Gifts

BTC Elements

Unique and often one-of-a-kind items are the specialty here, from "upcycled" floral appliquéd bobby pins made from vintage blouses to colorful hoop earrings crafted from old skateboards. Our favorites include the cozy striped cardigans from Raw Earth Wild Sky and cute graphic tops by Mika Machida.

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Elum Designs

Originally just a resource for letterpress stationery printed with soy-based inks, Elum has expanded into a full-fledged line of artsy wall prints, colorful gift wrap, and fabric-covered journals. Its vibrant paper goods—ranging from boxed sets of stationery to invitations and announcements—can be completely personalized, and best of all, they're all made from tree-free, post-industrial-waste cotton rags.

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Green With Glamour

Headquartered in Los Angeles, this lifestyle site has an elegant roundup of clothes by EcoSkin and Popomomo, as well as one of the most beautiful selections of furniture and housewares we've seen.

Featured in the April 2009 issue.

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Hammocks and High Tea

Karen Young's screen-printed paper-and-fabric pieces—including shams, drawstring bags, and throw pillows—feature tropical-infused drawings inspired by her childhood in South America. Top picks are customizable stationery and calendars made with water-based inks, in addition to scented drawer paper—all packaged in recycled and recyclable materials.

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Re:modern

Founded by earth-friendly design consultant Mona Ying Reeves, re:modern has something for every corner of the home. Plus, the user-friendly website is anything but overwhelming, boasting a simple-but-smart glossary for environmental terms, as well as products like rubber doormats, disposable bamboo utensils, and sustainably harvested birch side tables all sifted by theme ("small spaces," for instance), designer, and price.

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Spencer Peterman

Spencer Peterman carves bowls so shiny and smooth that they look like giant beach-strewn seashells. In fact, he crafts them from wood found deep in forests, salvaged from fallen trees. His Massachusetts-based site offers a wide range of sizes and textures (cherry, spaulted maple, and black walnut among them), with one-of-a-kind cutting boards, tables, trays, and servers also in the mix.

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SusyJack*

Manhattan artist Susan Connor's eye-catching paper goods—desk notebooks, ringlet jotters, and more—feature fantastical designs printed with vegetable inks on completely recycled paper. Even her blank notecards are simple yet brilliantly cheery.

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Area Ware

The goods sold here are just stunningly innovative, from Jason Miller's Seconds series (his inspired take on fine china) to Keil Mead's drill-bit pendant necklaces.

Products: small-label, gifts, tabletop
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Katy Beh

Offering a well-curated selection of cool names (Annette Ferdinandsen, Jamie Joseph), this New Orleans boutique photographs all of one designer's items together, in beautiful vignettes, so you don't have to scroll through tons of pages to see everything.

Products: jewelry
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1st in Games

Click here for the most fun, amazingly comprehensive—and nostalgia-inducing—stockpile of vintage board games on the Web. The offerings, culled over the past decade by an Arizona-based husband and wife, range from classics like Clue to more obscure titles, including the '70s-era Los Angeles Scene (where players compete to become a union leader, a politician, or a producer) or Challenge the IRS (the goal: avoid paying taxes).
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