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Small World

The World Cup is, alas, over, but the spirit of international competition lives on in this deck of national flag playing cards from the design champions at IDEA International ($12.00 at neo-utility's online shop). Featuring 52 flags and a jet-setting bellboy joker, this durable plastic deck is bound to last 'til Russia 2018.

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AHAlife

Mother's Day? Check. Father's Day? Done. Summer is prime time to bestow gifts on yourself. Check out the spot-on selection at AHAlife, a "discovery shopping destination" that offers an ever-changing range of life-enhancing goods. Amazon this is not, so don't bother hitting up the site in search of bargains or staples. Instead, design-minded buyers will find a treasure trove of perfect presents, from the functional (Rich Brilliant Willing's Channel desk lamp, inkless pens) to the wonderfully ridiculous (a platinum iPhone, the $300 chocolate skull).

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Smencils

Our childhood was scented and colored by one Mr. Sketch, he of the jaunty beret and wonderfully smelly markers (we were partial to the bracing spearmint/green). The latest additions to our arsenal of fragrant writing utensils are Smencils, "gourmet-scented" pencils made of recycled newspaper. Flavors include Juicy Melon, Kinda Cola and Razzleberry. To ensure fresh-smelling sketching, each Smencil comes tucked in its own tube made of corn-based, biodegradable plastic.

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Slice

Designer scissors? Better nail clippers? Lime-green cheese graters with ceramic blades? We were skeptical, until we got our hands on products from Slice, the California-based company that offers a line of cutting tools that celebrate "bold design and extraordinary function." Slice has tapped top designers such as Karim Rashid, Yves Behar and Michael Graves to rethink everyday objects ranging from tweezers to spice grinders, and the results not only look impressive, they work better than their traditional counterparts.

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Hanno the Gorilla

Conquer your cluttered desk and massive pre-summer vacation to-do list with the help of Hanno, a wooden gorilla created by designer David Weeks. The beechwood beast is named for Hanno the Navigator—the Greek voyager who explored Africa 2,500 years ago and is credited with discovering gorillas—and shares his namesake's bravery, strength, and curiosity. Weeks's jointed wooden menagerie also includes Ursa the bear, Lucy the crocodile, and Simus the rhinoceros.

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Sketchy Charades

If you've ever wished Pictionary would loosen up, you'll enjoy WhatchamaDRAWit, a doodling game that challenges players to imagine and sketch endearingly odd scenarios. The deck of 110 cards includes directives such as "Draw a Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy at a birthday party for the Easter Bunny" and "Draw an alien swimming in a bowl of pudding." Use the included 60-second timer to keep things competitive or take a more leisurely approach--we suggest cocktails and colored pencils.

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Chasing Paper

Conquer your fear of wallpaper with Chasing Paper, a peel-and-stick solution created with the urban home (and commitment-phobic types) in mind. Sold in two-foot-by-four-foot panels that start at $30 each, the paper has the rich texture of traditional wallpaper with none of the mess or permanence. Designs range from stripes and chevrons to chalkboard panels and a delightful popsicle-and-ice cream print that's perfect for summer.

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Guggenheim Color

Hunting for the perfect paint color? Try the purply blue favored by van Gogh or a Gauguin-ish green. These are just some of the shades to choose from with Guggenheim Color, a line of wall colors. Woodstock, Vermont-based Fine Paints of Europe teamed with New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to create two paint collections suitable for residential and commercial use. The Classical Colors range offers 150 colors drawn from paintings in the Guggenheim's permanent collection, while the more subued Gallery Colors consist of 50 hues favored by generations of Guggenheim curators, artists, and designers including Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the museum and originally wanted to make its exterior red, "the color of creation."

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Charcoal Soap

Rare is the soap that doubles as a chic, antibacterial paperweight, but we've found it in this onyx-hued oval from Japan. It's infused with Binchō-tan, traditional white charcoal, that has all sorts of Zen powers of purification. Keep the bar handy to exfoliate, moisturize, and carry away any lurking impurities in a cloud of dusky bubbles.

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Moleskine Bags

In the wake of its 2013 initial public offering, Moleskine continues to expand beyond little black notebooks. The latest addition to the Milan-based company assortment is myCloud, a line of bags and wallets "for everyday and extraordinary journeys." Created with both form and functionality in mind, the bags are analog networks of compartments, loops, and pockets designed to fit on-the-road essentials such as a laptops, tablets, notebooks (of course), and pens. Other nice touches include colored linings that make it easier to find things in a rush and Velcro closures for battening down your belongings.

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