Rather than carving your names in a tree, let Juri Romanov from Orange Optimist personalize your very own tree of love. Add a frame for a romantic gift.
Orange Optimist | Buy
Mini matchbooks are a sweet (and useful) way to give your valentine a not-so-subtle hint. So which will it be: You Light Up My Life, or Come On Baby Light My Fire?
Hart To Heart | Buy
Give your valentine a card with all of the love and none of the carbs. Then, share a tender moment over a bowl of piping hot spaghetti. The question is, which one of you is the Lady, and which one is the Tramp?
Kate's Paperie | Buy
Did you vow to take better care of yourself this year? Plonking a handful of eucalyptus and spearment-scented bath salts into a steamy tub is a good start. Breath deeply, relax, and pretend for a little while there is no such thing as stress.
Bath and Body Works | Buy
Can’t afford a therapists hourly rate? Take some baby steps towards self-relfection with Table Topics cube o’ deep questions. This petite set might not be able to give you any clear answers or tough love, but it is a good way to start the conversation with yourself.
Orange And Pear | Buy
1,000 might be a daunting number, but you don’t need to use this book as a checklist. Use it instead as a guide to jumpstart any travellling ambitions you may have. If you’re going fulfill your dreams of exploring, you might as well begin in the best places in the world.
Amazon | Buy
If a sharp pencil is on your list of simple pleasures, a great pencil sharpener is a must have. This glass inkwell sharpener does the job in fabulously old-fashioned style.
Cheap Joe's | Buy
The classic Swiss Army Knife just got a makeover. The Victorinox Tomo is still endlessly useful but in new eco-friendly mint green packaging, made of 100% recycled and reusable paper pulp.
Swiss Army | Buy
Not ready to give up on actual books? Hold your place with a pair of wicked witch legs, ruby slippers and all. Just be sure to keep an eye out for her sister. Handmade by Olena Mysnyk.
My Bookmark | Buy
Shutterbugs will love this Canon camera lens mug. It looks just like a 24-105mm black lens, but with a stainless steel lining perfect for your double tall latte. Prefer Nikon? There’s a version for you, too.
Photojojo | Buy
Jane Austen has been yanked into the modern age. A beautiful leather book pretends to be fireside reading, but hidden inside is a charging dock for your iPod or iPhone. Genius! No ugly cords, and you instantly look smarter- like you spend your time reading the classics instead of, say, playing Fruit Ninja.
Rich Neeley Designs | Buy
For the love of pugs, your books are lonely up there on that shelf. How about some company in the form of this irresistibly cute set of black and white bookends? Pugaliscious.
Z Gallerie | Buy
Flip flapjacks the fun way. You can serve up a rockin’ breakfast with a little air guitar on the side. Maybe set the mood with a little Bon Jovi.
fred flare | Buy
Let your morning cuppa inspire some deep thoughts. With an attached pen and included notebook, the Poem set encourages creativity and keeps everything handy. At the very least you can jot down your to-do list while getting motivated with a cup of coffee.
Greener Grass Design | Buy
If Paris isn’t in the budget right now, art lovers can still get up close and personal with all the paintings in the Louvre. Seriously. All 3,022 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection are in this book. And you won’t have to fight the crowds or stand on your tippy toes to see Mona.
Barnes & Noble | Buy
We love this fleece infinity scarf from MoMA. It has just the right balance of style and function. His or hers, black or red - it’s up to you.
MOMA Store | Buy
Handmade ceramic coasters by Robert Siegel boast old-school cocktail recipes with a smooth glazed finish. A unique (limited edition!) and easy, grab-and-go hostess or Yankee Swap gift that will stand out from the rest of the loot.
Maybe hoard one set for yourself, too.
Robert Siegel Handmade | Buy
(set of 4)
A great gift for a mountain climber or knotty fellow, this set of four pint glasses features four essential knots. Toast to your favorite mountain peaks while learning to tie the Munter Hitch.
Mountain Gear | Buy
(Sale Price: $19.97)
His Chuck Taylors need an upgrade. These Converse Jack Purcell Sneakers are classic, comfy, and casual - everything he loves…in slightly more stylish leather.
Nordstrom | Buy
(Available in black or white.)
A miniature box of tissues sporting Lotta Jansdotter designs don’t cost much at all (five dollars! That’s equivalent to an extra-pump latte.) but will provide plenty of playful, colorful fun for a special gal’s desk.
Lotta Jansdotter | Buy
Cozy up that wine gift, it’s cold out there! Holiday party wine bottles call for festive attire- a jaunty hat and scarf. No need for mittens.
Sundance Catalog | Buy
(Buy 3 or more sets for $8 each)
Amuse party guests with Bethany Keeley’s collection of misused quotation marks. Grammarians will “love” it.
CB2 | Buy
Sometimes you need your accessories to serve as a reminder. This antiqued brass cuff from Bing Bang is embossed with one straightforward word: Bravery. Know anyone going through a tough time? This cuff is a great gift for a person who needs some extra encouragement but who would shy away from jewelry that is too showy.
Shopbop | Buy
Send greetings the old fashion way, with a modern twist. Write a message on Postcup and the lucky recipient will have it forever. Make sure you really mean what you write- this note won’t wash off.
Bailey Doesn't Bark | Buy
A high-class look on a low, low budget. Assemble this cardboard chandelier yourself and hang in your home for some eco-friendly fabulousness. Feeling creative? Bust out the magic markers and glitter and make this chandelier a creation of your very own.
Seequin | Buy
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