Made in the USA from recycled cotton, this generously sized throw will accent any room, and it’s especially snuggly when chilling at home on a cold winter day. Available in rustic red or a rich dark blue. $168, Anthropologie.
Only Jay Strongwater could create the ultimate piece to command any table, mantel or tabletop. This majestic stag, standing more than a foot and a half tall, is hand-enameled and hand-set with glittering Swarovski crystals. $6,500, P.S. The Letter.
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Feast for a King
Legendary couturier Valentino Garavani is renowned for hosting celebrity-and-socialite-studded parties at his five homes (Gstaad, London, Rome, New York, Paris) and aboard his yacht. Now he and Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley dish about it all in Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table, a lavish coffee-table tome from Assouline that includes recipes from Valentino’s personal chefs, along with photos galore. $150, Lane-Knight.
Talk about oenophilic ingenuity: Using a thin needle and argon gas pressurization, the Coravin 1000 system allows you to pour a glass of wine from the bottle without pulling out the cork, and the cork actually reseals itself after the needle is removed. The system includes the device, stand and two argon capsules; Cadillac Wines will sweeten each purchase with the additional gift of a gratis Riedel wineglass. $299, Cadillac Wines.
A Golden Glow
Avión Reserva 44 is a smooth, complex extra añejo tequila crafted with a proprietary, slow-filtration method. It’s aged for 43 months in a temperature-controlled cave, then transferred to a barrel for an additional month. Each crystal decanter is signed by Avión founder Ken Austin. $150, Goody Goody Liquor and Liq-O-Rama.
Pet treats make terrific hostess gifts, and these delightful, all-natural bites from Bocce’s Bakery let pampered pets nosh with the big dogs. Available in a variety of flavors, each batch is made from quality ingredients like antibiotic-free chicken and fresh cheese — no chemicals, wheat, preservatives, fillers, broth or corn. $19.99 each, Wag.
Cup of Cheer
Just because you’re brewing one cup doesn’t mean you should limit your latte options. The sleek new Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo can brew 19 types of specialty beverages, from an eye-opening mug of froth-topped java to a soothing glass of chamomile tea. Available in red and black. $179, www.dolce-gusto.us/en/.
Toasting the Town
This lively set of frosted drinking glasses from Cat Studio is adorned with a colorful tribute to Cowtown. Fill ’em with flowers for fun party-table centerpieces or just use them as intended for a taste of home with every sip. $54.95, Cityview Florist and Gifts.
Whether you call it by its French name, Armand de Brignac, or the translation — The Ace of Spades — this Prestige Champagne from Reims is a complex, full-bodied blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. The stunning gold bottle adds sparkle to any celebration and each one comes packaged in a lacquered wood gift box. $340, Sip Wine Bar.
Sugar Plum Central
Luxury candy purveyor Sugarfina has created the ultimate treat to tempt the most discriminating sweet tooth, from homeowner to houseguest. It begins with 140 cubes of colorful confections culled from around the world, including chocolates, mints, caramels, malt balls, gummies and more, all artfully arranged inside a spectacular Lucite steamer trunk designed by Belgian designer-of-the-moment Serge de Troyer, an amazing home accent for years to come. $5,000, www.sugarfina.com.
The Purr-fect Pillow
With his handsome face and jaunty scarf, the gray cat adorning Yves Delorme’s new Vadim tapestry pillow is a creature comfort that’s sure to please. Made in France, it’s available in three colors and comes with a pillow insert. $150 each, Yves Delorme.
A Beautiful Balance
Swedish designer Daniele “Danne” Semeraro’s innovative glassware designs for Sempli bring a whimsical touch to entertaining. Each of these lead-free crystal pieces — from the Vaso-Vino decanter to Cupa glasses and snack bowls — tilts, swirls and spins for an experience that’s all thrills and no spills. $58-$80; mirrored tray, $110. Wright at Home.
Handcrafted for the Kitchen
When a woodworker and a chef get married, the result is clear: handcrafted kitchen pieces of the highest quality and functionality. That’s the story behind The Wooden Palate, which turns kiln-dried American woods (including reclaimed woods) into heirloom-quality cutting boards, serving dishes and more — like a small pedestal ($190), a salt cellar with pewter spoon made from pieces of the Atlantic City boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, and an exceptional mixed-wood chop block ($500). All available at Domain XCIV.
LAFCO is considered by many (including Oprah) to be the perfect candle thanks to its hand-blown vessel, a 90-hour burn time and fragrances that enrich every room. LAFCO has introduced three new scents for the holidays — berry, tree and opal amaryllis — perfectly packaged in regular size ($60) and as a votive trio ($85). 44 Bootlegger.
By layering pattern and color and juxtaposing art and fine furniture, New York City interior designer Markham Roberts has had his work called “the very definition of chic.” In his new book, Decorating the Way I See It, Roberts shows each step of his design process, from floor plan to fabric and furniture to landscape design, bringing it all together into a single, lavishly photographed collection of pure aesthetic inspiration. $60, Barnes & Noble.