A dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns is, to me, a phenomenal gift. It’s also quite expensive (but trust me, worth every penny). So, you have the dinner, you’re blissfully bombed and overfed, stumble into their store and buy decanters by Deborah Ehrlich. They cost as much as dinner, but last longer (Water Carafe, $285; Wine Decanter, $315, Magnum Decanter, $345):
Whenever you work on a gift guide there are many things left over that didn’t find a space. And while the NYT home section did take a stance against birds in decor – a stance I would generally support in an “I’m over it” way – for some reason I thought these items, by Whitney Smith, were worth considering. Cute things, cute pricing.
A cupcake stand, $34,
and this bird vase, $40
There are few things that depress me as much as all the Christmas trees, kicked to the curb, once their days of glory are done. Just get one of these instead – the The Needle Free Christmas Tree. You can leave it as it is, or you can decorate it — designer Helen Ige suggests “using water based or glitter paints, a BeDazzler can be dazzling too!” Missing that evergreen tree scent? Buy a candle.