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Blue-Chip Items


In a city of bantam apartments, where long workdays lead to unfussy domestic routines (takeout, again?), the temptation to over-register must be resisted. Below, a dozen items that won't end up returned, in unopened boxes gathering dust in your parents basement, or even worse, stowed under your bed.

La Pavoni Espresso Maker
Broadway Panhandler
65 E. 8th St. (212-966-3434)
A compact Italian coffee press ideal for limited counter space. It pours eight cups, making Sunday mornings perkier than ever (chrome $619.95; brass $989.95).

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