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  • Persona Business Card Holder


    Stainless steel, holds about eight cards on each side.

    $40 at Junro | Buy

    (3.75" x 2.25")

    | Posted 01 Mar, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Lotta Jansdotter: 30 Postcards Boxed Set


    If you consistently fail at sending birthday cards or thank you notes on time, consider keeping a set of these minimalist postcards on hand. Purchase a roll of postcard stamps at the same time, and you’ve got a fighting chance. They come in a pretty wooden box, so pop a bow on one and you have a nice pre-wrapped gift.

    $16 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 28 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • World Time Clock


    The best designers take elaborate concepts and express them simply. This clock makes me want to find Charlotte Van Der Waals so I can pet her pretty, pretty brain. To read the time in a particular time zone, you just roll the World Time Clock until the correct city is on top. (Each city represents one of the 24 global time zones.) Easy as pie, even with jet lag and a mean mini-bottle hangover.

    $75 at Junro | Buy

    | Posted 24 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Mighty Leaf Tea Sampler


    Delicious! When I admitted to being a tea freak, a bunch of my readers (most notably, Elise) sent notes urging us to post about Mighty Leaf Teas. I feel silly to have forgotten about Mighty Leaf for so long, because they’re an old favorite. Mighty Leaf packs tasty, whole-leaf tea into convenient, silky tea bags. (Most other tea bags are filled with crushed, bitter leaf flakes that are practically undrinkable.) This sampler gives your favorite tea snob 108 moments of peace, and many of the teas are even better on second brewing. Includes: Breakfast Americana, Earl Gold, Vanilla Bean, Orange Jasmine, Marrakesh Mint, Green Tea Tropical, African Nectar, Chamomile Citrus, and Mint Melange. (If you want the tea, but don’t need the pretty box and menu, you can purchase a refill box for only $54.)

    $95 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 21 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Moderno Leather Journal


    $27 at Kate's Paperie | Buy

    (5" x 7")

    | Posted 21 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Lodis Messenger Bag


    An elegant black leather messenger bag with colorful pocket detailing on the back. Classic, but with a little bitta flash. Comes with blue or orange pockets.

    $175 at Nordstrom | Buy

    (Item no longer available.)

    | Posted 16 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Tealight Bubble


    $28 at Ona | Buy

    (4.7" D, 3.9" H)

    | Posted 07 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Lumen


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE The best mood lighting money can buy. Lumen is a stainless steel “shadow projector,” which is fancy talk for a little metal tree illuminated by an oil lamp. Still, the result is awful purty. The shadow gets larger the farther you move it from the wall.

    $48 at Elsewares | Buy

    | Posted 27 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Ohto Tasche Fountain Pen


    This slim fountain pen will make you feel fastidious. The cap lets you carry it with you.

    $20 at Jet Pens | Buy

    (10.2 cm long when closed, 10 cm long when used by itself, and 14.7 cm when used with the cap on)

    | Posted 17 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Pocket Scrabble


    True, you’ll need a couple pairs of tweezers to play, but it’s the smallest Scrabble on record. The pieces are magnetic so you have a fighting chance.

    $34 at Flight 001 | Buy

    (7" X 3.75" X 1")

    | Posted 12 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Mental Floss Magazine


    Awhile ago, we linked to the Mental Floss book, saying that the Mental Floss team makes “art, literature, and science accessible without being condescending.” The magazine is the same thing, but you get it every two months. Fun reading for smart people, and we do love smart people.

    $22 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 09 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Table Topics


    These clear acrylic cubes contain question cards to keep conversation lively. Choose from the Original, Teen, or Family versions, and you’ll never have to suffer through an uncomfortable silence again.

    $24 at Uncommon Goods | Buy

    | Posted 03 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Page-A-Day Origami Calendar


    2006 CALENDAR GUIDE A desk calendar that introduces a bit of relaxation and fun into your workday. The designs get harder as the days go by, but by year’s end, you’ll have a drawer full of boats, planes, frogs, and party hats. Comes with a 16-page instructional booklet to help things along.

    $12 at Flax Art and Design | Buy

    | Posted 19 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Exquisite Creatures: The Insect Art of Christopher Marley


    2006 CALENDAR GUIDE Plainly put, Christopher Marley uses dead bugs to make art. The result is kaleidoscopic and engrossing. It will remind you of hunkering in the grass as a kid, watching beetles trundle along.

    $14 at Pomegranate Communications | Buy

    | Posted 19 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Japanese Woodblocks


    2006 CALENDAR GUIDE Spare, bright woodblock prints offer inspiration for artistic sorts. When the year’s over, you can use the colorful pages to wrap small presents or make gift cards.

    $13 at All Posters | Buy

    | Posted 19 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • The Official Scrabble Calendar 2006


    2006 CALENDAR GUIDE A year of puzzles to help you master your game.

    $9 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 19 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Flowers in a Can


    Just pop the top and water, the seeds are already planted.

    $10 at Mousse Shop | Buy

    | Posted 15 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Japanese Maple Bonsai Kit



    $9 at Freer and Sackler Galleries | Buy

    | Posted 09 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • iTrip FM Transmitter for Dockable iPods


    When you can only get one radio station, it’s bound to be Dixieland Jazz. Reclaim your radio with this FM transmitter that lets you play an iPod through the car speakers.

    $30 at Target | Buy

    | Posted 06 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Marshmallow Shooter


    This gun holds 20 mini marshmallows for rapid-fire up to 30 feet. What a shame there aren’t any dogs in the office.

    $15 at | Buy

    | Posted 01 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Sterling Silver Money Clip


    $35 at Target | Buy

    | Posted 28 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Titanium Money Clip


    $25 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 28 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Atlas Maior


    You can’t even wrench the laminated Streetwise map away from him, so you know he’ll love this. Prepare yourself for weeks of, “Honey, come check this out!” First published in 1665, Atlas Maior was created by renowned cartographer Joan Blaeu, and is considered the most comprehensive baroque atlas. It covers Arctica, Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, and stands as a master work in mapmaking. This hardcover copy was created from the National Library of Vienna’s complete, colored, gold-heightened copy, and features an introduction by Peter van der Krogt that offers in-depth descriptions of the maps.

    $200 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Altec Lansing im7 Portable Audio System for iPod


    This attractive portable speaker system is about the size of an old-school boom box, and is compatible with 3G, 4G iPod Photo, and iPod Mini. It takes batteries or plugs into the wall, and has a remote control. It even recharges your iPod while it’s docked.

    $204 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Poker Set



    $35 at Crate and Barrel | Buy

    (Regularly $50.)

    | Posted 17 Nov, 2005 by Margaret Mason

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