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Nuji-Sourced Gifts

Ten ideas from the members-only product-sharing site

by Karen Day in Design on 13 December 2011

A newcomer to the crowd-sourced shopping scene, Nuji has set itself apart from sites like Pinterest and Svpply with a tightly-edited array of goods selected by its invite-only members since its launch a year ago. Created by European trio of creatives Dean Fankhauser, Anton Meryl Nithianandan and Vincent Thome, the site features a global assortment of finely crafted leather goods, stylish design-focused items and an array of quirky objects in between. To celebrate the site's talent for proffering distinctly covetable wares, below are 10 items found in our Cool Hunting Gift Guide that we sourced from Nuji.

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Berlin-based architect Sigurd Larsen designed The Shrine (€4,000) as "a product of the labyrinthine courtyards of Kreuzberg." He moves beyond the traditional record player cabinet to include a maze of drawers where you can keep records, headphones, an LP player, whiskey and more.

The ultimate spy scope, the Clap Mini USB Camera ($55) allows you to capture snapshots on the go and easily upload them to any laptop. The tiny device runs on a rechargeable Lithium ion battery and shoots 1280x1024 resolution images.

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Kurt Geiger's Isla Mittens (£35) are a delicate balance of form and function. The soft leather mittens unzip to reveal knitted fingerless gloves, sure to keep you warm even when fashion is the focus.

Known for their supremely crafted leather goods, Portland-based Tanner ($82) turns the classic camera strap into a handsome accessory that will only look better with time. The strap comes in natural leather (pictured) alongside a slew of other hues like oxblood, black and olive.

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Originally from the 1980s, this salvaged six-digit inventory stamp ($22) has been reconstructed for modern use with any medium that needs a little extra ink or old-school numerical detailing.

A "representative of the era of the music cassette," the RE-BO ($1,200) is Bootleg Objects' interpretation of Jacob Jensen's Beocenter 1400, which he designed for Bang&Olufsen in 1973. This cleverly updated version now houses a smart card reader in place of the cassette slot, a DVD drive and a 16:9 TFT display.

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Handcrafted in Italy from Florentine Vacchetta leather, Travelteq's sophisticated roll-up case (€65) holds 19 choice pencils and keeps them from rolling off the desk when not on the go.

Ikou Tschüss' signature crochet-trimmed scarf designs (£309) were borne from the Swiss label's desire to weigh down the accessory while riding a bike. Each is lovingly knitted by hand by "a network of grandmothers and passionate home-based workers."

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Waterproof Aqua Notes ($13) are the perfect gift for those whose best ideas happen in the shower, or your favorite sailor.

A beautiful combination jewelry box and ring holder designed by Swedish architect firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, the brass "Belle" ($120) spins around like a toy top for added effect.

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