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Best Bets

Ikea's Koppla/Tubba surge protector. Plus, Hand-embroidered jeans, peacock feather place mats, Judith Leiber’s feather clutch...


The Best Bet
A sexy surge protector sounds like a contradiction in terms. But the Koppla/Tubba from Ikea ($6.99 at Ikea stores) not only has a surprisingly attractive color and shape, it’s more functional than the rest. Unlike most surge protectors, which usually squash the outlets together too closely to accommodate larger plugs, the circular design of this beauty means there’s ample space for cell-phone chargers and cable modems.