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15 Magical Gifts for Unicorn Lovers

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Unicorns might not be real, but the love for them certainly is. Help your friends and family celebrate those magical horses with a Technicolor gift.

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1. WHITE FLATS; $31

Everyone needs a pair of shoes that go with everything, and these simple but charming flats, could be that pair for your recipient. The white ballet flats show off a pair of smiling unicorn faces and an embroidered rainbow outline. The insole of each slipper says "cute to the core," and we can't disagree.

Find It: ModCloth

2. SANTA SWEATER; $55

How does Santa Claus have time to make it to all those children's homes in just one night? Unicorn magic, of course. Give your friend this acrylic yarn sweater to wear while opening presents.

Find It: Tipsy Elves

3. DOOR LIGHT; $19

This light-up unicorn bust is motion-sensored, illuminating for 20 seconds every time it detects movement. Besides making for a great hallway light, it also has a long horn, which can be used to hang keys or jackets. The light is powered by three watch batteries and can be mounted with screws or magnets.

Find It: Firebox

4. GIANT GLOW LAMP; $90

This 20-inch tall LED light can cycle between 16 different colors and four lighting modes. It's also remote-operated so users can change their glowing friend's color from across the room.

Find It: ThinkGeek

5. MINIATURE GLOW LAMP; $17

If the giant unicorn light is too intimidating, you can also opt for a smaller version that can sit in the palm of your giftee's hand. These battery-powered alternatives—available in pink, purple, yellow, and white—stand at 5 inches tall, making them a portable companion.

Find It: Amazon

6. LIGHT-UP SLIPPERS; $45

Why should little kids have all the fun with their light-up sneakers? These battery-powered slippers have light-up cheeks that glow with each step the wearer takes, making the trip to the fridge all the more magical.

Find It: ModCloth

7. GIN LIQUEUR; $52

Sometimes people's love for unicorns is less than pure, as evidenced by Firebox's popular gin liqueur called "Unicorn Tears." The magical—yet arguably inhumane—concoction comes with little bits of silver that make the bottle look like a snow globe when you shake it. The sparkly drink will be perfect for clinking glasses with fellow villainous drinkers. At 80 proof, you're likely to forget all about the poor unicorns whose tears were harvested for your shimmery drink.

Find It: Firebox

8. GLASS SET; $25

Staying hydrated will be a lot easier with a glass that's hard to put down. Give your friend this set of beautiful unicorn glasses that come with black and white unicorns painted on the sides. There's four in each set, so you can hope to use one when you pay a visit.

Find It: ModCloth

9. BAND-AIDS; $6

If you have a loved one who's been rocking those plain generic bandages, give them a stocking stuffer that will brighten up their medicine cabinet. Each tin comes with 15 band-aids featuring pictures of unicorns crying as well as a special mystery toy.

Find It: Amazon

10. CUPCAKE TOPPERS; $13

Help your favorite baker add a touch of magic to their cupcakes with these colorful toppers. Each set includes 24 cupcake holders and 24 toppers. You might also want to buy your recipient a bottle of sparkly sprinkles to really sell the look.

Find It: Amazon

11. GIANT PLUSH HEAD; $68

Have a friend who wishes they were a unicorn? Gift them a gigantic plush unicorn head. There's a mesh liner to allow the wearer to see and a subtle opening under the snout for easy breathing.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

12. SQUIRREL FEEDER; $13

Feeders for birds are more common, but squirrels need to eat too—and they might as well put on a good show for anyone who's watching. This comical feeder transforms any unsuspecting squirrel that stops by into a tiny unicorn.

Find It: Amazon

13. STRING LIGHTS; $25

String lights are a quick and easy way to add a little dazzle to otherwise unassuming rooms. That's why these hot pink unicorn lights are perfect for anyone in college or their first apartment. The 10-foot wire comes with 25 plastic lights and a battery pack so it can be wrapped around a banister or coiled into a glass jar.

Find It: Amazon

14. CUPCAKE BATH BOMB; $12

At first glance, this looks like a real cupcake, but tell your recipient not to eat it! It's secretly a bath bomb that comes with its own rubber ducky. Once the cupcake is tossed into the bath, it creates a soothing mixture that softens skin and makes the bathroom smell like cotton candy. The rubber ducky doesn't dissolve of course, and can be used again for other baths.

Find It: ThinkGeek

15. TASSEL NECKLACE; $15

This 18-inch necklace features a pendant made with translucent acrylic and gold glitter, a gold-colored chain, and a blue tassel.

Find It: Amazon

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Optical Illusion Rug Creates a Bottomless Void in Your Floor
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Artist Scott Jarvie doesn’t believe home goods need to be warm and inviting to earn a spot in the house. That’s certainly the case with his mind-bending void rug: When viewed from a certain perspective, the interior design piece inspires feelings of dread rather than comfort.

According to designboom, Jarvie achieved the rug’s bottomless black hole illusion using clever, two-dimensional design elements. To people standing directly over it, the item resembles a shaded crescent moon cupping a flat black circle. But adjust your position, and the simple rug morphs into a stomach-turning void in the middle of your living room floor.

If the circular rug isn’t trippy enough, Jarvie also made a rectangular runner that can turn an entire hallway into an empty pit. Neither rug is something you’d want to forget you own on a midnight trip to the bathroom.

Void rug optical illusion.

Jarvie’s art isn’t limited to floor rugs that trick the eye. The Scotland-based artist’s creative furniture and home decor includes laundry balls, a cling wrap dispenser, and a chair made from 10,000 plastic drinking straws.

Void rug optical illusion.

Void rug optical illusion.

[h/t designboom]

All images courtesy of Scott Jarvie.

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These LED Crosswalks Adapt to Whoever Is Crossing
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Crosswalks are an often-neglected part of urban design; they’re usually just white stripes on dark asphalt. But recently, they’re getting more exciting—and safer—makeovers. In the Netherlands, there is a glow-in-the-dark crosswalk. In western India, there is a 3D crosswalk. And now, in London, there’s an interactive LED crosswalk that changes its configuration based on the situation, as Fast Company reports.

Created by the London-based design studio Umbrellium, the Starling Crossing (short for the much more tongue-twisting STigmergic Adaptive Responsive LearnING Crossing) changes its layout, size, configuration, and other design factors based on who’s waiting to cross and where they’re going.

“The Starling Crossing is a pedestrian crossing, built on today’s technology, that puts people first, enabling them to cross safely the way they want to cross, rather than one that tells them they can only cross in one place or a fixed way,” the company writes. That means that the system—which relies on cameras and artificial intelligence to monitor both pedestrian and vehicle traffic—adapts based on road conditions and where it thinks a pedestrian is going to go.

Starling Crossing - overview from Umbrellium on Vimeo.

If a bike is coming down the street, for example, it will project a place for the cyclist to wait for the light in the crosswalk. If the person is veering left like they’re going to cross diagonally, it will move the light-up crosswalk that way. During rush hour, when there are more pedestrians trying to get across the street, it will widen to accommodate them. It can also detect wet or dark conditions, making the crosswalk path wider to give pedestrians more of a buffer zone. Though the neural network can calculate people’s trajectories and velocity, it can also trigger a pattern of warning lights to alert people that they’re about to walk right into an oncoming bike or other unexpected hazard.

All this is to say that the system adapts to the reality of the road and traffic patterns, rather than forcing pedestrians to stay within the confines of a crosswalk system that was designed for car traffic.

The prototype is currently installed on a TV studio set in London, not a real road, and it still has plenty of safety testing to go through before it will appear on a road near you. But hopefully this is the kind of road infrastructure we’ll soon be able to see out in the real world.

[h/t Fast Company]

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