Tea Forte

Brewing Pitcher

$30

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$39 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $39 Tea Forte Brewing Pitcher This attractive pitcher from Tea Forte has a lidded upper container for steeping tea which can then be poured into ice in the lower container to flash chill. It’s made from hand-blown heat-resistant glass. Available from Tea Forte for $39. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Tea Forte Brewing Pitcher This attractive pitcher from Tea Forte has a lidded upper container for steeping tea which can then be poured into ice in the lower container to flash chill. It’s made from hand-blown heat-resistant glass. Available from Tea Forte for $39. This attractive pitcher from Tea Forte has a lidded upper container for steeping tea which can then be poured into ice in the lower container to flash chill. It’s made from hand-blown heat-resistant glass.

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Mmm Mmm Good Gifts

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Food's temporal nature eliminates the burden of gifting an object of questionable desirability. When in doubt, look to consumables. Rather than the usual box of chocolates, we've gathered some items that will express your gift-giving personality and bring joy to tummies worldwide, like milk chocolate-covered bacon, an array of English cheeses or macaroons handmade in New Orleans. Check the Cool Hunting Holiday 2008 Gift Guide for a wider assortment of goodies and some kitchen gadgets for pairing or on their own for the chef in your life.

L.L. Bean

Wicked Good Hand Warmers

$12

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$10 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $10 Wicked Good Hand Warmers Made from all-natural ingredients, these hand warmers offer instant relief from the cold. They fit comfortably inside mittens and last for up to six hours. Available from L.L. Bean for $10 for a pack of 10. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Wicked Good Hand Warmers Made from all-natural ingredients, these hand warmers offer instant relief from the cold. They fit comfortably inside mittens and last for up to six hours. Available from L.L. Bean for $10 for a pack of 10. Made from all-natural ingredients, these hand warmers offer instant relief from the cold. They fit comfortably inside mittens and last for up to six hours.

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Tamye Riggs

Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design

$28

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$26 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $26 Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design Sixty classic fonts are documented, discussed and shown in action. One nice feature is the display of similar typefaces that work as substitutes for each other. Available from Amazon for $26. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design Sixty classic fonts are documented, discussed and shown in action. One nice feature is the display of similar typefaces that work as substitutes for each other. Available from Amazon for $26. Sixty classic fonts are documented, discussed and shown in action. One nice feature is the display of similar typefaces that work as substitutes for each other.

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Zoomie's

Classic Dog Raincoat

$50

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$50+ width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $50+ Zoomie’s Classic Raincoat For Dogs We are not supportive of frivolous decorative gear for dogs, but rainy days call for a little protection. CH mascots Otis and Logan protest but ultimately give in to their stylish raincoats, which are easy to get on and off, well-made, well-priced and available in multiple sizes/colors. Available from Zoomies starting at $50. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Zoomie’s Classic Raincoat For Dogs We are not supportive of frivolous decorative gear for dogs, but rainy days call for a little protection. CH mascots Otis and Logan protest but ultimately give in to their stylish raincoats, which are easy to get on and off, well-made, well-priced and available in multiple sizes/colors. Available from Zoomies starting at $50. We are not supportive of frivolous decorative gear for dogs, but rainy days call for a little protection. CH mascots Otis and Logan protest but ultimately give in to their stylish raincoats, which are easy to get on and off, well-made, well-priced and available in multiple sizes/colors.

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Seriously Funny Gifts

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Take the misery out of holiday shopping with these funny gifts, designed to make even Scrooge crack a smile. Our favorite is the F*CK The Rain Umbrella, which would cheer up any gloomy day. Other fun items are bacon dental floss (look for other bacon-inspired items in the gift guide), and the Savin' Up For series of tin banks which offer a plethora of options to save up for, everything from your next vacation to drug money. All these items and more can be found in our 2008 Holiday Gift Guide.

Tocca

Candele Da Viaggio

$42

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$42 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $42 Tocca Candele Da Viaggio For true girly-girls, this set of candles includes Cleopatra, Grace, Havana and Kyoto, a sampling of Tocca’s deliciously heady scents. The votive-size glass is small enough to tuck into carry-ones for mood-setting on the road. Available from Tocca for $42. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Tocca Candele Da Viaggio For true girly-girls, this set of candles includes Cleopatra, Grace, Havana and Kyoto, a sampling of Tocca’s deliciously heady scents. The votive-size glass is small enough to tuck into carry-ones for mood-setting on the road. Available from Tocca for $42. For true girly-girls, this set of candles includes Cleopatra, Grace, Havana and Kyoto, a sampling of Tocca’s deliciously heady scents. The votive-size glass is small enough to tuck into carry-ones for mood-setting on the road.

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Matt & Nat

Vegan Bag

$138

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$45+ width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> $45+ Matt & Nat Vegan bag Vegan accessories are hard to come by, but this Canadian label is certainly leading the field in terms of sophisticated bag design. We love their innovative use of materials and bold colors. Available from Matt & Nat starting at $45. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Matt & Nat Vegan bag Vegan accessories are hard to come by, but this Canadian label is certainly leading the field in terms of sophisticated bag design. We love their innovative use of materials and bold colors. Available from Matt & Nat starting at $45. Vegan accessories are hard to come by, but this Canadian label is certainly leading the field in terms of sophisticated bag design. We love their innovative use of materials and bold colors.

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Trees For The Future

Plant A Tree

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$100 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $100 Trees For The Future If you want to offset your carbon footprint or a friend’s, Trees for the Future can help. TTF works with communities in environmentally at risk areas, giving them seeds and teaching them how to restore tree cover to their lands, which helps to preserve traditional livelihoods. For $100 they will plant 1,000 trees. Available from TTF for $100. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Trees For The Future If you want to offset your carbon footprint or a friend’s, Trees for the Future can help. TTF works with communities in environmentally at risk areas, giving them seeds and teaching them how to restore tree cover to their lands, which helps to preserve traditional livelihoods. For $100 they will plant 1,000 trees. Available from TTF for $100. If you want to offset your carbon footprint or a friend’s, Trees for the Future can help. TTF works with communities in environmentally at risk areas, giving them seeds and teaching them how to restore tree cover to their lands, which helps to preserve traditional livelihoods. For $100 they will plant 1,000 trees.

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Wrapping Paper Wrap-Up

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'Tis the season to start thinking about how you're going to wrap up all of your thoughtful presents. Need we remind you that, especially for the humblest of gifts, it's all in the presentation? As design enthusiasts, we enjoy finding great wrapping paper that really stands out for its graphic motif or method of construction. Eco-Friendly Paper Feeling guilty isn't very festive and neither is wrapping your gifts in recycled brown paper bags. We've found three sites that offer eco-friendly wrapping paper and prove that environmentally-driven products don't have to be plain and simple. We particularly like the jolly prints from New York City-based Seltzer Goods (above left), with their bright graphics, like this camel-inspired design printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. They even use veggie ink, making it all the more green. For patterns that really shine, look to Fish Lips (above center), who spread holiday cheer on recycled satin paper using soy-based inks. Their aim is to bridge the gap between contemporary prints, like this one with antlers and fire hydrants, and eco-conscious products. Another source for responsible wrapping paper is Giftwrap Sets To get a little more bang for your buck, opt for a giftwrap set instead of individual sheets or a roll of all the same subject, which will provide variety and little more room in your wallet. Our perennial favorites are patterns from our artist-designed gift wrap by emerging artists Seth Brau and Derek Aylward. Brau's black-on-white patterns adds pop psychedelia and Aylward's biting wit brings levity to gift-giving. Each of the limited-edition sets includes two sheets of each design for a mere $10 and you can only get them here. (Click above images for pop-up detail.) If you're wrapping gifts for the art and design lover in your life, try Berlin-based S-Wert Design wrapping paper, a series of four designs, each one devoted to a different decade of Berlin's architecture from the fifties through the eighties, calling attention to gems of Berlin architecture and the way it's evolved—or hasn't evolved—in recent decades (above left). The four-pack can be purchased through the Cool Hunting 2008 Gift Guide. For fun, pixelated patterns, try the Atari-like graphics from Eboy (above right), whose complex illustrations and unique style has gained them a cult following among graphic designers worldwide. The set includes eight sheets, two of each vivid pattern. It shouldn't be hard to find a bow to match these.

Barking Irons

Fulton Necklace

$265

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$265 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $265 Fulton Necklace Forged from 19th century spoons, this necklace is a modern way to make a historic statement. Available from Barking Irons for $265. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Fulton Necklace Forged from 19th century spoons, this necklace is a modern way to make a historic statement. Available from Barking Irons for $265. Forged from 19th century spoons, this necklace is a modern way to make a historic statement.

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WaterPartners International

Donation

$25

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$25+ width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $25+ WaterPartners International WaterPartners International is nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries. They work in partnership with donors and local communities to help thousands of people develop accessible, sustainable, community-level water supplies, and a mere $25 will provide someone access to safe drinking water for their lifetime. Available from WaterPartners International for $25+. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> WaterPartners International WaterPartners International is nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries. They work in partnership with donors and local communities to help thousands of people develop accessible, sustainable, community-level water supplies, and a mere $25 will provide someone access to safe drinking water for their lifetime. Available from WaterPartners International for $25+. WaterPartners International is nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries. They work in partnership with donors and local communities to help thousands of people develop accessible, sustainable, community-level water supplies, and a mere $25 will provide someone access to safe drinking water for their lifetime.

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CH Gift Guide Giveaway: Sigur Rós Deluxe Edition

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Icelandic band Sigur Rós celebrates their fifth and latest album, Meó suó í eyrum vió spilum endalaust, with a deluxe edition cloth-bound hardback book which includes 200 pages of fine art photos, a CD of the album and a DVD shot in Super 8 chronicling the band on the road at shows in England, Mexico and America, including their stop at this year's Bonnaroo Festival and their intimate show at New York City's Museum of Modern Art. The deluxe edition is available through Amazon, but we're giving one away to a lucky CH reader. Pick out your favorite item from our 2008 Gift Guide and let us know in the drop-down menu at the bottom of this page. We'll pick at random from entries received before 11:59 pm EST on 10 December 2008.

Lindsay Jo Holmes

Skateboard Bracelet

$24

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$24 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $24 Skateboard Bracelet Crafted from the maple decks of recycled skateboards, these bracelets are the work of Portland, Oregon artist Lindsay Jo Holmes. Each bracelet is a unique creation, a rebirth of scuttled skateboards and takes advantage of the colorful layers from the reclaimed materials. Available from BTC Elements for $24. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Skateboard Bracelet Crafted from the maple decks of recycled skateboards, these bracelets are the work of Portland, Oregon artist Lindsay Jo Holmes. Each bracelet is a unique creation, a rebirth of scuttled skateboards and takes advantage of the colorful layers from the reclaimed materials. Available from BTC Elements for $24. Crafted from the maple decks of recycled skateboards, these bracelets are the work of Portland, Oregon artist Lindsay Jo Holmes. Each bracelet is a unique creation, a rebirth of scuttled skateboards and takes advantage of the colorful layers from the reclaimed materials.

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ASPCA

Adopt a Pet

$75

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$75+ width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $75+ Adopt a Pet From ASPCA Bring joy to two hearts this season by giving a furry friend to someone in your life. Available from ASPCA Shelter for $75+. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Adopt a Pet From ASPCA Bring joy to two hearts this season by giving a furry friend to someone in your life. Available from ASPCA Shelter for $75+. Bring joy to two hearts this season by giving a furry friend to someone in your life.

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Labour and Wait

Radio Receiver Kit

$39

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£20 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> £20 Radio Receiver Kit A great project for anyone over 10 years old, this kit includes everything you need to make your own crystal radio. Includes a 24-page how-to booklet, complete with the history of the wireless radio receiver. Available from Labour and Wait (scroll down, you’ll find it) for £20. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Radio Receiver Kit A great project for anyone over 10 years old, this kit includes everything you need to make your own crystal radio. Includes a 24-page how-to booklet, complete with the history of the wireless radio receiver. Available from Labour and Wait (scroll down, you’ll find it) for £20. A great project for anyone over 10 years old, this kit includes EVERYTHING you need to make your own crystal radio. Includes a 24-page how-to booklet, complete with the history of the wireless radio receiver.

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