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13 Sleek Gifts for Graphic Designers

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Designers are known for their finicky love for aesthetics. Give them a gift that celebrates their ability to make the world a prettier place.

1. TYPOGRAPHY MEMORY GAME; $22

Language on deck: This memory game challenges typography lovers to remember the names of various font types. The 50-card kit also includes a typographical glossary detailing the main terms and the evolution of type design.

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2. DUST CLOUD SCREEN CLEANING SET; $18

The screens that some designers need to create clean images can get dirty pretty often. Present your loved one with this whimsical approach to desktop hygiene. The cloud-themed collection includes a cleaning cloth, a misting bottle, and three cleaning stickers, which can can hang out on the back of a smartphone until they're needed.

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3. RAINBOW TEMPORARY TATTOOS; $15

Temporary tats aren't just for kids anymore. These non-toxic tattoos from Tattly are made in the U.S. with safe, vegetable-based ink and each of the eight designs feature colorful images by Swiss artist Tina Roth Eisenberg.

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4. RAINBOW GRADIENT CARDS; $9

Is there anything more satisfying than a good rainbow gradient? These colorful cards from Brooklyn duo Frederick & Mae are sure to make any artistic giftee swoon. The colorful deck—housed in a thick black box with a silver foil design printed on the front—features a small booklet that explains the history of card decks and various traditional games.

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5. FACE BANK; $30

This bank from Japanese designer Takada is nothing like the traditional change-holding pigs. The mechanical bank resembles a mouth and nose and reacts to touch by beginning to chew. It's unclear if anyone really wants a battery-operated bank that nibbles on loose change, but it's likely to be a hit with fans of the comic artist Joan Cornellà.

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6. WORD CLOCK; $80

Mix up your loved one's routine with a time piece that breaks the mold of traditional clocks by spelling out the time. The out-the-box approach to time is sure to inspire some other groundbreaking ideas.

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7. POLAROID DIGITAL CAMERA; $99

Go retro: This Polaroid instant camera is less than 5 inches long and fits neatly into a shirt pocket or small purse. Despite its small size, it has a 10-megapixel sensor and a micro DS that holds up to 32 GB. It uses ZINK to print out vibrant 2 by 3-inch prints that have adhesive backs in under a minute. (That's right—instant stickers.)

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8. CMYK PIN; $8

Enamel pins are all the rage. This particular pin is designed after the CMYK color model, which is commonly used in color printing. Cyan, magenta, and yellow overlap to create black (key) at the center.

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9. COLOR MATCHING MUG; $13

These ceramic MyCuppa mugs offer color matching swatches on the inside, designed to help determine the strength of each cup of tea or brew. Each mug has four colors for comparison, ranging from black/just tea to milky.

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10. PANTONE CARD HOLDER; $9

Business cards will have a nice home in one of these sleek card holders modeled after Pantone paint chips. They come in real Pantone colors—like Keepsake Lilac, Sunshine, and Indian Teal— but are not meant for color identification. Instead, the vibrant colors are just a celebration of the company and their iconic color matching system. They can fit eight to 10 credit cards or about 20 business cards.

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11. DESK HAMMOCK; $8

Long hours at the computer can take a toll on anyone. If you know a web designer who's working late into the night, gift the chance to secretly kick back while on the clock. This tiny, 25-inch-long hammock fits comfortably under most desks and includes rope and brackets so that it can be installed just like a regular hammock.

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12. KEYBOARD WAFFLE MAKER; $70

Ever want to eat your keyboard? No? Well, you still can, in the form of a waffle. Give your friend this keyboard-shaped waffle press and then invite yourself over for breakfast. This aluminum iron features a heat-resistant handle, so it can be placed on the grill or a stovetop for quick cooking.

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13. EO2 BY ELECTRIC OBJECTS; $299

Art lovers don't have to be restricted to a single, motionless image. With Electric Objects, designs can be changed instantly, right in their frame. Once the EO2 is installed, a corresponding app will allow the user to change the artwork right from a phone or tablet. Owners can upload their own pieces or choose from the expansive EO library that's filled with over 30,000 different works.

Find It: Electric Objects

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Warm Up With These 15 Heat-Sensitive Mugs
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With the cold weather, you’re probably going to be drinking a lot of hot cocoa. Get your drink on in style with these mugs that change when filled with hot liquids.

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1. CONNECT THE STARS; $15.95

What seems like a normal night sky is actually filled with constellations. Some hot water will reveal them to you—since constellations never look like anything without the drawn lines.

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2. MASS EXTINCTION; $15.95

Some hot coffee turns these dinosaurs into fossils, just like that comet did.

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3. WAKE UP; $7.32

This cup will mirror your own face as you drink your morning coffee.

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4. WE’RE ALL MAD HERE (ABOUT THIS MUG); $13.95

Pour in your drink, and the feline from Alice in Wonderland disappears to just a grin, in typical Cheshire Cat fashion.

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5. RECHARGE YOUR MUG; $16.54

This mug tells you when you need to recharge (reheat) your drink.

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6. FULL HEALTH; $10

Video game lovers will be soothed by the appearance of a full red heart. Just don’t get injured sipping on that hot cocoa.

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7. PAC-MAN; $14.99

Filling up this mug is a lot like putting a quarter in the classic arcade game.

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8. TETRIS; $10

Perfect for video game lovers who have a hard time looking away from their console.

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9. TRAVEL THE GALAXY; $15.95

The TARDIS never stays in one place for long—as you’ll soon discover with this mug. Add hot liquid and your time machine will transport it from an English street to deep space.

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10. PICK A BEAR; $14.02

Empty, this sleepy bear is all black. Full, it becomes an alert panda.

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11. SWITCH TO PROTESTANTISM; $15.95

Once you fill this cup, Henry VIII's wives fade away, leaving only their cause of death.

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12. WINTER IS COMING; $15.94

The Starks know cold, but they also know how to keep warm. Cuddle up with your mug and the Starks' house words of warning.

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13. CAPED MUG CRUSADER; $19.99

What seems like an unassuming black mug is actually a super cool Batman mug in disguise.

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14. SAVE CHRISTMAS; $14.75

Santa can’t navigate his sleigh until you’ve had your morning coffee.

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15. THE NORTHERN LIGHTS; $14.99

The aurora borealis can be elusive in real life, but it just takes some hot coffee to make the lights appear on your mug.

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11 Gifts for the Cyclist
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In some ways, having an avid cyclist in your life makes holiday gift-giving simple. Obviously, they could use something for those four-hour-long Saturday morning rides. But if you aren’t a cyclist yourself, you may not know where to even start when you walk into a bike shop. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are 11 gifts to help the weekend warrior nearest and dearest to your heart hit the road in style.

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1. ROAD RUNNER BURRITO HANDLEBAR BAG; $40

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This handy bag slips under a bike’s handlebars to provide a little extra storage without getting in the way. It’ll give your beloved cyclist a water-resistant spot to stash their keys, phone, snacks, or extra clothes while they ride.

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2. THE FRIDGE NECK GAITER; $20

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A neck gaiter is a great way to keep warm, and a great gift, if your cycling aficionado commutes by bike in the winter or loves to ride in chilly weather. The versatile, tube-shaped cloths can be used to keep the neck, the face, the ears, and the head warm, depending on how they’re worn. The Fridge’s stylish gaiters come in a variety of different colors and patterns, so you can find one that matches your cyclist’s personal style. Even if they already have one, it’s one of those accessories that no one can have too many of.

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3. LIZARD SKINS BAR TAPE; $40 AND UP

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Metal handlebars can be hard on the hands, so most cyclists use some sort of tape to pad their paws and give them a little extra grip. Colorful tapes like the ones offered by Lizard Skin will give a touch of personality to your cyclist’s ride, and protect their hands, too. If you’re not quite sure of their style, though, you can’t go wrong with a classic black.

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4. SHIMANO TRANSIT SHORT FINGER CYCLING GLOVES; $18 AND UP

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These fingerless gloves will make your loved one’s bike commute a little safer, and more comfortable to boot. They not only improve grip, but they’re made to be highly reflective to keep cyclists visible in low light. Plus, they are designed to absorb vibrations, making long periods of time on the road easier on the hands.

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5. OOPSMARK BICYCLE WINE CARRIER RACK; $34

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A good bike ride doesn’t always have to be a serious, Lycra-clad affair. Give your loved one a great excuse to take a leisurely picnic jaunt on their bike with this rack, which will allow them to safely strap a full bottle to their ride. The handsome leather straps and antique brass fasteners will no doubt make them feel classy while they do it.

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6. DRAFT ANIMALS; $12

The cover of a book shows a cyclist riding next to a car.
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Recently-retired pro cyclist Phil Gaimon’s memoir Draft Animals: Living the Cycling Dream (Once in a While) explores the ups and downs of life at the highest levels of the professional cycling world. In addition to the intrigue of going behind the scenes (including frank discussions of doping), its honest tales of some of the less glamorous aspects of being a professional athlete—the stresses of living on the road, long-distance relationships, and the nightmare that is negotiating contracts with teams—may make your favorite cyclist even more content with staying in the amateur lane.

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7. PEDRO'S MINI PIT KIT; $50

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This miniature cleaning kit packs a powerful punch in one 1.8-gallon bucket, making it perfect for cyclists who live in small apartments and don’t have a ton of space to clean their bikes after a ride. It comes with a bag to separate wet and dry items, and separate brushes for larger parts of the bike like the frame and wheels and for small parts like cogs and chains. It also includes tire levels and other tools, and comes with a cleaning guide full of expert advice on bike maintenance.

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8. THE STICK; $42

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After a long ride, any cyclist is going to be a bit stiff. The Stick can be used both pre-ride as a way to warm up muscles and afterward to boost muscle recovery. The scientifically-validated muscle roller massages away pain and works out knots, improving strength, flexibility, and endurance. Go ahead, give your favorite biker the gift of pain relief.

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9. DONATION TO SCHOOLCYCLE

Give your dearest bike lover the chance to help someone else get behind the handlebars. In 2014, the UN Foundation’s GirlUp charity launched SchoolCycle, a project to help more girls stay in school by giving them the means to get there. A $125 donation gives a girl in Malawi—where some have to walk up to 10 miles to get to school—a bike, spare parts, and maintenance training so that they can get to class easier.

Find It: SchoolCycle

10. BAMBOO BIKE WALL CLOCK; $64

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This handsome bamboo clock is made with reclaimed bike parts, making it the perfect addition to any cyclist’s living room. What better way to remind them it’s time for a ride than with a bike-chain pendulum?

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11. GARMIN VÍVOACTIVE 3 GPS SMART WATCH; $250

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Garmin’s latest GPS smart watch makes a great gift for any athlete that loves to quantify their hard work. The vívoactive activity tracker uses GPS, an accelerometer, and a wrist-based heart rate monitor to automatically track activities like biking, detailing the distance, time, and speed of a ride along with updates on cardio levels. The full-color touchscreen device (easy to read in direct sunlight) is water resistant enough for swimming, so it can definitely withstand the sweat of a bike ride. It also features smart notifications, so they can see when you’ve texted them, even if they’re on their bike. (No excuses not to respond now!) And with the new touchless payment system Garmin Pay, they won't have to bring their credit card on their ride if they want to stop for coffee.

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