Big and small Christmas gift ideas

There is still time for Christmas shopping but all of us need a little more inspiration at this time of year. I have looked around and have a few suggestions to make; on my list, you'll find gifts small and reasonable, a few outrageously expensive but stunning,  some fun and clever, while one or two will seem as surprising as they are useful; its my gift:  ideas for those among you who are short on ideas right now. Not a finite list at all, far from it, just various fabulous finds that have caught my eye, from some of NYC's greatest stores where, (a big thank you to all the lovable geeks who invented the internet) you can shop online;  All that's left to be done now is that one long list: what, who, where and ...how much? ouch!

Takashimaya NYC

"bottle cap" umbrella $100

silk organza one of a kind scarf $335

children's wool animal scarf $75

Pui wood tray with gold leaf $85 and $155

Monte Carlo necklace $395


MP3 compact speakers $25

Harri koshinen lamp $135

pop up Xmas card $20.95

pop up pencil cup $30

Zucc sugar pourer $50

Eva Zeisel Christmas ornament $45


Handbag organiser $15

Paris map handkerchief $9.75

Message Paris card $8.75

Silicone ice ball maker $11.75

All Modern

Alessi salt and pepper shakers $56

Chilewich plastic weave beach bags $51.95

Moss NYC

Umbra posy frame $14

Space chrome pen $35

Ted Mueling silverplate candlestick $985

Dean and Deluca NYC

This thick 8x11" piece of solid salt, mined in Pakistan, can be used for cooking; it will not melt when placed on a stove burner and heated slowly;  $25 to $40

teardrop Tourmaline decanter $450

Pumpkin Nuage cheesecake $70 and Sweet Couture cake $180

Tusk handle corkscrew $157.50

These items can be found online at:
Takashimaya, MOMA, Muji, Allmodern, Moss, DeanDeluca

au revoir.

oh, and don't forget

6th to 9th of December
allmodern, a CSN e.store, wants to give one of The French Eye readers a great prize that anyone who has a laptop is sure to adore: this 100% linen laptop sleeve.

To enter for a chance to win this giveaway: simply visit allmodern (and don't omit to go alessi, one of my favorites designers) and find 2 items that you love. Then share those items in a comment here. Make sure to get your comment in before midnight (EST)on Wednesday (12/9). I will post the name of the randomly selected winner on Thursday (12/10).
*Please note that this contest is open only to readers with United States and Canada addresses due to shipping costs. So sorry.
The prize will be shipped to the lucky winner by allmodern directly.

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