Serving platters made from volcanic rock. Picture frames detailed with iridescent glass stones. Eco-friendly photo albums made from linen and Swarovski crystals. Jewel-encrusted candle holders. Decorative faux camel-skin pillows.
They sound like luxury items, and they are. But they have one thing in common: They can all be had for under $100, just the thing for a holiday season that may not be occuring during a recession but sure feels like it. -- Ruth Bashinsky
Display these charming Gazebo Birdcages anywhere in your home or outdoor space. The set features two sizes that can work as a pair or separately. Constructed from pinewood and wrought iron, the cages offer an Old World, aged look. Set of two for $96.99 at hayneedle.com or by calling 888-880-4884.
This oversized, colorful, ceramic polka dot cookie jar called "The Happy Everything" screams fun. The front of the jar has Velcro on it where different ceramic attachments can be placed. The attachments are available in different themes -- a birthday cake, a soccer ball, a Christmas tree, a gift box, etc., $70 for cookie jar, with attachments ranging in size from small to large, $16 to $21, at Jeannine's Boutique, 6 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-536-7467, jeanninesboutique.com. (Nov. 18, 2011)
This platter is made from agate stone, which is found inside ancient volcanic tunnels. Crafted by artisans in Brazil, each platter has tiny quartz size crystals. $79 (four matching agate stone coasters are sold separately for $59) at Presence NY, 8025 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. 516-802-3030. www.presenceny.com
This handcrafted "Black Star" mirror is created by Peruvian artist Asunta Pelaez. The color palette reflects the art of Cajamara, a region in Peru. Hand-painted panels surround the mirror, which is shaped like a star. Proceeds benefit artisans. $72.99 at Novica.com, 877-266-8422. (Nov. 18, 2011)
Add a touch of glamour with these Indian-made faux camel-skin pillows with tassels and intricate jeweled design. $39 at My Favorite Place, 103 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, 631-367-3302, myfavoriteplace.biz. (Nov. 18, 2011)
Here's a book that will fit perfectly on any coffee -- or dinner -- table: "Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates" (Artisan Books), written by Shax Riegler, is a 304-page hardback book featuring hundreds of dinner plates from around the globe that have been the objects of desire of kings, queens, brides, chefs and hostesses for centuries. $35 at artisanbooks.com.
Celebrate the mythological creatures of the sea with these whimsical yet elegant ceramic mermaid bookends. $59.95 at Art and Artifact, 800-231-6766, artandartifact.com
These decorative fans come in a variety of styles -- tropical fish, parrots, sea horses, dogs, butterflies, even a guitar. They are made from cast metal and feature a two-speed motor. Prices start at $69.95 at Over the Bridge Home and Garden Décor, 20 Ludlam Ave., Bayville, 516-922-2600, overthebridgedecor.com
Display your favorite image in this handmade frame that features clear, iridescent glass stones. $88 at Painting with Flowers, 298 Main St., Port Washington, 516-883-4164, paintingwithflowersltd.com. (Nov. 18, 2011)
This sculpted wine caddie is made from recyclable steel and copper. Each caddie has its own look -- a fisherman, a chef, a skier, a frustrated golfer (a popular one), a pilot, a scuba diver, a doctor, a dentist, even a wine sommelier. Prices start at $59.90 at Peter Andrews, 46 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, 516-742-1331 or 444 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington, 631-424-0002, peterandrews.com.
Set the mood for your next dinner party with this pair of acid-washed, jewel-encrusted candle holders. $62 (tapered sea foam colored wax candles are $8 a pair) at What A Girl Wants, 3490 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 516-809-9270, whatagirlwantsli.com.
Here's some groovy wall art that will give any room that '60s retro vibe that's so trendy right now -- three stars with a satin gold-metal finish. The stars, which come in assorted sizes, are sold as a trio and mount easily to the wall. $100 at The Baltimore Design Center, 35 Main St., Port Washington, 516-944-2400, baltimoredesigncenter.com.
These cream-colored linen photo albums feature an Art Deco, Art Nouveau or Victorian design with organza ribbon, tassels and Swarovski crystals. The albums come in a variety of sizes and hold 4-by-6-inch or 5-by-7-inch photos. $42 for small album (holds 26 photos), $72 for medium album (holds 200 photos), $85 for large album (holds 300 photos) at Austern's Antiques, 2938 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, 516-221-0098, austernsantiques.com.
This pistachio dish comes with a bamboo-shaped wooden serving spoon. Fill one side with nuts and the other side with the empty shells. $65 at Sedoni Gallery, 304 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-547-4811, sedonigallery.com. (Nov. 18, 2011)
These vintage-style candle snuffers will safely extinguish the flame from your favorite candle. $18.95 at Things and Stuff, 186 Seventh St., Garden City, 516-747-3386. (Nov. 18, 2011)