An excellent bread bowl option is this piece by Bambu, a Chinese manufacturer committed to fair labor practices and renewable materials. The rest of the year it makes a lovely, low-profile fruit bowl.
Although we have a deep weakness for the fresh smell of a coniferous tree, we also love a holiday decoration that will not shed pine needles all over the place (and can make an appearance year after year after year). This felted-wool wreath—hand-made by craftspeople in India—is perfect to hang on the back of the front door or stick on the mantle with the other festive bits and bobs.
The oversize proportions of this whimsical sugar bowl and its companions (coordinating teapot, creamer, cup, and cookie jar) evokes a grown-up version of a child’s tea set.
This 100-percent wool felt trivet is an attractive array of interlocking triangles. In addition to protecting your prized pieces of furniture from hot kettles or casseroles, it also champions a noble cause: The Hexmat is handmade as part of a job-creation program for homeless women in Portland, Oregon.
The simplest and cutest trivet I've seen in a while, from the Danish company Ferm Living. A chain of cork balls on a raw leather string—so simple, so clever. Plus, affordable!
It's just about turkey time so in the spirit of the holiday, we've put together some of our favorite tableware and serving plates to ease the kitchen-to-dining room heavy lifting.
The Cork Cuff designed by Donna Piacenza and produced by Studio 1AM employs 100-percent-recycled natural cork as a wearable material. Each piece is cut from a single block previously used for storage or display. It's also unisex—perfect for the boy on your list who sports a little bling.