Gift Guides, HomeHoliday Gift Guide ’10: Home Beautiful

ONE. Pinhole Press 12-Photo Monthly Framed Calendar — There’s nothing like receiving something truly customized and personal for the home, and Pinhole Press is a new company that allows you to turn your pictures into sophisticated gifts that anyone from your boyfriend to your grandmother would love.  Our favorite product is the 12-frame, 12 month calendar where you set each month to a favorite picture.  Each month comes beautifully  mounted in a wood frame. It’ll be perfect on the living room table or the front foyer-trust me, this is a calendar you’ll be proud to show your visitors! And coming in at under $35, you can afford to make a calendar set for everyone important in your life.

TWO. SushiSamba Cocktail Tree — It can be hard to find a nice gift for the home, but we’re loving SushiSamba’s Cocktail Tree. It’s such a creative way to display elegant stemware (who wants to hide nice glasses in a cabinet?) It would look amazing as the centerpiece for a holiday gathering, but you could definitely use it any other time of the year as well. Plus, it’s so unique (each one is hand made) that you won’t have to worry that you’re giving someone something they already have. In fact, we think it makes such a statement that we’re saving up for one for ourselves!

THREE. Tiffany Blue Box Plate — Any fan of Tiffany & Co. knows just the signature blue box alone is worth getting excited about, but to receive a big one that contains another “blue box” inside — in the form of a 9.5-inch bone china plate — is truly a wonderful feeling. For $75, the price is reasonable but the look on the recipient’s face should be priceless. Plus, everyone needs a good serving plate for appetizers or desserts. We think a mound of pfeffernusse cookies would look great on this one. In fact, we think we’ll go bake some to put on ours right now!

FOUR. Knock Knock Stationery — We have long been a fan of this hilarious stationery destination for the modern and playful gift giver. We have already begun checking off our long list of gifts to give – Parents? The Rate that Wine Notepad is a genius idea for an aspiring Sommelier father and the Pack This! Notepad perfect for a mother planning an exciting retirement filled with travel. For a younger brother who has a killer sense of humor and likes to keep communication brief, The Toodles Stamp. Lastly, for a go-to gal and majorly multi-tasking assistant – the 5 Days A Week Paper Mousepad to add a little flair, function and sheer convenience to her desk.  All under $15!

FIVE. L’Âge de Thé — Dreaming of curling up fireside with a nice, hot cup of tea? L’Âge de Thé prides itself in being a fine tea company specializing in the most delicious, rare, hand-blended loose leaf teas from across the world. Bringing warmth over the winter – the Gingerbread Rooibos Gold Limited Edition is a blend of spices creating a taste of freshly baked gingerbread. Added is a festive touch of candy sprinkles in holiday shapes to bring a little sweetness to your tea as they melt. The Chocolate Peppermint Stick Limited Edition is another rich holiday blend combining dark chocolate and candied mint for a truly decadent treat complete with real candy cane sprinkles for that touch of holiday nostalgia. 2oz. $7.50, 4oz. $14.50 available at

SIX. Jo Malone Coloured Travel Candle Collection with Farrow & Ball — We can guarantee that home decor aficionado will love this gift. Farrow & Ball, famed color experts and paint brand, teamed up with Jo Malone to create these beautiful limited edition candles. Offered in Farrow & Ball colors, the candles feature signature Jo Malone scents: Pomegranate Noir, Wild Fig & Cassis and Pine & Eucalyptus. The candles are so pretty and beautifully scented that the recipient would be happy to keep these burning – whether traveling on vacation, throwing a fabulous party or keeping it quiet at home this holiday season.

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