Everyone knows at least one: a person who has everything, who has mastered every hobby, read every book, and experienced it all. They pose a unique challenge during the holidays, as they are nearly impossible to shop for, but the trick is to find unique, surprising options. (Bonus points if the gift is also practical.) Culled from some of our most interesting vendors, this assortment is extraordinary, and at times delightfully offbeat. Your giftee’s interest is sure to be piqued.
Celebrate spring with one of Thomas Paul’s colorful silk-screened pillows. Motifs including flora, fauna and the occasional grayhound grace each of these hand-sewn, 100-percent-linen beauties. Or perhaps you’d rather have one of the former fashion designer’s jaunty jute totes or playful melamine plates. The latter are here in a half-dozen patterns, from Hong Kong Garden (based on Asian blue-and-white ceramics) to Artifacts (inspired by ancient Roman textiles).
Show your appreciation for the invitation. We've assembled a group of lovely, stylish, and well-priced goods for the hosts and hostesses that make your holiday season so festive.
With warm weather upon us, there’s no better way to celebrate than a meal outside with friends and family. Outdoor entertaining is best done on classic teak tables (properly taken care of, they’ll last for years) and similarly durable wood or high-grade-aluminum chairs. Contrast those smooth surfaces with luxurious textures, including soft linen napkins and colorful woven placemats. Feel free to play with plate patterns—but if you do, keep the tablecloth solid to avoid ocular overload. Lastly, buy a few more glasses and utensils than you think you need, as guests seem to magically appear when wine is flowing and steaks are on the grill.