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Awesome Gifts: 2011

Automatic Mini Donut Factory

Automatic Mini Donut Factory

This will surely be your favorite kitchen appliance. It mixes, shapes and cooks batches of 30 donuts, with the first one out in 90 seconds. Watch and drool as the donuts go from the slide to the bin.

Tilt-Shift Camera

Tilt-Shift Camera

Many digi-cams let you simulate tilt-shift images, but the real deal looks much better. Now you can snap true tilt-shift images with this lo-fi (5mp) pocket camera with a built in tilt-shift lens.

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Autum Epitaph Cruiser

Autum Epitaph Cruiser

The beefy yet elegant Epitaph bike features a custom crafted wheel set that allows for 4 low profile tires and a handmade leather seat, grips and frame inserts. Limited run of 12 pieces.

VHS Notebook

VHS Notebook

It looks like an old VHS tape, but Peleg Design’s version is actually a 260 page journal, compete with sticky labels so you can mark what’s on each “tape”. We’ve heard the BetaMax version is better.

Zumreed Hybrid Headphones

Zumreed Hybrid Headphones

If you’re wondering why the outside of these headphones look like speakers, that’s because they are speakers. Just flip a switch to go from solo mode to sharing your tunes with the room.

Light Mine Professional

Light Mine Professional

The original Light Mine gets a major upgrade, shining bright white light wherever you need it with 11 neodymium magnets, 8 white LEDs on front, and 4 under the red lens on back.

Modernist Cuisine

Modernist Cuisine

Nathan Myhrvold and a team of chefs fill this six volume, 2,438 page set of books with everything you’d ever want to know about the science, tech (and art) of cooking. For serious foodies only.

Pentax Q

Pentax Q

Measuring just 3.9″ x 2.3″ x 1.2”, the tiny Pentax Q is small enough to fit on your keychain, but offers interchangeable lenses, a 12.4MP 1/2.3 backlit CMOS image sensor and DSLR-like manual modes.

Mopha Bike Tool Roll

Mopha Bike Tool Roll

Made from waxed canvas and leather trim, E.H. Works‘ handsome carrying case keeps all of your bike tools nice and neat in the event you need to fix a flat or unbend a spoke the next time you ride.

Shot Glass Checkers Set

Shot Glass Checkers Set

Booze-filled board game pieces? Genius. The 14″ x 14″ glass board comes with 13 frosted and 13 clear 1oz. glasses from Home Wet Bar. All board games should have Shot Glass versions.

10 Ton Lampshade

10 Ton Lampshade

Unleash your inner Wile E. Coyote with this basic, but nonetheless amusing cloth lampshade from Meninos. Hanging light bulb and Road Runner not included. Also, doesn’t actually weigh 10 tons.

Sanction Rucksack

Sanction Rucksack

The Sanction is a compact weatherproof rucksack that’s built to last with military style construction, urethane coated zippers and internal frame sheet; large zipper pocket fits up to 15″ laptops.

Sony 3D PlayStation Display

Sony 3D PlayStation Display

This 24″ 3D LCD lets two players see different perspectives in 2D full-screen mode at once. $500 gets you the display, an HDMI cable, one pair of active 3D glasses, and Motorstorm: Apocalypse.

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Spiral Clock

Spiral Clock

For some reason, this twisty 10-inch wall clock reminds us of Inception. However, in this world, the time is the same no matter which level you’re on. Also available in a larger Roman numeral model.

Mike’s Hot Honey

Mike’s Hot Honey

Foodies with palettes that like a balance of spicy and sweet might like Mike’s Hot Honey, handcrafted in Brooklyn in small batches and spiked with vinegar and chiles to give it some heat.

Altec Lansing iMT810

Altec Lansing iMT810

Not as sexy as TDK’s boombox, but not as pricey either. The iMT810 has a 5.25in subwoofer, FM radio, two AUX in jacks, and can run on AC or eight D batteries. Dock works with iPods and iPhones.

The Big Lebowski (Blu-ray)

The Big Lebowski (Blu-ray)

The Dude finally abides with the modern times. The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray release also comes with a 28-page book containing interviews, set photos and more.

Desktop Cargo Containers

Desktop Cargo Containers

Daniel Ballou designed these ceramic desktop containers, modeled after the giant corrugated metal shipping containers he witnesses every day on the docks of Long Beach. Ships 8/2011.

Get the Hint Stickies

Get the Hint Stickies

(NSFW: Language) Next time you need to get the point across at work, replace those little Post-its with these stickies which are just a little more direct than “Sign This” or “For Your Approval”.

Grenade Hand Soap

Grenade Hand Soap

We can’t seem to find the pin on this bar of soap, cast from an actual WWII steel grenade. We’d advise against traveling with this in your luggage, unless you want “special” treatment from the TSA.

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Ctrl+O Bottle Opener

Ctrl+O Bottle Opener

You don’t need to be a geek to know how to pop open a cold one with Art Lebedev’s Ctrl+O bottle opener, although Windows users would appreciate the reference more than Mac fans.

The Internet is a Playground

The Internet is a Playground

David Thorne has documented his sometimes unsettling, but hysterical digital mischief on his website, 27bslash6.com. His new book catalogs his most memorable exploits – no Internet required.

Dropp Bowl

Dropp Bowl

Add a splash of color to your kitchen while keeping it tidy with Niels Romer’s silicone Dropp bowl – its unconventional shape was inspired by a single splash of paint, frozen in time. Offered in 6 colors.

Mizuno Wave Prophecy

Mizuno Wave Prophecy

Mizuno’s high-tech running shoe is designed to offer stability and cushioning with a pair of stacked “wave plates.” Its mesh skin flexes with your foot for optimal comfort. Plus, it just looks damned cool.

Go the F to Sleep

Go the F to Sleep

Go the F**k To Sleep is a subversive (and really not to be read aloud) bedtime book for parents who know that snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a child sailing off to dreamland.

Lexon Buro Collection

Lexon Buro Collection

Commonly used office items that are stackable and have a harmonious color range, meant to reduce both the physical and visual clutter on desks. Designed by Adrian and Jeremy Wright.

Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensils

Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensils

A boon for multi-taskers, Fred’s clever Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensil set is modeled after the classic Bic ballpoint stick pens, but in this case come with food-safe, reusable fork, knife and spoon caps.

Kuru Toga Self-Sharpening Pencil

Kuru Toga Self-Sharpening Pencil

A mechanical pencil with gears inside that rotate the lead to maintain a sharp tip. It doesn’t quite trump our favorite writing instrument, but props for making a pencil commercial seem exciting.

Obol

Obol

The perfect bowl for just about everything we eat, the Obol can keep your cereal crunchy, your pie a la mode from pie a la melting, and your cookies at the ready to dip in milk. What’s not to like?

Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Tray

Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Tray

You can get Han as a figurine, as a desk and as a soap. Now you can roll like a Hutt mob lord and eat Han Solo with this silicon tray. Carbonite is scarce though, so you’ll have to settle for ice or jelly.

TDK Sound Cube

TDK Sound Cube

Liked the looks of TDK’s retro-mod boombox? Their Sound Cube is equally cool, with dual 5-1/4″ coax drivers and two passive reflectors on the sides, filling rooms with sound from the inside out.

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