Christmas needn’t be stressful or boring. We’ve taken the guesswork out of gift shopping and reveal the five most innovative, fun and environmentally conscious gifts on our wishlist this year.
Little Big Sound
Compact in size but big on sound, the Kakkoii WOW speaker makes all your music stylish and portable. The WOW (With Out Wires) speaker features a durable rubber housing that is water resistant and geometrically designed, allowing the unit to be placed sideways or up, and ensuring you get the most out of indoor and outdoor spaces. WOW wirelessly streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device, and can be recharged over and over again so there’s no need for batteries. Each member of the Modscape team received a WOW speaker from Santa last year, so we can definitely vouch for its ease of use, innovation, portability, and most importantly, sound quality!
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, the Sustainable Table is a young and innovative not-for-profit organisation that encourages consumers to use their shopping dollar consciously in order to promote a food system that is fair and environmentally sustainable. With up to 60% of our personal eco-footprint embodied in the food we buy, there is no better place to start than the Sustainable Table Cookbook. As Winner of Best Sustainable Food Book category in the Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2012, the cookbook is packed full of delectable recipes and stories from notable chefs, farmers, gardeners and everyday folk who are reducing their impact on the environment by altering their food choices. Perfect as a gift, or as a self-purchased source of inspiration for Christmas lunch or dinner, the Sustainable Table cookbook will appeal to anyone who has a passion for food and sustainability.
Shades of Retro
Retro Print Revival was built with the idea of up-cycling from old and forgotten wares to create one-of-a-kind lamps and lampshades that are sustainable, handmade and offer customers something individual to the market. Ranging from contemporary inspired fabrics, local handcrafted lamp bases, original vintage fabrics and authentic retro lamp bases, Retro Print Revival caters to a range of styles and tastes. Dynamic rocket lamps, stunning table lamps, cute nursery lamps, and eye-catching ceiling shades are all available to give your home a must have décor statement this Christmas. Retro Print Revival also offers custom made lamps and lampshades to suit your specific taste. You can create your own lamp or ceiling shade by visiting their studio in Brunswick, Melbourne and selecting from a range of new and retro fabrics and lamp bases to design the perfect lamp for your home.
Calling all budding architects, engineers and designers. LEGO have introduced their Architecture Studio Kit – a 1200 piece, monochrome toolkit that imparts the core principles of modern architectural. It’s a serious effort by LEGO to get the imagination of impressionable minds working. Instead of the usual technicolour spectrum of bricks, the kit consists of a strict monochrome, milky-white palette which, according to LEGO, creates natural lines and shadows that can more accurately represent architectural shapes and form. With every Architecture Studio Kit comes a 268-page book that offers a glimpse into the minds of practicing architects, their methodology, projects and concepts. Whether you’re a budding architect or designer, require a prototype basis for models, or just a huge LEGO fan, the Architecture Studio Kit is bound to foster endless creative potential in bricksmiths of all ages.
Reinventing the Wheel
Leave it to the city of Copenhagen and the guys at MIT to create a new piece of technology that is not only innovative, but stylish and environmentally conscious. The Copenhagen Wheel is the result of their joint venture and for a limited time will be available for enthusiastic and savvy peddlers who require an extra boost in their ride without the hefty price tag. Unlike other hybrids which rely on a fixed fuel-run motor to deliver power, the Copenhagen Wheel replaces the back wheel of your bike and captures energy as you break or go downhill which it stores when needed. The small motor in the wheel automatically kicks in without the use of a throttle or buttons, giving you a push along long distances or up hills. The wireless connectivity housed inside the red casing links the wheel to your smart phone, enabling you to download apps, customise your ride, monitor your physical activity and assess your physical environment.