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A Few Less Usual…Gifts for Them

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Things to evoke a smile, enhance aesthetics, help entertain with style.

Left: Delicate, graceful champagne flutes. Set of 6, each one different-bands, stripes, bubbles… (also makes a lovely centerpiece, each with a single bud) 7” high. Pretty on a bar; iconoclastic serving. 5 oz. $ 69.00 rshcatalog.com

Above Right: Sleepy Hollow Wine Stopper by Michael Aram- “…infused with eerie yet romantic images-whispers heard in rustling leaves, the wind whistling dark secrets.” A visually pleasing and eminently practical token. 4.75” x 7” nickelplate $45.00 michaelaram.com

Heirloom Memories

These are two among a collection of Jenny Gaynor’s extremely clever custom vases utilizing your very own, personally selected, photographic memories. Imagine a one-of-a-kind gift so entirely specific to family memories, friendship, the holidays; history. Picture your loved one’s expression!

Each vase can feature a different number of photographs in accordance with an established pattern. Color can be changed to black and white, but not vice versa. (Photographs sent to Jenny should be at least 100 KB with 300 dpi resolution) Every photo is individually sized and cut. The photo process is intricate, beginning with the careful placement of images around curves and ending with a full day in the kiln. Vases are signed and dated on the bottom with a personal note of your choosing referring to the holidays, wedding, anniversary, birth, retirement…along with the name of whom the vase is to and from-up to 40 characters. Sizes from 3” x 6” ($150) to 7.5” x 20” ($550.) All vases are made using 99% recycled glass. jennygaynor.com
Note: for ground delivery by Christmas orders must be placed by Dec 4. Overnight Expedited Delivery (extra charges apply) for Christmas orders must be placed by December 11.

Olive Cookbook Stand- Surely you have a real chef in your circle, someone who collects recipes and books as if they were art, analyzes the ingredients of restaurants meals and creates memorable originals of his/her own? This very good looking kitchen “tool” will aid and abet with practicality and style. 12.5”w x 10” d x 12” h wrought iron. $34.00 wisteria.com

Above Top: The reliable and tasty Eleni’s offers this among her holiday fare: the December 25th Package- available in sizes of either 20 ($65.00)or 34 cookies ($105.00): trees, reindeer, Santas, snowmen, presents, and candy canes. Cheery and mmmmm good. Easy to send from the site. elenis.com

Above Bottom: Petrossian Caviar Five Star Showcase- Ok, who do you REALLY love, owe, want to impress? Gift Boxed: 5 30g jars: Royal Ossetra, Alverta Classic, Royal Transmontanous, Royal Siberian, and Hackelback caviars. Shelf life 8 weeks. Requires 2-3 business days of vendor processing time. Order will arrive 3-4 business days from placement. $555.00 saksfifthavenue.com

Judith Weber Classic Tea Set in Dragon Red- A marriage of classic Japanese ceramic with modern Scandinavian design for those with an appreciation for graceful line, delicacy and high style. Hand-cast earthenware: 20 oz teapot and four cups. (Also available in “Heirloom Silver glaze” both enhanced by shiny black interiors. Signed on the bottom. Hand wash only. Teapot 6” h x 10” w x 7” d; cups 3” x 3” $245.00 madmuseum.org

Tea, of course- Tea Portfolio contains 30 Numi organic and fair trade teas. 5@ of 6 flavors: Orange spice, Jasmine Green, Aged Earl grey, Breakfast Blend, Moroccan Mint, and Chamomile Lemon. $27.99 numitea.com

THE Classic Christmas films on DVD:

It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed,
The Bishop’s Wife with Loretta Young, David Niven & Cary Grant,
White Christmas (Anniversary Edition) with Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye,
Miracle on 34th Street with Edmund Gwen, John Payne, & Maureen O’Hara
Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet

Really, all one needs is one or two of these, eggnog or mulled wine and popcorn. Like a wood burning fire in a box. I’d tell you the stories, but if you don’t know them by now, you should. Your dear ones will have a wonderful time. amazon.com

Salt and Pepper should not just be functional, but also decorative. These, like small sculptures will add pizzazz to any table and are highly unlikely to be duplicated gifts.

Above Left:Pear Salt & Pepper by Michael Aram- Oxidized Bronze, Goldplate. 3.25” h x 1.75” diameter. These have great charm and will go with almost any service. $99.00 michaelaram.com

Above Right: More pear-like shapes inspired by nature. “Handmade and sand cast of Lunares’s proprietary metal alloy. Will never tarnish, chip, peel or crack.” 3” $49.00 lunareshome.com

Above Left: From Michael Aram’s Fairy Tale Collection (yes, I’m into him this year) Special Edition Serving Set: Dandelions- unique, handsome, sculptural objects representing a before and after dandelion; perfect for serving salad, pasta…12.25” l. A really interesting mix of goldplate, oxidized bronze, blackened stainless steel. Black presentation box. Truly an artful addition to any table. $199.00 michaelaram.com

Above Right: A Michael Aram Vase from The Black Orchid Collection. 10” h; black nickelplate, stainless steel. This piece has a presence in its own right. $169.00 michaelaram.com

Paloma Plates- Small bird dishes in a lovely range of colors perfect for amuse bouches, a single sweet, or your rings. Attractive anywhere. Handmade and sand cast of Lunares proprietary metal alloy with pearlescent interior. Will never tarnish or break. Food safe. Hand wash. Available in Dove, Amethyst, Nasturtium, Poppy, Vert, Robbins Egg Blue, and Pearl. 6.5” x 4” Make a small gesture or offer the entire range. $20.00 each. lunareshome.com

Here’s the perfect gift for a single you know or buy two for a proprietary couple. Let’s admit it, each and every one of us has just stuck a spoon in the ice cream carton, often walking with it to the television or bed. A pint fits perfectly. And it comes with its own spoon! No clanging through the flatware drawer in the dark. Metal alloy keeps ice cream colder, longer and can be engraved. 4.5” x 4.5” $49.00 lunareshome.com

Great Books-

Wisdom by photographer and filmmaker, Andrew Zuckerman is a compilation of the candid thoughts and ideas of more than 50 political and social leaders, artists and celebrities over the age of 65, including Frank Ghery, the Dali Lama, Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, Jeanne Moreau and Clint Eastwood. For all you know who should be included, those who aspire and others, who need reminding. Readers also receive access to online content including a documentary film. Hardcover 216 pages; 120 photographs. $50.00 Amazon.com

Journeys of a Lifetime, a National Geographic book. The magazine’s picks from the world’s most fabulous journeys for the armchair traveler and the perpetually- packed alike. Includes trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, driving through the highlands of Scotland, rolling through the outback on Australia’s famous Ghan train and dozens more. Lavishly illustrated. Also contains lots of 10 best lists for arguing over, maps, information and advice-for those not just dreaming. $40.00 nationalgeographic.com

Above Left: Gaggia New Baby Espresso Machine- Coffee is mother’s milk to one or both of them. They’re willing to wait in line for adequate brew and certainly demand it at home but haven’t gotten around to the luxury of complete control…which is where you come in. Modern style with commercial quality components. 15 bar pump pressure. Push button control for one or two cups. Rapid steam system for cappuccinos and lattes. Filter removes easily for cleaning. 48” cord. 10″W x 10-1/2″D x 15-3/4″H $399.00 frontgate.com

Above Right: Professional Popcorn Maker for those cold winter nights when they’re tucking in, whether alone or with friends. Anyone with a large screen will adore this. It follows as the night the day… Makes 12 cups of popcorn in about 2 ½ minutes. Heat lamp keeps popped corn warm. Removable pivoting kettle and front door allow for easy cleaning. 5’ cord. $199.00 frontgate.com

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