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Alessi Buckle

We’ve had our eye on this tube wringer for ages but in the end couldn’t overlook its larger size, especially for casual use on our toothpaste tube. The Alessi Buckle is the polar opposite and barely adds any bulk — though admittedly it’s probably not as satisfying to operate. The Buckle is made of chrome-plated Zamak (an alloy  made of Zinc, Aluminum, MAgnesium, and Kcopper) and can be pushed along a tube as it’s slowly emptied over time, making it easier to recuperate every last ounce of its contents. Yeah, it’s way too nice looking for most tubes to an almost comical degree, but what can you do?

Find it at Amazon – $20

GET IT: $20

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O Corkscrew

It’s got no moving parts whatsoever, so using the O Corkscrew is self explanatory: twist it until it’s deep in a cork, then pull. This ultra-minimal wine opener is designed by the Japanese-inspired Swiss brand Shibui and melds bronze to stainless steel effortlessly in a form that’s unambiguous. The ring acts as an ergonomic grip for pulling — otherwise, it’s all on you.

Find it at Ode To Things – $65

GET IT: $65

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Key-Bit Keychain Tool

Don’t expect it to help much with larger, more daunting projects, but if you need a particular screwdriver on your keychain the Key-Bit Keychain Tool is the one with which to carry it. The pill-shaped Key-Bit is made of either knurled copper or aluminum and fits most standard 1/4-inch bits. It won’t come apart in your pocket since two neodymium magnets hold the halves together with a separation force of over 6 pounds, and the same magnetic force secures the bit. Includes one Phillips hex bit; anything else, you’ll need to pull from your toolbox.

Find it at Kickstarter – $15

GET IT: $15

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Spy Coins

Perhaps the last place most people would think to look, Spy Coins hide tiny things in plain sight in the form of genuine legal tender. Each Spy Coin is precision machined from an actual coin of one of various currencies and is indistinguishable from its unmodified brethren to the naked eye thanks to perfectly aligning seams — though they’re a bit lighter. They’ve got enough room in their chamber for a tiny folded up note, a poisoned needle (ideal if you judge your risk of capture to be high, likely a bad idea otherwise), or a micro SD card (fits in all coins except the US quarter, which is unfortunately too thin). While the chances one is uncovered by a layman is slim, the bigger worry will be to not accidentally spend them.

Learn more at Spy Coins – $21+

GET IT: $21+

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BOB Multi Opener

More than just adorned with a clean design, Nicholai Wigg Hansen’s BOB Multi Opener tackles various opening jobs. It’ll of course crack open standard bottle caps on beer and soda but also works for ring pulls, vacuumed lids, screw tops, and standard beverage cans, sparing your nails and/or skin. It’s made of robust solid aluminum and comes in a few colors, though you’ll have to work hard to get ahold of anything other than black, the only variant stocked by MoMA’s shop.

Grab one at MoMA – $25 [via]

GET IT: $25

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Minifigs.Me

Maybe you dreamed of having a Lego city when you were young. Maybe you even made it happen. But do you really want generic Lego minifigures to populate that city? Minifigs.Me expands your options with a huge line of pre-designed minifigs that span real famous people and movie/TV/comic characters. The range includes Deadpool (shown), Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper, Ripley (from Alien), Pope Francis, both POTUS candidates, Yoda, and way more (in the hundreds) than we can realistically list. You can also build your own by choosing individual pieces or get their team to recreate you (or anybody, really) from photos.

Learn more at Minifigs.Me – roughly $15+ [via]

GET IT: ~$15+

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Killspencer iPhone 7/7+ Veil Collection

Perhaps your new smartphone is already starting to show “microabrasions” on its new polished jet black finish. Or maybe you’d rather your phone look a tad more original. Regardless, Killspencer’s Veil Collection for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will accomplish both by way of a laser cut and hand-finished protective cover that sticks onto the back of your device with a removable industrial adhesive. They’re ultra-thin at just 1mm thick, adding barely any bulk or thickness, and come in six options including Midnight Black Alcantara, Exotic Rosewood (shown, left), Black Leather (shown, right), and Walnut, sized to fit either the bigger or smaller iPhone.

Hit up Killspencer for the full lineup – $40+

GET IT: $40+

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Polygons Flat Measuring Spoon

The spoon hasn’t changed much in the last few millennia. But the measuring spoon is about to with Rahul Agarwal’s Polygons Flat Measuring Spoon. Polygons is just a flat rectangle made of polypropylene with a variety of flush thermoplastic rubber hinges running across. When you need to measure, fold it at the corresponding lines to form a spoon with the exact volume required. Each set includes two Polygons — one in the tablespoon range and the other in the teaspoon range — which work just as well with liquids, viscous products like honey, or powdered goods. Since they sit flat when unfolded they’re easy to clean and store, and curb the messiness of storing a dozen traditional measuring spoons.

Find it at Kickstarter – $12

GET IT: $12

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Balloon Pin House

You could fill a corner of your corkboard with spare pushpins waiting to be used. Or instead keep them all concentrated as the Balloon Pin House’s balloon. This whimsical plywood house features an attached cork ball that, when adorned with a few hundred colorful pins, evokes Carl’s floating house in Pixar’s Up. The Pin House can be kept loose or mounted thanks to a wall screw mount on its back side, though the screw isn’t included. The three hundred pins are, however, but they aren’t pre-fitted into the cork ball, so you’ve got your work set out for you.

Find it at Clive Roddy – roughly $32 [via]

GET IT: ~$30

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Cakedozer Cake Server

In the history of the world we sincerely doubt a single piece of cake has ever been served upright, considering the degree with which these sticky, sugar-filled concoctions adhere to most cake servers. Cakedozer makes attempting upright cake delivery far easier thanks to a small bulldozer that helps you push the cake off of the server and onto the plate by sliding its lever forward with your thumb, improving presentation, at least as compared to plopping the cake or pie sideways onto the plate. It solves a first world problem but an important one if you really care about desserts.

Learn more at Peleg Design – $16.50

GET IT: $16.50

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Maco Cable Organizer

You could master complex cable-wrapping techniques that just use their own wires to hold them together. Or just grab a Maco 2.0 or Big Maco cable organizer. Both slip around your cord to stay put whether attached or not and feature concealed neodymium magnets to tightly lock around cables, keeping them tidily wrapped and compact. The smaller Maco 2.0 is suitable for earbud headphones, charge cables, and the like, while the Big Maco is better for laptop chargers, ethernet cables, and small appliance wires like those on an iron or hair dryer.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $11

GET IT: ~$11

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Fidget Cube

Fidget incessantly at work or when sitting too long? You’re not alone. Numerous toys have been designed to meet this unique need over millennia including worry beads and Baoding balls but none come close to being as feature-packed as the Fidget Cube. On each of its six sides you’ll find a gliding joystick, a flip switch, a worry stone-shaped indentation to rub, a rotating dial, a ball (that also clicks in) and three gears to spin, and another side with five buttons, three that produce an audible click and two that are completely silent. It’s bound to meet your various fidgeting needs even if they’re complex and ever changing, and the inclusion of numerous silent options means your coworkers won’t want to murder you.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $19

GET IT: $19

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HMM TapeDispenser

If less design is better, then the HMM TapeDispenser, made of precisely machined aluminum, is best. This naturally weighted tape dispenser is a cube-shaped, pruned down version of typically large models, slicing off about two-thirds of the body size while still remaining fully functional for one-handed use. The tape holder attaches to its base magnetically and a square toothed cutter block made of hard-anodized aluminum cuts tape efficiently and more cleanly without posing any sort of cutting risk. Available in two versions: HMM 65 and HMM 50, the former compatible with 3-inch core tape of various widths and the latter for the standard 1-inch core tapes normally found in handheld dispensers.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $46+

GET IT: $46+