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From holly lights to handmade stockings, stuff to make your Christmas bright.

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Coast Along

Multitaskers will adore these flat, letter-pressed creations that function as greeting cards (envelopes included), coasters, and ornaments (just attach the included ribbon) ($15 per set of six).

LISBETH & CO.
259 Elizabeth Street
212-966-9559






Hot Socks

Add a homespun touch to your holiday mantel with a pretty handmade stocking. Vieux Carre owner Michelle Gauthier's mother makes these out of fabrics, ribbons, and buttons she finds on trips to France. Available in toile (shown, $50) and burlap ($40) in a variety of sizes and color combinations.

VIEUX CARRE
546 Hudson Street
212-647-7633




Magic Crystals

Crystal goblets on the table are nice, but a glistening crystal garland is absolutely fabulous. Use this one, from Arcadia Home, to jazz up your mantel, doorway, or tree. It's six feet long and very glamorous, in an old-Hollywood way. Handle it with the same care you would your finest Baccarat stems ($40).

CLARY & COMPANY ANTIQUES
372 - 374 Bleecker Street
212-229-1773
arcadiahomeinc.com


Holly Go-Lightly

Decking your halls for Christmas can be seriously fabulous if you use strings of festive faux holly, with "berries" that light up. Up to three of the thirteen-foot strands can be connected, and used indoors or out. Choose from red and white berry lights ($18).

RESTORATION HARDWARE

935 Broadway, at 22nd Street
212-260-9479
restorationhardware.com



Belle of the Balls

Vintage-style glass ornaments impart a simple but stylish look to your Christmas tree. Our favorites? These, by Kurt S. Adler, a company that has been in the Christmas business for more than 50 years ($18 per box of six).

NANCY KOLTES AT HOME
31 Spring Street
212-219-2271




Order of the Day

Small gifts make a big splash when presented in these Chinese-takeout-style cartons from Old Navy. The plastic boxes come in three patterns and will hold items as big as a baseball. Just plop gift inside, close box, and voilà ($2.50).

OLD NAVY
610 Sixth Avenue, at 18th Street
212-645-0663
1150 West 34th Street/212-594-0049
503 Broadway, near Prince Street/212-226-0838
625 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn/718-638-2935


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