Holiday Gift Guide- Message in a Bottle
Courtesy of Anthropologie

Message in a Bottle

Start a thoughtful tradition this year. Use the enclosed scroll to write an affirmation to a dear friend, cork it, deliver it as a gift, and wait to see if it's returned back to you.


Message in a Bottle
Available at Anthropologie

Courtesy of See Jane Work

Stash in Style

One of the pitfalls of being design-obsessed is the trouble we have parting with old issues of magazines. Every girlfriend you have would appreciate a few of these, perhaps holding a rare European glossy.

Thomas Paul Magazine Holder
Available at See Jane Work

Holiday Gift Guide- His and Hers Candles

His-and-Hers Candles

What could be a better way to distinguish his-and-hers sinks in a master bathroom than with these cheeky Victorian silhouetted votives? This is a perfect gift for your favorite couple.


Silhouette Votive Set
Available at Jayson Home & Garden

holly golightly sleep mask
Courtesy of Fred Flare

Beauty Sleep

Draped in diamonds and wearing a little black sheath dress is one way to look like Audrey Hepburn's classic portrayal of Holly Golightly, but to complete the ensemble you'll need to give this adorable sleep mask.

Holly Golightly Mask
Available at Fred Flare

Eco-nomical Holiday Gifts
Courtesy of Branch

Stocking Stuffer

These adorable animals are handmade by a group of women knitters in Kenya. The collective is designed and run to ensure a better way of life for the workers, providing them with dignified and healthy working conditions. They're cute enough to give as a gift, or attach to a package as decoration.

Handmade Finger Puppets
$16 (set of 3 puppets)
Available at Branch

sticky note set
Courtesy of See Jane Work

Sticky Chic

Have a bunch of these on hand for all the people you forgot to shop for. Slightly bigger than the office supply staple, they’re great for grocery lists, quick notes, and school excuses.

Good on Paper Sticky Note Set
Available at See Jane Work

Holiday Gift Guides- In Key
Courtesy of Areaware

In Key

They’ll always find their keys, no matter how oversized the handbag with this silicone key keychain. Cast from an 18th-century Italian church key, this may not be one of a kind, but it is very, very unique. Available in three colors: white, red, and black.


Silicone Key Keychain
Available at Areaware

Holiday gift Guide
Courtesy of Fishs Eddy

Carnival Coasters

During the holidays you want to keep a few gifts on hand for the unexpected, and these inexpensive coasters make a great impromptu present, besides nostalgic amusement parks, choose from architectural floor plans, Alice in Wonderland, or the New York City skyline.


$4/ set of 12
Available at Fishs Eddy

Life board game
Courtesy of Target

Vintage Life

Relive the late nights of playing board games with a classic edition of Hasbro's Life. If driving your car through memorable milestones and collecting pink and blue peg children isn't your thing, editions of Monopoly, Jenga, Clue, and Scrabble are also available.

Life Board Game
Available at Target

Ceramic cup
Courtesy of Elsewares

Take It To Go

The "We Are Happy To Serve You" paper cups are synonymous with sidewalk carts pouring hot coffee. Now you can enjoy the characteristic cup whenever and wherever with the clever ceramic version.

NYC Deli Cup
Available at Elsewares

Holiday Gift Guides- Save the Date
Courtesy of Paper Source

Save the Date

A great easy gift for a coworker, this letter press calendar can instantly dress up a cubicle or home office.


2010 Paper Source Letterpress Calendar
Available at Paper Source

Pin art
Courtesy of Office Playground

Lasting Impression

Give a special someone this blast-from-the-past novelty, and watch them amuse themselves as they push their hands and faces (or whatever else they can find) into the pins.

Pin Art
Available at Office Playground

Holiday Gift Guide- L. L. Bean Tote
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The Old Standby

When in doubt, stick with a classic. You can’t beat the L.L.Bean Boat and Tote. It’s spawned tons of knockoffs, but the original is still the best. With three size options for less than $25, there’s still room left in your budget to pack in a little trinket for someone special.

L. L. Bean Boat and Tote
Available at L. L. Bean

exotic gift basket with beautifully packaged Asian teas from Guang Sang
Courtesy of Pearl River

Tea For Two

Create your own exotic gift basket with beautifully packaged Asian teas from Guang Sang. With exquisite flavors such as mint, peach, ginger, black currant, and mango, you can choose a variety. Make sure to complete the gift set with either a mug or ceramic teapot.

Exotic Asian Tea
$2.25 (per tin)
Available at Pearl River

Holiday Gift Guide- Night Light
Courtesy of MOMA Store


Prevent the book lover in your circle from having to leave the overhead lights on when he’s reading with this clip-in book light. It illuminates only the book’s pages without bothering anyone else. It’s the perfect gadget for any reader.


Hydra LED Booklight
Available at MOMA Store

Stick Up

Turn your refrigerator into an art gallery. A simple invitation becomes artwork with these brightly colored frames in a range of sizes and designs.

Working Class Studio Framework Magnetic Frames
Available at Velocity Art and Design

frozen hot chocolate
Courtesy of Fred Flare

Serendipitous Gifting

If you've ever waited in line for over an hour just to have frozen hot chocolate, chances are you were in line at NYC's Serendipity restaurant (yes, it is also in the same-name movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale). Wait no more with this at-home frozen hot chocolate kit -- complete with one authentic glass, two packs of hot chocolate, and a straw for sharing.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Set
Available at Amazon

Holiday Gift Guides- Remember 2010
Courtesy of CB2

Remember 2010

For those whose creativity is stifled by a blank page, give them a more encouraging diary. With daily prompts and questions, this journal almost writes itself.


Simple Diary
Available at CB2

A multi-purpose tool.
Courtesy of Leatherman Store


If he doesn't already have one, he needs one. Even women find this multipurpose tool -- that can fit on a keychain or in a pocket -- extremely handy. Scissors, a bottle opener, and a screwdriver are just a few of this nifty tool's attributes.

Silver Micra Multi-Tool
Available at Leatherman Store

2009 Holiday Gift Guide- Ladybug Bauble

Ladybug Baubles

Give the little princess in your life something all her own to keep in her jewelry box with this age-appropriate and adorable ladybug charm necklace and bracelet set.


French Princess Jewelry
Available at Basic French Online

scented soap

Rainforest Rescue

These scented soaps -- available in oatmeal lilac, rose pepperwood, and pink lavender -- are made by women of New Orleans (many single mothers) who are still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Katrina. Not only will you help them stay employed, but The Rainforest Site will also preserve 1,145 square feet of land for each set of soaps you purchase.

Queen B Handmade Guest Soaps
Available at The Rainforest Site

Holiday Gift Guide- Pocket Mirror

Pocket Mirror

This English rose bedecked pocket mirror from John Derian will brighten up anyone's cosmetic kit. A pretty little token mirror aids discreet lipstick touch-ups.


Rose Spray Mirror Button
Available at John Derian Company

cupcake kit for kids
Courtesy of Sur La Table

Kid-Friendly Kit

Cupcakes in a bag? Genius! Give this gift to the child who’s looking for a fun activity to pass the time. Everything they need is in the bag…including a spoon that’s just right for little hands.

Cupcake Making Kit
Available at Sur La Table

Holiday gift Guides- Garden Fresh
Courtesy of The Conran Shop

Garden Fresh

Organic arugula and hydroponic tomatoes taste best when tossed with cute and clever bamboo serving utensils. These gardeners' hand tools are a fun, yet still, practical gift for the gardener on your list.


Garden Salad Serving Set
Available at The Conran Shop

Holiday Gift Guides- It's in the Bag
Courtesy of Three Potato Four

It's in the Bag

This may be a little kitschy, but we love this canvas "bag of money." Use it as a gift bag and fill it with little trinkets and treats. It later can be used as a humorous door stop, catchall, or to collect loose change.


Bag of Money
Available at Three Potato Four

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