10 Little Luxuries That Make Lovely Gifts

updated May 1, 2019
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What are the holidays all about (aside from family, spiritual connections, and reflection)? They’re about giving gifts that people wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves.

Chances are, your friends and family didn’t know they needed these tiny-but-mighty gifts. But upon opening one, they’ll wonder how they ever got by without it!

Here are 10 little luxuries you should gift this holiday.

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  1. Pineapple Ring Holder, $18 at Waiting on Martha: Because everyone needs a place to store their rings while they wash dishes, yet very few people actually have a proper setup.
  2. Herb Garden Recipe Box and Cards, $34 at Rifle Paper Co.: People don’t seem to have recipe boxes anymore. Let’s change that! This tin box — with letterpress dividers and recipe cards — is the perfect place for your favorite cook to stash her notes.
  3. Copper Twine Holder, $27 at Williams-Sonoma: Kitchen twine has never looked better.
  4. Spilled Milk Pure Linen Tea Towel, $30 at Sir/Madam: This tea towel will serve as a nice little reminder — even when life is hard.
  5. Salt and Spice Pinch Bowl, $15 at Culinarium Kitchenware: List five reasons your brother doesn’t need a pinch bowl made of recycled concrete. Yeah, that’s what we thought. Buy now.
  6. Suede Mitt, $29 at Jane Domestic: Give a helping hand — in the form of a durable (and easily manipulated) suede oven mitt.
  7. Garlic House, $23 at Gretel Home: Home is where the garlic is. That’s how the saying goes, right? This little garlic keeper is as functional as it is cute.
  8. Board Cream, $30 for three at John Boos: People often gift wooden cutting boards and utensils, but they always forget this one key thing, which replenishes lost moisture from repeated washings. Load your favorite cook up with three tubes and she’ll be set for a while.
  9. VARDAGEN, $6 at IKEA: Even when empty, this 64-ounce jar makes a great gift. Of course, you could fill it with popcorn or some other yummy snack.
  10. Sagaform Oval Oak Serving Utensils, $30 at Huset: We don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a new set of salad or pasta servers.
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