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December 7, 2012

This year, Dwell gives you another reason to make a list and check it twice. Along with our Holiday Gift Guide series, we've upped the ante on gift giving by teaming up with AHAlife to put together a list of the Dwell editors' top gift picks for this holiday season.

The modern bottle meets nature’s original water purifier. Elegant enough for a dinner party, this bottle and white charcoal stick—known in the Japanese as kishu binchotan—transform ordinary tap water into mineral-rich H2O.

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This unraveling-scarf-cum-calendar from Patrick Frey is a witty reminder of time's passage. Pull on the loose piece at the bottom of the scarf and watch as it unravels to mark the days and create a heap of soft yarn.

2 / 9

This exquisite hand-blown glass fishbowl—which also doubles as a terrarium—won the vaunted International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in 2011. The underwater glass mountain landscape uses light and shadow to create a beautiful home for the aquatic and terrestrial alike. A great gift for that design and marine-life enthusiast on your shopping list.

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Bespoke bicycle by Detroit Bicycle Company

This handmade, copper-plated bike’s minimal aesthetic is reminiscent of vintage track bicycles. Each bespoke fixed-gear bicycle is made to order based on individual measurements.

Originally appeared in Dwell Holiday Gift Guide: Travel
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Happy Family by Urbio

Urbio is the magnetic modular system that attaches to any surface for indoor or outdoor vertical gardening and home organization. Configure in myriad ways for creative display of everything from spiky succulents to colorful Sharpies--perfect for any household with children or gardening enthusiast.

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Whisky Stone Set by Teroforma

For the modern Don Draper on your list, pick up this whisky stone set by Teroforma. Made from soapstone in Vermont, these beverage cubes add a proper chill to your spirits, as soapstone’s incredible natural properties allow for one cool dram without the dilution of ice. For maximum cooling, the stones are also available in a larger size.

Originally appeared in Dwell Holiday Gift Guide: For Him
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Red Spinnerette turntable by Crosley

With its retro-inspired look, it may not be instantly apparent that the sleek Crosley Spinnerette turntable boasts up-to-the-minute, modern-day technologies. Featuring a USB connection compatible with both a PC or Mac and an outlet for your mp3 player, this turntable allows you to enjoy your tunes in modern-meets-nostalgic style. Have a not-so-silent night this holiday season with this turntable.

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Wooden tray designed by David Rasmussen

These trays designed by David Rasmussen are functional Danish modern art for your table. Available in hard walnut and maple, each plate is trimmed with a slick pop of color and finished with food-safe oil. Use this tray as a sleek way to serve up holiday hors d'eouvres or simply as a centerpiece for the table.

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Kitchen tools by FD Style

Whether you think you have what it takes to be the next master chef or just enjoy whipping up simple, delicious dishes at home, you will love these durable, heatproof and handsome kitchen tools from "Good Design" Award winner FD Style. Discover your inner chef-in-the-making. - with additional writing by Victoria Nguyen

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Bottle Kishu Binchotan

The modern bottle meets nature’s original water purifier. Elegant enough for a dinner party, this bottle and white charcoal stick—known in the Japanese as kishu binchotan—transform ordinary tap water into mineral-rich H2O.

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