Gift Guide: 50 Flat or Foldable Finds

Hectic schedules as well as the cost of travel frequently make it impossible to be with all your family and friends during the holidays. Allow the ones you love know you are thinking of them by sending one of these easily mailable goods as a temporary replacement for your company. Every present within this guide folds or squishes flat to fit in a 9.5″x12.5″ $4.95 flat-rate smaller or envelope, so there’s no need to feel like Scrooge when deciding who makes your record this season.

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Air Vase – $28

Not merely are the bold and vibrant colours of the vase certain to impress any design fan, but how it ships level and is constructed entirely of paper will trim your vacation postal expenses.

Mailing size: Horizontal 7.9″ square


Bronze Stars – $22

For your friend with impeccable taste who’s impossible to buy for, think about this clean and ventilated home accessory a secure bet. No one can withstand unique designer decorations.

Mailing size: Thin bundle 4.5″ long

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Arbitax Cardcase Holder – GBP 22

Nothing gives the serious businessman instant street cred like pulling a sleek pink card case. This is the best present for someone who has to have a little more fun at work.

Mailing size: 3.9″ x 2.5″ x.5″


MyLife USB Ceramic Candles – $72

You may be struck by how beautiful these bracelets will seem draped on your loved one’s throat, but they’re also practical USB drives.

Mailing size: Level; shield with in an inch of bubble-wrap.

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Thread Lid (Antiprism) – EUR 9.50

Whether you send it alone or with a particular trinket to tuck inside, this foldable box and lid set is a wonderful storage option for people who believe that an item is only as good as its wrap.

Mailing size: Horizontal 8.7″ x 11.8″ sheet


Tattone Temporary Tattoo – $5

For 2012, I predict a Pantone colour which is going to be more on the natural side — your skin. Who would not wish to get designer tattoos in the email this holiday season, or any season at that?

Mailing size: Fits in a notice card


New Flowers – $13.96

Send flowers that are certain to survive over a few days. All these 32 unique floral papers can grace the dining table every day.

Mailing size: 11.4″ heap of 32 sheets rolls or folds up for transport


Juice Pack Reserve Portable iPhone Charger / Battery Pack – $34.95

Keep that special someone out of running from battery life on an iPhone or even iPod. Keep this miniature charger useful and constantly have that required extra juice.

Mailing size:1.5″ x 3″ x.5″

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Tea Diver – $20

Surprise your tea-snob friends with this Korean diver-inspired strainer. But by no means should you urge what tea to use with it.

Mailing size:5.8″ x 1.9″ x 1.9″

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Mikro Man 12: Fix – GBP 7.50

Create your own miniature home-improvement vignette with no pain or frustration of the real thing. These incredibly intricate sculptures by Sam Buxton mail flat and unfold to become sculpture.

Mailing size:Horizontal 5.3″ x 3.3″ sheet


Crumpled City Maps – EUR 12

For your friend who thinks folding and rolling maps is for people with a lot of time on their hands, send a travel accessory which can easily be stuffed into a coat pocket. These well-designed travel channels may stand up to virtually any adventure.

Mailing size: 4.5″ x 6″ x 1″

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Quantify — Produce Season – AUD 18

Your family and friends will never have to guess whether apples or zucchini are in season. With this easy and tasteful chart, make guides are clearly displayed by year and hemisphere.

Mailing size:Flat11.4″ x 5.1″


Nordic Light Candle Holder: 7-Arm – $99

The heavy Nordic influence of the candelabra means that it is more than just visually magnificent; it is also versatile and practical. Notice how the arms swivel to any place. Give this to someone who appreciates understated design.

Mailing size: 12″ x 8″ x 1.5″ collapsed


Plant Label Stakes – $14

This gives add function and ornamental flair to a raised bed or indoor planter.

Mailing size: Horizontal 11.8″ x 5.9″

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Leaf Stickie Notes: Ginkgo – $4

For someone who notices the beauty in nature’s creations, then share these brightly thoughtful ginkgo tacky notes which detail the veining of the leaves.

Mailing size: Flat7.9″ x 5.9″ pad

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Adhere to the slogan of the company,”you lose what you don’t hold,” and give this folding phone wallet. Your friend can use it to keep his phone, cash, keys and more at hand.

Mailing size: Slightly Larger than an iPhone


Designer Emulation Kit – $29

Give the midcentury style enthusiast the present that they’ve always wanted — Castiglioni’s Arco floor lamp, Maurer’s Lucellino lamp, or Sapper’s Tizio lamp. With this pop-out kit, you are able to send all of three.

Mailing size: Horizontal 4.8″ x 6.8″ card


Tea Towels – $32

While I love the idea of tea towels, they tend to seem like they had been created solely to be used in a kitchen which counts doilies as its main design feature. Not this pair.

Mailing size: Folds to 7.5″ x 10″


LED Bicycle Light – $29

Help a friend safely combine the bicycle revolution with these fun and colorful bicycle lights. There are also many possibilites for integrating these little detachable lights into the house.

Mailing size: 1.3″ x.8″ x.5″


Small Leather Sectional Globe – AUD 33.95

This flat-packed, leather globe is anything but normal. Also available in metal and bamboo, give one or all three for an attractive and educational home accessory.

Mailing size: Horizontal 7.9″ x 11.8″ pack


600 Black Spots: A Pop-up Book for Kids of All Ages – $14.95

David Carter redefines the pop-up publication, repackaging it into a beautifully modern language that’s entertaining and appealing to kids and grownups alike.

Mailing size: 9.4″ x 9.4″ x 1.3″


Tangent Mobiles – $16

Interactive artwork is always fun to give and get. Send one or more of these concentric ring mobiles to bring some needed flair to any space, particularly when winter is in its dreariest.

Mailing size: Horizontal 10″ or 3″ diameter


Half-Spectacle Acetate Magnifying Glass – $85

Surprisingly relevant, this magnifying glass by Maison Martin Margiela will let everybody know how serious about design you are.

Mailing size: 2″ x 3″


Buckyballs – $34.95

Have a friend who always complains about being bored at work? Give him a pair of fun magnetic Buckyballs. This desk puzzle will inspire the many reluctant worker.

Mailing size: 2″ x 2″ x 5.2″

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3 WindMills Light Switch Sticker – GBP 16.90

Send a friendly and subtle reminder that it is always wise to conserve energy.

Mailing size: Horizontal 12.5″ x 4.7″

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HUG Bowl – $118

Without resorting to some dingy wicker basket for your dining room table, keep all of your fruit corralled and in plain sight. This solid surface bowl hugs your fruit to keep it in position, and would make a fantastic present for any urge of form follows function.

Mailing size: 11.3″ x 9.5″ x.5″


Ready-to-Grow Collection – $57.73

Allow your urban-dwelling friends to join in on the vegetable-growing celebration by sending them these insta-grow, dehydrated vegetable packs.

Mailing size: 7.1″ x 7.1″ x 2.4″


Drip Ruff – EUR 9.20

Along with a delicious bottle of pinot noir, send a bundle of these tasteful paper-drip ruffs to safeguard the white linen tablecloth.

Mailing size: 5.5″ x 2.2″ x 1.2″ box


Doxie Go Mobile Document Scanner – $199

Scan, sync and send to the cloud over 600 pages of files in just 1 battery life. On the lookout for cable direction? Here’s your final solution.

Mailing size: 10.5″ x 1.7″ x 2.2″

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Flat Pack Carrier

Know someone who’s never content with the status quo when it comes to home accessories? Send this laser-cut flat-packed basket and let that certain someone know that you are anything but predictable.

Mailing size: 15″ diameter, folds flat


Bierfilzl Wool Coasters – $18

A well-made coaster is essential to maintaining your furniture shielded, but surprisingly difficult to come by — and nobody makes beer accessories such as the Germans do. Send a friend a pair or 2 of these Bierfilzl wool coasters for some holiday cheers.

Mailing size: 4″ x 4″ x 1″


Spektral + Sto-Lang Paper Mobiles – $18

Seeking to brighten someone’s holidays? Send this colorful hanging mobile. It is one big party in a tiny bag.

Mailing size: 4″ x 4″ x.5″


Send holiday cheer along with a backyard in one festive little postcard. Your pals can exercise their green horn while stuck inside during winter.

Mailing size: 6.25″ x 4″ x .75″ closed

Wooden reindeer – $21.58

On the lookout for holiday decorations that don’t shout”Santa’s workshop burst in my living space”? Look no further than these attractively simple Nordic reindeer.

Mailing size: Level 3″ card


Modern Candle Holder – $25

Present a piece of home decor which relies on simplicity and purpose for its attractiveness.

Mailing size: Folds to11″ x 1.5″


Knitted Vase Cover TILLI with Screen Print – $30

As a devotee of this reused glass jar vase, I urge a little extra effort for your talented floral arrangements using a beautifully knitted cover.

Mailing size: 9.8″ long, squishes level

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Wooden Vase Necklace #310 – $32

Make sure that there is always a fresh floral arrangement on hand using a tiny necklace vase.

Mailing size: Small pendant sizes change


DIY Paper Puppet FOX – $8

Few things are as fantastic as receiving a paper fox shadow puppet in the email.

Mailing size: 4″ x 2.8″

Hidden Artwork

Blocks A4 – GBP 16.50

Sometimes it only takes a pencil and an eraser to create a workspace. Let the upcoming big idea to flourish by keeping this useful place within arm’s reach.

Mailing size: 2.8″ x 2.8″ x.5″

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Pigs Can Fly Wondercard – AUD 7.25

Send someone a letter that’s a present in itself. Inspired by the thaumatrope toys of the 1820s, this optical illusion game is going to be inspirational and fun for all.

Mailing size: Level 4″ x 4″


Cork Birdhouse – GBP 29.50

By providing this collapsible cork birdhouse, you not only provide neighborhood birds a place to park, but also return a piece of nature back to its former habitat.

Mailing size: 11″ x.6″


Delfonics Roll Pen Case – $23

Help artistic friends keep writing and drawing provides mobile, organized and easily accessible with an appealing canvas roll case.

Mailing size: 10″ x 8″ case rolls up for transport

F1 Move sterile Set

Allow loved ones to arrange their own lives and their closets while off on vacation — visiting you, of course!

Mailing size: 12″ x 9″ pouch folds to 6″ x 4.5″ or smaller

Julius Shulman Film

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman – $26.99

Any fan of contemporary architecture should own this particular documentary on photographer Julius Shulman.

Mailing size: 5.3″ x 7.5″ x.6″


10″ iPad Sleeve – $44

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