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December 15, 2015
From splurgy staples to keepsakes and unique experiences, we've got you covered with great gift ideas for everyone on your list—including the person that seemingly has it all. Check our Editor's Best 2015 special issue, now on newsstands, for hundreds more ideas.
No8 Garden Tray by Chen Chen and Kai Williams from Chamber

No 8 "Garden Tray" (2015) by Chen Chen and Kai Williams, from $5,000 at Chamber

Measuring 18 by 24 inches, this miniature desktop arrangement by Chen & Kai reimagines the traditional Japanese tray garden. A study of geometry and industrial materials, it incorporates stark, rectinlinear forms made from aluminum foam and resin-treated travertine alongside natural stone and a tiny dwarf bonsai. 

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Chamber
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Risograph print by Sigrid Calon, limited edition of 25, from $125 at McNally Jackson's Picture Room

These bold, colorful compositions exploring grids, lines, and the textured plane are equal parts rational and intuitive, meticulous and playful: the perfect match for your art and graphic design–loving friend. Created by Dutch visual artist Sigrid Calon and published by Picture Room, the new series of 9 compositions can be bought as a set, or individually for $125 each.

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Candle Snuffer London  by Tom Dixon

Candle Snuffer London by Tom Dixon, $36

An apt accoutrement for the fancy scented-candle, this elegant candle snuffer is made of turned marble and a plated copper ring.

 

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Tom Dixon
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Holiday ornaments from Shinola and WorkOf Benefit Auction

Holiday ornaments from Shinola + WorkOf's Benefit Auction, from $50 on Paddle8

Pay it forward with these prized, one-of-a-kind keepsakes that will benefit Detroit's burgeoning arts community. Hosted by Shinola and WorkOf, and available for bid on Paddle8 through Dec. 17, proceeds from the benefit auction will go to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit. Each is designed by a studio from Los Angeles or New York—including Dwell favorites Eric Trine, Bower, Helen Levi, Fort Makers, and more.

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Paddle8
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Biomega OKO

OKO electric bicycle by Biomega, preorder available from $2,295

OKO, the first e-bike by Danish brand Biomega, is made of an ultra lightweight frame that's less than 44 pounds, making it the sleekest of its kind on the market. Easy to carry on the sidewalk and nimble to operate on the road, it is designed specifically for busy city-dwellers; powered by a 36-volt lithium ion battery, it can reach speeds of 20 miles per hour.

Originally appeared in This Super Efficient E-Bike from Biomega Will Make Your Commute Fly By
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Cody Hoyt Twisted Bottle Variation from Patrick Parrish

Cody Hoyt Twisted Bottle Variation (2015), $8,500 from Patrick Parrish

This faceted, sculptural ceramic vase is overlaid with an intricate, tesselated pattern and hand-built from slab-construction by Brooklyn-based artist Cody Hoyt.

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Patrick Parrish
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Wine key by Werkstätte Carl Auböck from Glass House Design Store

Brass Key Corkscrew by Werkstätte Carl Auböck, $435 at The Glass House Design Store

For the sophisticate with a sense of humor: A cheeky take on the wine key. A handsome objet on its own, this oversize brass beauty by Werkstätte Carl Auböck unwinds to reveal a corkscrew. The "shoulders" of the key's blade can also be used to open a bottlecap.

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The Glass House Design Store
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The Thing Quarterly, one-year subscription (four issues), $300

Assuming you and yours are already faithful Dwell subscribers (if not—hint, hint), a one-year subscription to The Thing Quarterly is sure to amuse anyone, even those who’ve seen it all. Least of all because each of the four issues of the "object-based publication" includes a surprise limited-run edition by a rotating group of curated artists and designers, including Leanne Shapton, Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin, and John Baldessari, who issued a series of pillowcases silkscreened with his artwork (shown) for the Winter 2014 issue last year.

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Nusskubus Nutcracker by Adam + Harborth for Siebensachen

Nusskubus Nutcracker by Adam + Harborth for Siebensachen, $45 at Ode to Things

Streamlined forms carved from solid beech elevate the age-old nutcracker into a svelte tool. To use it, simply place a nut in a cavity of the "anvil" (left), and strike it with the "hammer" (right).

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Neo Marble lanterns by Apparatus Studio

Neo Lantern by Apparatus Studio, from $780 eachA single candle votive illuminates these stately Ianterns made from a glass globe and Italian marble base. They come available in two sizes and two colors: Bianco Arabescato (shown) and Nero Kinitra (black). 

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Apparatus Studio
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Asprey Sterling Match Striker from The Line

Asprey Sterling Match Strike from Mantiques Modern, $3,200 at The LineFrosted, threaded glass fades from clear to opaque in this vintage match striker by British luxury brand Asprey. Topped with a sterling silver collar, it's an impressive gift—fill the well with matches and strike them against the orb's rubbed surface to light them.

 

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The Line
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Ystudio Brass Mechanical Pencil from Dwell Store

Ystudio Brass Mechanical Pencil, $100 at the Dwell Store

With a hexagonal body recalling a traditional no. 2, this brass mechanical pencil by Ystudio is made of a weighty mix of brass, copper, and phospor, which accrue goregeous patina over time. It comes with a matching pen.

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ystudio
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No8 Garden Tray by Chen Chen and Kai Williams from Chamber

No 8 "Garden Tray" (2015) by Chen Chen and Kai Williams, from $5,000 at Chamber

Measuring 18 by 24 inches, this miniature desktop arrangement by Chen & Kai reimagines the traditional Japanese tray garden. A study of geometry and industrial materials, it incorporates stark, rectinlinear forms made from aluminum foam and resin-treated travertine alongside natural stone and a tiny dwarf bonsai. 

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