Tabletop

The HOST Chill Cooling Pour Spout

Has warm wine got you down? It’s just horrible, isn’t it, when your favorite bottle isn’t the ideal temperature? Picky drinkers will be happy to see this particular pour spout that integrates a cooling rod, thus insuring your bottle won’t lose its luster due to these warmer days of summer. And, if you’re not sure what the recommended temperature is, don’t you worry, there’s a chart below.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Cooking.com

Eno Beech Bowls

Made of solid beech wood, these pieces from Eno are perfect for serving small snacks. The Pecorino 20 cheese board has a cut out in its side for carrying and will add a little height variation to your table area. The Pecorino and Parabol both have handles to make passing and serving your guests a little easier and are well suited for nuts and small crackers.

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Price: $55.00 - 65.00
Available from: Fitzsu

I Eight Sum Pi Plates

If you’re a mathematical smarty pants, then you know the equation on this plate translates into “I ate some pie”… sort of funny, no? Perhaps this set of 2 plates would be the perfect housewarming gift to anyone who has an appreciation of math and/or round pastry. There’s also a dish, if you want to complete the set further.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Stainless Steel Growler

You might like your draft beer, but do you like it enough to have your own growler? Maybe, probably, whatever your answer might be, the point is, if you’re going to use a growler, this stainless steel one is much lighter than its glass relatives and will keep your beer colder, longer. A silicone sealed lid keeps contents fresh. Also, fyi, Popular Mechanics did a lab test to see how well stainless steel growlers held up to abuse, this one included.

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Price: $34.00
Available from: Blue Ribbon General Store

Spork & Cork

What to do when you’re away from home and without utensils? Pull out the Spork & Cork from your bag, desk drawer, or glove box and chow down. The all-in-one eating implement is hand-shaped from a single piece of Certified organic bamboo and it’s lightweight and compact enough that you’ll want to bring it along on any adventure.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: Bambu Home

Alphabet City Coasters

Manhattan-based photographer Joanne Dugan compiled these urban typographic images originally as a teaching game for her two-year-old son. And, as they’re so striking, why not make them into a coaster set for all to enjoy? Many of the signs and landmarks are now demolished, so tip of the hat to Ms. Dugan for creating such a great archive of New York City’s visual history.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Moon Pot Mat

Shoot for the moon (!) especially when you have hot pots or serving dishes. I’d be tempted to leave this out on the table all the time, because, well, it’s the moon. Designed by Elisabeth Dunker for Fine Little Day. Made from HDF-material and moisture-resistant.
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Price: $39.00
Available from: Huset

Anniversary Wine Box

The joys of the summer wedding season, where your friends and family get together to celebrate the official union of two people in love… are you rolling your eyes yet? Or squirming uncomfortably because there’s a wedding coming up shortly and you’ve no idea what to get the happy couple?

Never fear, for the wine box is here. Buy the box, fill it with a few bottles of nice wine (make sure the ten year one will actually taste good in ten years) and call it a day. Bam! Guess who just gave a really thoughtful gift? That’s right, you did. You can also customize a message on the inside of the box to further emphasize your awesomeness.
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Price: $79.00
Available from: wineforawedding

Loop Tea Strainer

Another tea strainer. Aren’t you excited? I know how important it is to you, that perfect (elusive?) cup of tea, and Kinto has yet another option to consider. This stick-shaped tea strainer has a slidable side that allows you to scoop tea leaves directly without the use of a spoon. Slide the side back down to cover, and then place in your cup with hot water. The slidable part is easy to remove completely for cleaning.
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Price: $17.00
Available from: Emmo Home

OYOY Silicone Placemats

Messy eaters, rejoice, for OYOY has some nicely patterned silicone placemats to protect your tabletop from yourself (and/or kids) and guests who tend to spill and splatter. And, with four different options, you might just be tempted to get several patterns and mix them all up, for the patterns are made of varying sizes of lovely graphic triangle print: light grey with white triangles, rose silicone with black/grey triangles, grey/black silicone with a cool grey star print, or oceanblue with a graphic cool grey star print.
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Price: $28.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Faro Mug Set

Coffee for one, coming right up. This all-in-one drip coffee maker and mug has all you need to brew a fresh cup, other than coffee and water, of course. A stainless steel filter (wash and reuse) rests on top of a double walled mug, and a nesting lid that fits both- to catch drips or keep your coffee warm. There’s also an option to add the Pot set (+$5).
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Unimug by Kinto

Another tea strainer? Yes, but this one has a mug and lid, so you have a single-serve service all in one. The glass is heat-resistant, as it should be, and the strainer and lid are in copolyester. The strainer is large enough to hold a generous amount of loose leaf tea and looks easy to clean as well. If pink ( or, as they call it, wine red) isn’t your thing, not to worry, as there is also gray, yellow, and navy.
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Price: $17.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Troika Trivet

There has been a few interesting trivets lately, which is weird considering that trivets aren’t usually paired with that particular adjective, or even talked about outside of specialized kitchen shops. This Troika trivet has embedded rare earth magnets that allow for size variation to fit small or large dishes. Push/pull/snap/slide the Troika to the desired width and know that your tabletop or counter will be safe from hot kettles or serving platters. When not in use, the three identical arms nestle together to fit in a drawer for storage.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: YLiving

Silicone Wine Glass

Finally, a wine glass that won’t shatter when one throws it against a wall for emphasis. There’s also a Martini set, if that’s your choice of drink. We can all thank the wondrous material silicone for helping us to avoid those annoying glass shards at home, the park, or the beach. Now all we need is a bottle-sized version to decant the wine (with an adequate stopper) and the full set would be a permanent fixture in the picnic basket.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Floating Tea Strainer by Kinto

If you hadn’t seen the title, you could have used your deductive reasoning to figure out what function this little sphere fulfills. There are the small perforations at the bottom, a little handle/ring at the top, and the appropriately sized saucer. For anyone who’s ever handled loose leaf tea, it’s enough to sit up and take notice, as this strainer looks to be very easy to use and then clean once the tea has brewed.
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Price: $12.50
Available from: Emmo Home