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November 16, 2013
We're kicking off a month of Dwell-approved holiday shopping lists with this roundup of the best unusual gifts to give your friends and relatives who seem to have it all.
Louis Kahn American architecture landmark Philadelphia Esherick House
Make a real impression on a hard-to-shop-for design lover with the purchase of an American architectural landmark, Louis Kahn's 1961 Esherick House in Philadelphia. It's located on 3/4 of an acre in the suburb of Chestnut Hill and comes with an original, Kahn-designed kitchen and custom millwork throughout. $975,000 via BHHS Fox & Roach.
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subscription Svbscription box travel designers women men gift guide
Monthly subscription boxes have been all the rage in 2013; this one from Svbscription takes a specialized approach, packing each edition with full-fledged artisan goods. Past issues have explored themes like travel and "the unexpected" (pictured here); the next boxes will hold treasures surrounding the idea of "Maker" (featuring collaborators like James Corner Field Operation) and the company's first release geared specifically towards females, with gifts from Le Labo and Marimekko. W1 box, $589 at Svbscription.
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Public R16 bicycle green Dwell Store

One way to bring joy to even the most serious adult's heart? A new bicycle. Try it and see (we recommend getting in bright green to be extra festive). 

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olive oil cooking Red Dot Design Award gift guide
Another tactic is perishable items that look good enough to display on a kitchen counter. This line of Greek olive oil fits the bill--it even won a Red Dot Design Award for packaging in 2012. FIVE Organic extra virgin olive oil, $49 each at Ultra Lavish.
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dominoes Fredericks and Mae toys gift guide
Games are never not a good idea. Plus, you can play them once the novelty of this year's Santa haul wears off. This dominoes set from American designers Fredericks and Mae are beautiful objects to boot. Moon Dominoes, $80 at The Primary Essentials.
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Audubon field guide series books Best Made Co. gift guide 2013
Some people say you can't be too rich or too thin. We say you can't be too smart! Bone up on science facts and the wonders of the natural world with this complete set of Audubon Field Guides. Audubon complete series, $375 at Best Made Co.
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Christiania Boxcycle cargo gift guide
We know of a few Danish design icons: Hans Wegner wishbone chairs, Georg Jensen silver, Verner Panton pendant lighting... Now add Christiania cargo bikes to that list. Designed in 1984 in the hippie municipality inside Copenhagen, these bikes are now the transportation mode of choice for parents on the go. Christiania Boxcycle, $2,950 at Adeline Adeline.
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planter cactus succulent ceramic pottery Architectural Vessels gift guide
One thing you can never have too much of is plantlife. Grab a succulent or cactus (easy to care for and aesthetically on trend) and pot it in an elegant, architectural vessel made of fired clay. La Gardo Tackett TH-1 Vessel, $340 at Dwell Store.
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subsistence farming philanthropy charity gift guide giving back 2013 Rwanda
Instead of giving something tangible to someone who has it all, consider giving to someone who has very little. Many non-profit organizations sponsor gift drives, including the UK-based Good Gifts. One effort we particularly like is a funding initiative for subsistence farming in Rwanda. 20x10 foot greenhouse for growing hydroponic food in Rwanda, £1,200 at Good Gifts.
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Fujifilm instant camera Polaroid Instax gift guide tech 2013
Document all that gift-giving with Fujifilm's Instax camera, a bite-sized Polaroid-type camera with a case that looks like a vintage Leica. Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic camera, $210 on Amazon.
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Albin bookends steel shelving Ralph Lauren Home gift guide
For the literalist, these I-beam bookends will get the job done with heft and architectural influence. The finish is nickel-plated steel. $250 for the pair, from Ralph Lauren Home.
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Louis Kahn American architecture landmark Philadelphia Esherick House
Make a real impression on a hard-to-shop-for design lover with the purchase of an American architectural landmark, Louis Kahn's 1961 Esherick House in Philadelphia. It's located on 3/4 of an acre in the suburb of Chestnut Hill and comes with an original, Kahn-designed kitchen and custom millwork throughout. $975,000 via BHHS Fox & Roach.

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