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  • Turbo Charge


    A battery powered cell phone charger that runs on one AA battery. You choose the adapter, or buy a kit that comes with several options.

    $30 at Turbo Charge | Buy

    | Posted 30 May, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Rhodia Mouse Pad Paper Pad


    This is one of those ideas that was already on the tip of everybody’s brains: A mouse pad comprised of thirty sheets of graph paper. Thanks for the tip, Laurie!

    $7 at Vickery | Buy

    (7.5" x 9")

    | Posted 11 May, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • The “Design Your Own Card” Card


    The site may not be pretty, but the easy-to-use templates and many splendored graphic options (upload your own image or dip into the vast clipart collection, which offers everything from “Unicellular Animals” to “Civil War Leaders”) allow you create delicious calling cards, invites, and rubber stamps at sweet, sweet prices. And it all arrives at your door with startling promptness.
    ?Guest posted by Evany Thomas

    $30 at Design Your Own Card | Buy

    (Price reflects order of 500 business cards.)

    | Posted 03 May, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Bottle Cap Tripod


    This tripod screw affixed to a bottle cap lets you turn bottles into tripods when you’re on the road. Fits bottles with 28.5 to 30.5 mm diameter.

    $20 at Semson's and Co. | Buy

    | Posted 05 Apr, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Snacks on the Run Gift


    All the kids love a good snack. The twelve tins in Dean and Deluca’s box of treats includes dark chocolate orange peel, rum cordials, kona beans, milk chocolate caramels; German berries, chocolate mints, licorice and sanded fruit salad; smoked almonds, pistachios, cashews and mixed nuts.

    $75 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 28 Mar, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • 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

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