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Anything and everything in our Buy section is great for gifting, but for this holiday season we developed several tailored guides to help you find the perfect present for your creative friends and family.
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Alex Hellum
Tool Stool
$365

Alex Hellum's solid beech Tool Stool is exactly as described in its name. The stool features an overhanging seat with a laser-etched ruler so it can be easily used as a saw-bench, while the complementary toolbox keeps it all in one spot and can be conveniently tucked away under the stool.

Foald
Pillar Laptop Stand
$20

If you're reading this on your laptop, chances are your back is hunched, elbows are scrunched and your neck is craned. One solution to laptop fatigue is Pillar, a stand that lifts the computer up to eye level. It weighs just over five ounces, and when collapsed, fits into most notebook sleeves, messenger bags and backpacks.

Santa Maria Novella
SMN Melissa Water
$22

Anxiety isn't a modern disorder, but in the past people didn't pop a pill to calm their nerves. Instead, they turned to the naturally soothing properties of the Melissa plant, a lemon balm used medicinally for the past 2,000 years. Premier Italian apothecary Santa Maria Novella derived their own Melissa-based formula in 1690, which is still as helpful today. Add a dash to a cup of water and let the good vibes settle in.

Michael Connors
Havana Modern
$41

The unlikely byproduct of Cuba's trade embargo with the US is a previously undocumented preservation of lavish midcentury architecture and design in Havana. In "Havana Modern" Michael Connors takes the reader through a visual tour of private homes and buildings in art deco and nouveau styles, impeccably maintained and otherwise inaccessible to the world at large.

Jon Burgerman + Digby & Iona
Jon Burgerman Necklaces
$160

Obsessive doodler Jon Burgerman has swapped pen and paper for sterling silver with his necklaces for Digby & Iona. The celebrated illustrator's playful characters hang from a 25-inch oxidized chain, all handmade in Brooklyn.

mimiTENS
mimiTENS Booties
$27

They don't call Canada the Great White North for nothing—it gets cold up there. To Anna-Maria Mountfort, founder of children's mitten brand mimiTENS, the country seems like the right place to make quality winter wear for kids. Like their mittens, mimiTENS booties are lined with 3M Thinsulate and a soft organic cotton fleece, and also feature a suede bottom to prevent slipping.

Tony Gemignani
The Pizza Bible: The World's Favorite Pizza Styles
$18

Pizza enthusiasts rejoice: this tome offers a comprehensive guide to making the ultimate pizza. From Neapolitan to deep-dish to calzones, New York slices to Chicago's deep dish, eleven-time world pizza champion, and author, Toni Gemignani has you covered. There are tips for making dough, baking, toppings and everything between—not to mention the drool-worthy photography.

Isaora
Tech 3L Sportcoat
$385

The super-sleek silhouette is not to be mistaken for a delicate top layer in the case of Isaora's Tech 3L Sportcoat. Its heavy-duty nylon panels—constructed from the same material in their snowboard gear—are welded to prevent even an iota of rainwater to permeate through, with an extra layer of taping on shoulders and arms.

SKINADESIGN
SKINA Magazine Rack
$156

SKINA celebrates copper's lustre in a simple, industrial contraption pairing pipes with a hammock of PVC canvas. Stash magazines, or anything you want, and put it somewhere prominent.

Herbivore Botanicals + The Motley
Clarifying Charcoal Soap
$8

Tea tree and lavender and active bamboo charcoal, oh my! This potent, clarifying trio works together to draw impurities, exfoliate and soothe the skin. The small, black chunk works hard and smells so sweet at the same time.

Witmer Products
Nut Butter Mixer
$13

Anybody who avoids the trans-fat saturated and sugary nut butter varieties knows the oily, separated gloop that becomes of a fancy—or just healthy—nut butter. Instead of stirring it with a knife (like a chump) try this logical, but very clever mixer. Made from plastic, metal and rubber, the lid sits snuggly atop most sizes of jars and will protect your bench-top, hands, clothes and feet from any oily messes.

Tärnsjö Garveri
Icon iPhone Case
$116

As suppliers to Brooks of England, Gang Rugger, Frederica Furniture and more, Swedish tannery Tärnsjö Garveri is known the world over for its superior vegetable-tanned leather. Their in-house label combines their time-honored approach with elegant design and the upshot are timeless leather goods that will last for generations and develop a beautiful patina through use. Their Icon Case will keep your iPhone 5 protected, and can serve as card carrier or money stash long after Apple's next redesign.

Steph Hung + Erin Jang
Make and Give: Simple and Modern Crafts to Brighten Every Day
$17

Everybody loves a handmade gift, but crafts can often conjure up ideas of juvenile knicknacks or impossibly intricate frills. "Make and Give" swaps out laborious and uncool-campy for enjoyable and clever in a smartly packaged how-to guide. Authors Steph Hung and Erin Jang have weighed in with tasteful eyes to outline the right recipient and the inspiration behind each project.

Go-Comb
Go-Comb
$10

Go-Comb's credit card-sized fine-tooth combs are handy, to say the least. Designed to fit in your wallet, this little guy will do a lot when you need to spiff up on the go. The unisex, stainless steel grooming tool will just as easily smooth out a 'stache or untangle a hair braid.

Belle Helmets
Hand-Painted Helmets
$85

NYC's Danielle Baskin designs and paints landscapes, video game throwbacks, educational charts and even internet memes through her one-woman company, Belle Helmets, proving the slightly dorky safety precaution is just as fun and customizable as a beloved set of wheels. Her collection is always evolving, but you can also commission your own design (she'll even paint on a helmet you already own). Prices vary.

Mathieu Lehanneur
Take Time Watch
$56

Designer Mathieu Lehanneur juxtaposes sleek silicone with the old-fashioned convention of a pocketwatch in the Take Time! watch. Convertible in three ways, the timepiece can be worn as a wristwatch, carried as a pocketwatch, or hung; and comes in a range of bright and neutral hues.

FPOAFM
Middle Finger Planter
$65

If you've ever wanted to make a bold statement with a piece of nicely designed home decor, FPOAFM's Middle Finger Planter will top your wish list. They recommend an Andes Mountain cactus, a prickly, phallic plant that stands up against the world without a hint of regret.

BirkSun
Boost Solar Backpack
$100

BirkSun's Boost Solar Backpack doesn't just carry your devices in a sharp little package, it keeps them powered up with the help of a sleek solar panel on the back. The interior features a fleece-lined laptop sleeve and small, discreet dock to plug in computeres, tablets, smartphones, you name it.

Springer
The Astronaut's Cookbook
$360

Get a little taste of the astronaut’s life with this book of space food recipes that can be prepared in a kitchen much closer to home. Written by NASA veterans Charles T Bourland and Gregory L Vogt, The Astronaut’s Cookbook is filled with fun facts and anecdotes about eating in zero gravity.

CH + Dandelion Chocolate + Snarkitecture
CH Editions: Dandelion + Snarkitecture Break Bar
$45

This year we paired SF's Dandelion Chocolate with NYC design studio Snarkitecture to create a chocolate bar that would play to their talents. The resulting Break Bar is made from 70% Belize beans, and is formed in Snarkitecture's signature broken slab style. Five of the 500 limited edition bars include a “White Ticket” which wins an inedible sculpture designed by Snarkitecture. All proceeds benefit Southern Exposure, a SF-based non-profit committed to supporting visual artists since 1974.

We-Vibe
We-Vibe 4 Plus
$179

The number one selling couples vibrator brand's latest offering brings the tech level up a notch. The We-Vibe 4 Plus is ergonomically designed to fit inside the vagina (and there's plenty room left for him to slide in) and stimulates the clitoris and G-spot simultaneously during sex–and with the new app, the vibrator can be controlled from anywhere around the world, so you can play even when you're apart.

Kristian Stahl
Fossilized Mammoth Tusk Dice
$1,000

While mammoth tusk is entirely legal to hunt, obtaining it is a still major battle with the forces of nature found in the Siberian tundra. The fossilized tusks of these Paleolithic beasts are frozen within the ice, and though their ivory is fair game, it's rare. Own a tiny piece of prehistoric times with Scandinavian artist/jeweler Kristian Stahl's hand-painted fossilized mammoth tusk dice, a set sure to bring about a little luck.

Joshua Tree Coffee Company
Joshua Tree Coffee
$12

A desert may seem an odd place to find high-end, small-batch coffee beans, but Joshua Tree native Royce Robertson is making just that. Fresh, Fair Trade beans are stored in custom-built, climate-controlled containers, then hand-roasted and immediately packed into resealable bags. The upshot is a delicious brew from a surprising source at an accessible price.

Nualime
Universe Starlight Leggings
$89

Hit the gym in style in Nualime's gorgeous watercolor Universe Starlight Leggings. Made with NuaCompress fabric to help smooth and shape up your assets, these leggings will look great whether you're running a marathon or just running errands.

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