Artisans and small companies are creating some of the most enchanting products, ranging from houseware and jewelry, to food and other indulgences. Depending on the depth of your pockets, there appears to be something for everyone.
The Charleston Cookie Company uses Belgian dark chocolate to make their Candy Cane Brownies, which feature a peppermint cake center. The bakery was put up four years ago by former marriage counselor Judith Moore. Her delectable creations are carried by Dean & DeLuca, and go for $30 for four.
Your pets deserve to find presents under the tree as well. Keep your pooch nice and warm with a fetching duck-down parka, designed by Canine Styles. Lined with fleece, waterproof, with removable faux-fur hoods, Aspen Parkas range in price from $85-120. Look for them in any of 100 upscale pet accessories stores and fashion boutiques across the US. For kitty, consider this $320 cat bed, designed from laminated cardboard by Venice, California artist Elizabeth Paige Smith. Smith's designs have appeared in Architectural Digest, and in celebrity homes. She created this model, Couchette, after noticing her cat's penchant for napping on cardboard.
Sculptor Susan Farrer Parrish, whose glazed clay works are displayed in museums and corporations such as Glaxo and SAS, was inspired by the landscape of Sundance, Utah when she created this one-of-a-kind Stone Prancer teapot. The collection features smooth stones picked from an area creek, which serve as the base for the pieces. Gold wire accents the top of the teapot, which took two weeks to make by hand, and costs $700.
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