We didn't hear about it in time to include it in our Holiday Gift Guide, but have no doubt the latest version of CritBuns would be right up there in the hallowed 77 otherwise. Perfect for the design or architecture student in your life, CritBuns were conceived by founder Joe Gebbia after an 8-hour drawing critique at RISD in 2000 and the numb asses that ensued.
Since starting production in 2005, the portable foam cushions have racked up an avid following and a mini-culture revolving around the occasional absurdities of the critique process for which they were designed. Our favorite portion of the site for now: CritQuotes, where readers are invited to submit their own gems from especially rough session:
-"You could have blown your nose on this and it would have looked better."