One of the best gifts I’ve ever received, especially since I’m a big fan of taking photos with slide film, is this wall-mounted slide light by SUCK UK. Their site may be a good place for our overseas readers to buy it, though for anyone in America I’d recommend going to Generate. Lots of clever and attractive gifts can be found there.

baby hand soap

Disturbing…but really interesting, wash yourself with baby hands…

From A+R Store


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Laptops get cold during the holidays too… Sweaters are recycled to protect laptops.

From The Post Family


Holiday Gift Guide Part VII

13 December 2008

Inspired by Christine’s heavily hyperlinked internet phone post, I thought I would share a few things on my gift list this year. Some of this is wishful thinking (what blog-induced gift list isn’t, really?) other things are by talented friends who just happen to be selling a thing or two.


1. Reclaimed Paper Sketchbooks by Papergeist
Matt Normand has been creating these amazing sketchbooks and planners from reclaimed office paper and found LP covers. Each is unique and assembled with equal measures of wit and care.

2. Prints by Lab Partners
Ryan Mies and Sarah Labeniec both deserve full posts here (in due time!) – their work is tight and somehow they manage to make these super classy prints on the side. Check out the blog, too.

3. Anything from Tas-Ka
Much like Kiosk, but a bit less ironic. Most of the items for sale at Tas-Ka are Dutch vintage finds.

4. “Feast” Cookbook from Lines and Shapes Magazine
Besides design books, I buy cookbooks more than any other type of book. Some are more essential than others, but when it comes down to it, few cookbooks are really personal. “Feast” special edition is slipcased, signed and hand-numbered; 300 copies available.

Internet Phone

Not too into the open mic situation when using Skype? Nostalgic for the good ole’ days of land lines? Inspired by all the free James Bond movies showing lately in the On Demand section of digital cable? This internet phone is the ideal present for your cyber-saavy friends with the gift of gab (also a famous musician)… and its the perfect blue (also a famous anime).


It’s for you! Listen, VOIP technology is super awesome, letting you use your computer to keep in touch. But we’ve got just the thing: the Internet Phone, an old school styled phone receiver that conveniently plugs into the 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks on your computer.

This item is available at Urban Outfitters.

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The Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically. Showcasing a vast selection from the Institute’s archives of skilled photographs depicting the clothing expertly displayed and arranged on custom-made mannequins, Fashion History is a fascinating excursion through the last three centuries of clothing trends. The KCI believes that “clothing is an essential manifestation of our very being” and their passion and dedication positively radiate from every page of this book. This special 25th anniversary edition has a chic new format: a boxed set of two volumes.

Available at the MOMA Design Store (Museum of Modern Art).


Published in: 2007
Pages: 720

Zeha Berlin Oxfords

For the men out there who dare to pick up clothing gifts for their female partner, the Zeha Berlin Oxfords are a beautifully designed classic. This is a mans oxford made for a woman. They have the feminine twist of gradient tone from grey into brown.

Imagine them with a Charles and Victoria draped pencil skirt, cotton wool blend tights and a geometric jacket by Naum. Accessorize with thick knitwear by Mischa Lampert so even the coolest winter day will feel cozy and bright.

You can purchase the Zeha Berlin Oxfords at LAMBSEAR Shoe Boutique in the hipster city Seattle for a significantly lower price than other boutiques.

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How many people do you know with laptops now? How many take care of them? Why not help them along with this unisex, modern, well-crafted and low profile laptop case. While you’re at it pick one of for yourself because the price is right AND so is the style. It is also a green product.

Designed by a Brooklyn up and comer, Fern Fiddle Head (also a food), this MacBook “envelope” is a nice alternative to the other foam-like designs out there. It is available on Etsy (if you do not know what Etsy is yet then please follow the link and check it out as it is pretty much one of the coolest and most innovative communities to happen in this decade).

About this product:


Made from a green wool
Lined with green cotton
Padded with cotton fill for extra softness
Closes with a black hemp string twisted around two brown buttons


Spot clean recommended but can be machine washed in cool water, air dry
Iron as needed


This envelope is very sturdy
Seams are reinforced for extra strength


A second generation of unique iPod (5G iPod Video and 6G iPod Classic) cases by Tinbot.

New music from ’08. Here are a few of my favorites.


artist | Lykke Li
album | Youth Novels
song | I’m Good, I’m Gone

band site, wiki, amazon


artist | The Black Angels
album | Directions To See A Ghost
song | You On The Run

band site, wiki, amazon


artist | The Sea and Cake
album | Car Alarm
song | Car Alarm

band site, wiki, amazon


artist | The Futureheads
album | This Is Not The World
song | Everything’s Changing Today

band site, wiki, amazon


artist | Skyphone
album | Avellaneda
song | All Is Wood

band site, wiki, amazon


artist | MGMT
album | Oracular Spectacular
song | Kids

band site, wiki, amazon


artist | The Knux
album | Remind Me In 3 Days…
song | Cappuccino

band site, wiki, amazon


artist | Friendly Fires
album | self-titled
song | On Board

band site, wiki, amazon