FRED MITTEN ICE TONGS
Drape these over a bottle of wine for the perfect host or hostess gift. Then bask in all the praise when everyone talks about how cool and clever they are.
Buy It! fredandfriends.com, $10
HALCYON DAYS ENAMEL CANDLES
These candles are hand painted and hand gilded, plus are housed in bone china. Basically, they look like they cost double the price, and the chic prints can’t be found in just any housewares store.
Buy It! neimanmarcus.com, $85 each
REED WILSON DESIGN EAST COASTERS
C. WONDER GLASSES
Gilded glassware always puts us in a festive mood – though the price tag can take the ho-ho-ho out of our holiday. At $48, this animal-theme tumbler set will bring a smile to the recipient’s face while keeping your wallet intact.
Buy It! cwonder.com, $48
GODIVA HOT COCOA SET
Everyone’s got a sweet tooth that’s fun to indulge – but by bringing a cheerful, yummy hot chocolate collection, you’ll set your present apart from the mountains of cookies piling up on your pal’s coffee table.
Buy It! godiva.com, $20
CUYANA PASSPORT HOLDER
You can’t spring for your best friend’s dream Paris vacation, but you can ensure she passes through customs in style with Cuyana’s elegant, go-anywhere passport holder.
Buy It! cuyana.com, $55
H&M'S COFFEE TABLE BOOK
A decade’s worth of the brand’s designer collaborations are chronicled in this chic coffee table book – and the best part? It’s got all the impact of a high-style tome at an HampM price.
Buy It! hm.com for stores, $34.95
NATE BERKUS ANTIQUE MIRROR TRAY
Have someone on your list with impeccable taste? This chic mirror-top wood frame tray is for them. They can use it to serve drinks, as a table centerpiece with candles or even hang it on the wall.
Buy It! target.com, $29.99
R. NICHOLS CARDS
Send a sweet thought across the miles – literally – with this company’s ingenious delivery system: You send the virtual card, she picks out her all-time-favorite candy, and it all comes in this adorable box.
Buy It! sugarwish.com, $25
RED ENVELOPE PERSONALIZED CANDLE
Just like the Edward Sharpe amp The Magnetic Zeros song, this candle makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. One side bares the super-sweet message and the other can be personalized with up to three lines of whatever you want. Bonus: The candle melts down the center, keeping the message intact while but hollowing out to house tea lights when the wick’s burned out.
Buy It! redenvelope.com, $30
ROBERT SIEGEL VASES
This set of two gold-rimmed vases looks as good holding flowers as they do on a bookshelf serving as objets d’art. And the small-batch, handmade products are perfect for your friend who would rather die than be caught at the mall.
Buy It! robertsiegelstudio.com, $48 for the pair if you enter “PEOPLEHOLIDAY” at checkout
DANA'S BAKERY MACARONS
December dilemma: You’re attending a holiday dinner party in which the hostess celebrates Christmas, the host celebrates Chanukah and half of the guests celebrate foods that don’t contain gluten. The solution: macarons (which are the new cupcake in case you didn’t know) in festive flavors like Egg Nog, Jelly Doughnut (it’s a Jewish tradition!) and Nutcracker. Bonus: The Chanukah Box comes with a bag of gelt!
Buy It! danasbakery.com, $30