Whether or not you're a skier, this half-moon plaque by Bethesda artist Carol Dyer is enough to warm your heart in the coldest season. It's full of old-fashioned fun; cozy, horse-drawn buggies and busy, bundled-up kids set the scene for skiing and sledding, building snowpersons and throwing snowballs (not to mention the favorite winter pastime of all time -- cuddling). And this is just one of many available scenes, seasons and sizes. All are inspired by the Federal period in Frederick County.
Think Snow plaque. $55. Prices vary for different plaques in different sizes. Carriage Trade Enterprises, Ltd., 322 N. Market St., Frederick. 301/662-1411. RED HOTS
They may resemble giant lobster claws but these oversized mittens for grown- ups are for year-round athletes. Made of polypylene, they easily fit over other sports gloves and keep you warm while riding in the golf cart, waiting for a tennis court, jogging around the block, or watching your favorite outdoor team. Choose from many colors, in canvas or furry fabric.
Cart mit. $12 plain, $11 plush. The Pro Shop, Washing Club, 3017 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 524-4600, Ext. THYME
This gardener's guide and calendar helps green thumbs of all varieties keep track of when to prepare the ground, buy the bulbs, prune that bush, kill those pests. There are detailed gardening tips especially for this region and a check-off list to make sure no chore is left undone. Colorful garden and flower pictures by award-winning photographer Ken Druse top each month of this 10-by-13-inch calendar; the text is by local landscape consultants Joanne Lawson and Louise Carter. P.S. Don't forget to save this day-to-day reminder to help weed out problems next year.
The Gardener's Calendar: The Gardening Guide to the Mid- Atlantic Region. $8.95. Area gift shops and bookstores. Also at some garden supply centers. Or call Starwood, 362-7404. STOP THE POP
Now you can enjoy champagne and not have to finish the whole thing. A tricky metal and rubber gizmo keeps the fizz in so you can enjoy the bubbly whenever you want. This is especially good for anyone who loves mimosas night and day, or anyone who lives alone. It's fun to give along with a prestigious vintage or even the cheapest drug store special. Cap the tap and celebrate more often.
Champagne stopper. $2.99, or free with a $19.99 bottle of Tattinger's at Ilija's International Gourmet, 5441 MacArthur Blvd. 362-2470.