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2007 gift guide: $25 and under

today is the start of gift guide mania- i wanted to start a little early this year so that anyone buying gifts for hanukkah could 2-day or overnight things if they still needed them. i’m going to start with the guides arranged by price and then end with the handmade guide, eco-friendly guide and hopefully a guide to guy’s gifts created by ac. so stay tuned for those. until then, here’s today’s guide: gift ideas $25 and under- enjoy!

[image above, clockwise from top left: neon clock $10, crow bottle opener $25, sisu candleholder $19.95, hot dog tote bag $24, dozi paperclip holder $20, cake lace coasters $9.95, modern twist boxes $25, sparrow salt and pepper set $8.95]

[image above, clockwise from top left: bamboo utensils $4+ each, stacked vase $18, tea for one $24, skull tea set $24, felt pebbles $14 each and up, wine opener $10, tiny basket bowl $26, handmade kitchen towels $18 each]

[image above, clockwise from top left: magnet board $15, tool bottle opener $25, memo board $25, provence laundry detergent $18, gothic tray $19, here hook $12, eames coasters $18]

[image above, left to right: lamp and shade $25 and $19.99, pink lantern light $12, cork journal $23, eleanor grosch pillow, coin purse $20, micro terrarium $6, lampshade $18]

[image above: clockwise from top left: bundle up journals $12 each, recycled wood letters $16 each, sagaform flask $27 (close to $25!), campfire votive $15, party picks $15]

[image above, clockwise from top left: guerilla art kit $17.95, horn frame $17.95, bird paperclip holder $15, tea stick infuser $20, chrip tie-back $14, graphic mugs $6 each, scratch print placemat $14]

[image above, clockwise from top left: shower radio $15.95, wine glasses $22 for 2, jonquille ornaments $9, pill boxes $10 each, signe tealight $22, bird bath soap set $24]


[image above: porcelain keys $8 each]

[image above: lotta jansdotter fabric calendar $24]

[image above: photo coat hooks $17 each]

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Intense pleasure overload! I don’t know which I like best…the corkscrew, the doxie tote bag, the tea cups…I love it all! Great gift guide.


Where is the doxen tote from? I didn’t see a link. Fabulous gift list…can’t wait to see the rest!


wow the gift guide looks really great – I look forward to seeing how everything plays out over the next month.

i hope you have a chance to stop by the shiny squirrel for some Holiday Cheer!


Fabulous start to the gift guide. Just a note, Eleanor’s name is Grosch, not Grolsch:) Love that pillow!


just in time! this is wonderful! i’m a big fan of those paper clip birds & how novel the campfire votive design. will definitely pass this on.


just came back to d*s after a long hiatus. your sensibility has really changed. too victorian and ornate for my taste anymore, but i’ve enjoyed the blog. thanks.


Beautiful display! FYI, the Guerilla Art Kit is on sale at chroniclebooks.com (30% off with free shipping) until tomorrow. You have to enter FRIENDS at checkout.


i’m fixing the urban outfitters links now…their site was down all morning.

the dog tote link is in there, it’s the “hot dog tote” :)


Cara Tapper

I saw a wooden bowl that held nuts on and a nut cracker on your sight and can’t find it….any direction would be appreciated.




if you can give me any more details that would help- i’m afraid i’m drawing a blank on this.



This is such an awesome post and SO timely. I just found out that I need to participate in a gift swap at work and the budget is $20-$25. This is great! Thank you!


Petite Main

i was looking for hooks (even thinking of asking you a mini-guide), and there it is! Great!!! thank you so much Grace, this blog is really wonderful!


This list of ideas for presents is terrific and the selections are a feast for the eyes. :)

Thanks so much for preparing this it’s wonderful. :)

Best wishes. :O)


I can’t wait for the gift guide for guys! I have all brothers, and they’re impossible to shop for.


love these picks. where are the salt and pepper cellars from — in the second photo down from?



the salt and pepper cellars are actually the “tiny basket bowls” mentioned in the links :)



Thanks so much for this affordable yet stylish gift guide. I asked for the skull tea set for one from Urban Outfitters, and I was overjoyed to receive it for Christmas! I never would have known about it if it weren’t for your guide!!! Thanks.
I love your blog.
Wishing you all the best in 2008!
PS. I made your DIY paper ornaments too, they are a hit!

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