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Nook

With Amazon on its second iteration of Kindle, you knew brick and mortar stalwarts Barnes & Noble weren't going to just let them take over the electronic book market. Hence, Nook ($260). Built atop Android and featuring dual screens — one e-Ink, one color touch screen — Nook aims to present books and their covers to you in a whole new, but familiar, way. Like the Kindle, it features built-in 3G wireless networking, storage for up to 1,500 books, and a sleeker design than Amazon's front-keyboard gadget. The icing on the cake? There are thousands of books available for free, making the two and some change price tag seem that much friendlier.

  • Missisipi Distiller

    Don't let the name fool you — the Missisipi Distiller ($200) isn't some shoddy backwoods attempt to make money by selling moonshine machines, but rather a way to extract fragrant oils for use in colognes and perfumes (riiight). Made by the Missisipi Destil Co., this contraption uses a series of tubes, an oil lamp, and a water-filled condensing pot to take plant leaves like lavender, mint, and thyme, remove the essential oils, and turn them into a concentrated liquid. In addition, the Distiller comes with a walnut base, borosilicate glass pieces, and a frame made from five copper plates, secured by copper rivets to make it look even more interesting. A can't-miss conversation piece.

  • Blomus Business Card Holder

    A nice business card can leave a long-lasting impression — so make sure yours stay in great shape with the Blomus Business Card Holder ($18). Made from brushed stainless steel, this heavy-duty case holds 25 standard business cards, keeping them safe from scratches, dents, and other unappealing signs of wear. Because no one wants to be the guy with the dingy, beat up business cards.