Foot Vases and Artichoke Plates: The 2021 Sight Unseen Gift Guide, Part I

What a wild year it’s been: First the hope of the vaccine, then the scourge of new variants; first the swearing-in of Biden, then the situation in Afghanistan; first the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, then justice finally served for Ahmaud Arbery. We thought the emotional rollercoaster would ease up after Trump was defeated, but lol, it’s never that easy. Know what is easy though? The simple happiness we get from putting together our annual gift guides, where we get to turn our brains off, scour our favorite stores for wishlist-worthy objects, and focus on sheer indulgence for a minute. What’s our favorite candle this year, our favorite wine glass? Which books are we dying to have on our coffee table now, and in the case of Monica (whose guide is featured below), which foot-shaped vase?

If you’re shopping for loved ones this week, we hope you can get some inspiration from these lists — particularly when it comes to supporting small businesses and talented independent makers. If you’re just in it for the escapism, well, join the darn club.

E15_ToreTableTore table by David Thulstrup for e15, $933ReiserVasePaw vase by Lisa Reiser, about $274HoppLoafersBare loafers by Hopp Studios, $3154709539_Interconnect_Candle_Holder_Black_AngleInterconnect candleholder by Colin King for Menu, $370LouisianaPosterWolfgang Paalen poster from the Louisiana museum, about $22Food52_OttolenghiPlateFeast Face platter by Yotam Ottolenghi for Serax, $73Moma_PicassoCalendar2022 Pablo Picasso wall calendar, $16Odeto_Silje-Lindrup-Tursu-Vase-4-DetailTursus vase by Silje Lindrup, $41501_Basis_Rho_BSTR-TBL-credit-JAN-BROCKHAUSNeoterrazzo table by Basis Rho, $6,500FredricksMaeKnifeRainbow chef’s knife by Fredericks and Mae, $110Moma_OktettGlasses2Oktett wine glasses by Bodum, $22 for 2pescebookOut in the World with Gaetano Pesce book, $58Tetra_Valet_Design_SophieJacobsen_Photo_JuliaZierer4Valet stand by Sophie Lou Jacobsen for Tetra, $88Yield_PouroverPour-over carafe by Yield, $85Lightolgy_FlowerpotPortableFlowerpot VP9 portable table lamp by Verner Panton for &Tradition, $292 SL-01-US_Sleeper_Unisex-Paper-White-Linen-Pajama-Set-with-Shorts_220Unisex white linen pajama set by Sleeper, $220AnnaKarlin_candy-dish-4Candy dish by Anna Karlin, $375UtilityObjectsMugRock Mug by Utility Objects, $65 (available December 11)MAGNIBERG__NUDE_METALLIC_SILVER_031-LOWRES_72f7a6fb-4c05-4c8c-824e-375a7799006b.progressiveMetallic duvet cover by Magniberg, from about $7051stdibs_GermanClock2German Art Deco ball clock, $1,750MK_MatterMattersxLipHaywood watch by LIP for Matter Matters, $288Trame_LilacBowlLilac Giro bowl by Julie Richoz for Trame, about $44
Matches_ArtichokeplatesArtichoke plates by Bordallo Pinheiro, $64 for fourTacchini_ADAADA lamp by Umberto Riva for Tacchini, $1,596ForestBathing2Forest Bathing spray by I’m Outside, $28ModernistEscapesbookModernist Escapes: An Architectural Travel Guide by Stefi Orazi, $29Standard_Baggu_Ripstop_Madras_Metallic_01Standard Baggu in Madras Metallic, $16
BZ_Palladium_2Magazine Rack in silver palladium by BZIPPY, $2,000Artemest_SaltPepperEyes salt and pepper shaker set by Zanetto, about $353Craighill_FLASK_082King Post flask by Craighill, $90MerkelHess_FeetFoot Planter by Matt Merkel Hess, $300-600