Mini Twig Pencils

We've been thinking about pencils recently, and we've realized that a great mystery lies at the heart of these seemingly unremarkable writing implements. Namely: how the hell do they get the graphite into the middle of all that wood? Sure, they could drill a really... [More]

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Learn to Knit Kit

We are dying to snatch up several of these gorgeous Learn to Knit Kits ($62) from Purl Soho and give them to friends for the holidays. The kits include two beautiful skeins of merino wool yarn (you pick from twelve different colors!), a pair of... [More]

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Will You Ever Use Me Again? Pencils

We're feeling a little sorry for the Will You Ever Use Me Again? Pencils ($10, pack of 10) by artist Dino Sanchez. Originally created as an art installment, the pencils were stashed throughout NYC so people could take them and use them. The rhetorical question... [More]

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Moleskine Classic Mini Plain Notebook

We've brought you plenty of fun Moleskine products before, so we're sure you already know how awesome they are. Even the Classic Mini Plain Notebook ($10) is worth praising. Tthe new, bright colors give us a good-lookin' pad of paper while retaining the durability of... [More]

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Terrarium Kit

Terrariums are so hot right now. Why should your enjoyment of them be limited by other people's creativity? Get on the bandwagon with this Terrarium Kit ($12). Use the included glass jar to create your own miniature world, or go crazy and arrange your moss... [More]

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Kintsugi Repair Kit

It's a holiday tradition: every Thanksgiving, you manage to drop and shatter one of Grandma's prized antique dishes. This time, instead of crying, whisk the shards away and use this Kintsugi Repair Kit ($25) to put them back together. Instead of trying to disguise those... [More]

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Eiffel Tower Scissors

Bonjour! Do you find yourself with un petite thread in need of snipping? Sever it in chic style with these Eiffel Tower Scissors ($10), which add a French flair to an otherwise mundane task. We think you'll develop a distinct amour for them.... [More]

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Cheap Thrill: Hem Clips

You've been trying your hand at sewing for the past couple of months, and to say it isn't going well is an understatement. In fact, you couldn't sew a buttonhole to save your life. At least with these Hem Clips ($7 for a set of... [More]

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Admit it: you truly believe that you are an Instagram savant. Your iPhone photos might look like everybody else's crap at first, but with a bit of cropping and the right filter, they are profoundly transformed into works of retro-styled digital art. They ought to... [More]

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Hedgehog Mitts KnitKit

Now that Halloween is behind us, it's time to start planning for that other holiday: you know, the one that requires you to track down presents for every piece of offspring one of your friends or family has managed to produce in the last eighteen... [More]

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Lets Bring Back Journal

Kick off NaNoWriMo by gathering your plot ideas and descriptive passages in the Lets Bring Back Journal ($17) from Chronicle Books. Sure, it's a cinch to just open a new Word doc and have at it, but so long as you're sticking with writing a... [More]

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Animal Crayons

The adorable Animal Crayons ($8, set of 6) elicit an "aww!" all by themselves, but add in the fact that they're packaged in a little school bus, and they're easily the sweetest crayons in the art box. The thick bodies are just the right size... [More]

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Custom Inspector Stamp

Off the tops of our heads, we could think of half a dozen uses for a tiny Custom Inspector Stamp ($23). Seal your wedding invites with your initials, share your business logo, brand your personal effects...shall we go on, or are the wheels in your... [More]

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Love Is Art Black & Gold Kit

Unleash your inner Jackson Pollock with this Love Is Art Black & Gold Kit ($110). It provides you with everything you need to make your own abstract body-painting. Yes, that's right - you're not supposed to use brushes to get this bold gold paint onto... [More]

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Books to Illustrate: Where Do Monsters and Spiders Hide When They're Afraid?

French designer Marie de Crecy teamed up with writer Sandra Lanilis to create Books to Illustrate, a set of simply bound books with quirky stories ready for imaginative illustrations. We're currently coveting Where Do Monsters and Spiders Hide When They're Afraid? ($14), and though we'd... [More]

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French Press Felted Slippers Pattern

We can't wait for a snow day. When the first one comes, we're going to stay home and make ourselves some adorable slippers. This French Press Felted Slippers Pattern ($7) should even ensure that we end up with something we can actually walk around in,... [More]

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Grime Writer

We've been noticing some pretty clever 'reverse graffiti' around our city, where artists (or businesses) have taken a stencil to the filthy concrete and power washed an image (or ad*) onto the ground, making for a design that is lighter than the surrounding area. This... [More]

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Bigfoot Tape Dispenser

You're doing enough work as you wrestle to wrap your gifts. You may as well make the Bigfoot Tape Dispenser ($36) take on the simple task of keeping itself upright while you work. The suction cup feet give it a good grip on your work... [More]

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Little Hedgehog Pin Cushion Plush

It's about time the pincushion got a makeover. This Little Hedgehog ($9) from Lady Snail is much cuter than that tired old tomato that's been around since our grandmas started sewing.... [More]

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Hippo BackPack KnitKit

Adorable alert! We're just been motivated to crank our knitting skills up to the next level, thanks to the overwhelming cuteness of this Hippo BackPack KnitKit ($36). How perfect a present will this sweet animal-shaped carryall make for those little nieces and nephews come Christmastime?... [More]

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