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  • Driveway Moments

    Driveway-moments

    The aptly named “Driveway Moments” is a two-CD collection of NPR’s greatest hits. Now you don’t have to wait in your car to hear how it ends.

    $19 at NPR Shop | Buy

    | Posted 12 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Water Buffalo Slim Card Case

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    A classic, quality solution for guys who hate wallet bulge. It has four credit card pockets and one multi-use pocket, and is made of water buffalo calfskin.

    $48 at Coach | Buy

    (4" L x 2 3/4" H)

    | Posted 12 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Emergency Preparedness Starter Kit

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    Disaster seems to be going around lately. Stay on the safe side with this American Red Cross kit that contains supplies for four people, including: gloves, ponchos, blanket, flashlight, snap lights, radio and batteries, adhesive and roll bandages, ointments, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, and a first aid guide. It also has a detailed list of recommended supplies not included in the Starter Kit, and $10 of every kit purchased through August 2006 is donated to the American Red Cross.

    $30 at Target | Buy

    | Posted 10 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Nate Berkus Wooden Cube Lamp

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    The Nate Berkus collection at Linens n’ Things has such a high-end look for the price. This wooden lamp with its linen shade, for example, is a steal.

    $50 at Linens N Things | Buy

    | Posted 07 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Sometimes Small Statements Make a Big Difference

    Sometimes-small-statements-make-a-big-difference

    In 2003, Downtown for Democracy brought together fourteen writers to read original works as a fundraiser for Democratic and progressive candidates. This unbound, boxed edition of those works is one of only 250 that exist, and it features all fourteen pieces hand-signed by the writers. It contains original fiction by Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Gary Indiana, Jhumpa Lahiri, Susan Sontag, and Colson Whitehead, as well an introduction by Jonathan Safran Foer, a poem by Joyce Carol Oates, and a scene from a new play by Wendy Wasserstein.

    $250 at Downtown for Democracy | Buy

    | Posted 05 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Bacon of the Month Club

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    Oh, my friends. Is there a more hedonistic gift than the gift of bacon? That is, the monthly gift of bacon? Delivered to your door by women in Playboy bunny costumes! OK that last bit isn’t true, but that would be just about the only thing that could make this better.

    $190 at The Grateful Palate | Buy

    (For a six-month subscription.)

    | Posted 05 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • LED Colored Lights Watch

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    The twelve large LED lights display the hours, and 60 smaller lights indicate the minutes. It looks cool and offers instant proof that low-level math doesn’t hurt your head.

    $275 at MOMA Store | Buy

    | Posted 04 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Pocket Penguins Boxed Set

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    ON SALE Penguin is celebrating its 70th birthday with this boxed set of Pocket Penguins. The collection includes works by, well, seventy different authors, including: Nick Hornby, Albert Camus, Roald Dahl, Jonathan Safran Foer, Homer, Paul Theroux, Anais Nin, Anne Frank, James Kelman, George Orwell, Michael Moore, Sigmund Freud, Hunter S. Thompson, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, Zadie Smith, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Melissa Bank, Truman Capote, Dave Eggers, John Steinbeck and Alain de Botton. (While the sale lasts, your discount will be taken at checkout.)

    $122 at Amazon UK | Buy

    (Regularly $184. Price converted from pounds.)

    | Posted 03 Oct, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Colour of the Day

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    Deciding what to wear each day is exhausting, but designer Johanna Balusikova has taken the problem out of your hands. Her Colour of the Day Project surveyed 75 creative types, asking what color they associated with each day of the week. She made the winning colors into a set of seven T-shirts, which you can purchase from her site. But red for Wednesday? Come on.

    $121 at Typotheque | Buy

    (Price based on exchange rate as of press time.)

    | Posted 28 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • BBQ Toolbox

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    Know any dedicated carnivores? This reader-recommended BBQ Toolbox includes a stainless steel barbeque turner with serrated edge, a basting brush, long tongs, and grill brush, a grill mitt, hamburger rub, hot sauce, a grill lighter, and a bottle-top basting brush.

    $95 at Dina Bean | Buy

    | Posted 27 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Tumi Flow Expandable Messenger Bag

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    A big bag with simple lines. It features removable padded sleeve for your laptop, lots of pockets, and an expandable main compartment, so you can use it as a mini duffle bag when the occasion arises.

    $175 at Luggage Online | Buy

    (Sold out.)

    | Posted 26 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Brown Zip Front Crew

    Brown-zip-front-crew

    This 100 percent cotton-knit crewneck sweatshirt comes in light grey, brown, and black.

    $84 at Chocosho | Buy

    | Posted 26 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Kangol Herringbone Cap

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    Just promise me you won’t bust out the knickers.

    $40 at Nordstrom | Buy

    | Posted 23 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Hamsa Mezuzah

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    Bless your home with this utterly un-ugly silver mezuzah. It’s handmade in Tel Aviv by designer Shirley Lev, and includes the scroll and hardware to mount it on your doorframe.

    $130 at Uncommon Goods | Buy

    ( 5"H x 1.75"W x .75"D)

    | Posted 19 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Safari Chef Portable Grill

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    The Safari Chef is my new favorite camping gizmo. It’s a lightweight stove, grill, non-stick griddle, wok, and boiling pan in one. Everything stacks up nice and neat, and zips into a small carrying bag. My sister in law gave us one for Christmas, and now a few of our friends have bought their own after using ours. For portability and versatility, I prefer it to our two-burner Coleman stove. Not built for backpacking, but great for everything else.

    $80 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 19 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Megazooka

    Megazooka

    A superior cube toy, or hours of fun for the preteens, megazookas shoot a strong blast of air up to 20 feet. No batteries or electricity required. It’s sort of like a squirt gun, or rather a supersoaker, but for winter.

    $25 at Think Geek | Buy

    (17" x 15" by 11" assembled)

    | Posted 16 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Keypod

    Keypod

    You’re funding the locksmith’s summer vacations, and you’ve spent way too much time sulking on the porch. Use a key safe to attach a key to your car, or a safe place outdoors. Now you just have to remember the combination.

    $36 at Extreme Horizon | Buy

    (Price converted from pounds.)

    | Posted 16 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Snap to It

    Snap-to-it

    QUICK PICK

    $30 at Kenneth Cole | Buy

    | Posted 15 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Customized Playing Cards

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    Choose whatever photo you like for the back of these playing cards. They come packaged in a tin, so you just add a bow.

    $27 at Image Station | Buy

    (2.5"x3.5")

    | Posted 13 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Travel Scrabble

    Travel-scrabble

    We went camping recently, and friends brought along this handy travel-Scrabble game, so we could play by the campfire. The tiles snap into their racks, and the ridges on the board are deeper, so you can even play while you’re in transit. Plus, it’s itty bitty, so you can slip it right into your backpack and still have room for the Scrabble Dictionary. Nerd.

    $25 at Flight 001 | Buy

    (6.5" X 10.5" X 2.25" (closed)

    | Posted 13 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Vocal Smoke Alarm

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    This smoke alarm lets you record a message in your own voice, using your kids’ names. You can call to them, or provide instructions in your own voice. When the detector senses smoke, it sounds an alarm, plays your message loudly, and switches on a bright light. Extra-annoying when you burn the toast, but a potential life-saver when it wakes your deepest sleeper in a fire.

    $70 at Smart Home | Buy

    | Posted 13 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Monkey Straw

    Monkey-straw

    Sterling silver monkey straw! Am I kidding? Only I know for sure.

    $155 at Tiffany & Co. | Buy

    | Posted 13 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • iPod Nano

    Ipod-nano

    It can store 1,000 songs, and it’s wee-tiny. For a limited time, the Apple Store is offering free engraving and shipping.

    $249 at Apple Store | Buy

    | Posted 09 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Cordster

    Cordster

    A doodad that attaches to the back of your iPod and stores your headphones in a neat coil. You can leave it on or remove it at whim, because it’s attached with extra-strength Velcro. The Velcro itself attaches with a rubber adhesive, which the manufacturer claims will come off without leaving any kind of mark.

    $5 at Cordster | Buy

    | Posted 09 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Stainless Steel Men’s Bracelet

    Stainless-steel-men-s-bracelet

    QUICK PICK

    $95 at Mondera | Buy

    | Posted 09 Sep, 2005 by Margaret Mason

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