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An Early Holiday Hunt, from Coasters to Chicken Coops

The news that some stores are opening at 3:00 am on the day after Thanksgiving has made me a little panicky, so here are some early and  random design-oriented gift suggestions. I’m a big fan of personalized gifts, like luggage tags that incorporate your own imagery (a faster way to distinguish one black bag from another on the carousel)…they feed my obsession with stones, thanks to the easy upload process on Shutterfly:

Coasters are another item that shows off your eye for design. Here’s what I did with Houseplans.com Chief of Design Nick Lee’s elevations for the house we’re building in Sonoma (Ranch House Plan 508-1):

(This view is from my Shutterfly project page.) A nice way to dream about the house you’re hoping to build as you sip that holiday cocktail.

Or to continue the agricultural theme of the house, how about a prefab chicken coop. The subject seems to be gaining in popularity at the moment, in any case. I like this A-frame example, which I found on renest.com, an interesting shopping guide to green materials:

Designed to house two chickens, the simple clarity of the structure is appealing. It’s the Eco Coop by Rentachook and uses primarily recycled materials. Friends just remodeled their kitchen and that made me look for an appropriate “warming” present so at Placewares I found Marimekko oven mits. One with a floral pattern:

The other more abstract:

Speaking of house presents, consider an ornament, like this globe. It seems an obvious idea to dangle the world on a string but this version seems particularly elegant:

And why not give your friends and relatives a planet anyway! This example is one of several from the shop at the extraordinary Museum of New Mexico Foundation. I also tend to check the offerings at Terrestra and this time I found an eye-catching, wave-like wine rack.

Something to help me surf the holiday season, perhaps…

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