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Hix Marble Serving Board

What the what?!? Can it be? A marble serving board hand-cut with beveled edges? Talk about impressing your guests, fine Agaria Marble in a gem-like shape will make anything you put on it look like a million bucks (probably). Appetizers, charcuterie, you name it, it’s going to look like it came from a chef’s kitchen on this kind of serving board.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Jayson Home

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

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

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

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

Soma Black Water Filter + Carafe Limited Edition

You’re such a snob for wanting the black version of the Soma Water Filter, but that’s okay because a) aesthetics do matter when it comes to the discerning design enthusiast, and b) $15 of each sale will go straight to the nonprofit Charity:Water organization which supports access to clean, uncontaminated water for people in developing nations.

Soma’s filter and carafe are made of a biodegradable filter (made of coconut shell carbon, layers of silk, and plant-based plastic) and pharmaceutical-grade glass and together they’ll filter up to 40 gallons of tap water. Subscribe to get new filters delivered to your door every 2 months. Oh, and you’ll get some special black gift surprise too- like a black Stelton chef’s knife or a black Salt Surf surfboard. Sounds like an all-around good deal.
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Price: $99.00
Available from: A+R Store

W/W Carafe by Benjamin Hubert

This carafe is such an easy gift idea you might as well buy two. ‘W/W’ stands for ‘water’ and ‘wine’ as the carafe does double duty- use it for serving water or soft drinks and know that the rubber seal and stainless steel breathing device keeps ice and other stuff (like fruit/garnishes) in the carafe, or admire the ‘raining’ process which aerates wine as it’s poured into the decanter. Add the set of 4 Hubert Wine Glasses for an extra special gift set.
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Price: $49.95
Available from: Burke Decor

Join Facet Placemats

I’ll bet that wherever you enjoy your Thanksgiving feast they won’t have placemats as cool as these (if we actually were betting money, I’d make an absolute fortune). The Join Facet Placemats (set of 2) have a 3d fractal pattern molded out of heat resistant silicone. Join them together for an interesting seamless table runner or keep them separate for an easy-to-clean table setting.
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Price: $90.00
Available from: Lumens

Origami Wine Tote

Oh, how to protect that valuable bottle of wine whilst trekking across town or perhaps even continent, as the case may be? No paper bag will do, that’s for certain. The folds of this Origami Wine Tote insulate and protect a bottle during travel and then compress down for storage. The neoprene material further softens any possible blows and adds to the bag’s appeal.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Crest Bottle Openers

Hey, what should you get someone that’s fond of their bottled beverages? A special bottle opener, of course. This collection of solid brass openers by Fort Standard use a minimal amount of material to get the job done, and, since they’re too pretty to be tucked away in a drawer, there’s the option to leave them out on the table or on a wall hook for display.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Fort Standard

EM Press Coffee Maker

Did you know Erik Magnussen’s Stelton Vacuum Jug was designed way back in 1977? Or that the very recognizable shape is now available as a coffee press? Brew your coffee and keep it hot for hours, all in the retro-cool iconic thermos. The EM Press brews up to 8 cups, and has the same simple open-close mechanism of the Stelton Jug.
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Price: $44.00
Available from: DWR

Paloma Triangle Coaster Set and Trivet

A set of bright coasters with a cubist-inspired print is just one small way to combat the dreariness outside the door, for who could feel glum with such cheery patterns around? Wolfum brings us the Paloma Triangle Coaster Set and Trivet, all made of birch wood in the USA. Add it to your gift list possibility pronto- for that favorite coworker perhaps?
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Price: $34.00 - 36.00
Available from: Leif