Wood pallets are an interesting item - they are very pragmatic, but are also kind of cool in an industrial sort of way. We have recently seen people make fancy furniture from pallets, including a pretty interesting coffee table.
These miniature pallets are the perfect size to serve as a drink coaster and can work with both hot and cold beverages. The entire presentation of these pallets (or pallettes, as our European friends call them) is quite perfect. The pallets are a perfect 1:10 scale model of the real thing, right down to the markings on the wood. They come in a package of 5 coasters and are tied together with a tiny pair of straps. These things are so well done, we aren't sure if they should be used as coasters or as part of a scale model that we have to build for a warehouse client!
The pallet coasters will make a perfect gift for that urban-chic designer. Bonus points if they live in an industrial loft.