Got a design geek in your life? Haven’t found the right gift just yet? Never fear – we’ve got a range of recommended presents that run from minimalist glass jars to a bell jar lamp-terrarium combo. Read – and shop – ahead!
Unzipped glass zipper bag
A temporary item becomes a functional and contemporary art piece in this glass homage to the zippered bag. Perfect for holding just about everything – just like its disposable muse. Hand blown in China, and available online at uncommongoods.com.
We were so pleased to discover a matte black oilcloth designed to be written on with chalk, and wiped off. This kitchen table covering will stand up to all sorts of art projects. It’s available at bellocchio.com for $16.50/yard.
LED motherboard tree
Made from a computer motherboard, this little tree is a happy holiday decoration for an office worker’s desk, a classroom, a hospital room, or any other place that could use a bit of cheering up without any fuss. Unwrap the included 9-volt battery and just slide the tree onto it. Sixteen red LEDs strobe from top to bottom. The whole thing stands roughly 8″ (20 cm) high. Buy online at curiocityonline.com.
Rasymotto teapot at Marimekko
Sami Ruotsalainen designed this teapot as part of the Oiva dinnerware collection. The clean lines and serene character are inspired by Japanese design. Made with porcelain, this three-piece teapot has a natural wood handle for pouring. Available at marimekko.com.
A clock that tells time in words. It has a quadratic matrix of letters, where some of the letters are illuminated. The time is displayed as text in five minute intervals. If you need to have a more exact time, look in the corner at the illuminated dots. QLOCKTWO has a brightness sensor; with its help the illuminating power of the letters is automatically adjusted. Buy online at store.biegertfunk.com.
Bottle cap bowl
Artisans in India use 109 bottle caps (give or take one) to hand-craft these bowls, which are then painted silver. Available online at mxyplyzyk.com.
Mason jar sippers
Hillbillies and hobos have enjoyed drinking from mason jars for generations, and now you can too—albeit in a slightly more sophisticated manner. This beautiful and functional 8 oz. Jar Sipper from the Curiosity Shoppe is the perfect way to enjoy a party drink, or just an everyday treat. The daisy lid accommodates straws (which are not included). $4.00 a pop at store.curiosityshoppeonline.com.
Recycled traffic signal coasters
Traffic signs are the source of these colorful coasters. They’re sold in mixed-color sets and patterns will vary widely, so be sure to check the images before buying. Available online at artfulhome.com.
Small rectangular lacquer trays
Whether you’re serving up cocktails or just breakfast in bed, these small rectangle lacquer trays in bold shades set a playful scene. Use these versatile multi-taskers to serve drinks, organize odds and ends on a dresser or hold a stack of books on a coffee table. Available online at westelm.com.
Terra table lamp
Even if you don’t possess the green thumb necessary for an indoor garden, you can still bring the tranquility and beauty of nature into your home or office with artist Melissa Moore’s illuminated ecosystem. A contemporary bell jar frames and protects the fragile mosses and spindly greens inside, which stay ever-verdant in a state of pause. Assembled by hand in Baltimore, Maryland. Buy online at uncommongoods.com.