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Essence Modern Wine Decanter

If you’re still struggling to find a gift for a wine lover, might I suggest a modern decanter such as the Essence by Iittala? It’s simple and elegant, and, if your recipient likes color, it is available in a translucent copper ombre as well as a quieter clear glass. A small lip at the mouth ensures precise pouring while the bottom-heavy base provides heft and stability.
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Price: $94.00 - 135.00
Available from: Finn Style

Nusskubus Modern Nutcracker

Remember this? Also called the Cubist Nutcracker by some, this nutcracker by Adam and Harborth does the job in a straightforward way. Place a nut in an appropriately sized indention in the larger cube, take the other smooth cube and place it on top of the nut and then give it a good whack. Voilá, the nut is cracked.
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Price: $39.99
Available from: Nova68

Hay’s Bits and Bobs Colour Glass Containers

You know that small stuff lying around on desks, dressers, and countertops? These glass containers from Hay would go a long way towards organizing those “wee essentials” in an elegant way. Just take a look at those colors- there’s several reassuring neutrals with the smallest size sporting a bolder orange. The sizes are perfect for storing practically anything- paperclips, bracelets, business cards, you name it.
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Price: $15.00 - 35.00
Available from: A+R Store

Lostine Salt or Pepper Mill

Maybe it’s time to upgrade your salt and pepper mills, and, if so, you’d be smart to take a look at Lostine Design Studio’s offering. Oak is dip-dyed for a stylish statement and the non-corrosive grinding mechanisms may be adjusted for fine or coarse salt and pepper. Choose either the small and large size depending on your preference, or choose both for a salt and pepper pairing.
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Price: $$196.00-$218.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Metallic Leather Gem Coasters

Don’t arrive empty handed to a dinner party, it’s rude. At least bring a bottle of wine, or, if the host/hostess is particularly fashionable, maybe even these Metallic Leather Gem Coasters. Sold as a set of 4, the faceted design adorns pebbled metallic leather, giving off a nice sheen while protecting precious surfaces. Available in gold or silver.
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Price: $44.00
Available from: Leif Shop

The Phytophiler No.2 (Mirrors) by Dossofiorito

Is it a science experiment? Is it a plant pot? Is it art? Hmm, can it be all three? Functional appendages like magnifying glasses and mirrors encourage you to interact with a plant on more intimate terms. Have you properly studied the underside of a leaf, or the color of a newly formed bud? The Phytophiler series by Dossofiorito is composed of hand-thrown terracotta pots and the aforementioned appendages, and, after you add in the plant, you’ll be ready to “reflect on the larger emotional connections that link us to the natural world.”
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Price: $588.60
Available from: L'ArcoBaleno

Inkless Monthly Planner

An inkless planner? Yes, indeed, this monthly planner by South Korea based O-Check Design Graphics uses no ink; it’s pressed with an intaglio printing technique so that it stays environmentally friendly. A completely blank calendar page allows you to customize the weeks and months with your own handwriting and/or stamps, giving you an option to stay super minimal or go crazy with colors and hand drawn patterns.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: Omoi Zakka Shop

Lino Paper Knife

This paper knife is so sleek it’s scary. A solid black matte finish and a super sharp point make it look like it’s a futuristic weapon, and you’re welcome to pretend it’s such as long as you don’t engage in any role play- someone is bound to get hurt. Keep it on your desk, admire it for its sculptural shape, and use it safely, as intended, as a paper knife.
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Price: $61.00
Available from: Luminaire

Klein Reid Brass top

This is a sort of gift for someone who has everything. It’s a toy, so it’s hard not to spin it around, and it’s beautiful, so even when not in use, it’s a lovely little thing to look upon. Precisely turned, hand-polished and signed, each top is gift boxed with with chamois and care and spinning instructions.
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Price: $138.00
Available from: bird

Sensation Blanket by Zuzunaga

Think of this as a color field art piece that will keep you (or your giftee) warm. The handwoven mix of 100% ecological French merino wool shows color combination at a basic level: off-white, Yellow, Red, Green and Gray are woven to create a one larger rectangle of an earthy sort of yellow ochre. This one, the Sensation blanket, is my favorite, but there are others as well: Intuition, Feeling, and Thinking. Or, for a more pixelated mix, check out the Labyrinth. All by Zuzunaga.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: Lekker

Heath Teapot

If you want to score major points with someone who likes tea, you can’t do much better than gifting this teapot by Heath Ceramics. Originally designed in the 1940s to work with their dinnerware, the teapot has a copper handle wrapped in leather and is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. Consider adding a couple of Large Modern Cups to complete the set.
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Price: $196.00
Available from: Heath Ceramics

Funno Pencil Sharpener

What is this magical, mysterious thing? It looks infinitely more special than something that keeps a writing implement sharpened, but that’s the whole idea- you can leave it out on your desk without offending anyone’s eyes. Machined from a solid block of metal, it easily doubles as a paperweight. Do be sure to consider the Penpo Desk Organizer ($88) as well, as they’d make an excellent pairing on your desktop.
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Luminaire

Nut Hammer

It’s a Nut Hammer. It’s a pretty smart idea: a removable silicone ball holds the nut in place- just strike the hammer against a flat surface and the cast-iron head will take care of the rest. The silicone keeps flying shards at bay and minimizes the mess usually associated with cracking nuts. It’d be an excellent holiday gift.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop

You know what will make your life better? The best ice cream scoop ever. The Bell-V is made of hand-finished and polished Teflon coated aluminum. It’s ergonomically comfortable. It’s black. I don’t know what information you need more of, because that’s enough to convince me and I don’t even eat ice cream.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt

Decanterlights

Remember Lee Broom’s Crystal bulb? Well, take that idea a step further and you’ve got his Decanterlights in all their fine hand-cut, lead crystal glory. Originally devised from vintage decanters, these replicas will make a lovely sort of statement above a bar or dining table. Pick between the Bell, Square and Tulip shapes, or mix several for a bigger statement.
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Price: $365.00
Available from: A+R Store