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December 4, 2012

This year, Dwell's holiday gift guide takes the dread out of shopping for that one person on your list who seems to have everything (we all have one). These unique and distinctive picks will please even the most discerning recipient.

For the fashionista with an edge on your list, get the latest from legendary style icon and former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld: a book so stunning, no coffee table is complete without it. ($365)

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Feel like a kid in a candy shop with these sweet paperweights designed by Andi Kovel. ($18)

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The chalkboard globe from Catbird is perfect for any creative soul—the outline of countries is painted on permanently, but the globe's chalkboard feature allows for artistic expression. ($112)

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These hometown-inspired pennant pillows from Schoolhouse Electric Co. will bring a downtown-cool to any home, and the detail in the chain-stitched lettering already has us cheering. ($75)

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Never lose your keys again with the HAUS Key Tresor designed by Studio Ivanka. This concrete box goes on your wall and your keys attach to a shaped block that locks in place according to shape. ($58)

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20x200 is known for its wide-ranging selection of affordable contemporary art, but they also sell extremely limited editions (and now handling framing). This arresting photo by Stephen Wilkes was shot in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, following Hurricane Sandy, and proceeds from the sale go to six Sandy relief efforts. Philanthropy: the best gift for someone who has it all.

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These pillows featuring an electric stripe design, are hand printed on linen, and are filled with feathers as well as regenerated fiber from recycled plastic bottles, making this the perfect gift for the eco-minded person on your list. ($42)

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For those people on your list who seem to have it all, a book of Bryan Nash Gill's mesmerizing woodcut prints will leave them spellbound. ($20)

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Sure, it's practical (each vessel from Gretel comprises a container, strainer, lid and cap, all held together by a rubber band), but it's Ben Fless's glazes and color matching that have us excited. ($80)

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Bedlinen maven Coyuchi has just released the coziest of cozy holiday gifts - an organic wool herringbone blanket crafted in Maine by Brahms Mount, packaged in an eco-friendly wood box. ($438-$1,098)

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The materials do the talking on this leather and powder-coated steel chair from Garza Furniture. It exudes a rustic yet refined vibe and the caramel bucket seat will only get better with age. (price available upon request)

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An investment piece, the Hermes Cape Cod watch features a double-wrapped band and a substantial, classic face. ($2,850)

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Made from 100-percent recycled felt, Flip & Tumble's fuzzy saucer pods are sure to bring that special someone's green thumb out. ($14)

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We're charmed by this smoothly rounded glass vase perched on a birch-woven basket. The flower display piece is by Piadesign. (price available upon request)

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The Occordian coat rack from Lostine strikes a wonderfully pared-down note in the entryway. Its simple form feels at once modern and Shaker, and we love the clever functionality (its circular shape accordions from circle to oval). (price available upon request)

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Floor-to-ceiling windows and bamboo flooring elevate this prefab structure, designed by Sett Studio, beyond the usual backyard shelter. (starting at $15,000)

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The brass band that wraps around the oak legs of this bench is mighty handsome - just one of the subtle details on this handcrafted bench by of-the-moment designers Rich Brilliant Willing. ($2,220)

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For the writer who still believes in the sentimentality of hand-written cards, give the gift of a subscription to Nicely Noted, a company that sends a surprise selection of fun, creative, and oh-so-chic cards each month - perfect for anyone who always needs stationery on hand. ($18/month)

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For the fashionista with an edge on your list, get the latest from legendary style icon and former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld: a book so stunning, no coffee table is complete without it. ($365)

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