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November 27, 2013
If you shop wisely, you can buy plenty of holiday goodness for under $50 for everyone on your list, from bibliophiles to architecture buffs.

Blunt Metro Umbrella $49.95Available in nine lovely colors, the collapsible Blunt umbrella stands up against tough winds and stands out from the crowd when the weather gets damp.

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Eames Numbers Notebook via the Dwell Store $20

Keep your friends in the company of the Eameses all year 'round with a notebook from their House of Cards collection. 

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Lumimarja pillow sham by Marimekko $49

A vibrant offering from the Finnish design mecca depicting winter berries in 100% cotton, certain to jazz up any interior. 

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Brooklyn Bridge coasters from Girls Can Tell $16

These handmade wool felt coasters depicting the intricate architecture of the Brooklyn Bridge are rendered from an original drawing.



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Silhouette Candlestick from the Good Flock $49 per pair

Hand-turned in Aurora, Oregon, and available in white oak, black oak, and walnut, each set is laser engraved on the bottom and finished with 100% tung oil.  

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The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen from Taschen $39.99

Classics such as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, and The Princess and the Pea are accompanied by both 19th-century and brand-new graphics. Suitable, notes Taschen editors, for both "children’s libraries as well as adult art-book collections." 

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Pes Letter Opener by Giulio Iacchetti for Alessi via the Dwell Store $30

Designed by Italian industrial designer Giulio Iacchetti, this fish-shaped letter opener shines in stainless steel. 

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2014 Calendar by Erin Flett $15

This 4" x 7" calendar by graphic designer Erin Flett will keep your desk or wall colorful all year long. Comes wrapped in twill and tissue.

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Quote Stone Paper Notebook by Ogami from A+R Store $8

The pulp-free paper in this handsome notebook is made of calcium carbonate, a natural byproduct of limestone, as well as marine shells and eggshells.


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Alia Penner Architectural Postcards for Commune $20

Anything from Commune is tasty—do not even start on their chocolates—but these new architectural postcards by artist Alia Penner are especially sweet. 

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Wood Bird Alarm Clock by &design for Idea International via Dwell Store $40

Get back to nature and give the gift of a birdsong to gently wake up to, from Idea International, which creates and promotes Japanese design. 

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Blunt Metro Umbrella $49.95Available in nine lovely colors, the collapsible Blunt umbrella stands up against tough winds and stands out from the crowd when the weather gets damp.

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