From U.K.-based Hulger comes the PIP phone, a sleek and simple 1980s-style headset with a decidedly 21st century application. Available for wired or Bluetooth, about $80-$150 in U.S. coin.
2. NOKIA E-70 PHONE
Small, pocketable and with a flip-out QWERTY keyboard. Nokia's new series of business phones is akin to its 6800 series, but with powerful, more sophisticated software. Not available in the U.S. until first quarter 2006.
3. POP-ART TOASTER
From New York-based LC Premiums, this toaster imprints fun images and messages on bread as it toasts. Cartridges are replaceable, meaning you can change images often, and LC is in discussions with Disney and Hasbro for a licensing agreement. $28-$40.
4. TWIST TOGETHER LAMP
Retro and stylish at the same time. The lamps are lit by LEDs, and you put them together in whatever arrangement you like. From New York-based design studio Glide. $399-$585.
5. PIERRE MARCOLINI CHOCOLATES
"Artisan/chocolatier" Pierre Marcolini has shops in Tokyo, London, Paris and New York. Try the box of 10 assorted chocolate bars for $80. We did. Mmmmm ... chocolate.
6. SONY DSC-N1
When Sony came out with its T1 camera two years ago, it was all the rage. This one's even better. The N1 features more megapixels, a bigger screen, a better lens and overall improved image quality. And, get this: Pictures put in the separate sharing album are kept at the low-res needed to display them on the screen, leaving room to take more photos. $499.95.
7. CLIPWALL STICKERS
From Lomo, based in Austria, comes a unique product. Lomo will take your pictures or images and print them onto stickers, or transform them into oversize mosaic wall-hangings. Stickers come in two sizes. The clipwall starts at $50 and goes to about $175 for 13 square feet.
8. iSONG BOOK
Why, no, in fact, the iPod craze won't die. So Tivoli Audio, Boston, came up with this universal stereo/iPod dock. Digital tuning, presets, alarm, detachable speakers, remote, headphone jack ... yeah, it's got all the bells and whistles. $329.99.
9. GOYARD LEATHERGOODS
Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Prada ... out. Maison Goyard, back in. Exclusive and chic and 152 years old, Maison Goyard is making a comeback with its wallets, card cases and bags. Women's handbags start at $1,000 and are available exclusively in the U.S. at Barney's, New York.
Definitely a rainy-day project, but definitely cool. Make-your-own moccasins from F. Troupe. They give you everything, including the leather. You provide the needle and thread. Women's styles and sizes only. $80.