Gifts for the home
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.