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  • Airyusha Robotan Toilet Paper Holder


    Talk about robot butler. This little robot head screws into your bathroom wall and dispenses toilet paper out of his mouth. It’s made of ceramic and comes with a roll of toilet paper.

    $35 at Audio Cubes | Buy

    (Available in black, white, yellow or red.)

    | Posted 08 Apr, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones


    Yes, all of us know that iPod headphones are crappy. Several of my friends have solved the problem by buying a pair of these babies, and now all of them are evangelists. One of them read that, when you’re wearing them, you feel as though the music would come out of your mouth if you opened it. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    $165 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 07 Apr, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Organic Cocoa Surface Graphic


    These adhesive shapes peel off and stick to your walls in whatever pattern you choose. Much easier than spending days covered in wallpaper glue, and a potentially more dramatic result. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but these cellular ovals are pleasantly versatile. Each package comes with eight 16” or 7” decals. In the photo pictured, they’ve mixed both sizes.

    $37 at Sprout Home | Buy

    | Posted 06 Apr, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Anything Fun Is Wrong


    QUICK PICK, blank journal.

    $11 at Buy Olympia | Buy

    (5" x 8.5")

    | Posted 05 Apr, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Chutes T-shirt


    T-shirt designers agree, conflict is best viewed from afar. Military maneuvers can be so darn pretty from a distance. These lazy parachuters float through distinctly unfriendly skies as a fighter jet awaits.

    $24 at Karmaloop | Buy

    | Posted 05 Apr, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Sea Vase


    $88 at Fly-Bird | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 04 Apr, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • TV-B-Gone Keychain Remote Control


    TV-B-Gone is a control-freak dream device. This mini-remote turns off almost any television without harming it. An amusing gift for those who prefer conversation to a “Three’s Company” rerun.

    $15 at Target | Buy

    ( 2-1/2Lx2W".)

    | Posted 01 Apr, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Good Earth Teas


    Tuck a few Good Earth teabags in your purse and you’ll never have to submit to the indignity of Lipton again. Their original Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Blend, is like a chai without all the calories and prep work. It also makes a feisty, satisfying iced tea. Their Green Tea Blend includes lemon grass, which gives it a mild tang.

    $3 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 01 Apr, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Geishas Pillow


    Seems like I come across a new crazy-expensive-pillows site every day. This one is a silk-wool blend stuffed with down. The sweet geishas are printed on the front and back.

    $77 at Fly-Bird | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Scrabble Cuff Links



    $64 at Uncommon Goods | Buy

    (Silver and Scrabble. .6"x.6")

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Picnic Service Set


    Stow service for eight right next to your spare tire. This colorful basket contains plastic plates, bowls, cups, and flatware; you add the corkscrew. Tuck it in your trunk and you’re ready for roadside wine and cheese whenever the weather permits.

    $36 at Target | Buy

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Boostaroo


    The Boostaroo is a portable amplifier and splitter that works with MP3 players, DVDs, laptops, Gameboys, or portable TVs. It can give you 100 percent volume kick and lets you share any device with up to three people.

    $25 at Think Geek | Buy

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Girl Scout Cookies


    When I moved to a big city, it never occurred to me that I’d be sacrificing my Girl Scout cookies. The wee green ones don’t come to my door or stake out the grocery stores I frequent. My cupboards are cookie-free, and I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms. The Girl Scouts don’t sell cookies online, but I did find a site where you can download a mail-order form and have Lemon Cremes delivered direct to your door. You have until the end of April to stuff your freezer with Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel deLites before the cookies disappear for another year. Stock up.

    $4 at Girl Scouts, Patriots' Trail Council | Buy

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Confederacy of Dunces


    John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 and never saw the publication of his novel. Confederacy of Dunces is a hilarious and tragic book that explores the life of decidedly unlikable Ignatius J. Reilly. Excerpts: “Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty. I doubt whether you know that St. Cassian of Imola was stabbed to death by his students with their styli…Pray to him, you deluded fool, you ‘anyone for tennis?’ golf-playing, cocktail-quaffing, pseudo-pedant.” “Santa, honey, that’s a sweet little Blessed Virgin you got on top that TV,” Mrs. Reilly said. …Santa said, “Ain’t it nice, though? It’s a little Our Lady of the Television. It’s got a suction cup base so I don’t knock it over when I’m banging around in the kitchen. I bought it by Lenny’s” “Lenny’s got everything,” Mrs. Reilly said. “It looks like it’s made outta nice plastic, too. Don’t break.” “My mentality, uncontrollable and wanton as always, whispered to me a scheme so magnificent and daring that I shrank from the very thought of what I was hearing. “Stop! I cried imploringly my godlike mind. ‘This is madness!’”

    $11 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Retro Bullet Planter


    For years I’ve been covetous of my friend’s 1950s bullet planter, and now I can have a shiny new one all for myself. It’s made of fiberglass and steel, and it beats the heck out of terra cotta. I like it in white with a tall succulent or unusual tropical flowers. Scoot one into that weird bare corner in your apartment, and make yourself a martini.

    $140 at Fly-Bird | Buy

    ( Bowl 15.75"d Stand 22.75"h)

    | Posted 25 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Track Top Jacket in Mushroom



    $79 at Ben Sherman | Buy

    | Posted 16 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Vacu Vin


    Vacu Vin is a set of rubber stoppers and a mini pump that seals an open bottle of wine and then lets you pump most of the air out. We use ours constantly. Just pop the bottle in your fridge, and it’ll keep for three or four days. Perfect for those who like to have a glass of wine with dinner, but hate to waste a whole bottle. The only drawback is that it elimiates your excuse for drinking the entire bottle.

    $13 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 15 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Braun WK200 Electric Water Kettle


    For people who could use a nice, soothing cup of tea, right bloody now. First, consider herbal. Then pick up a Braun Electric Water Kettle. The water comes to a boil in about a minute, and the carafe has no cord attached so it feels like a regular kettle. It turns off automatically when you remove it from the base, so you never have to worry about waking up to a melted mass of plastic. Also, unlike most electric kettles, it’s not ugly. Pick one up and celebrate with an instant-soup dinner party. Thanks Sara!

    $60 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 15 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Airplane Luggage Tags



    $20 at Uncommon Goods | Buy

    | Posted 11 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • June Taylor Jams


    Heather can’t stop raving about June Taylor Jams. She mentions them whenever we see each other, and she sent me this note: “June Taylor has a booth on Saturday morning down at the farmers market where you can taste them all… Heaven in a spoon. I have three jars at home that you’re welcome to sample: Apricot, Pluot and Lavender and Rhubarb. All so good you might want to skip the toast and butter.” She’s right. So good, they make your tastebuds hurt.

    $11 at June Taylor Jams | Buy

    (Prices vary, $25 minimum.)

    | Posted 10 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Adjustable Measuring Spoons


    I love to bake, but I do tend to use every bowl, spoon and measuring device in the kitchen. These adjustable measuring spoons come highly recommended by Maggi, a loyal reader. Since they’d cut my cleanup time in half, I’m willing to give them a go. It’s a three-piece set with adjustable teaspoon, tablespoon, and 1/2 cup scoop. Now make me some cookies.

    $22 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 10 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Billy Kirk Leather Cuff



    $75 at Henry and Lulu | Buy

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Troy Ice Bucket



    $25 at Crate and Barrel | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Scoop Nickel Clock


    $40 at CB2 | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Egg Cups


    $5 at Plastica | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 by Margaret Mason

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