Clockwise from left: Battery-Powered Scissors ($8), Zippy Deluxe Battery-Operated Scissors ($9), My-T-Fine Cordless Electronic Cutter ($50), Laser-Guided Scissors ($16), Precision Wrapping Paper Slitter ($4).
I don't take my life — or my mail — seriously enough to ever own a letter opener. But, I do think they're ideal for staging a chic, mature home office, and they also make great gifts for the man who has everything. I guess I'm not the only one who can go without one, because I haven't seen an innovative letter opener since, well, ever. That is, until now.
Jean-Sebastien Ides designed this Scissor Letter Opener ($40) as a play on traditional scissors, resembling a single scissor blade. I think it's pretty clever. But then again, traditional scissors, if you hadn't noticed, also do a fantastique job of opening letters.
It's not often that I have top-secret papers that need to be shredded, but it happens occasionally. I can't justify cluttering up my house with a clunky shredder, or spending the dollars on something I rarely use. I would, however, throw down for a pair of The Container Store Stainless Steel Shredding Scissors ($8.99). For that periodic confidential envelope, or when I want to make confetti or packing stuffing, these shredding scissors will come in handy. Yeah, they require a little more work than an electronic paper shredder, but it's fun work.
I'm a huge fan of kitchen shears. I use them to snip herbs, cut chicken into chunks, and open cheese and prosciutto packages. I find them very handy and employ them on a regular basis. When I asked YumSugar if she loved her shears as much as I love mine, she said, "I don't have them and don't get the point of them." Now I'm asking you: Do you have kitchen shears? Are they an essential tool in your kitchen or do they sit untouched in a crowded drawer?
Hot shoes like this Roberto Cavalli Oil Slick Bootie Pump, $905, are only hot if you can actually wear them. I'm sure most of you have had this problem: you excitedly put on your new favorite shoes, only to find that the soles are so slippery, you feel unstable everywhere you go. That is simply unacceptable, especially since you paid so much money for those gorgeous puppies. The whole world needs to see them, but what the world doesn't need to see is you falling flat on your face!
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