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Travelteq Travel Jacket

Clothing isn’t usually featured on BLTD, but this Travel Jacket from Travelteq deserves a mention. It’s a made from a navy blue light nylon and is reversible- one side has more distinguished pockets for a formal look while the other has stitched-on “sporty” pockets for casual outings. Both sides allow you to close the jacket either with a zipper or with buttons. One caveat, though, Travelteq is gauging interest before production, so, if you’d like to see it available for purchase, leave your email address on the product page and snag a lower price (โ‚ฌ 125) if it goes into production.


Purchase Information:

Price: โ‚ฌ250.00
Available from: Travelteq

Superhero Shoes

If you added your name to a petition or called your representatives yesterday to voice your opinion on SOPA, you deserve a pair of these lace on lightning bolts for participating in your government. See, sometimes it works. Actually, these little bolts are intended for little feet, but I’m sure you could make them look just as good on your own shoes, or ask the seller to prepare some scaled exactly to your size (though do be careful about not going overboard). Or you could just get some for your favorite kids.

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00 - 22.00
Available from: smallfly etsy shop

Wipe T-Shirt

With its three broad stripes, the Wipe T-Shirt has an eye-catching appeal to begin with, but there’s also a secret to the design. One of the stripes is actually a strip of microfiber cloth, the go-to remedy for wiping down dirty, finger-printed glasses and gadgets. You may get some strange looks wiping your phone on your chest, but the convenience makes it all worth it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: gnr8

Donna Wilson Scarves

If you’re still looking for a special gift for a quirky friend, you could do a heck of a lot worse than one of these scarves from Donna Wilson. Seriously, they’ll keep necks warm and get all sorts of smiles on the sidewalks- it’s a win/win all around.


Purchase Information:

Price: $83.00 - 90.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

MUJI Touchscreen Gloves

I’m a bit late in the game in posting these, as you’ve most likely seen them before, but it is MUJI and they are touchscreen gloves, so it’s better late than never. Plus, no doubt you’re in danger of a cold snap soon enough… so, protect your little fingers while you use your touchscreen device with these gloves (they have conductive material in the thumb and forefinger).

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: MUJI

Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans

I’m currently writing this with a hole in the crotch of my pants. I have three other pairs of pants suffering from the same condition, all from the result of riding my bicycle. Levi’s thinks they could help me with this. Recently launched is their Commuter series, a line of jeans with specific features for urban bicycle riders. Based on the 511 skinny fit jeans, they feature enhancements such as stretch fabric, a water-repellent & anti-odor finish, a built-in U-lock holster, a raised back to help with unwanted skin exposure in the riding position, a reinforced crotch gusset (yeah!),ร‚ย  and 3M reflectors for better night-time visibility.

Purchase Information:

Price: $$78.00
Availability: Buy Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans here

Source: Springwise

Geo/Metric Scarves and Pillows

Pattern! Geometrics! These cotton voile hand screened scarves by Thomaspaul are quite lovely, and available in four different colors (all shown below). Plus, if you wish to accessorize your home with the same geometric patterns, there’s also pillows. Happy days, yes?

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00 - 74.00
Available from: 2Modern

LINK x Hennie Haworth

Remember the LINK Furoshiki, the Japanese wrapping cloth that can also be a wall hanging, a scarf, etc.? Well, 100% of sales of that and the LINK x Hennie Haworth will go to Japanese Disaster Relief until the end of March.


Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy LINK x Hennie Haworth here

Infinity MPG Pullover and T-Shirt

I’m an all season bicyclist but I’m certainly looking forward to sunny rides soon, and seeing this new graphic from Threadless put a smile on my face. The original Infinity MPG t-shirt is green with white graphics, but a new updated version is available with bright reflective ink, turning bright white in the headlights of cars. Check out this video to see it in action. I wouldn’t trust it as the only means of night time visibility, but it certainly adds a cool style statement.


Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00
Available from: Threadless

Japanese Gardening Boots

Imagine if your wellies could fold up for storage, how much space would that save in your hall closet? A normal knee-high pair of boots takes up, what, at least 1-1.5 cubic feet of space? Flexible rubber enables these boots to be rolled up for storage, meaning more glorious room for other hall closet miscellany.


Purchase Information:

Price: ยฃ103.00
Available from: SCP

Merit Badges from Disorderly Goods

You’re never too old to give or receive a merit badge from Disorderly Goods. Have a think about if any of your friends or family (or even yourself) might deserve a little bit of recognition for any outstanding behavior and then choose the appropriate badge for commemoration. Or, go all-out and get the 16 pack for $92.50.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Available from: Disorderly Goods

Source: @supermarket

LINK Furoshiki

Furoshiki, which you might be familiar with, are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used for all sorts of things. This particular print seems particularly eye catching with its graphic red/white design, and while you could use it for wrapping a gift (or a wall hanging, or as a scarf, etc.) it seems like it would be a great gift all on its own.

Also, I found this site called which seem to specialize in the subject… the Animals White ($34) is a nice one, also Palace ($42).

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: PLASTICA

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: ยฃ19.99
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


Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Availability: Buy Julian Scarf by Wintercheck here

“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.


Purchase Information:

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