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Tinsel Tape

If the thought of once again wrestling with a thicket of Christmas lights and hauling home an unwieldy Douglas Fir has you feeling like the Grinch, we have the perfect way to streamline your imminent December decorating: Atypyk's Tinsel Tape, 75 feet of the festive silver stuff photoprinted onto clear packing tape. Grab one roll for decking the halls and another to add some cheer to those gifts you'll be mailing across the miles. Heading to a last-minute holiday party? Simply wrap a few inches around your wrist or waist for a witty bracelet or belt that will stick with you.

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Green Cube

If you've ever returned from a trip to discover your favorite plant reduced to a parched pile of leaves, you'll want to treat your photosynthetic friends to the Boskke Cube. Designer Patrick Morris deconstructed the traditional plant pot and added an ingenious irrigation system to create this self-watering planter, which acts as a reservoir for a month’s supply of water. “The clear plastic body reveals the water, soil, and roots of the plant, allowing you to witness firsthand the mechanics of plant growth,” says Morris of the Cube, which comes in assorted sizes. “And great for all those travelers…you only need to water it once a month.”

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The Design Deck

Shuffle up and deal the basics of graphic design with The Design Deck. Printed on Vegas-standard Bicycle cards, a standard deck of 52 has been cleverly enhanced with bite-sized lessons about typography, color theory, design techniques, history, and more, each with a visual example. Canadian design enthusiast Ben Barrett-Forrest developed the edutaining cards earlier this year as his thesis project at McMaster University and then swiftly secured gobs of Kickstarter funding to produce the decks. "There's just so much potential for design in playing cards," he says. "Each of the cards is its own little design face, plus there's the packaging of the pack itself."

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Hem

From the design-obsessed people who brought you Fab comes Hem (Swedish for "home"), a new venture that is looking to bring high-end modern design to the online masses. The Berlin-based company, which ships to 30 countries, is not part of the flash sale fray: the focus is on original designs developed in collaboration with talents such as Sylvain Willenz, Luca Nichetto and Grain Design as well as those dreamed up in Hem's Helsinki R&D workshop and Stockholm design studio. Many of the furniture pieces and accessories can be customized with a few clicks.

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Loomi

Let there be...Loomi! The modular, makeable, paintable, recyclable light is a design-minded DIYer's dream. It arrives in pieces: 33 quadrilaterals of sturdy matte card stock that can be interlinked to create lights of all shapes and sizes. "It's not that hard! Honest," promise the Brooklyn-based team of friends who developed Loomi—with the help an expired Danish patent from the 1970s and a successful Kickstarter campaign. "If you follow our instructions, you'll be up and lighting in about 20 minutes. And remember, you only have to build it once!"

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Eco Eyewear

A number of companies have made eyeglasses more affordable and even added a philanthropic "buy-one-give-one" twist, but what happens to all of those specs when they're replaced by more stylish models? Enter eco, a line of eyewear that is proudly "earth-conscious" as well as reasonably priced. The eyeglasses and sunglasses, available for men and women, are made from recycled stainless steel and repurposed plastic. But that's only the beginning of the brand's commitment to sustainability: eco plants a tree for each frame sold and makes it easy to donate unwanted eyewear.

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rOtring 800+

In 1928, rOtring debuted the world's first nibless fountain pen and laid the Bauhaus-influenced groundwork for a legacy in writing utensils. The latest addition to the German company's collection of cult creative tools is the 800+. Created to enable designers to "think on paper + think on digital,” the ultraprecise mechanical pencil doubles as a stylus. Rationalize the price ($85.00) by considering its unique hybrid nature—and all the time and energy you'll save not having to swap utensils as you go from paper to touchscreen.

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Postcard Notepads

So many photos. So little time. Grab 24 or 36 of your favorite digital images and transform them into a postcard notepad, a utilitarian take on the photo album. It's one of the DIY papergoods offered by Los Angeles-based Paper Chase Press. Simply head to the website of the family-run press, bindery, and publishing house, select your size and paperstock, and upload away. Your sturdy, chipboard-backed notebook will be on its way to you within a couple of weeks.

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Magneto

The secret to one of our favorite lamps from the bright lights at Foscarini? Magical magnets. At the heart of designer Giulio Iacchetti's versatile "Magneto" lamp is a small magnetic ball that affords total flexibility and control of the intense light beam, making it an ideal choice for creative workspaces. The magnetic force joins the microphone-like lamp's support rod with a cicular base and an LED, resulting in an effect that is at once elegant (a special channel houses the cable) and mysterious. Choose from table or floor versions of Magneto, available in red or gray.

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Typestaches

Mr. Didot is quite refined, Mr. Stencil always appears to be caught in an updraft, and Mr. Federal may work as an old-timey sheriff. These are just three of the characters you'll encounter in "A Field Guide to Typestaches," a witty anthropomorphizing of the curly bracket. Designed by Tor Weeks for Minneapolis-based Old Tom Foolery, maker of "unsappy, uncrappy cards and curiosities," the original Typestaches poster is now available as a tote bag or a t-shirt. Consider accessorizing with an angle bracket beard.

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