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Centre Spin Fidget Spinner

Not all fidget spinners are made equal. Like their other wares, J.L. Lawson & Co’s Centre Spin is a heirloom-quality object designed to keep your hands busy that’s both overbuilt and made start-to-finish in California. The compact, pocketable spinner unscrews to come apart into four pieces, granting access to the USA-made hybrid ceramic bearing inside for occasional cleaning to keep it spinning smoothly. Comes in either stainless steel, brass, or copper, each with a small leather pouch for storage.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $80+

GET IT: $80+

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Spyslide Webcam Cover

Industrial engineers didn’t painstakingly design your laptop computer just so you could spoil its looks with a sticker or, worse, a piece of tape, over the camera. The stainless steel Spyslide Webcam Cover is both subtler and a far more elegant solution. It’s ultra-thin at 0.023 inches (0.6mm) as to not interfere with screen closing, sports a small bump to facilitate sliding open or closed, and is completely self-contained so there are no loose parts to lose. Works with laptops, desktops, and tablets, and comes in either matte black or metallic silver to suit them all.

Find it at Kickstarter – roughly $10

GET IT: ~$10

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Nike Outsole iPhone 7 Cases

The slick body of a bare iPhone is by no means a sure grip. Nike Outsole iPhone 7 Cases should help, and though while they’re not made of the same material as their shoes they do resemble a couple of their iconic outsoles. Models include the Nike Roshe and the Air Force 1 (shown), both sneakerhead-pleasing and crafted of two colors of thermoplastic polyurethane that’ll shield your precious device against bumps and bruises.

Learn more at Nike – $35

GET IT: $35

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The Key Armory

A key is a key is a key. But not those produced forged by The Key Armory. They sell key blanks in both Schlage SC1 and Kwikset KW1 types, covering about 90% of locks, but more importantly each have a distinct bow shaped like legendary swords from movies and video games. Currently the collection spans twenty swords that include pieces from The Legend of Zelda (like Link’s Master Sword and the Boss Key, both shown), Squall’s Gunblade Revolver, and Anduril from LOTR. On top of letting you yield swords to open doors they also, as a bonus, make each of your keys far more easily identifiable.

Learn more at The Key Armory – $12 [via]

GET IT: $12

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TTi-150 Titanium Dice

Clean, minimal, and made of our favorite metal, there’s lots to like about TTi-150 Titanium Dice. Each is precisely carved of GR5 titanium by a CNC mill to a smoothed cube that, importantly, won’t scratch up your table, and finalized to either a sand blasted grey or stone washed silver finish. Because of the choice of material they’re far lighter than they look at 11.5 grams (0.4 ounces) each and are non-magnetic (so if you’re in need of a trick die look elsewhere). Also available in a Damascus version (see second image) forged of nearly 100 layers of steel.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $26

GET IT: ~$26

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TIHK HK2 Handcuff Key

You may be concealing a Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key on your rear belt loop as we speak — because you never know, and real proper handcuffs can be bought by anybody with $30 and a heartbeat. Either way, a new and improved version is now replacing the original: the TIHK HK2 Handcuff Key. As before it’s minuscule, lightweight, and colored a super stealthy matte black, clipping onto one of your belt loops for easy reach should you ever find yourself unlawfully cuffed, but this version boasts extra teeth within the clasp to further ensure it doesn’t budge, and its universal key functionality is improved to more smoothly unlock a large variety of handcuffs. It’s also made of reinforced nylon so it won’t set off metal detectors, leaving none the wiser.

Find it at TIHK – $12 [via]

GET IT: $12

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Orbiter Spinner

We love creative work, but it inevitably pushes us to an anxious, fidgety state while waiting for ideas to spontaneously manifest themselves. For this fidget devices were invented, and the Orbiter Spinner is a departure from the typical types. The two part Orbiter includes a steel ball and a machined titanium base, both fitted with powerful neodymium magnets that keep them together. To spin it, push the ball out of the concave finger hole and to the edge (like the right half of the above photo), then pinch the base with your index and thumb and oscillate slightly (this video shows it in action). It’ll also function as a top and a no friction trackball for keeping your hands busy in other ways, and weighs less than two ounces thanks to its titanium build so you’ll frequently want to keep one in your pocket.

Find it at Cool Material – $65

GET IT: $65

Tools

Lindlund Ruler

Bridging the gap between our physical and digital worlds isn’t quite as easy as it should be. Since app, magazine, and web designs often starts as sketches on paper, the Lindlund Ruler — the first to do the above — becomes indispensable. It unifies several units of measurement that modern designers need on its four edges (including 2 internal), spanning centimetres to inches and picas to pixels, the latter divvied up in 10 pixel batches at a simulated pixel density of 150ppi that matches modern iPhones. Attention to detail in its own design isn’t lacking either, with a rubber coating on the back that prevents slipping, an aircraft-grade aluminum construction, and two choices of anodized finishes in midnight black or luxe silver.

Grab one at Kickstarter – roughly $25

GET IT: ~$25

Toys

Nimuno Loops Lego Compatible Tape

A bit of Nimuno Loops Lego Compatible Tape goes a long way to boost the compatibility of everyday objects with your Lego bricks. This peel-and-stick adhesive-backed tape is flexible, shapeable, and can be cut down to the right length to handle various tasks, and since it’s got a Lego-like interface it’ll work to stick your existing blocks in places you otherwise couldn’t. Available in several colors including red, green, blue, and grey.

Find it at Indiegogo – $11+

GET IT: $11+

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LittlePlanetFactory 3D Printed Celestial Bodies

Amateur astronomers and space buffs know that quality planet props are essentially nonexistent. Until now. LittlePlanetFactory 3D prints a variety of celestial bodies from high-resolution digital models using a proprietary 3D printer, making highly detailed objects as small as 0.4-inches all the way up to 7.8-inches in diameter. Their current selection includes a variety of single moons and planets — including of course our own pale blue dot — as well as a variety of interesting sets that cover our solar system with major moons (pictured, and all to scale), the Galilean satellites, and a set of the Sun, Jupiter, and Earth to scale. Other particularly awesome (and nerdy) options include terraformed Mars, Earth with relief or in color topographic, Venus with removable cloud cover, and many more. And if they don’t have what you want feel free to commission your own.

Find them at LittlePlanetFactory – roughly $24+ [via]

GET IT: ~$24

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CW&T Key Wrangler

Designed and built by CW&T, the makers of our favorite pens, the Key Wrangler is the Brooklyn brand’s latest creation: a keyring to tidy up your keys, with a bit of added functionality. Your keys safely slip onto a key post that’s unscrewed using a small flathead, or with the knurled portion using just your fingers. It’s wide so it’ll fit a ton of keys (up to 17 normal-sized ones), and there’s enough clearance from the post to the frame to fit even larger keys that can then rotate and be positioned freely. Some more cleverness went into it as well: the spring clip closure doubles as a bottle opener and the triangular shape of the opener means all the keys cleanly slide to one side when hanging on a belt loop or backpack. Comes in raw stainless or with a rugged cerakote finish in black or orange.

Grab one at Kickstarter – $55

GET IT: $55

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Giveaway: OrbitKey

Your keys desperately need taming. And we’re teaming up with OrbitKey to lend a hand. Enter for a chance to win one of three OrbitKey 2.0 sets — made of either rubber, leather, or canvas, your choice — with full accessories, which also means both their 32GB USB drive and Multitool to slip on the OrbitKey alongside two to seven keys. As always we’re keeping entry quick and painless. To enter, do these things: (note: skip straight to step 2 if you’re already subscribed to our email newsletter) 1. Sign up to our weekly email newsletter (below).

2. Confirm your entry (we also threw in the option to Tweet once to double your odds, but no pressure). a Rafflecopter giveaway We’ll handle the rest. Giveaway closes on March 24th 2017 at midnight EST. Open to entrants internationally. Three randomly selected winners each get to choose their style/color. As always we never share any data collected (in this case, email addresses) with any third parties.

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Bottle Opener

Opener Coaster

For when you’re about to enjoy a cold one but no bottle openers are in sight, there’s Opener Coaster. This rugged, machined aircraft-grade aluminum coaster is first and foremost nigh indestructible and shields your delicate wooden tables from drink sweat and probably also bullets. Flip it around and integrated into its cork bottom are four drink-opening tools to guarantee you’ll never go thirsty: a can tab pry bar, metal and plastic twist off wrenches, and a standard bottle opener. It comes in two versions — a sleeker, smaller Modern and a military-inspired MK-1 (shown) — in a handful or so of stone washed, anodized colors.

Find it at Kickstarter – $25+

GET IT: $25+