Talja is a wood carving kit that hopes to unglue smartphones from people's hands in an attempt to enjoy a traditional pastime that will reconnect them with their own thoughts. Mindless yet thoughtful, quiet yet artistic, the art of woodcarving is something that modern people could benefit from. The wood carving kit offers a productive sense of meditation many will be attracted to.
Handmade by Jakob Nielsen, the wood carving kit is comprised of a knife, sandpaper, wood and oil. Available in two version, this set would make a great gift for the holiday season. Nielsen writes that it will "get people to spend a little less time in front of a small (or big) screen, and to enjoy the rewarding feeling of creating something physical with your bare hands, something real. We see it as creative meditation."