THE BEST Awesome Gifts: 2011

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.

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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.

Boombox Pillow Set

Boombox Pillow Set

Pump up the style in your room with the huggable ghetto blaster set by Meninos. Made with microfiber fabric and won’t fade when washed. Boombox and speaker pillows also available separately.

Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

Fred’s Obsessive Chef cutting board is terrific for persnickety perfectionists; the beechwood board offers the most precise measurements in detail. You can wash it twenty times after you use it too.

Etón Red Cross Axis Radio

Etón Red Cross Axis Radio

This rugged AM/FM/Weather radio will keep you connected in the worst conditions. Radio and flashlight can be powered by AC, battery or aluminum hand-crank. Even charges USB gadgets.

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Make Your Own Muppet

Make Your Own Muppet

While you won’t be able to buy Kermit or Ms. Piggy from the Muppet Whatnot Workshop, you can design your own Whatnot, one of the countless extras in Henson’s puppet-filled universe.

The Stampler

The Stampler

Next time your boss demands copies of that TPS report ASAP, express your apathy by stampling them all together with the latest in stapler-rubber-stamp technology. Take that, evil boss!

Shark Bite Oven Mitt

Shark Bite Oven Mitt

We never thought we’d ever say it’s ever okay to stick your hand into a shark’s mouth, but we see an exception has been found here in these funny neoprene oven mitts from Fred Flare.

Book Rest Lamp

Book Rest Lamp

For those times when you put down the e-Reader and pick up a real book, this softly-glowing glass lamp is the perfect place to rest your book between chapters. Just don’t try to set your Kindle on top.

Mood Mugs

Mood Mugs

Your colleagues will know how you’re feeling every morning with Thabto’s lighthearted Mood Mugs; the double wall insulated porcelain pieces feature simple facial expressions to reflect the mood.

Creditor Money Clip + Knife

Creditor Money Clip + Knife

This handy, manly gadget not only holds onto your paper money, it’ll protect you from anyone who tries to steal said cash, thanks to a fold-out knife. Bonus points for the carbon fiber and titanium.

Air Swimmers

Air Swimmers

Air Swimmers are fish and shark shaped indoor helium filled mylar balloons that you can maneuver in the air with a remote control. They take a single battery and can stay afloat for up to 2 weeks.

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Artist Series Wallets

Artist Series Wallets

Etsy seller tinymeat’s vinyl artist series wallets feature cool images from all kinds of talented folks on the inside and out. At $16 each, you’ll probably have some cash left over to keep in them too.

Armed Notebooks

Armed Notebooks

Molla Space’s Armed Notebooks show your co-workers you mean business, with an armory of dangerous weapons embossed into the front, making your pen just that much mightier.

Renew X Can

Renew X Can

It’s shaped like a tin can, but is actually made of a plastic-like material called PLA. It’s microwavable, durable and 100% biodegradable. It can even be crushed, just like real tin cans.

The Sriracha Cookbook

The Sriracha Cookbook

This hot, spicy, slightly sweet Thai sauce is one of life’s great pleasures. Chef Randy Clemens offers up 50 recipes that take full advantage of the wondrous chili sauce that belongs in every kitchen.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3

Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-TS3 camera is equipped with GPS and compass and features 3D Photo mode; it creates images by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the 2 best for the final shot.

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