Gifts for the home
Help make a house a home with these creative gifts. We've included options in all price ranges for the happy homemakers on your list.
KIVA Grande Platter(Credit: The Baltimore Collection and Des / John Muggenborg ©2011)
Forget silver platters. Do your December entertaining in 24k gold trim. The KIVA Grande Platter from Rav Labs is a 12-by-16-inch, 24k gold-trimmed zebra jasper stone crafted in Brazil and assembled in the United States. Scratch-resistant and fitted with rubber feet to protect surfaces. $540 at The Baltimore Collection & Design Group, 35 Main St., Port Washington.
Larapa Cheese Knives(Credit: Anthropologie)
Spread a little cheesy joy with brass and stainless steel Larapa Cheese Knives. The three-piece set features feathery handles, and each knife is 7.25 inches long. $36 at all Long Island Anthropologie locations.
Whiskey Wedge ice maker(Credit: Corkcicle)
The Whiskey Wedge ice maker by Corkcicle is a new take on rocks. Just pour water into the (included) glass, insert the silicone mold, and freeze. The wedge won’t melt as fast as regular cubes, and its shape keeps your drink just as cold; $15 at The Milleridge Village, 585 North Broadway, Jericho.
Engraved champagne bucket(Credit: restorationhardware.com)
Sometimes classic counts. The Grand Brasserie Cast Aluminum Engraved Champagne Bucket is available with a nickelplated or weathered zinc finish, and is big enough to hold an evening's worth of libations, measuring a substantial 15 inches long by 9.75 inches high. $149 at The Gallery at East Hampton and Restoration Hardware stores, 69 Main Street, East Hampton and restorationhardware.com
Luxurious knit throw(Credit: UGG Australia)
For a super-luxurious snuggle, nothing beats this extra thick UGG Australia Oversize Knit Throw. Made of 51 percent wool and 49 percent acrylic, this dry-clean-only throw is 50 inches by 70 inches. $295 at Nordstrom at the Roosevelt Field Mall and nordstrom.com
Budget-friendly knit throw(Credit: Ikea )
When the weather gets rough, this soft Vinter 2014 Throw can take the edge off. An ample 71 by 41 inches, the 80 percent acrylic and 20 percent wool throw is machine-washable. $29.99 at Ikea, 1100 Broadway Mall, Hicksville.
Himalayan Trading Post candles(Credit: Himalayan Trading Post)
Add an air of mystery with Raj Collection by Himalayan Trading Post Candles. Each scented candle is housed in a reusable silvered etched glass container, measures 3 inches high, and burns for over 50 hours. Available in a variety of fragrances, including red current scent and sacred garden temple. $30 each at Wit and Whim, 6 Carlton Avenue Port Washington.
'Celebrate' cake server(Credit: Magenta)
Turn every slice of sweetness into a celebration with a "Celebrate" cake server by Rae Dunn for Magenta. made of metal with a ceramic handle, the diswasher-safe server comes with its own gift box, and is 11 inches long. $42 at Just4TheHome, 12 Wall Street, Huntington Village.
Chandelier Christmas ornament(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Chandelier Christmas ornament; $9.99 at Once Upon a Christmas, Port Jefferson.
Sauria cakestands(Credit: MoMA Store)
Give your cookies and cakes fierce guardians and fanciful friends with the Sauria Cakestands by Carolina Grassi and Lilli Bertoni. The Brontosaurus stands 8.7 inches high, while the Triceratops stands 5.1 inches high. Both stands are made of porcelain. $98-$130 at moma.com.
Snow/Black glamour eye pillow(Credit: maison24.com / whiteeye)
Handmade in the U.S of made of lush, plush velvet, the Snow/Black Glamour Eye Pillow makes a major statement in the blink of. . . well, you know. The generously-sized 18-inch square pillow features matte black screen printing. $190 at maison24.com.
Budget-friendly dreamy eye pillow(Credit: hm.com / August Eriksson)
Thrifty, fashionable princesses will fall in love with this dreamy pillow cover (insert sold separately). Approximately 20 inches long the 100 percent cotton cover adds a touch of glitz to any corner. $17.95 (insert, $5.95) at hm.com.