Rhea Alexander’s first centerpiece design is made with the same chic, minimalist aesthetic as her line of home furnishings (sold under the name D.I.G.S.). The carved stone pieces nest in a yin-yang shape. There’s space for a tea light on one end and enough room to float a gerber daisy on the other. In three colors ($150).
Modern Stone Age
54 Greene Street/212-219-0383
Give a Dog a Bone
If the Flintstones wanted a new bowl for Dino, they’d buy this one from Alessi. Big enough to feed a Great Dane—or use as a bed for your toy poodle. We love the bone handle—no more doggy dinner on your fingers! In orange and blue ($70).
S. Feldman Housewares
1304 Madison Avenue,
near 92nd Street/212-289-3961
19 Prince Street/212-274-1966
1755 Broadway, at 56th Street, 212-581-4400
Write on Target
The ultimate in giftable pens, these were designed by Josh Bach (known for his whimsical ties). Each of the lacquered rollerballs has a theme. Motifs include a baseball bat, golf club, hammer, column, shark, Wall Street sign, and lighthouse. Each pen comes in a hardwood case ($42).
Flights of Fancy
1502 First Avenue, near 78th Street/212-772-1302
Mad About Art
MAD magazine turned a crazy 50 years old last year, and to celebrate, the company put together the first official compilation of its artwork: MAD ART: A Visual Celebration of the Art of MAD Magazine and the Idiots Who Create it (Watson-Guptill; $24.95). The tome includes 310 illustrations, rare and never-before-seen sketches, and interviews with MAD artists and writers ($24.95).
200 West 40th Street/212-302-8192
Shakespeare & Co.
716 Broadway, near Washington Place/212-529-1330
A Different Stripe
Cashmere isn’t just for winter. Sure, this super-sexy halter from Autumn Cashmere looks great under a jacket, but it’ll really come into its own in the spring ($205).
Olive & Bette’s
1070 Madison Avenue, near 81st Street/212-717-9655
158 Spring Street/646-613-8772
Lift Your Spirits
Sipping whiskey in a double old-fashioned is classic; but for taste, we swear by this new glass from Riedel that’s designed especially to bring out the best in your bourbon ($9.90).
Michael C. Fina
545 Fifth Avenue, at 45th Street, 212-557-2500