Made of brass, with a timeless stick-it-on-your-lapel design, the Way Finder Precision Compass from Pottery Barn makes for a meaningful (yet unabashedly useful) stocking stuffer for the college-bound freshman, the soon-to-be father, or indeed for anyone soon to embark on a new and exciting life journey. Available at Pottery Barn; $15.50.
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The perfect gift for guys and gals on the go, the Restoration Hardware grooming kit pairs everyday practicality with the rare luxury of Italian leather, in colors ranging from light bone to deep cocoa. Included within the case are a litany of essential self-care tools, while the case itself zips up into an easily portable package measuring no more than a half-inch wide. Available at Restoration Hardware; $49.
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Know someone whose plant-filled house resembles a jungle? They’ll love this hand-painted and glazed pot from West Elm. Inspired by patterns found in traditional South African designs, this funky planter is part of West Elm’s commitment to selling handcrafted items. Available in two sizes, it’s perfect for a practical gift that’s also fun! Available at West Elm; $22.
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Home Sweet Home
These charming votives from Anthropologie would make the perfect gift for the hostess with the mostest or your coworker pal. The miniature hand-painted houses will add a colorful and delightful decorative touch to any room in the house. Available at Anthropologie; $12.
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Handcrafted from unglazed white porcelain, this turtle ornament from Jonathan Adler will bring sophisticated style to any Christmas tree. The trinket pairs well with classic holiday decorations, thanks to its neutral coloring, but it also works in modernist displays. Buy one for yourself and a loved one this holiday season! Available from Jonathan Adler; $24.
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A New York Slice
Do you love New York City? This accent plate from Kate Spade brings an iconic Big Apple site, the Union Square farmer’s market, to your dining table. The white porcelain finish is dishwasher and microwave safe, while the doodle design has a whimsical aesthetic. Available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond; $15.99.
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While a Pendleton blanket may not fit into a Christmas stocking (or your shopping budget), you can still give the gift of coziness and classic good looks that are hallmarks of the 154-year-old brand. These pairs of wool blend socks feature the same timeless designs of the blankets, from stripes and plaids to Native American–inspired patterns. Wrap up all of the craftsmanship for a fraction of the cost. Available on Amazon; $24.50 each.
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Connect the Dots
Marimekko's imperfect polka dots will be unmistakable to the trendy homemakers on your holiday shopping list this year, seeing as the Räsymatto pattern is one of the international brand's most loved designs. Take note, gift-givers: This look won't break the bank when scaled down to an 8.5-ounce mug! The classic black-and-white scheme blends beautifully with nearly any coffee mug collection, and your recipient will remember your thoughtfulness with every cup of coffee or tea that is sipped. Available at us.marimekko.com; $22.
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A discerning lover of wine and spirits can spend a small fortune on accoutrement (as evidenced by this elegant corkscrew that retails and Dean & Deluca for $200). Luckily, there are some budget-friendly luxuries you can buy for the whisky-lover in your life. These innovative whisky stones create a perfectly chilled sipping experience, and ensure your friend will think of you every time they pour a glass. Available at Dean & Deluca; $26.
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The same enamel exterior that you trust to protect your Dutch oven from dings and dents is put to work on these mix-and-match colorful mugs from Le Creuset. Stoneware at its finest, this relatively new offering from the storied luxury brand is as durable as you'd expect and is oven-, freezer-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond; $14.99.
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