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Gifts for the home

By Terri Sapienza
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 1, 2010; 9:55 AM

Here it is: a round-up of our favorite gifts for the home. Go with these items or get inspired by them. Either way, we're certain you'll find something to please everyone on your list.

1 Agen children's armchair

A grown-up armchair scaled down to kids' size (211/8 inches high). Give this chair in its natural state or spray-paint it the child's favorite shade. Chair, $20 at www.ikea.com ; doll, $46 at www.blablakids.com .

2 Apple TV

Stream movies, TV shows, music, photos and more to your TV wirelessly. The gadget guy or girl on your list will thank you, repeatedly. $99 at www.apple.com .

3 Something vintage

For that person who seems to have it all, a one-of-a-kind vintage item from a flea market or antique shop can be just the thing. A vintage toast rack, shown above, would look as beautiful on a breakfast table as it would on a desktop. These kinds of gifts are often as fun to look for as they are to give. Vintage silver-plated toast rack, writer's own, found at www.highstreetmarket.com .

4 Cupcake kit, covered muffin pan and cookbook

Give your favorite foodie a petite cake-related gift that beckons them to bake. Wrap up one, two or all three. Cupcake kit, $20 at Paper Source, www.papersource.com . Covered aluminum muffin pan, $19, and "Cupcakes" cookbook, $19, from Williams-Sonoma, www.williams-sonoma.com .

5 Newgate Regulator alarm clock

Designed with a 19th-century pocket watch in mind, this nifty little clock (3.4 by 2.5 by 0.5 inches) has a metal case that acts as a stand. It's an ideal timepiece for travelers who could also keep it next to the bed when they're home. $65 at Gracious Home, www.gracioushome.com .

6 Modern glass water bottle

A reusable bottle with a soft silicone jacket that not only looks good, but feels good, too. The bonus: no more drinking from plastic. Available in green, blue and pink (among other colors). $20 for 16 ounces and $25 for 18 ounces at www.takeyausa.com . Also available locally at the Container Store, www.containerstore.com ; locations in Rockville, Arlington, Tysons Corner and the District.

7 Hermes scenteddrawer liners

Put these luxe liners on your go-to gift list. The woody vetiver scent makes this appealing orange package a nice choice for men and women anytime of year. $45 for a box of five at Hermes, 8075 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, 703-506-4546, and at www.hermes.com .

8 Yellow Owl Workshop cityscape stamp set

An appropriate pick for an adult or child, this whimsical set can be used for play or for creating homemade cards and other crafts. An ink pad (or two) is the perfect companion. $30 at www.jcrew.com.

9 Pomegranate bud vases

Whether they are used for flowers or just as objects d'art on a tabletop, shelf, mantel or desk, these shapely vessels beg to be taken out at the first sign of fall and enjoyed until the start of the new year. $9.50-$13.50 at Pear Tree Cottage, 130 Maple Avenue E., Vienna, 703-938-1331, www.the peartreecottage.com.

10 Multistripe umbrella

This cheerful rain cover could make any gray day instantly sunnier. A swanky umbrella isn't something many would splurge on for themselves, but they would undoubtedly love to have one. Kate Spade umbrella, $75 at www.katespade.com.

11 Market tote

Everyone could use an extra bag, and lots of us would love to carry one so chic. These generously sized canvas totes from Charles Fradin Home have charming illustrations on their sides and leather or suede bottoms for extra reinforcement. $210 at www.charlesfradinhome.com.

12 Recipe box

Recipes never looked so delicious as on these letterpress cards organized by course and housed in a handsome wood box. This delightful file keeper could encourage even less-inclined cooks to pull out an apron. $119 at www.charlesfradinhome.com.

13 Snow & Graham desk calendar

Punchy, colorful graphics printed on heavy card stock make the passing of each month something to look forward to. The recipient can display individual months or hang all 12 as a group. $16 (with stand) at www.garnethill.com .

14 Star-cut and woven square crystal bowls

Elegant crystal bowl. Pretty blue box. Fantastic price. It's the perfect host or hostess gift. Star-cut bowl (4.5-inch diameter), $30; woven square bowl (4 inches square), $25; at Tiffany & Co. in Chevy Chase and Tysons Corner, www.tiffanys.com .

15 Wildflower collection

For your favorite gardener or flora-loving friend, 10 wildflower seed packets are pre-wrapped in a vintage-style burlap bag (add your own ribbon for a more festive look). It's a gift that gives now and for seasons to come. Terrain wildflower collection, $24 at www.shopterrain.com.

16 Ornaments

These elegant spheres (shown here and on the cover) are not your typical Christmas ornaments. For use on a tree, grouped in a bowl, hung in a window or in an uneven row in a doorway, a gift of one (or many) will add a little glam to anyone's holiday decor. $7-$21 at Pear Tree Cottage, 130 Maple Avenue E., Vienna, 703-938-1331, www.the peartreecottage.com .

17 Carved wood bird clip

An unexpected yet very cool hostess gift or stocking stuffer. These cute creatures look lovely attached to a Christmas tree, holiday wreath or fresh garland. Present the bird perched in its box, or attach it to the top of a box you've wrapped yourself. $16 each at Rckndy, 1515 U St. NW, 202-332-5639, www.rckndy.com.

18 Schumacher boxed stationery

For the interior-design-minded person on your list. Limited-edition notecard sets from Dempsey & Carroll feature envelope liners with patterns from the F. Schumacher & Co. fabric house. Trellis, Chenonceau and Dragon boxed stationery, $60 for a set of 10 at www.dempseyandcarroll.com.

19 Martha Stewart three-piece pet bowl set

Treat your pets (or those of your family and friends) to dining, Martha-style. This pretty and practical set (silicone bowl, stainless-steel insert, lid) comes in three sizes and colors and can be used for everyday meals, travel and storage. $11-$19. Available at www.petsmart.com.

20 Basic pencils and Galison pencil cup

These stocking stuffers from See Jane Work will make the recipient's work space a happier place all year long. Pencils, $7 for a set of 12, and pencil cup, $7, at www.seejanework.com .

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