Made from stainless steel, Pyrex and silicone, the 11-oz. teapot by Joey Roth was originally created as part of his college portfolio. The clear body enables you to watch the tea leaves unfurl--and the pot itself was designed to look better with some wear and tear. Making tea is now officially cool. Even cooler? The sustainable packaging.

Price: $200
More Info: Sorapot

Some umbrellas have gussets to prevent them from being blown inside out in stormy weather--but the aerodynamic design of the Senz actually makes the umbrella move forward in the face of gusty winds, in addition to being windproof up to 70mph. "Eye savers" on the tips help prevent accidental poking, and the improved design of the mini--a thicker shaft--makes it a sturdy rainy weather asset.

Price: $54
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Folding in seven-seconds flat, the Strida 5.0 is the fumbling urban commuter's dream. The "zero maintenance" bike is easy to carry on and off public transit at a little over 20 pounds, and the triangular design is both chic and sturdy. An update from the 3.2 model swapped in disc brakes and alloy rims, but the newer version still features their signature greaseless chain--which lasts 50,000 miles. Bid that rolled-up pant leg farewell.

Price: $800
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When was the last time you participated in creating your own jewelry beyond friendship bracelets? Texas-based designer Melissa Borrell can help you out with her Pop-Out Jewelry line. The modern pendants and earrings are shipped to you in the metal they're cut out from--just pop them out and attach them to the accompanying chain or earring hooks for instant wearable art. The gold pendant is made from 18K gold plated brass. So technically, you're not actually making this gift, but who's judging?

Price: $50
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Designed by Pollen Design for Kikkerland, these bottle openers have "teeth" to give you a hand opening all of that alcohol you'll consume this holiday seasons. Bonus: They double as bobbleheads.

Price: $6
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Inspired by polo ponies' leg wraps, these boots are the latest product from Toms Shoes, which donates a pair to someone in need for every pair purchased. The canvas boots can be wrapped as high or as low, and as tight or as loose as you like--no matter how skinny your jeans or calves are.

Price: $118
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Singgih Kartono's radio is retro and socially conscious: It's crafted from sustainably harvested wood by Indonesian carpenters (creating more jobs for those making traditional handicrafts). It comes in three sizes, but the small one -- with its sleek black speakers -- is our favorite. Powered by AA batteries and mp3 player-compatible, it's still high-tech.

Price: $200
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These hand-decorated salt-and-pepper shakers are part of OrienTales, the newest line in the partnership between Alessi and Taiwan's' National Palace Museum. After "The Chin Family"--the set of tabletop figurines--designer Stefano Giovannoni and Rumiko Takeda again draw on Chinese art (this time, 18-century ceramic pieces) to create contemporary, functional dining wares.

Price: $53
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Commissioned by Herman Miller, this energy-efficient LED lamp, complete with touch dimmers (think iPod wheel), was created by leading industrial designer Yves Behar. The smart design features tiny holes to release heat from the notoriously hot LEDs, and Behar also built in tunnels to release heat through the stem of the lamp base. Though the bulbs can be changed, don't worry--they're supposed to last 100,000 hours.

Price: $499.91
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These practical pieces of bright plastic and rubber keep wires neat when charging electronic devices like cell phones, music players and PDAs. The adapter goes through the hole into the socket, and the adjacent flap serves as a bench to keep your phone off the ground or countertop--freeing up space and hopefully preventing trips and falls.

Price: $4.95
More Info: Driinn Mobile Phone Holder

Objects of Design

These pieces will make you the most aesthetically attuned gift giver around.

Made from stainless steel, Pyrex and silicone, the 11-oz. teapot by Joey Roth was originally created as part of his college portfolio. The clear body enables you to watch the tea leaves unfurl—and the pot itself was designed to look better with some wear and tear. Making tea is now officially cool. Even cooler? The sustainable packaging.

Price: $200
More Info: Sorapot

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