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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Available at Office Playground
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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