A sight gag backed by solid craftsmanship, Fred & Friends's handmade double-walled glass creamer pours the humor on thick.
This heavy, obelisk-like ring holder puts Reed & Barton's nearly 200 years of craftsmanship at your fingertips.
The fire-orange resin fakes on Harry Allen's inspired key chain add a surrealist twist to the quotidian act of unlocking doors.
Ribbon-strung mirrors from Ikea are uncharacteristically girly, but still characteristically cheap.
22 by 15.75 inches and 10.25 by 4.375 inches; Ikea.com for stores
5. $31 each
Perhaps the only shot glasses that are appropriate for someone over 25, these masculine, pewter-headed jiggers double as candleholders during "dry" seasons.
The folks at Sesame Letterpress put their stamp on battery-operated cardboard wall clocks featuring foxes, rabbits, and birds in pink, lilac, and yellow.
5-inch diameter; CursiveNewYork.com
Finally, an utterly gorgeous, grown-up night-light in intricately perforated porcelain. Adios, stubbed toes and tacky plastic bulbs.
Those with a soft spot for textile whiz Thomas Paul's near-perfect pillows will be similarly carried away by his sturdy, graphic cotton canvas totes.
14 by 16 inches; GrandtheStore.com
9. $39 each
Any one of French company Grain de Couleur's ink-jet-printed cotton tea towels would a happy hostess make, but springing for the set all but guarantees your invitation to a year's worth of dinner parties.
19.5 by 27.5 inches; ConranUSA.com
The modern-folksy bird pattern atop Xenia Taler's handmade-in-Toronto tile recommends it for a starring role as "lead trivet" on any holiday table.
6 by 8 inches; XeniaTaler.com
A cast-iron boar's head in verdigris green winks at farmhouse style without conforming to it. This one can hang indoors, holding towels, or outdoors, collecting barbecue tools.
5.5 by 6.5 by 5 inches; Studio Vertu; 888-241-9038
It may be shaped like a water droplet, but this battery-operated portable speaker actually serves to protect MP3 players from unwanted moisture. Just tuck your iPod inside, screw it closed, and press PLAY.
Traditional tea service gets turned on its head—er, side?—with the playfully subversive (but fully functional) Blaue Blume earthenware series by Undergrowth. A sugar bowl, creamer, teapot, and dessert plates are also available.
Wil Steger's one-of-a-kind picture frames, with their bases of old boat wood and surface designs snipped from vintage wallpaper, epitomize stylish reuse.
12-by-14-inch frame holds 4-by-6-inch photo; EdgeHome.com
This porcelain pitcher from Roost flawlessly blends rusticity and minimalism—and does a pretty good job of holding bouquets and pouring drinks too.
9 inches tall; JaysonHomeandGarden.com
With an elegant, nickel-plated branch candelabra (cast from a manzanita clipping) on hand, fussing over complicated centerpieces becomes a thing of the past.
8 by 28 by 20 inches; WestElm.com
What could be better than getting a fresh start not just once a year, but every single month? Faux-leather journals in assorted finishes index important moments in digestible chunks and let you close the book on periods you'd rather forget.