The Ghostly Box Series 8.0

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Now into its third year, the Ghostly Box Series is a smart way to introduce your friends and family to the Ghostly Universe. Series 8.0 of The Ghostly Box for 2008 is a hand-numbered edition of 50 that includes a Text Ghost Tee (designed by Ashkhan from Don't Stop Studio), an exclusive Ghostly Moleskine notebook with embossed logo and a copy of the Ghostly Swim compilation (which we covered earlier this year), available on CD for the first time. Also included in the box set is your choice of any CD from Ghostly's 2008 full-length releases, a pair of Ghostly & Spectral lapel pins, an assortment of stickers and (a Cool Hunting office favorite) a set of three Ghostly Computer Decals that will turn any MacBook into a spooky ghost machine (see right). To purchase the box set for $60 plus shipping, simply head to the Ghostly Store. To guarantee domestic holiday delivery, order Friday 19 December 2008 by 2pm EST to ship via UPS three-day Select or Monday 22 December 2008 by 2pm EST to ship via UPS 2nd Day Air.

Last Minute Shopping in the Cool Hunting Gift Guide

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If you're like us, you're sitting around wondering how you can get your packages to your holiday destination without paying an extortionate fee at the airport. The best option is order online and have them sent—especially with all of the free shipping offers in the Cool Hunting Exclusive Deals & Steals section of our 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. But are you too late to get it there on time you ask? Maybe it's the holiday spirit, but we've decided to help you sort through the options and provide you with a list of places and the details that will guarantee you get it there before the 25th. This way, even if you can't make Mama proud with a shiny new Rolex, at least she'll think you have your act togehter and that's something even Santa can't get her. Patagonia Get free two-day shipping on all U.S. orders over $100, for online orders placed between 15-22 December. Warm up your friends with an Isotope Parka or a Down Sweater, both offer slim fits and minimal weight while providing ultra insulation. Uncommon Goods To order items like their Wine Thermometer or Drop Stop Tea Strainer by 24 December, order by 5pm on 18 December via standard shipping or shop through 23 December and choose express checkout. Amazon While the last full day to order is 22 December, this year Amazon is offering Local Express Shipping as late as 9:30am on 24 December for select cities. With a flexible shipping method and books like The Flavor Bible, Christopher Walken A to Z, and the Robert Bolaño: 2666 Three-Volume Boxed Set in addition to music like Cornelius: Sensurround + B-Sides and Grace Jones: Hurricane, or gadgets like the Travel Sewing Kit there's something there for everyone. MoMA Store Offering unique gifts for the design-savvy crowd, the MoMA Store's last day to shop with guaranteed standard shipping to U.S. locations is 18 December, but luckily they're offering to accept orders placed by 9am on 22 December and ship them express for an extra $15. For the java-lover in your life, there's the Handpresso Portable Espresso Maker which will get they're morning going even when on the go, or pick up a Tigrado Backpack for the tykes, or show someone you care and keep them bicycle accident-free with Windrider Bicycle Clips. Selfridges For our U.K. readers, Selfridges offers clever and decadent hampers available for xmas delivery provide you order by noon on 22 December 2008.

Playing Around: Kid’s Gifts For Any Age

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Winter break means the kids are home and most likely trapped indoors with little to do. Double the fun by giving them gifts you can both enjoy, they'll be happy to spend time with you and you'll be happy to act like a kid again. Here's a list of our top items from the 2008 Holiday Gift Guide that allow you to hang with anyone, from the smallest of tykes to your teenage sibling. Project No. 8's Leather Skateboard combines skateboarding, fashion and art. Japanese musician and producer Cornelius' 5.1 DVD Cornelius: Sensurround + B-Sides is perfect for audiophiles while entertaining kids—it's like a modern Fantasia. Create your own Muppet with Muppet Whatnot Workshop. We often wish we hadn't given away our childhood Lite-Brite. With Bandai Luminodot Lite-Brite HD Board we can recapture the magic and more. This jazzed up Flashflight Light-Up Flying Disc features LED lights that change colors. The Sno-Baller effortlessly makes the perfect ball every time for dominating any snow skirmishes this winter. Experiment with molecular gastronomy in the comfort of your own kitchen with the Texturas Spherification Mini-kit, keeping tweens occupied and teaching them a lesson in science. Start the toddlers young with this Wooden Cell Phone. Moss returns this holiday season with Gone But Not Forgotten Finger Puppets, designed by the wonderful Il Golfini della Nonna. Make your own ukulele with this customizable DIY Ukulele Kit. Instructions for essential skills to get you through the rigors and challenges of modern living are included in "Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know." Simultaneously fun and educational, Boa Stacking Rings with Sounds is a stack and squeeze toy with a different sound for each squishy ring and a giggling head when stacking is complete. Get crafty with Mona Doll, a truly an imaginary friend. The blank Mona doll comes equipped with 10 machine washable markers, leaving the looks of Mona solely up to any kid's (and yours) imagination. A classic film that most of us grew up with, the The Red Balloon book is a great way to pass on the story to a another generation. Playing a series of notes when you break any of the six laser beams with the movement of your hands, the Laser Beam Music Generator allows you to reproduce music and save it for immediate playback.

Liberty of London

Leather Lanthe Notebook

$73

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£45 width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> £45 Liberty of London Leather Lanthe Notebook This leather bound diary is embossed with Liberty of London’s signature Lanthe pattern. It’s available in three sizes. Available from Liberty of London for £45. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Liberty of London Leather Lanthe Notebook This leather bound diary is embossed with Liberty of London’s signature Lanthe pattern. It’s available in three sizes. Available from Liberty of London for £45. This leather bound diary is embossed with Liberty of London’s signature Lanthe pattern. It’s available in three sizes.

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Wusthof

Ikon Hand Held Knife Sharpener

$30

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$30 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $30 Wusthof Ikon Hand Held Knife Sharpener This knife sharpener by industry leaders Wusthof has diamond and ceramic sharpening wheels. It works with several varieties of blades including straight, serrated and left- or right-handed scissors. Available from

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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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