25 Must-Haves for Your Holiday Wish List

Good gifting is truly an art form. But what makes a great gift? Is it the thing you’d never buy for yourself? Is it useful? Or is it just pretty? Each of these gift ideas is all of the above. (And FYI: It’s T-Minus time to get going…)

1. Alessi has a reputation for including witty touches in its kitchenware. This 30th anniversary edition of the iconic Michael Graves Whistling Bird teakettle—with a decidedly prehistoric update—is no exception. Buy: Alessi Tea Rex kettle by Michael Graves, $220, barneys.com

2. This smart speaker connects to Spotify, Amazon Echo and pretty much any other popular music service. At merely 6 inches tall by 5 inches square, this device boasts an amazing ability to pump out tunes that sound as if they’re coming from a much larger footprint. Buy: Sonos Play:1, $149, sonos.com

3. This step-by-step book by Markham Roberts—the firebrand who struck out on his own after a long stint with legendary interior decorator Mark Hampton—is a must for every design lover’s coffee table. Buy: Decorating the Way I See It by Markham Roberts, $38, amazon.com

4. Inspired by scattered flower petals, these delicate woven-vinyl placemats come in three metallic colors (glacier shown here) and are a boon for stylish—and sloppy—holiday guests alike. Buy: Petal placemats, $10 each, chilewich.com

5. Make coastal holidays all the warmer with this hand-loomed Indian-cotton throw in a versatile, fringed design and apropos seaside hues. Buy: Spirit throw by Jaipur, $99, burkedecor.com

6. Presents for the eco-conscious! These hand-carved bowls are sourced from teak wood left over from furniture production in Indonesia. Buy: Teak root bowls by Selemat, from $69 each, onekingslane.com

7. These natural-agate cheese boards come in a bunch of lovely colors, and are perfect for hostess gifts. Buy: Agate cheese board by Anthropologie, $70 each, anthropologie.com

8. See Spot run. See Spot get treats even when you’re not home! Spy on the pooch and gift him with some good grub with this camera/treat-dispenser. Buy: Dog Camera + 30 packs of free treats by Furbo, $199, furbo.com

9. Photo and fashion buffs will love this newly released collection from renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz (and photographer behind our 2014 “Live Who You Are” campaign). Inside, iconic works are juxtaposed with never-before-published shots. Buy: Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016, from $55, amazon.com

10. Practical and pretty: Powder-coated industrial-style housing, a three-prong grounded socket and a wrapped-cotton cord (in so many awesome colors) make this an extension cord anyone would want to show off. Buy: Exto Mint for CORDPDX by Conway Electric, from $59, conwaygoods.com

11. This smaller version of this powerful mixer is 25 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller, and should be in every holiday baker’s arsenal. Buy: Artisan Mini Series tilt-head stand mixer by KitchenAid, $175, amazon.com

12. Give the gift of good scents (of place) with fragrances inspired by the nature and culture of the place featured on the label—from the Pacific Coast to the North Atlantic and everywhere in between. Buy: Ambient Fragrances by Source Adage, from $32 each, sourceadage.com

13. This indoor hydroponic growing kit was designed with NASA-inspired technology: Just pop in the self-contained herb cartridges and see sprouts in just one to two weeks. Buy: Smart Herb Garden with 3 basil cartridges by Click and Grow, $60, homedepot.com

14. Clotheshorses and laundry-shirkers alike will revel in the design of this adjustable wood-and-metal ladder—and because nothing ever has to touch the floor again. Buy: Hub decorative ladder by Matt Carr for Umbra, $80, designpublic.com

15. Serve holiday beverages with a glam twist. Each of these hand-blown glass pieces features a cheeky orb wrapped in crackled-gold leaf that appears as if it’s floating inside. Buy: Oro Bar Set by L’Objet, from $75 each, l-objet.com

16. Checkmate–the gamer in your life will love being king or queen of this chunky acrylic chess set inspired by Halston’s ’70s vibes. It’s so chic they’ll keep it on perpetual display. Buy: Acrylic Chess Set by Jonathan Adler, $795, jonathanadler.com

17. This tough little lamp comes in a variety of matte and metallic finishes, and is topped with a solid-walnut switch and an attractive cloth-covered cord. Buy: Punk Lamp by Blu Dot, $379, bludot.com

18. Honor visiting loved ones with a fascinatingly accurate 3-D printed cityscape depicting from where they came. Handmade and made to order. 1:5000 Cityscape Series by Chisel & Mouse, $270, chiselandmouse.com

19. The owner of the Canadian company behind these concrete bookends worked construction to pay his way through college: He used leftover waste from the day’s pours to create shapes and…the rest is history. Buy: Atlas bookends by Concrete Cat, $380, concretecat.com

20. This retro-looking Bluetooth speaker is anything but when it comes to its contemporary technology. Housed in a handmade wooden case and outfitted with a Graham Bell-like steel “horn” tube paired with a neodymium speaker that amplifies higher frequencies, it’s every audiophile’s dream come true.Buy: The Bluetooth Sound Machine – Bell, $239, nuvitron.com

21. Hygge, the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures, has caught the design world by storm. Don’t let design-obsessed friends miss out: This comfy nautical-inspired cushion is the perfect gift to whet their appetites. Buy: Knot Cushion by Ragnheidur Osp Sigurdardottir for Design House Stockholm, $112, danishdesignstore.c

22. Gift a piece of designer Tom Dixon’s latest Bump collection of minimalist borosilicate vases inspired by old-school laboratory equipment. Buy: Bump Vase Tall by Tom Dixon, $165, tomdixon.net

23. Even those with a brown thumb can enjoy their very own succulent garden—made of green acrylic–it’s the ultimate in no-maintenance. Buy: Small Green Cactus Set by Nobel Truong, $80, no-bel.com

24. Provide some good cheer to your favorite chef by gifting any one of these delightfully organic, handmade serving spoons. Buy: Various spoons by Kati von Lehman, from $30 each, kativonlehman.com

25. This collection of candlesticks will set the perfect tone for a long holiday meal—or any festive occasion. Buy: 3 Piece candlestick set from Dwell Studio, $225, dwellstudio.com