Gift ideas for the home
Shower the gardener in your life with an open-face terrarium from West Elm ($16 for small or $24 for large, westelm.com). These hand-blown glass orbs are a stylish way to decorate your house with ferns or succulents, whether displayed on a table or hardwood floor.
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Any domestic goddess would appreciate the Lotta Cake Stand from Fishs Eddy ($37, fishseddy.com). This eclectic 8.5-inch round is pretty enough to, well, stand on its own — with or without a dessert.
Punch up your home office with an eye-catching wall art calendar from Paper Source ($30, paper-source.com). Bonus: When the month ends, re-use the colorful designs to create pillow boxes, file folders, and note cards from the templates provided.
The Partridge in a Pear Tree Salt and Pepper Shakers from Pottery Barn ($36, potterybarn.com) will delight the hostess with the mostess in your life. Thanks to its subtle seasonal design, this stoneware and cast iron set can stay on the table long after Santa drops by for milk and cookies.
Tea for Two
Nothing says winter like a cozy teapot with a knitted sleeve ($25, target.com)! And nothing says friendship like a shared pot of Earl Grey and an afternoon of chatter.
Transform an ordinary hallway into an ancient European court with pocket bocce ($15, restorationhardware.com). The compact version of the classic game will appeal to players young and old.
Cooking just got a little more fun with the Williams-Sonoma Margot Gingham apron ($40, williams-sonoma.com). The scalloped hem and gathered waist give this feminine frock a touch of country charm.
Arm your jetsetter friend with the ultimate travel companion, "The New York Times 36 Hours" ($40, cb2.com). The book, based on a collection of the paper's popular travel column, features maps and color photos of 150 destinations across the US and Canada. Jam-packed itineraries — beginning Friday late afternoon — help travelers navigate the city with tips on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.
Make a big splash with a mini whale stapler from Pottery Barn ($17, potterybarn.com). The quirky mammal adds a maritime feel to any desktop.
Give the neighbors a throw pillow that showcases their family’s surname and provenance. Personalize the states throw pillow cover ($40 and up, redenvelope.com) with your choice of 50 silhouettes, two sizes, and five colors.