Gift Guide 2011 Holiday – Home & Design

Too Cool
With just about everything you need to make a green cocktail (no, not an Appletini), this Urbanite Bar Set is sculpted from stainless steel and is 100% recyclable. The ice bucket and wine cooler are double-walled to keep things cool and the martini shaker is crafted with the same modern curves and snappy finish. $165 for the 3-piece set,

Open it in Style
Made from a railroad tie, this letter opener is the ultimate in rustic style and function. The tool and its driftwood stand are handmade in Nicaragua and produced under fair trade practices. Buy one for yourself too, because after giving gifts like this the thank you notes are going to be rolling in. $50.95,

Slumped Vases
Truly one-of-a-kind, these vases are made to order in Portland. Using recycled glass and a furnace powered by wind energy, the artists create these cylindrical vases with a funky twist. Available in three colors and three sizes (from 12 to 18 inches). Starting at $348,

Warm & Cozy Blanket
Maybe it’s the classic whip-stitching along each edge, but something about this Coyuchi wool blanket harkens to simpler times. And if the classic style doesn’t, the natural fibers, fair labor practices and the Canadian sheep’s wool will definitely give you a warm-fuzzy feeling. Available in five colors. $180,

Carve Out a Personalized Gift
“Home for the holidays” in bamboo form: Order this cutting board in the shape of any U.S. state and have a small heart carved over the city of your choosing. The 3/4 inch-thick boards are made from 100 percent bamboo. Whimsical, functional, personal and renewable — and it’s just so darn cute. $40,

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