Looking for a gift for that special creatively inclined someone in your life? Look no further.
I’ve compiled some of the coolest gadgets to help you last minute buyers get the designer in your life something amaze-balls.
Crowdsourced Items From Quirky.com
Quirky may be relatively slim in the pickings section, but what they lack in quantity they make up for with pure awesomeness. Their products are all crowd-funded and they’re representing some of the most interesting and stylistic utility objects on the market. These products are so good they’re destined to be copied, imitated, and bastardized so much in the coming years that you should get them here first so you can proclaim it to your friends when they get theirs at Walmart in a couple years.
What’s also pretty cool is most of the stuff is under $100. #frugalityFTW
Simple in idea, and genius in execution, this surge protector offers what others on the market don’t: maneuverability. Oh, and it lets you turn your connected devices on and off… WITH YOUR PHONE. Whether you’re managing awkward and bulky electrical plugs or just want to bend this bad boy around a table leg, you can. And you can turn that shit on from across the room if you wanna. Epic.
Shopping for someone seeking a little less remote controllyness and a little more organizational…yness?
“Space Bar is a sleek desk accessory that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer.”
It’s simple. It’s elegant. It gives you more USB ports than you can shake a flash drive at and it looks perfectly at home with Apple products.
Check out the video below:
Let’s move on from Quirky. That place is awesome and it’s easy to put everything on the site into this list, but let’s explore what the rest of the internet has to offer, shall we? We shall.
Essentials From Amazon.com
The beauty of the internet is that Amazon.com has a lot of the stuff you want, but for a hell of a lot cheaper than any retail store. No one knows why. It’s just internet magic and we have to accept it. Here’s a run down of some of the cool shit you can get your designer pal without breaking the bank.
It’s no secret that technology is getting smaller, cheaper, and even better looking. So with prices and style like this why not go all out and make sure that space is never an issue?
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Finally lets move away from gadgets and focus on some truly inspired apparel.
Shirts From Pilot & Captain
Most designers have seen, and no doubt tried to redesign an airline ticket at one point. Trust me on this one. The appeal of tall and large type is an allure someone in the industry can rarely deny.
The guys at Heads of State took that idea a step further started to adapt the beauty of airline typography and abbreviation to t-shirt designs. Now with over a dozen international airports to select from, wwww.pilotandcaptain.com have established themselves as a a staple in the designer tee collection.
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I know I’m getting this list out a little late, but it’s important to remember that giving thoughtful gestures doesn’t need to be done only when it’s expected. Keep these items in mind for future surprises or special occasions and use it to inspire your gift giving moving forward.
Have a great Christmas everyone, even if you aren’t celebrating.