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Designed by Japanese designer Taku Satoh and sold at a charity market earlier this year to benefit victims of the 3.11 tsunami and earthquake, these beautiful pebble shaped wood seems like the perfect toy for little hands to stack and play.


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Mother London’s Christmas project is a hilarious take on psychic readings, promising tees with your personal psychic readings by celebrity LA-based psychic Lucinda Clare. All for just a £100 donation to Age UK.

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Vases present flowers as a one dimensional opbject, often obscuring the equally beautiful but oft over looked views, like the bottom and the back of the blooms. Giorgia Zanellato’s Narcisco Vases transform a single stalk of flowers into a kaleidoscopic work of art, allowing the viewer to appreciate the flowers from all angles, all at once.

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These A-frame spectacles designed by Ron Arad for PQ Eyewear fits any combination of face size and nose shape. Just simply slide up and down the width of the ‘A’ to customise the spectacles.

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LAYERxlayer has some drool-worthy ‘made-to-order’ canvas bags and pouches that I want to get my hands on rightaway. Starting at just USD59 for the Mineral pouch, this is one to go under my christmas tree.

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An ultra adorable Little Printer, designed by BERG, is meant to serve as an analog RSS feed, printing out news and updates from your own BERGcloud. Set to launch in 2012 with partners Arup, foursquare, Google, the Guardian, and Nike. Using the iPhone as a remote to the device, I am keen to see how well this is customisable to integrate with the current services that we are all using. (ahem, facebook, ahem).

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Handcrafted out of Vienna since 2003, KAIA designs lighting that is restrained and well-considered. We especially love the LEN range of gas lamps that looks like super chic chromed candles.

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These beautifully hand blown glass ornaments from Kiva Ford will make anyone’s Christmas tree magical.

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This is a modern classic porcelain vase with a little twist by the people at Front for moooi.

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This is so adorable and appropriate for my desk. I want/need/crave/lust one!

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Crafted out of a single piece of brass, this ballpoint from MINIMALUX is beautiful in all its subtleties.

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A simple leather coin pouch gold stamped with currency symbols makes the perfect Christmas gift for the special man in your life. Available for GBP15.00 at culturelabel.

 

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Falling Whistle is an online journal trumpeting for peace in Congo, and retails posters and these beautiful whistles as a source of funds for the project, as well as encouraging advocates to wear them loud and proud.

Falling Whistles gives a small window into our world’s largest war. Originally just a journal written about boys sent to the frontlines of war armed with only a whistle, readers forwarded it with the same kind of urgency in which it was written and demanded to know – what can we do?

The Falling Whistles campaign launched with a simple response – make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace in Congo. Read the story and buy the whistle. Together we partner with local leaders to advocate and rehabilitate for those affected by war. Share their story and speak up for them.

Together, we’ll become the voice of a growing coalition for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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I am a huge fan of twelve south, having used their BookArc for the longest time, and lusting over the BackPack and MagicWand. Their latest stroke of genius is also known as the PlugBug, a ‘parasitic’ device to latch onto your MacBook power brick and gives it an additional USB charger port for all your other iDevices. Yums!

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If the barrage of bag brands out there seem all too feminine for your butch taste, these offerings from Klein Tools are bound to appeal to the manly man in you. Made from heavy-duty canvas and rivet reinforced for durability, these bags, first designed to carry tools (heavy heavy tools) will do ok for your iPads and moisturisers. Finished off with leather handles and bases, there is no more excuse for lugging around that Crumpler anymore.

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Studio Dreimann rethinks the shoehorn and gives us a compact and a plain simple way to get into our shoes.

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Korean designer Minwoo Lee takes inspiration from traditional Korean tops and updates them with steel and solid ash wood.

 

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Brussels-based designer Marcial Ahsayane designed the most precious letterbox, which looks after and water its very own plant with a sloping roof. via Contemporist

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For the photography geek in all of us, the new Canon Lens Mugs are deliciously fun and strange and quirky and obvious, (or get them in Nikon Lens if that’s your ‘cup of tea’) from our best-photo-friends at Photojojo. Best part of it all? It is dishwasher safe!

 

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Wonderfully graphic, nordic inspired patterns and prints from Sanna Annukka of the recent Keane album fame. Is the Soul Bird not just perfect for Christmas gifting?

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