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  • Bowling Ball Ice Bucket


    For those who love bowling and champagne.

    $45 at Wrapables | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 10 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Bar Cart


    $120 at Urban Outfitters | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 09 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Paradise Lamp


    A hanging lamp crafted from cocktail umbrellas.

    $85 at Bright Lights Little City | Buy

    (13.5" W, 40.5" C, and 10" T)

    | Posted 06 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Dark Brown Bird Feeder


    $27 at Sprout Home | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 03 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Stellarscope Star Finder


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE He always wanted to be one of those guys who could look up at the night sky and tell constellation stories. Now you can help him out. The Stellarscope Star Finder helps you locate forty-two stars and seventy constellations. It comes with two star maps (one for each hemisphere), four latitude adapters, and a key-chain flashlight. You pack the picnic, he’ll narrate the stargazing.

    $39 at Flax Art and Design | Buy

    (10" long)

    | Posted 27 Jan, 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
  • Masters of the Universe Boxer Shorts


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE By the power of Gray Skull, buy him these boxers! They are 100 percent cotton and feature He-Man and Skeletor locked in battle. If he doesn’t love them, it may be because he’s dead inside.

    $12 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 27 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Talking Japanese Watches


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Press a button, and these big, bright watches tell the time in Japanese. They come in five colors and are very reasonably priced. Once he’s learned to tell time, he can turn his attention to mastering the sushi menu.

    $20 at fred flare | Buy

    | Posted 27 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Tam Aura Katy Concrete Ring


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Whether your love is an architect, a construction worker, or just a guy with keen fashion sense, this sterling silver and concrete ring is an uncommonly great gift. It’s strong and pretty, just like him.

    $70 at Mighty Flirt | Buy

    (1/4" wide)

    | Posted 27 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • AntWorks Space Age Ant Habitat


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE First space pens, then crunchy ice cream, and now an ant farm from the future! Astronauts get all the cool stuff. This setup was created by NASA for study of how well ants tunnel in microgravity. You can watch them tunnel in 3-D through the nutrient-rich gel, and you never have feed them or give them water. Ants are not included, though the package does come with a form that lets you order them by mail. It also comes with the case and gel, a magnifying glass, and an ant catching/tunnel starting pool. Now we have something to do while we wait for affordable personal jetpacks to come on the market.

    $20 at Think Geek | Buy

    (6.5"x 5.5"x 1.25")

    | Posted 25 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • One Dozen Custom Fortune Cookies


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Custom fortune cookies let you choose your fate. You get a dozen fortune cookies, each with a different fortune written by you. Present them as a package, or slip a few into your carryout order when your sweetie isn’t looking.

    $23 at Custom Fortune Cookies | Buy

    | Posted 25 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Exploding Dog’s Thinking of You


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Since 2000, Sam Brown has been publishing a collaborative art project online at Exploding Dog. Readers suggest titles, and Sam draws simple pictures to match. He’s especially keen on monsters and robots, and most of the drawings have a small, often humorous twist to them. (“We’re all gonna die.” is a good example.) Thinking of You is a limited-edition compilation, and includes 140 full-color pictures from over the years. You can also order a signed copy for $41.

    $36 at Exploding Dog | Buy

    ( 11" W, 8.5" H, .75" D)

    | Posted 25 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Rainbow Mini Photo Album Set


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE This album set contains six cloth-covered photo albums in a cloth-covered slipcase. Each album has room for twenty 4” x 6” photos. Buy the set, and fill each one with photos from a different trip or celebration you’ve shared. Or, just fill the first one, and leave the others free for future memories.

    $40 at MOMA Store | Buy

    ( Box, 7" H x 6" W x 6" D)

    | Posted 25 Jan, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Brown Block Stripe Crewneck Sweater


    This soft, lambswool sweater is so hot-guy-next-door.

    $69 at Karmaloop | Buy

    | Posted 20 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
  • Polished Antler Candlesticks


    Harvested from the rare aluminum reindeers of the Pacific Northwest.

    $44 at Velocity Art and Design | Buy

    (Small: H 14.5" x W 10.5", Large H 17" x W 10.5")

    | Posted 13 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
  • Ride ‘Em Cowboy 2006 Calendar


    2006 CALENDAR GUIDE Get ready for a year of folk-art wooden cowboys photographed in soft light. Wonder at their rugged intensity as they rope, ride, and square dance through the seasons.

    $13 at Buy Olympia | 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
  • Wall Text Museum Plaques


    STOCKING STUFFERS Your flat-screen TV? Now that’s a work of art.

    $10 at Ready Made Magazine | Buy

    | Posted 14 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Japanese Maple Bonsai Kit



    $9 at Freer and Sackler Galleries | Buy

    | Posted 09 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Red Robot Keyring


    STOCKING STUFFERS First we teach them how to drive cars, and the next thing you know they’re using human beings as an energy source. They grow up so fast.

    $15 at Conran Shop | Buy

    | Posted 09 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Contact Case



    $12 at MoMAstore | Buy

    | Posted 08 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Splash Lights


    STOCKING STUFFERS Soft waterproof lights to float in the bath, affix to a shower wall, or simply use in drawers or closets that need a little illumination. Each requires two AAA batteries.

    $10 at CB2 | Buy

    | Posted 08 Dec, 2005 by Margaret Mason

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