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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Beautiful, Useful Objects for Practical People

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Beautiful, Useful Objects for Practical People

December 12, 2019

Towels. Clips. Cleaning accessories. Admittedly, they’re not the most traditional gifts, but when they’re as stylish and well-designed as these 1o objects on our list, they’re truly gift-worthy. Below, useful and beautiful ideas for the practical folk on your list.

Above: Soft, pretty towels from Japan. Choose from multiple sizes (washcloths to XL bath towels); $15 to $103 at Rikumo. One the left are the Flax Line Organics Towels; on the right are the Graph Towels.
Up their dishwashing game with this Andrée Jardin Dish Kit, which comes packaged in a wooden box for easy gift-wrapping; $60 at goop.
Above: Up their dishwashing game with this Andrée Jardin Dish Kit, which comes packaged in a wooden box for easy gift-wrapping; $60 at goop.
Above: Il Buco’s felt-backed Salvaged Tile Trivets are sourced from architectural sites across Italy; $125 each.
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Above: Merchant & Mills’ Oilskin Sewing Kit keeps all the mending essentials—dressmaking pins, 25 fine sewing needles, a tape measure, and scissors—organized in one attractive roll-up; $65 at Boston General Store.
Above: Binu Binu Soap House’s Marble Soap Dish comes in three options; $75 each at At Land.
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Above: Muji’s Electric Kettle is chic and compact, perfect for office life or small space living; $95.
Above: I wrote about Ghana-based Baba Tree’s exquisite baskets for The Organized Home last year and am thrilled that Goodee now carries them. The 17-inch-wide Pakurigo Basket in natural is $200; the 12-inch-wide Tiny Pakurigo Basket is $85. Both are woven from elephant grass.
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Above: The no-drip Marquina 1961 Cruet is a classic; $75 at Design Within Reach.
Above: Custodian’s Wing Handbrooms, available in black or natural bristles, and black or white binding, are $80 each. Also sold at At Land.
The Gold Coffee, Tea, & Organization Clip Set by Maison Plus is $40 at Food5
Above: The Gold Coffee, Tea, & Organization Clip Set by Maison Plus is $40 at Food52. The clip-spoon combo keeps coffee packages sealed, while the spoon-infuser combo scoops up loose-leaf tea and funnels into the perforated handle for streamlined steeping.

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