While off-the-radar boutique goods tend to make for more unique gifts, they may be hard to come by at the last minute. For the shopper still seeking something special, we've culled a range of eight items from our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide that can be found in stores throughout the world.
This heritage-inspired 10-speed road bike has been upgraded with Brooks bar tape and saddle and constructed with Reynolds 520 Classic Steel Tubing to absorb rough city commutes and long distance touring. With integrated steel fenders this beauty is set up for riding in all seasons. Find it at a one of Raleigh's international retailers.
Nudo Italian Spaghetti and Olive Oil Set
Combining Nudo's spectacular organic spaghetti and extra virgin olive oil, this set includes a handsome tin for storing spaghetti down the line. Most notably, Nudo is one of the few makers that use only first cold press EVOO. Available from Nudo stockists.
Ekobo Knife Block Collection
These French knife blocks are ethically crafted by artisans in Vietnam though a fair trade agreement using only renewable materials. The bamboo skewers allow for flexible storage and can be removed for cleaning. Available in a number of colored finishes and sizes from Ekobo retailers.
Dieter Rams for Braun Watch
Discontinued but not forgotten, Braun recently re-issued a line of watches and clocks designed by famed German industrialist Dieter Rams. The spare, functional collection was approved by Rams' partner Dietrich Lubs and harkens back to design heyday of the 1970s. Find yours at a Braun time retailer.
Dazed & Confused: Making It Up As We Go Along (Hardcover)
This 336-page volume covers 20 years of the London magazine that's been a driver of style, design and popular culture. Co-founders chief editor Jefferson Hack and fashion photographer Rankin revisit the magazine's often controversial romp through the magazine's coverage—and influence—over artists and the arts scene in the UK and beyond. Search Rizzoli's listings for a local bookseller.
A perfect all-in-one system for wireless music streaming, the Sonos Play:3 delivers incredible sound quality in a compact package. The system features three class-D digital amplifiers and three drivers, as well as complete wireless control through the Sonos app. Find yours through the Sonos store locator.
Sony PlayStation 3 Wireless Stereo Headset
The logical choice for audiophile gamers, this wireless headset for PS3 is equipped with 7.1 virtual surround-sound to enable you to hear your opponents before you see them. The perfect accessory for smoking noobs in this season's hottest FPS, it can be purchased from one of many Sony stockists.
DeLonghi kMix Coffee Maker
Perfect for a no-fuss morning brew, the minimalist kMix drip coffee maker from DeLonghi comes in a variety of punchy colors. Made from die-cast aluminum, the appliance features an intuitive interface and adjustable temperature control for the right amount of heat. Find it at a DeLonghi distributor.