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For the funny girl: The Neighbors Have Better Stuff Doormat from Reed Wilson ($50). It?s funny because it?s sort of true. We love that this all-natural mat doesn?t take its welcome-committee-duties too seriously.
For the bag lady: Key Holder from Studio Gorm ($22). Bad news: It will probably still take her an hour to find her keys in the depths of her tote, but we think it?s a nice leathery thought.
For the über-hostess: Dinner Bell by Pat Kim (from $40). She?s the only person you know who still takes the time to cook dinner or at least throw away the Styrofoam containers, so we think a low-fi bell feels appropriate.
For the scoutmaster: Merit Badge Necklace from Fort Standard ($50). She?s always the first to know. This salvaged-wood necklace rewards her Lewis and Clark tendencies and is designed to pay homage to the classic scouting badges.
For the frequent flier: Air Wallet from Meet Me Here ($24). Her bags are always so packed. Whether she?s a true globe-trotter or just forever on the go, this simple mesh and leather wallet will come in handy.
Come holiday season, even the best gifting intentions can quickly give way to pumpkin-pie-scented candles and $20 plastic cards. This year, we implore you to think through your generosity in a slightly more creative fashion.
One tool at your disposal: American Design Club, a new virtual co-op for sourcing innovative presents.
All the products in the shop come courtesy of up-and-coming designers, and the offerings reflect this artisanal sensibility. Think rustic dinner bells ($40 and $50), driftwood wall hooks ($25) and ?Happy Holladays? doormats ($50). If it all sounds a little random, it?s not--at least, not entirely. Rather, the assortment is deliberately diverse, curated in line with the club?s mission of bringing together and promoting the best and brightest in U.S.-based design.
Most everything here adeptly straddles the line between the kitschy and the coolly functional--and sustainability is a common theme. Plus, since the majority of the product designers and makers haven?t quite made it into the modern-art museums yet, most wares hover between $10 and $200.
Can?t decide who will be the lucky recipient of a solid walnut hand-painted rocket ($190) or what to get your snobby, Euro-sleek cousin? Browse our list of out-of-the-box gift-giving suggestions and behold the power of creativity.
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