Fred Flare

Astronaut Ice Cream Set

$5

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$9 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $9 Astronaut Ice Cream Set Evoke memories of childhood trips to the planetarium with freeze dried ice cream. Just like the astronauts eat! The set of two includes a Neapolitan and an ice cream sandwich. Available from Fred Flare for $9. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Astronaut Ice Cream Set Evoke memories of childhood trips to the planetarium with freeze dried ice cream. Just like the astronauts eat! The set of two includes a Neapolitan and an ice cream sandwich. Available from Fred Flare for $9. Evoke memories of childhood trips to the planetarium with freeze dried ice cream. Just like the astronauts eat! The set of two includes a Neapolitan and an ice cream sandwich.

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Bennett Robot Works

Industrial Robot

$950

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$950+ width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $950+ Bennett Robot Works Using a mix of old and new found objects, Gordon Bennett creates these one-of-a-kind Robot Sculptures. Inspired by the “Modern Age” of industrial design of the ’40s and ’50s the sculptures are made from wood, metal, Bakelite, plastic, rubber and paint. Available from Bennett Robot Works starting at $950. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Bennett Robot Works Using a mix of old and new found objects, Gordon Bennett creates these one-of-a-kind Robot Sculptures. Inspired by the “Modern Age” of industrial design of the ’40s and ’50s the sculptures are made from wood, metal, Bakelite, plastic, rubber and paint. Available from Bennett Robot Works starting at $950. Using a mix of old and new found objects, Gordon Bennett creates these one-of-a-kind Robot Sculptures. Inspired by the “Modern Age” of industrial design of the ’40s and ’50s the sculptures are made from wood, metal, Bakelite, plastic, rubber and paint.

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Mikhail Kalatozov

I Am Cuba: The Ultimate Edition

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$34 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $34 I Am Cuba: The Ultimate Edition With its impossibly elaborate camera work this cinematic ode to Cuban/Soviet solidarity ranks as one of the most resplendently beautiful works of moving-image art ever created. This three-disc “Ultimate Edition” DVD release is appropriately extravagant, containing feature-length documentaries about the film’s production, its director Mikhail Kalatozov and an interview with Martin Scorcese, all housed in a beautifully adorned cigar box. Available from Amazon for $34. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> I Am Cuba: The Ultimate Edition With its impossibly elaborate camera work this cinematic ode to Cuban/Soviet solidarity ranks as one of the most resplendently beautiful works of moving-image art ever created. This three-disc “Ultimate Edition” DVD release is appropriately extravagant, containing feature-length documentaries about the film’s production, its director Mikhail Kalatozov and an interview with Martin Scorcese, all housed in a beautifully adorned cigar box. Available from Amazon for $34. With its impossibly elaborate camera work this cinematic ode to Cuban/Soviet solidarity ranks as one of the most resplendently beautiful works of moving-image art ever created. This three-disc “Ultimate Edition” DVD release is appropriately extravagant, containing feature-length documentaries about the film’s production, its director Mikhail Kalatozov and an interview with Martin Scorcese, all housed in a beautifully adorned cigar box.

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Acrylic Block Frames

$15

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$14 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $14 Acrylic Block Frames Let your photo speak for itself with these acrylic block photo frames. Joined with silver magnets, the variously sized frames display images with minimal distraction. These clear acrylic block frames are a great way to display art or photographs with minimal distraction. Silver magnets join the frame around the image, . They’re available in various sizes and can be displayed vertically or horizontally. Available from Crate and Barrel starting at $14. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Acrylic Block Frames Let your photo speak for itself with these acrylic block photo frames. Joined with silver magnets, the variously sized frames display images with minimal distraction. These clear acrylic block frames are a great way to display art or photographs with minimal distraction. Silver magnets join the frame around the image, . They’re available in various sizes and can be displayed vertically or horizontally. Available from Crate and Barrel starting at $14. Let your photo speak for itself with these acrylic block photo frames. Joined with silver magnets, the variously sized frames display images with minimal distraction.

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Li Xi Year of the Rat Gift Envelopes

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The year of the rat is steadily approaching and Portland-based design team Design Night are prepared with the latest version of their signature Li Xi envelopes. Inspired by ancient Chinese papercuts the laser cut envelopes feature the 2008 zodiac animal, a sign of leadership, charisma and order. Li Xi envelopes are also a perfect way to dress up a cash gift for weddings, birthdays and other occasions. Get yours, starting at $7.50 for one, at Design Night. Also on Cool Hunting: Year of the Pig Li Xi Envelope

Night Owl

Wooden Cards

$6

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$24 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $24 Night Owl Wooden Cards “Modern yet folksy,” these flat wooden cards are sustainably harvested from yellow birch trees. Surprisingly easy to write on with either pen or pencil, every card is different because of the wood grain. Packaged in a quantity of six, there are a variety of designs to choose from. Available from Night Owl Paper Goods for $24. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Night Owl Wooden Cards “Modern yet folksy,” these flat wooden cards are sustainably harvested from yellow birch trees. Surprisingly easy to write on with either pen or pencil, every card is different because of the wood grain. Packaged in a quantity of six, there are a variety of designs to choose from. Available from Night Owl Paper Goods for $24. Modern yet folksy, these flat wooden cards are sustainably harvested from yellow birch trees. Surprisingly easy to write on with either pen or pencil, every card is different because of the wood grain.

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$56 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $56 Mason Riffing on an antique shape, Brooklyn-based ceramicist Perch’s Mason updates it with a streamlined modern design and appealing contemporary shades of yellow and gray. At eight inches tall, it works as a container, vase and more. It’s $56 from Perch width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Mason Riffing on an antique shape, Brooklyn-based ceramicist Perch’s Mason updates it with a streamlined modern design and appealing contemporary shades of yellow and gray. At eight inches tall, it works as a container, vase and more. It’s $56 from Perch Riffing on an antique shape, Brooklyn-based ceramicist Perch’s Mason updates it with a streamlined modern design and appealing contemporary shades of yellow and gray. At eight inches tall, it works as a container, vase and more.

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2007 Gift Guide: CH x Furni Farmer Watch Giveaway

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We're stoked about our latest addition of the Farmer Watch to this year's gift guide, because it's the result of a collaboration of yours truly with our Canadian friends Furni. The all-white Farmer is an '80s-style LCD watch with lime green accents, engraved with "we're on the hunt, we're after you" on the reverse. Featuring an alarm, hourly alert, stopwatch, 12 or 24-hour time display and a green backlight, the PVC watch has all the basics—all secondary to its retro style. To celebrate the launch, we're giving away 10 watches to 10 CH readers. All you have to do to enter is follow the contact link at the bottom of the page, select "CH x Furni Farmer Watch Giveaway" from the pull-down menu and send us an email before Tuesday, 27 November 2007, 11:59pm EST. To purchase the watch for your whole family, all your friends, co-workers, acquaintances, enemies, doctors, friends of friends, etc., go to Furni and pick it up for $24.

Edward Burtynsky

Quarries

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$50 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $50 Edward Burtynsky: Quarries After 25 years of exploring the impact of industry on our planet, photographer Edward Burtynsky has accumulated a substantial body of work documenting the world’s major quarries. His images of these plundered landscapes are simultaneously beautiful and disquieting. Copies are available for $50 through Amazon. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Edward Burtynsky: Quarries After 25 years of exploring the impact of industry on our planet, photographer Edward Burtynsky has accumulated a substantial body of work documenting the world’s major quarries. His images of these plundered landscapes are simultaneously beautiful and disquieting. Copies are available for $50 through Amazon. After 25 years of exploring the impact of industry on our planet, photographer Edward Burtynsky has accumulated a substantial body of work documenting the world’s major quarries. His images of these plundered landscapes are simultaneously beautiful and disquieting.

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Bee Raw

Nine Varietal Honey Flight

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$78 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $78 Nine Varietal Honey Flight Elevating honey to the ranks of chocolate, cheese and wine, Bee Raw’s line of varietals are palate exercisers and are great for pairing with teas and cheeses. . Of the other gift options they offer, the set designed to go with cheese would also make a good gift accompanied with said cheeses. Available at Bee Raw for $78. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Nine Varietal Honey Flight Elevating honey to the ranks of chocolate, cheese and wine, Bee Raw’s line of varietals are palate exercisers and are great for pairing with teas and cheeses. . Of the other gift options they offer, the set designed to go with cheese would also make a good gift accompanied with said cheeses. Available at Bee Raw for $78. Elevating honey to the ranks of chocolate, cheese and wine, Bee Raw’s line of varietals are palate exercisers and are great for pairing with teas and cheeses. Flavors include Raspberry, Blueberry, Orange Blossom, Cranberry, Buckwheat, Sage, Sweet Yellow Clover, Basswood, Sourwood, Star Thistle.

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McSweeney's Book Release Club

Book Release Club

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$100 McSweeney’s Book Release Club It’s clichéd, but nothing beats a gift that keeps on giving, especially if it’ll last almost to the next holiday season (which means you might be covered for a birthday that falls in between). For the bookworm who loves witticisms and the clever use of irony in their reading, McSweeney’s Book Release Club sends your reader the next 8 books from the SF-based publisher. Available at McSweeney’s for $100. It’s clichéd, but nothing beats a gift that keeps on giving, especially if it’ll last almost to the next holiday season (which means you might be covered for a birthday that falls in between). For the bookworm who loves witticisms and the clever use of irony in their reading, McSweeney’s Book Release Club sends your reader the next 8 books from the SF-based publisher.

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Learning Resources

Anatomy Models Set

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$79 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $79 Anatomy Models Set For the child who’s always wondering how everything works, here’s a set of five brightly colored anatomical models. The set covers the skeletal system, the heart, eyes, ears and brain. Available at Learning Resources for $79. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Anatomy Models Set For the child who’s always wondering how everything works, here’s a set of five brightly colored anatomical models. The set covers the skeletal system, the heart, eyes, ears and brain. Available at Learning Resources for $79. For the child who’s always wondering how everything works, here’s a set of five brightly colored anatomical models. The set covers the skeletal system, the heart, eyes, ears and brain.

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Cool Hunting 2007 Holiday Gift Guide

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From the Daiginjyou Sake Glass and internal organ-shaped stuffed animals to "Superbad" and Bacon and Eggs cufflinks, we've culled all our favorite stores offline and online for our third annual gift guide. Our picks span a range of prices and a range of recipients that we hope will make your holiday season a little easier. We'll be updating daily, so check back often to see what we've come up with.

Zipcar

Zipcar Gift Certificates

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$50+ width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $50+ Zipcar Gift Certificates Zipcar gift certificates allow the giver to share the convenience of the easy-to-use rental service (now available in 22 cities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.). For college students without wheels or urbanites in need of a break, a Zipcar is a thoughtful way to help them out. Bundle it with a night at a nearby hotel for a way to really say, “I know you’re extremely stressed out.” Certificates start at $50 from Zipcar. (You will also have to sign up with Zipcar if you’re not already a member.) width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Zipcar Gift Certificates Zipcar gift certificates allow the giver to share the convenience of the easy-to-use rental service (now available in 22 cities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.). For college students without wheels or urbanites in need of a break, a Zipcar is a thoughtful way to help them out. Bundle it with a night at a nearby hotel for a way to really say, “I know you’re extremely stressed out.” Certificates start at $50 from Zipcar. (You will also have to sign up with Zipcar if you’re not already a member.) Zipcar gift certificates allow the giver to share the convenience of the easy-to-use rental service (now available in 22 cities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.). For college students without wheels or urbanites in need of a break, a Zipcar is a thoughtful way to help them out. Bundle it with a night at a nearby hotel for a way to really say, “I know you’re extremely stressed out.”

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Audioengine 2 Powered Desktop Speakers

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Based on the superior performance of the Audioengine 5s we were excited when their new smaller desktop speakers arrived and they don't disappoint. Like their predecessors, Audioengine 2s are powered speakers constructed of wood featuring a silk tweeter and a newly updated kevlar woofer which makes for the same impressive bass and satisfyingly rich sound—but packed into a third of the size (approximately 6"x4"x5.5"). The sounds is truly impressive for their size and they look great on a desk, though they might work better on a shelf—they're video shielded but we've run into problems with mobile phone interference. I also think they might be a little more well-suited for desktop use if the power and volume controls were more easily accessible. Otherwise, for music snobs, the mini Audioengines are a great addition to a workspace or would be perfect for use with TVs, portable players, video games or anything with an 1/8" mini or RCA jack. Available in white or black, the Audioengine 2s come with all cables and a three-year warranty for $200 from Audioengine. Also on Cool Hunting: iPod Speakers, Part I, iPod Speakers, Part II

Tatebanko Paper Diorama Kit

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Appealing to my weakness for dioramas and DIY paper projects, these kits also are a mini lesson on Tatebanko, the forgotten Edo-era Japanese art of creating perspectives from paper. They come in either a snowy scene representing a painting by the master Hiroshige or in a version of Hokusai's wave. Designed and printed in Japan by It's a Beautiful Day (the group leading the Tatebanko revival), the kits feature metallic accents and hidden surprises. Available for $10 each from Giant Robot or Brooklyn 5 and 10 .