The New York International Gift Show returned to the Javits Center this year, and I spent a rather overwhelming few days combing through the aisles trying to take everything in. While there were many paper items in abundance like stationary and art prints, there was also no shortage of technology. Below are some of my favorite tech finds from the show.
1. ES 01 designed by Georges Moanack from Punkt: It's no secret that we're really into cable management on Apartment Therapy so when I spotted this little guy at the show I knew I had to include it in the roundup. The circular shape helps you to fit larger plugs and the clean design is perfect for being unobtrusive in the home. The ES 01 will come in 3 colors and in a variety of country configurations (the North American version has a surge protector and a vinyl cord instead of fabric due to US safety regulations). $99
2. Stand Up! by black+blum There's quite a bit of heft to this stand which is perfect for a laptop, tablet, or cookbook and we think that was a smart choice. The weight keeps it from being easily knocked over and the soft, easy to clean coating mean it won't mark up your device and is suitable for use in the kitchen. Available in black and red, March 2013. $50
3. BAGGU Tablet Cases: Just like their shopping totes, their canvas tablet cases are available in a stunning array of colors. The cases are made from recycled cotton canvas and lined with recycled PET fleece making them a great choice for those who want a case sans leather. $28
4. Jonathan Adler White Smartphone Dock: This playful dock is designed to fit a smartphone and does not have any built-in power connections making it ideal for any smartphone. $48
5. WOW Speaker by KAKKOii: Designer Antonio Arévalo wanted a wireless speaker that was durable, inexpensive, and rechargable, what he came up with is the WOW, which stands for "With Out Wires." While I was unable to hear it on the noisy show floor, it gets high marks for design and is available in three other colors. $75
6. iBed from Kikkerland: Remember those lap desks that seemed to be all the rage in the late 80s? I swear I owned a My Little Pony version. Anyhow, this device is just like those lap desks except it includes a slot for a tablet which makes it a rather handy little inexpensive device for creating a portable desk for your tablet + wireless keyboard. Available in three colors. $13
7. milesto Messenger Bag by IDEA International: I discovered this bag alongside the WOW speaker at the neo-utility booth. What drew me to the bag was the size (big enough for a 17" laptop and a great as a carry-on), the color combinations (6 in all), and the lightweight material. $100
8. Retro Pen + Stylus by Kikkerland: In three fun color combinations and a price that can't be beat, this combination pen and stylus makes for a solid inexpensive gift. $6
9. Great Balls of Wire by Fred & Friends: Designed by Soren Refsgaard, these cord control rubber balls are colorful (6 different options) enough that there's no need to hide them on your desk. The bright color and shape also make them easy to find in your bag should you use them to stow your earbuds. Price and availability coming soon.
10. Pixo by Pablo: This ultra-efficient LED task light is simply beautiful and with a built-in USB port it's also rather handy. The lamp designed by Fernando Pardo and Pablo Pardo has a small footprint and 5 finish options. Price and availability coming soon.
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