Chritolfle tassled boomarks

Sterling Characters
A deluxe alternative to turning down page corners. Fancy tasseled bookmarks from Christofle, a hallowed name in silver, are incised with floral and animal prints. Give with a favorite novel. 

$56 each;
Brooks Brothers button-down shirts

The Effortless Shirt
Shirts that need ironing don't get out much. Wrinkle-free versions—updated with menswear prints, slimmer fit, a bit of stretch—are always ready to wear. Ideal for the business traveler. 

$90 each;
Cruz Robes

2 Robes in 1
Everyday robes can be boring and, frankly, dowdy. Not these. Made of plushy microfleece, they're light, warm, lusciously colored—not the usual wimpy pastels—and fully reversible. 

Cruz, $68;
Project Green Label T-shirt

Always Handy
Because we're always losing one, a woman can never have too many gloves. These leather and calf hair shorties (in solids or patterns) give coats new life. 

$69 to $79 each; for stores
Escama Studio chrochet purse

Pop-Top Chic
This glamorous purse looks like chain mail, but it's really made of recycled pull tabs (minus the sharp edges). Crocheted in Brazilian craft cooperatives, they help to reduce waste and create jobs. 

Escama Studio, $92, Charles Nolan; 888-996-6526
Credo Mobile Solio

Sun Salute
The Credo Mobile Solio uses solar energy to power wireless devices (eight to 10 hours in the sun for a full recharge). One percent of all sales goes to progressive nonprofit organizations. 

Alesi vegetable bowl

The New Rose Bowl
Cutting-edge Italian design for an old-fashioned price! Everyone needs something pretty to showcase apples, pears, or vegetables; this stenciled metal rose-motif design lets the color of the produce peep through. 

Maximal art pearl bracelet

Cool Jewels
Chains entwined with pearls are the new big thing in jewelry. This gloriously chunky mixed-media bracelet also has a retro-looking monogrammed charm. 

London fog purses

Cachet and Carry
It's tricky giving someone a handbag, but these are exceptionally snazzy; strapped and buckled patent leather in elegant colors—and what a perfect size. 

$99 each with code OPRAH;
Panasonic BL-CI camera

Pet Watch
Humans who stress about leaving animal companions alone will love the Panasonic BL-C1 network camera, which lets them observe their pets from a computer or mobile phone via a free permanent Web address. 

ATT Pantech Breeze cell

No-Frills Cell
Large buttons, more legible onscreen displays, and one-touch call keys make the Pantech Breeze a brilliant choice for those who weren't born in the wireless age. 

$80 with two-year AT&T contract;
The Peek

Just Plain E-Mail
Some people are thrilled by bells and whistles. Others can do without fussy setups and yet another technology to master. The Peek delivers e-mail, and that's all, folks. 

$99.95, plus $19.95 per month for service;
Charles Fradin home kitchen calendar

As Time Goes By
This refined kitchen calendar consists of individual cards, each with a seasonal motif printed on thick, creamy paper. It's a tasteful way to keep track of the year. 

Tondo balsamic vinegar set

Salad Days
Balsamic vinegar goes from basic to beautiful with this four-bottle set from Tondo. Each slender bottle is spiked with one of four infusions: fig, citrus, lemon, or pomegranate. 

Eduardo Garza for Formentero aluminum tray

An Appetite for Glamour
The most design-savvy person you know will adore this chic anodized-aluminum tray stamped with an image from the natural world. 

Eduardo Garza for Formentero, $95 each;
Puccini The Complete Operas

Beyond Boheme
Puccini's music can break hearts and stun with its sheer drama. Mark the composer's 150th birthday with a gift of the complete operas, a 20-CD set of stellar performances (by Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo...) from Sony BMG Masterworks. 

Greyston Bakery brownies

Brownie Points
If you've had brownie-studded Ben and Jerry's ice cream, you've tasted Greyston Bakery's fudge treats. Now the bakery, which provides jobs to the disadvantaged, is selling its decadent Do-Goodie brownies at retail and giving 100 percent of proceeds to charity. 

$71 for 24;
Carpenter and Company handmade tote

Ethical Chic
Often handmade crafts have a folksy Birkenstock vibe. Not this stylish tote, a fair-trade collaboration between designer Patti Carpenter and Guatemalan artisans: In striped gray cotton, it's got a cool, urban chic. 

Carpenter + Company, $85;