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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Click, shop, and cross everyone off your list with this roundup of gift ideas

From the Editors of Traditional Home
  • You'll find presents for everyone on your list when you click through this editor-approved gift guide. Whether it's something small, something extravagant, or anywhere in between we have it covered. Ho ho ho and happy holidays from Traditional Home

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  • Necklace and Ring, $1,310 and $1,360 from Christofle

    For that special someone, consider the gift of fine jewelry. A French company known for their top-notch silver goods, Christofle makes jewelry that will last. Check out the three undulating bands on the large yellow gold ring or the layered strands on the lovely multi-chain lariat necklace in sterling silver.

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  • Cashmere Gift Sets, $450 and $725 from White + Warren

    Ensure a win in the annual battle with Jack Frost. Choose a gift set from White + Warren and combine some of the company’s most popular cashmere accessories in one beautifully gift-wrapped package. Go with the fur pom-pom plush rib beanie, cashmere gloves, and travel wrap set, or the blanket, eye mask, and socks for a truly luxurious gift.

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  • Holloway Bar Cart, $650 from Society Social

    A glamorous bar cart lets your favorite entertainer take the cocktail culture to a whole new level. The Holloway gives vintage style a contemporary finish to suit the tastes of today’s sophisticated mixologist.

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  • LAMove Mobile Closet, $575 from LA Closet Design

    From the company of closet design expert Lisa Adams comes this smart collaboration with suitcase designer Max Mirani. An ideal gift for the jet setters in your life, this carry-on sized case has dedicated pockets and a special garment section that quickly hangs up upon arrival to avoid wrinkles. 

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  • Fern Shadow Box, $395 from Michael Aram

    An artfully cast depcition of the beauty of nature, this brass fern shines bright against a dark shadow box. At 10.25 inches long by 13.75 inches high, this gift would be beautiful solo or hung in a grouping. 

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  • "Charged Up" Work Backpack, $350 from ROYCE Leather

    Designed and crafted in New York City, this smart backpack is both stylish and functional. Interior compartments have room to accommodate a 15-inch laptop as well as a tablet, and the bag comes complete with a lithium ion battery capable of charging two USB compatible devices making it ideal for commuting or travel.

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  • Simplex Copper Kettle, $295 from Sur La Table and “Eileen” French Press, $50 from Bodum

    Coffee or tea? Either way, you’ll be serving it elegantly.

    Simplex has been producing this whistling kettle since 1903. Handcrafted in England entirely from British copper, lined with tin, and fitted with an ebonized beech handle, it lets you know it’s time to steep the tea with a melodic whistle.

    The classic Bodum French press gets a design upgrade with its Art Deco-inspired fretwork cage, an homage to iconic 20th century modernist designer Eileen Gray. A French press delivers a nearly perfect cup of coffee by steeping the grounds in hot water, then separating them with a mesh plunger. Along with great design comes the most environmentally friendly way to brew your morning cup. 

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  • Furbo Dog Camera, $249 from Furbo

    Check in with your pup at any time from anywhere with this clever device. Furbo connects to your phone so you can easily tune in to watch what your pup is up to or choose to toss them a treat. Furbo's built in microphone will even alert you to barking. This gift is a must-have for those of us who can't bear to leave our fur babies alone for long. 

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  • A5 Leather Day Designer, $159 from Day Designer

    The “A5 Luxe Collection” Day Designer planner is the perfect gift for the girl on-the-go. Boasting luxurious leather in five stylish hues, the posh organizer also includes an "A5 Starter Insert Pack" planning system complete with yearly calendars, daily planning pages, colored and customizable tab pages, and more.

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  • "Scoop" Ice Bucket, $150 from Nambe

    Enjoy the sculptural presence of the "Scoop" ice bucket even when it's not in use. Made from stainless steel and acacia wood "Scoop" is both functional and beautiful and dishwasher safe to boot!

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  • Sleepwear, $145 from Peacock Alley

    Made from cotton batiste, the Caroline Night Shirt and the Camille Night Dress from Peacock Alley are soft, breathable, and classically stylish options for a good night's sleep. 

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  • Üllo Carafe Set, $129.99 from Üllo

    Trying to find something unique for the oenophile on your list? Check out the Üllo wine purifer, speically designed to filter out sulfites and sediment from any still wine with an additional aeration option. The curved design of the Üllo purifier allows it to rest nicely on your favorite wine glass for an individual pour or pairs with the hand-blown carafe to filter and keep an entire bottle.

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  • SMEG Electric Kettle, $130 from West Elm

    Available in an array playful colors, this retro electric kettle made by Italian company SMEG is pretty enough to leave out on the counter. 

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    Slippers, starting at $120 from Birdies Slippers

    Step into slippers with style with any of these options from Birdies Slippers. Thanks to practical, rubber soles wrapped in fashionable, high-quliaty fabrics and lined with quilted or faux shearling insoles, lounging has never been more glamorous.

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  • Le Creuset Mixing Bowls, $100 from Le Creuset

    Cheery holidays await your favorite baker with this set of stoneware mixing bowls. The bright white and red combination includes sizes perfect for whipping up Christmas morning pancake batter to a big batch of peppermint cookie dough. Perfect for casual serving as well. 

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  • A Gift for Animal Lovers and a Gift for Art Lovers

    Not all gifts come wrapped. For the outdoorsy adventurer on your list, a once-in-a-lifetime safari could be the ticket for the holidays, and for the art lover in your life consider the gift of a museum membership which helps keeps the doors open at your favorite cultural institution.  

    Hike South Africa’s awe-inspiring Timbavati region near the Kruger National Park in the company of African art dealer and seasoned guide Brian Gaisford, co-founder of Hemingway African Gallery. A bearded bushman and respected conservationist, Gaisford knows his way around Shona sculpture as well as fresh animal tracks. Next safari departs January 17. And if an animal adventure isn’t currently in the cards, consider donating to South Africa’s Sanwild Wildlife Sanctuary which needs funds to feed its beautiful rescued lions.

    One of our favorite museums, the Frick Collection costs $75 for a basic individual membership and includes 10% discount at the Museum Shop as well as free wi-fi. Dig a little deeper, and “fellow” status gets you invited to concerts and lectures, the spring garden party and free entry for you and a guest. Young fellows (ages 21 to 39) receive a discounted membership price.

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    Gold Canape Plates, $100 for a set of 4 from Michael Wainwright

    Dainty, 6.5-inch porcelain plates adorned with 24k gold are the perfect companion to holiday festivities. Just imagine the "oohs" and "ahs" as this lovely gift is unwrapped!

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    Kitchen Mats, starting at $99.95 from Wellness Mats

    A very considerate gift for your favorite home cook, wellness mats offer cushioned support during the hours spent working in the kitchen. Available in six different styles and as many as eight colors, find a mat that works for you.

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    Vintage-Inspired Bud Vases, $80 for a set of 3 from Food 52

    Bring life to any surface with these sweet brass vases from Food 52. The set, with three vases each in different shapes and sizes, is a visual treat when grouped together, but the petite charmers work equally well as individuals. 

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  • Customizable Playing Cards, $75 from Pickett's Press

    Put down the screens and engage in a wild game of cards when you give these adorable playing card sets from Pickett's Press. Choose from a wide array of patterns and then customize with your own personal touch.

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  • Ruffoni Copper Top Canisters, starting at $71 from Amara

    These elegant glass multi-purpose storage containers are topped in copper and crowned with Italian copper producer Ruffoni’s iconic molded brass knobs. The lids are vacuum-sealed to retain freshness for pastas and grains, but we can see them showing up elsewhere—the powder room holding guest soaps or cotton puffs, or protecting a treasured collection of shells or sea glass. 

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  • Live Edge Wooden Bowl, $70 from Andrew Pearce

    Equally beautiful as a serving dish or a display piece, consider one of these gorgeous live edge wooden bowls for the person on your list who loves to entertain. Thanks to hand-turning, each carefully crafted bowl sports its own unique rim which shows off the subtle curves in the wood. 

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  • Noir Marble Acrylic Frame, starting at $68 from Carla Carstens

    You can't go wrong gifting a picture frame with a special photo inside. We are digging these black-and-white marbled frames from Carla Carstens—available in three sizes.

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  • Ornaments, starting at $60 from L'Objet

    Holiday rituals are filled with meaningful little keepsakes—it's part of what make this time of year so special. So give the gift of an exquisite ornament that will last through the years, like one of these hand-crafted beauties from L'Objet.

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    Linen Cocktail Napkins, $60 for a set of 4 from Tribute Goods

    Printed in Italy on the choicest Italian linen, these artful cocktail napkins are the newest offering from fine linen company Tribute Goods. Each of the designs come from four of the company's main collections, plus, Tribute Goods donates 10% of their profits to organizations that support the arts, education, and AIDS research. 

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  • Wooden Cutting Boards, starting at $47.50 from Words with Boards

    We love these one-of-a-kind cutting boards adorned with words, phrases, and hashtags from Words with Boards. Made from sustainably forested American hardwoods, you can purchase one of the hand-crafted boards from the online shop or customize your own for an extra-special gift.

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  • Personalized Hometown Puzzle, $39.95 from Frontgate

    Kids and adults alike will love the personalized touch of Frongate's hometown puzzle. Enter any U.S. zip code and receive a puzzle showing 6 mile by 4 mile map view of a favorite location.

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    Bag Mug, $30 from Rosenthal

    Drink your morning coffee or hot tea from this sculptural procelain mug from Rosenthal. The oversized mug comes giftboxed and is sold as a single piece—a thoughtful gift for friends and coworkers. 

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  • Dansk Cheese Board, $29 from Macy's

    We love a good cheese board, and this one from Dansk is topping this year's list. What we love about "Viviana" is that it comes with a coordinating knife, which, when not in use, can be conveniently stored into a carved slot on the board. Perfection!

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  • Books for the Bookworm, starting at $27.58 through Amazon

    Whether it's food, fine interiors, or fast cars we have something for your bookworm. Jeams Beard award-winning author Naomi Pomeroy uncomplicates resturant techniques into accessible recipes in Taste & Technique. In Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats by James Reginato, take a peek inside some of the opulent residences of some of the historied, leading families of Great Britian and Ireland. What is sure to become an essential book on design knowledge, Interior Design Master Class by Carl Dellatore collects some of the best advice from today's leading interior designers. And if it's sports cars you're after, take a look at Ferrari 275 GTB by Ken Gross, which includes sketches and photos in tribute to one of the most legendary automotive designs.

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  • Beecher's Handmade Cheese, starting at $20 from Beecher's

    Founded in 2003 and with two locations in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and New York’s Flatiron District, Beecher’s produces award-winning handmade cows’ milk cheeses, using a combination of premium fresh milk from naturally raised Holstein and Jersey cows from local dairies. Using a percentage of its profits, Beecher’s operates The Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit program that teaches children how to recognize and make healthy food choices. 

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    Laura Ashley Gardening Goods, starting at $14.99 through Orchard Supply Hardware

    Play in the dirt a little bit longer with gardening accessories from Laura Ashley—perfect for the green thumb on your list. Try the coordinating sun hat, gardening gloves, and apron in "kimono." 

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  • Bittermilk No. 7 Yuletide Old Fashioned Mix, $15 from Bittermilk

    Bittermilk produces handcrafted cocktail mixers that result in a perfectly balanced libation any home mixologist would be proud to serve. A superlative host or hostess gift for a bourbon lover, this limited edition holiday offering is a barrel-aged combination of holiday spices, sour cherries, and orange peel. 

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  • Matches in a Bottle, starting at $10 from Skeem

    The perfect accompanient to a thoughtful candle for your favorite host or hostess, Skeem saftey matches are available in three different sizes. Enclosed in a stylish glass bottle with an artful label, the petite containers will continue to have a purpose long after the matches are used.

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