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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Karen Young

Sweet Tea Towel

$15

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$15 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $15 Sweet Tea Towel Handmade in New York from a soy/hemp blend, these quality tea towels (17″ x 26″) are the creation of designer Karen Young. This inexpensive gift makes the perfect addition to any kitchen or table top. Available from BTC Elements for $15. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Sweet Tea Towel Handmade in New York from a soy/hemp blend, these quality tea towels (17″ x 26″) are the creation of designer Karen Young. This inexpensive gift makes the perfect addition to any kitchen or table top. Available from BTC Elements for $15. Handmade in New York from a soy/hemp blend, these quality tea towels (17″ x 26″) are the creation of designer Karen Young. This inexpensive gift makes the perfect addition to any kitchen or table top.

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CH Gift Guide: Deals and Steals

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When economic times are tough, our inner bargain-hunter begins to show. To help you tighten the proverbial belt this holiday season, we made a special section of our 2008 Freehands gloves, or get a special CH price on the ultra comfortable basics from Navaglow Tape at a cut-rate price. Check out the Deals and Steals section for more updates in the coming weeks.

CH Gift Guide: Speakers That Rock

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With the vast amount of speakers and docking stations available for your iPod or MP3 player these days, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. We've picked our top ten and put them in our 2008 Gift Guide, and to help you out we've included a range of styles and prices for everyone, from the Lego lover to the serious sound junkie. For a full look at our speakers, headphones, and DJ equipment, check out our Electronics guide, which also includes other musically-inspired and technologically-driven goods.

Caleb Neelon

Book of Awesome

$24

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$7 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $7 Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome With his “Book of Awesome,” Caleb Neelon takes us with him on his travels as he paints his colorful work around the world in the streets of places like Kathmandu, Istanbul, Tegucigalpa, and São Paulo, as well as into galleries and installation spaces. Featuring street and gallery collaborations with Os Gemeos, Andrew Schoultz, Greg Lamarche and many more working with Caleb, who is also the artist-author of “Graffiti Brasil” and “Street World.” Available from Amazon for $7. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome With his “Book of Awesome,” Caleb Neelon takes us with him on his travels as he paints his colorful work around the world in the streets of places like Kathmandu, Istanbul, Tegucigalpa, and São Paulo, as well as into galleries and installation spaces. Featuring street and gallery collaborations with Os Gemeos, Andrew Schoultz, Greg Lamarche and many more working with Caleb, who is also the artist-author of “Graffiti Brasil” and “Street World.” Available from Amazon for $7. With his “Book of Awesome,” Caleb Neelon takes us with him on his travels as he paints his colorful work around the world in the streets of places like Kathmandu, Istanbul, Tegucigalpa, and São Paulo, as well as into galleries and installation spaces. Featuring street and gallery collaborations with Os Gemeos, Andrew Schoultz, Greg Lamarche and many more working with Caleb, who is also the artist-author of “Graffiti Brasil” and “Street World.”

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Chuao Firecracker Chocolates

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We love a good high-brow low-brow mash up, and that's exactly what Chuao's new Firecracker chocolates provide—a combination of very tasty chocolate, a little salt, the heat of chipotle and the pop of crackling candy. We were surprised how much we liked it. While they offer a small variety of firecracker chocolate bars, we particularly enjoyed the chocolate truffles, which delivered, as someone said, "a party in your mouth." The trufles have a caramel fudge center that's been infused with chipotle and a touch of salt, then covered in dark chocolate and a layer of popping candy. Pronounced chew-WOW, Chuao Chocolatier was formed in 2002 by the Antonorsi brothers, a duo from Venezuela with a family history of producing chocolates for the criollo cacao plantation industry. After taking up residence in Encinitas, California, they opened a boutique selling Spicy Maya, their take on the ancient Mayan hot chocolate recipe, which they make with pasilla chile and cayenne pepper. Available online or at a these retailers. Also on CH: Chuao Chocopods.

Churchill Hip Flask

$27

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$27 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $27 Churchill Hip Flask Small Made from mirror-polished stainless steel, this charming flask is a stocking stuffer that’s both naughty and nice. It’s small enough to tuck into a pocket or purse, lightweight and has a water-tight screw top cap. Available from Conran Shop for $27. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Churchill Hip Flask Small Made from mirror-polished stainless steel, this charming flask is a stocking stuffer that’s both naughty and nice. It’s small enough to tuck into a pocket or purse, lightweight and has a water-tight screw top cap. Available from Conran Shop for $27. Made from mirror-polished stainless steel, this charming flask is a stocking stuffer that’s both naughty and nice. It’s small enough to tuck into a pocket or purse, lightweight and has a water-tight screw top cap.

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Seletti

Leather Punch Bag

$202

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$325 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $325 Seletti Leather Punch Bag This heavy-duty professional quality punching bag is the perfect addition to home gyms. It’s made by Italian boxing giants Seletti from brown leather with metal hanging chains. Available from Conran Shop for $325. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Seletti Leather Punch Bag This heavy-duty professional quality punching bag is the perfect addition to home gyms. It’s made by Italian boxing giants Seletti from brown leather with metal hanging chains. Available from Conran Shop for $325. This heavy-duty professional quality punching bag is the perfect addition to home gyms. It’s made by Italian boxing giants Seletti from brown leather with metal hanging chains.

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