June 17, 2011

Eco-conscious urban gardeners – rejoice! Here is a product in which recycling meets hydroponics in one compact package. Grow Bottles is a smart invention by Potting Shed Creations, that will allow you to grow fresh culinary herbs and enjoy the sustainable design at the same time. Made from reclaimed wine bottles, the package includes everything you need to start your gardening project. The idea is simple – each bottle is sliced horizontally; the top part, filled with seeds and clay pebbles, sits inside the bottom part, which in turn holds water. The water reaches the seeds through a ribbon, made from recycled plastic bottles. Grow Bottles are available in five varieties – oregano, chives, basil, parsley, and mint. Already beautifully packaged, they make a great gift too.

December 10, 2010

1 – Design Public. Along with designer furniture and pricey lighting, the site features many fun accessories, children’s gifts and unusual tableware.

2 – Uncommon Goods. The name says it all. Go there for humorous gifts, peculiar objects and funky jewelry.

3 – Yanko Design. The store features works of  young American designers, such as 25togo, Joey Roth, Scott Henderson, Nonobject, Way Basics and many others.

4 – Yoox. If you are shopping for a serious design connoisseur – you will definitely find something here. Just by looking at the heavy artillery of designer names (Enzo Mari, Alvar Aalto, Bruno Munari, Ron Arad, Karim Rashid etc.) you can tell that the source promises a very exciting browsing.

5 – Neatoshop. Hipsters of all ages will applaud you if you shop here. Cool toys, T-s, gadgets and assorted geekery.

6 – Veer. Great source for a typography lover. Interesting calendars, type-inspired clothing and novelties.

7 – Generate is a big international portal for designer gifts. This year they’ve added an interesting browsing feature – you are asked to click several buttons to determine your price range, receiver’s gender and preferences. If you have done it correctly, your perfect gift idea will find you. Supposedly.

8 – Rockett St George. If unique homewares is what you are after – this place is worth checking out. You can also pick up an unusual card or a funky ornament.

9 – Compartes. What celebration can be complete without chocolate? It is always a desirable consumable gift. Compartes offers artistic chocolate designs for any occasion. And unlike some other consumable gifts – these colorful tasty pieces will be remembered.

10 – Cowgirl Creamery. Finally, if your gift recipient is a foody, but not a chocolate eater – consider gourmet cheese. Cowgirl cheeses make for a beautiful presentation and can be FedExed overnight.