Just because you aren't spending a lot of money, doesn't mean you can't give the best gift. I love to buy people things they'd likely never find themselves--things that are unique and different. Here's a list of my favorite things I've found this year that won't break the bank. These gifts are perfect for the office grab bag, a special friend, or a party hostess. Ditch that lame bottle of wine you were going to bring, and snag one of these awesome gifts instead.
Black Playing Cards
Cool Material, $9.95
Black cards with black ink, these are cool and beautifully designed and perfect for design-loving card sharks.
Carry On Old Fashion Kit
For the cocktail loving, jet setter. Who wouldn't want an artisan cocktail mid-flight?
Marcati Kitchen Towel
Sur La Table, $14.95
Perfect for the hostess. Everyone else will bring wine to the party--why not shine with this special kitchen towel that will last the year?
Zolo Creativity Chance
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Gift Shop, $28
Get in touch with post-modern, 1980s Memphis design with this fun little toy for all ages.
The Eyes Game
ABC Home, $9.95
Great for your friend who just had a baby. Why not gift a special book to get that kid loving good design as an infant?
Tanner Goods Leather Coasters
Heath Ceramics, $29
Made in Portland of gorgeous leather. The perfect gift for someone who loves to keep their wood looking good!
Decorative Art '60s
One of my favorite publishers, Taschen makes the most beautiful books. Filled with images of 1960s furniture and interiors--a must for vintage lovers.
Subscription to Metropolis Magazine
Who wouldn't love a design magazine in their mailbox every month for a year? Perfect for lovers of art, architecture, and design.
Tom Dixon Quill Bookmark
Gracious Home, $16.50
You know Tom Dixon is one of my favorite designers, so I love any excuse to gift his brilliance. Get a sliver of Dixon's drama with this petite bookmark.
This little gem combines comedy with food. Perfect for a friend who loves to cook or the office grab bag.
What are your favorite finds this season?