Glass creamer


A sight gag backed by solid craftsmanship, Fred & Friends's handmade double-walled glass creamer pours the humor on thick.
Ring holder

This heavy, obelisk-like ring holder puts Reed & Barton's nearly 200 years of craftsmanship at your fingertips.
Key chain

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

Ribbon-strung mirrors from Ikea are uncharacteristically girly, but still characteristically cheap. 

22 by 15.75 inches and 10.25 by 4.375 inches; for stores
Shot glasses

$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.
Wall clock

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;

Finally, an utterly gorgeous, grown-up night-light in intricately perforated porcelain. Adios, stubbed toes and tacky plastic bulbs.
Canvas tote

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;
Cotton tea towels

$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;
Bird pattern tile

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;
Boar's head

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
Portable speaker

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.
Leg-handled mug

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.
Picture frame

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;
Porcelain pitcher

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;
Branch candelabra

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;
Monthly journals

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.