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Chic knit hats, Party Nuts! cookbook, and more.


Hats Off

Emily Mills, a master's candidate at the Rhode Island School of Design, knits each of these cute swim-cap-style wool hats herself, then shrinks it, giving it her signature felt texture. The result fits snugly and is superwarm and stylish ($200).

Bond 07 By Selima
7 Bond Street, 212-677-8487
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Nutty Professor

Cookbook author Sally Sampson has been selling her delicious roasted Sampson's Nuts for over a year, but sadly, they aren't available in New York. The good news is, she's spilled (almost) all her secrets in her new book, Party Nuts! (The Harvard Common Press; $9.95). Recipes include rosemary walnuts, slow-roasted southern buttered pecans, and even smokey spicy peanuts. And it's all a lot easier to make than you'd think.

Kitchen Arts and Letters
1435 Lexington Avenue, near 93rd Street, 212-876-5550
Tarzian West
194 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-788-4213
Broadway Panhandler
477 Broome Street, 212-966-3434
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New Flame

Over the past 150 years, the scents of Kiehl's beauty products have become classics. Now the very subtle-but-seductive fragrances have taken on a new form: beeswax candles, housed in a simple frosted-glass container with a metal lid. Choose from coriander, grapefruit, and Pour Homme essences; all burn for about 50 hours ($39.50).

Kiehl's Products Since 1851
109 Third Avenue/212-677-3171 Buy it online at

Key 'Rings

For the fan of edgy-but-feminine accessories, we suggest Mine design's sweet "Lock" earrings. The 14-karat-yellow-gold miniature locks come with a dangling, removable key ($310).

Steven Alan
103 Franklin Street, 212-343-0692

We've Got Your Number

If you were a third-grade art-class junkie, you'll adore Workman's Paint by Number Calendar. The kit includes four canvases with outlined scenes (a sailboat, a horse, a barn, and Washington Square Park), twelve acrylic paints, a brush, and a frame to display your masterpiece all year (the calendar pages rip out) ($14.95).

La Brea
1321 Second Avenue, near 69th Street, 212-879-4065
2440 Broadway, at 90th Street, 212-724-2777
Boro-Art & Stationery
328 West 15th Street, 212-620-0440
Hudson Street Papers
357 Bleecker Street, 212-229-1064
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New Year's Resolution

Didn't get it together to send holiday greetings? It isn't too late. The January Card buys you a little extra time to send those pesky once-a-year missives--and gives you something to do while the rest of the world watches college football ($3 each or $23 for a pack of eight).

Moon River Chattel
62 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-388-1121

Blame It on Rio

Constanca Basto has filled her new West Village store with precisely what you'd expect from a 25-year-old Brazilian society girl turned shoe designer: heels, heels, and more heels-- all supersexy and at lower prices than those of certain uptown designers who shall remain nameless. These bejeweled satin stilettos are perfect for snazzing up a holiday outfit. In black or gold satin ($295).

Constanca Basto
573 Hudson Street, 212-645-3233