Week of October 20, 2003

Local Booster
On the run with a suddenly dead cell phone? Snap on a Cellboost and you’re good for an hour of talk time or 60 hours of standby time. This auxiliary battery is compatible with Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Siemens, and Sanyo models ($5.99).

5 Union Square West; 212-929-6323

Office Depot
1441 Broadway; 212-764-2465

Sam Goody
390 Avenue of the Americas; 212-674-7131

716 Lexington Ave.; 212-826-3500

Or, see cellboost.com for more stores.

High Spirit
The Glenlivet French Oak Finish 1983 has been quietly steeping in its casks since Reagan’s first term. Just released, it’s incredibly smooth (it won’t burn your nose hairs off with the first sip), with an underlying spiciness and a rich oak finish (a result of aging in American and French oak). In our informal taste tests, it got a resounding “two thumbs up” from a variety of very opinionated drinkers ($200).

Park Avenue Liquors
292 Madison Ave.; 212-685-2442

Garden Variety
Just in time for leaf season, Fiskars has introduced a new collection of lightweight aluminum garden tools with extra-long handles. Shown here, the Landscape Broom with swiveling head ($27.99). A garden hoe, a cultivator, and several rakes are also available; $13.99 to $27.99

Call 800-500-4849 or check out fiskars.com for stores.

Step Training
Camper’s 1910 boot is a great make-over-your-man gift. In two shades of leather ($165), or suede ($150).

125 Prince St.; 212-358-1842

Rings of Desire
The Gianni and Donatella napkin rings by Daisy Hill will add a lot of bling to your basic dinner party. Those are genuine Swarovski crystals set into frosted clear or black Lucite. Hosts might consider adding sunglasses to each place setting; $26 and $55 each.

Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Ave.; 212-753-7300

Ears To Her
Veronica Moore’s chandelier earrings are gold-filled, hand-formed, and very dramatic. Choose from three stones, including turquoise (pictured); $230.

Patch NYC
17 Eighth Ave.; 212-807-1060

Alphabet Scoop
Clever Carriage Company’s leather letters are the perfect way to make your laptop case or backpack stand out on the luggage carousel. In pink, black, or red; $28.

1000 Third Ave.; 212-705-2000

Sample Sail
We can’t guarantee that a cute plate set will entice Junior to eat his mashed peas, but maybe it’ll make dinnertime a bit more fun (for him or you). Plate and bowl ($11 each), cup ($7), and spoon ($11).

Popover’s Plums
555 Amsterdam Ave.; 212-496-9648 or 888-825-0765 for stores nationwide

Richer For Pourers
Staub’s teapot is made of enameled cast iron, comes in three colors, and will win over anyone who thinks a traditional pot is too precious ($69.95).

Broadway Panhandler
477 Broome St.; 212-966-3434 or broadwaypanhandler.com

Twofer Tee
The cool T-shirt for fall is by Rogues Gallery, a company that re-dyes old shirts, then prints them with nautical or Americana images. They’re soft, grungy in the right way, and (if you’re lucky) have an old image on the inside ($55).

John Derian
6 East 2nd Street; 212-677-3917

Super Bowl
First it was all about green glass, then smoky gray. Now it’s all about black. Not convinced? Test-drive a utilitarian-chic piece, like this Congo bowl by Villeroy & Boch; $95 (also available: tumbler, $25; goblet, $32; individual bowl, $35; and vase, $85).

1000 Third Ave.; 212-705-2000

Photographed by James Worrell.

Week of October 20, 2003