) because that will make application easier.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy DIY hand sanitizer here

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Bull Denim Woven Cotton Cities Bag

I’m sort of addicted to cotton totes. I like the Helvetica city list, and more importantly, you can be one less person contributing to the large number of bags (somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year according to National Geographic) going into landfills.

100% Cotton Canvas construction
Reinforced tacks at double handle
Print of major cities on both sides
Approximately 16-1/2” x 15-1/2” (41.9cm x 39.37cm)

By the way, today is the first of a series devoted to green topics, thanks to Blog Action Day.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Bull Denim Woven Cotton Cities Bag here

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Hideo Trolley/Luggage

All three of these would be completely suitable to be seen with while jet-setting. I especially like the white with the mirror finish, though I don’t know how it would look after a few trips…all three feature functional innovations such as ABS shell, for lightweight supreme protection, and silent moving soft wheels.

(on right)Shown in Orange- Hideo Wakamatsu Mirror Finish 20″ carry-on trolley. Zipper closure. 10lbs., $210, 13in X 20in X 9in.

(middle) Shown in Blue- Hideo Wakamatsu 20” carry-on sized trolley from their Wave collection. Interior features mesh organizing panel with zippered pockets. Combination lock. $210,14.5in X 20in X 8in.

(on left) Shown in White- Hideo Wakamatsu Mirror Finish 26 ” check in trolley. Large capacity trolley features…smooth magnetic locks, [and] a “top spin” to allow tilt pull. 15lbs. $300,18in X 26in X 9in.
[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $210-$300
Availability: Buy Hideo Trolley/Luggage here

flos apollo

The Flos Apollo by Marc Newson.

“Beautifully machined from solid aluminum bar stock, the apollo is a perfect addition to your design orientated life-style. Stylish yet durable…. the ultimate in hand-held lighting. Includes an orange plastic case and leather strap.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $100
Availability: Buy flos apollo here