This holiday, I’m stoking the home fires for my friends with a few new takes on traditional gifts that create comfort and cast an inviting glow.
Golden Touch. You can’t lose with a gilded set of playing cards that makes an ideal stocking stuffer. Playing cards ($15), by IDEA International, from Pharmacie, 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-200-9633, pharmaciempls.com
Nesting. Like gilded nature for the table, the gold-leaf bowl and iron accents resemble a bird’s nest. Urchin bowl and spoon ($24), from Witt + Bliss at D.NOLO, 219 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-584-3244, dnolo.com
Serve It Up. For a chic Nordic take this season, look no further than this marble and wood cheese board paired with these brass knives. Serving board duo ($180), by Bower, also from Pharmacie; knives ($38 for set of four), by Serafina, also from Witt + Bliss
Sweet and Savory. Birchwood Cafe’s new cookbook is the gift that keeps on giving—a perfect present for a host or hostess. The Birchwood Cafe Cookbook by Tracy Singleton and Marshall Paulsen ($22.95), upress.umn.edu
Instant Style. This timeless antique-gold hinged flower vase instantly upgrades simple stems into something sculptural. Gold hinged vase ($159), from At Home & Company, 3924 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-922-0111, athomeandco.com
Flora and Fauna. I love giving (and getting) artful prints, but seldom do I get around to framing them. Artist Elizabeth Grubaugh’s colorful prints—perfect for adult and kids’ rooms—come in a handmade wood frame. Framed print ($82), from Honeyshine, 2720 W. 43rd St., Mpls., 612-377-7300, honeyshine.net
Handmade Charm. Made locally, this denim work apron is as handsome as it is hearty. Apron ($58), by Nancy Miller, from Fox Glove Market & Studio, 792 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-214-4247, foxglovemarket.com