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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: 12 Awesome Gadgets

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, we give you 12 Awesome GadgetsExactly one week before Christmas! Are you ready? Today we celebrate the conclusion of our 12 Days of Christmas series that may help you last-minute shoppers out there (Not just me, right?).

On the twelfth day of Christmas, we give you 12 Awesome Gadgets, 11 Colors for Millwork, 10 Books to ReadNine “Smart” Home Technology OptionsEight Pieces in Which to InvestSeven Interior Design Blogs to ReadSix Festive CocktailsFive Holiday Wishes, Four Tips for a Successful RenovationThree Blogs Not to MissTwo New Traditions, and One Room to Refresh.

If you’re reading this on day 12, we are officially in the holiday gift-giving red zone. Not to worry, I got you. Here are 12 useful and well-designed last-minute gift ideas for the person on your list who requires something, well, special.

Nycruets Oil and Vinegar Dispenser

Cruet SicilyI’m all for efficiency and decluttering. (Just don’t look at my desk.) Here’s a beautiful way to combine your vinegar and oil into one simple bottle. It’s fun to use, too!


SwoeFor you gardeners out there, this is a remarkably effective alternative to the traditional hoe. It tends to break up the soil without moving it around as much. My dad had one and used it all the time in his gardens. As his son, I got to spend a lot of time using it as well!

Bron Coucke Sausage & Chorizo Guillotine Slicer

GuillotineThe Guillotine is such a versatile instrument. It not only facilitates a revolution, but also slices sausage beautifully! This is a striking and functional piece to put out with your charcuterie board for freshly sliced meat and discussions about French history.

Klein 7-n-1 Flip Socket

Klein Flip Socket SetFull disclosure, one of our sons works for Klein Tools. While he was home over Thanksgiving, he showed me this tool and I was hooked. It’s an innovative system and a great way to keep your drivers in one place. Every toolkit should have one.

Ember Mug

EmberI was offered some coffee at a friend’s house this fall. He poured me a cup and the conversation ensued. Thirty minutes into it, I noticed my coffee was still warm! Folks, I give you the Ember mug. Perfect for nursing a cup of coffee or tea over an afternoon. (Not needed for mornings.)

Clic Chair

Cliq ChairSuper compact and surprisingly comfortable, these are perfect for camping, concerts in the park, or timber sport competitions. No more lugging six camp chairs to your parking spot a half mile away.

Mag Sockies

Mag Sockies(Insert mic drop here.)

Hövding 3 Airbag Helmet

Airbag Helmet(Pick up the mic and drop it again.)

Meater Bluetooth Meat Thermometer

MeaterThis Bluetooth meat thermometer eliminates the cumbersome wires and sends the temperature directly to your smartphone. Easy to clean and accurate, they are certain to up your grilling/smoking game.

The Shocktato

ShocktatoLooking for a fun, necessarily fast-paced game to play with your family & friends over the holidays? This one will energize any gathering.

Nessie Tea Infuser

Baby Nessie Tea InfuserHere’s a novel way to infuse your tea and infuse Scottish folklore into the conversation. All at the same time.

PULIDIKI Car Cleaning Gel Kit

PULIDIKI Car Cleaning Gel KitThis is perfect for cleaning up the science projects that grow in the hard-to-reach places in your car. Also good for cleaning the weird stuff that congregates on your laptop keyboard. It’s fun to use and surprisingly effective.


So, there you have it, 12 last-minute gift ideas that are sure to be a hit! If you decide to gift any of these or pick one up for yourself, be sure to let us know how it goes.

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Jeff Owner/Principal
Jeff Kaper is the owner/principal of Spectrum Design Group LLC. For over 30 years, he has helped his clients navigate the tension of form, function, budget, and disruption to create uniquely personal, enduring spaces to do life. He is a raving fan of the intrinsic joy good design brings to our daily lives. He also finds joy leading the SDG family and its story still being written.

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