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Alexandra Ilyashov

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    Gift of the Day: A Sleek Stacking Decanter“Stacking decanters have been around for a while, but the updated lines of this one make it stand out from more traditional leaded-glass versions.”
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    Gift of the Day: Particularly Special Vintage PostersAccording to interior designer Liz Caan, they’re great gifts for young adults, teens, and even babies.
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    Gift of the Day: A Smythson Planner That’ll Last Past the YearOnce you’ve amassed a couple years’ worth, says interior designer Jennifer Hunter, “they look beautiful stacked on a bookshelf.”
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    Gift of the Day: An Especially Versatile Wicker TrayIt can be used as a “centerpiece, coffee-table tray, kitchen vessel, or entry catchall.”
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    Gift of the Day: Some Extra-Fancy SteaksPlus, a recommendation for an especially sleek knife set.
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    Gift of the Day: The Mount Everest of Lego SetsRecommended by a cabinet maker.
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    Gift of the Day: A Book on Boring ArchitectureDesigner Juan Garcia Mosqueda said the book’s premise stood out — “precisely because it’s about things that don’t stand out.”
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    Gift of the Day: Monica Khemsurov’s Favorite Foot-Shaped Vase“There’s a certain absurdity to putting flowers into a foot on the dining table, where feet are not supposed to go.”
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    Gift of the Day: A Handsome Zigzag BlanketPer architect Andrew Ashey, it’s “not too light or too heavy, forms to your body well, and is soft without feeling too precious.”
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    Gift of The Day: A Small Stack of Art Magazines“Reading through, you feel like you’ve stepped into a series of incredible rooms.”
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    Gift of the Day: A Geometric Bag for Dinner Parties“It’s also large enough to hold all of the items you need for the day — like an iPad or water bottle or, in my case, kids’ books or baby bottles.”
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    Gift of the Day: Extremely Limited-Edition Screen Print“It’s signed, dated, and numbered as one of ten.”
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    Gift of The Day: A Lucite Backgammon SetSunnylife also makes lime-green Lucite dominoes and a poker set with Lucite chips.
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    Gift of The Day: A Bowl With Porcelain PetalsBy Baughaus, who also makes ceramic ornaments shaped like breadfruit and ackee.
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    Gift of the Day: A Shimmery Odds-and-Ends Tray“It looks good on anything and everything — leather, wood, grass cloth, even an upholstered table.”
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    Gift of the Day: A Lavish English GreenhouseAt nearly $17,000, this is — needless to say — something of a splurge.
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    Gift of the Day: A Designer Couple’s Favorite Elderflower Candies“The packaging caught our eye, as did the idea of an artisanal Swedish fish with elderflower, a flavor we love.”
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    Gift of The Day: Some Wall-Worthy Rugs“They definitely have those ’90s Much Music and Dunkaroos vibes.”
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    Gift of the Day: A Color-Blocked Coffee MachineA collaboration between two Singapore-based companies.
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    Gift of the Day: A Spotty Ceramic VesselRecommended by a self-described ceramics aficionado.
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    Gift of the Day: Jill Singer’s Favorite Lumpy Goblet“They’re highly impractical and honestly superfluous, which is exactly why they’re such a fun gift.”
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    Gift of the Day: An Architect’s Favorite Black-Paged NotebookIt comes with jelly pens.
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    Gift of the Day: The Simplest, Handsomest SocksAs recommended by a Canadian with a substantial cold-weather collection.
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    Curbed’s 2021 Advent-Calendar Gift GuideOver the course of the next 25 days, we will be doling out, one by one, the gifts recommended by dozens of design bigwigs with extremely good taste.
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    Gift of the Day: A (Somewhat Strange) Fruit TreeIt produces funky-tasting calamondins.