Chemistry Glassware by Cognitive Surplus

This glassware by Cognitive Surplus cleverly represents the molecular structures of the drinks you pour into them. The Portland, Oregon-based design studio is the brainchild of self-proclaimed “science nerd” Kristen Zephyrus and designer Geoff Zephyrus. “We are fascinated by and curious about the science in the world around us. We love everything from physics jokes to the exquisite beauty of early scientific etchings and illustrations.” See more of their clever designs on Etsy.

Keep your skin looking healthy and radiant by using this organic coffee bean scrub. It is made from all natural ingredients including coconut oil, sea salt, and vitamin E, and has a beautiful coffee scent to keep you smelling fresh all day!


Charming Hedgehog-Shaped Toothpick Holder by Erwan Péron

Meet Kipik, the ultimate cocktail party companion. This whimsical hedgehog was designed by French designer Erwan Péron. Made out of recyclable materials, it can hold up to 22 toothpicks at a time and is a perfect blend of fun and function. With a clever design that allows it to be placed directly on the table or conveniently hung on the edge of a bowl—this fun little critter makes for a wonderfully unique host or hostess gift. Get your own adorably playful piece at Amazon.


From custom portrait cookie cutters to tiny polymer clay camera charms featuring real (teeny-tiny!) photos, there’s more than one way to personalize a gift. Discover 16 unexpected — and totally one-of-a-kind — gift ideas in our holiday shopping guide on the Etsy Blog. 


Cleverly Illustrated Literary Notebooks by Obvious State

Featuring the inspiring words of famous authors like William Faulkner and Oscar Wilde, these literary notebooks by Obvious State are sure to get your creative juices flowing. The New York City-based design studio is co-founded by Evan and Nichole Robertson. “We’re word lovers who make art for word lovers. We’re inspired by provocative language and literature, and use our favorite passages as a springboard for original designs.” Visit Etsy to see more of Obvious State’s clever creations.


Hand-Painted and Wood Burned Art Pieces by Gracemere Woods

Artists Kimera Wachna and Yuichi Watanabe collaborated to create Etsy shop Gracemere Woods, which designs and sells uniquely vibrant, hand-painted and wood burned art. Each hand rendering is illustrated on a recycled slice of wood. From luminous starry nights to colorful creatures, these pieces bring nature into your home in a creative and artistic way. Check out their collection in its entirety over at Etsy.


Looking for unique homemade Christmas gift ideas? Then be sure to consider this collection of ten unique homemade Christmas gift ideas that you can make yourself!

1. Easy Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe

2. Easy Marimo Moss Ball DIY Light Bulb Terrarium

3. Starry DIY Snow Globe Ring

4. Homemade Cranberry Body Butter Recipe

5. DIY Moss Terrarium

6. DIY Terrarium Magnets

7. DIY Homemade Holiday Wax Tarts

8. Easy DIY Red Velvet Cake Lotion

9. DIY Perfect Pumpkin Massage Candles with Printable Labels

10. Easy DIY Tea Tins with Printable Labels

Discover even more unique homemade Christmas gifts and homemade stocking stuffer ideas here, here and here. You can also find me on Pinterest.


Historic Bridge Bookshelves by Eugeniya Retinskaya

Thanks to Etsy shop owner Eugeniya Retinskaya—your beloved books now have an illustrious platform to traverse along. Inspired by the great architectural overpasses of our time, these structures are available in both easy-to-assemble and as DIY projects for you hands-on builders out there. Check out Retinskaya’s shop W and R Store to see this entire collection.