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
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.
546 Hudson Street
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
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).
935 Broadway, at 22nd Street
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
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 voilÃ ($2.50).
610 Sixth Avenue, at 18th Street
1150 West 34th Street/212-594-0049
503 Broadway, near Prince Street/212-226-0838
625 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn/718-638-2935