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by Mark Thompson
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Martha Stewart Holiday Collection: Puppy Pillows

If there’s someone on your gift list whose favorite m.o. is "cheap and cheerful," well then, here’s something cheery - and if not quite cheap, most definitely chic.

Who doesn’t love a beagle? And particularly one wearing a festive red seasonal sweater. And who can resist a Jack Russell?

These whimsical decorative 18" x 18" puppy pillows feature applique details, with a gingham plaid border for the beagle and a tufted grid pattern for the Jack Russell.

Made of a cotton/flax/acrylic/wool combination fabric, the pillows also spot clean - in the event of a doggie boo-boo.

Coordinating throws are also available, in the event that you and your puppy want to sleep through the holidays.

PRICE: $49.00 each
LINK: Martha Stewart Holiday Collection Puppy Pillows

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Joya & Hervé L. Leroux: "Giroflée" Black Porcelain Candle

Late in the madcap, free-for-all romp that marked the Nineties, fashion designer Hervé Leger debuted what became known as the "bandage dress" for its ability to make the wearer look bound in Ace bandages - and still look incredibly chic and sexy.

Hervé Leger is now Hervé L. Leroux and to mark Monsieur Leger’s new identity, Joya, the New York-based design studio, has created a stunning matte black porcelain candle inspired by Leger’s signature silhouette.

Handcrafted in New York by Joya and ceramic artist Sarah Cihat, the porcelain candle features a bias cut edge in honor of Leger’s signature creations with a fragrance redolent of giroflée, the ancient flower from Leger’s garden that has a powerful, seductive scent reminiscent of cloves.

Founded in 2004 by Frederick Bouchardy, Joya (meaning "jewel" in Spanish) produces candles and home fragrances, which are composed of perfume oils with no alcohol and are immediately responsive to a person’s body temperature.

The collaborative "Giroflee" candle blooms into notes of jasmine petals, magnolia blossom, gardenia, and tuberose, before settling into a musk and cedarwood drydown. The overall effect is every bit as sultry and seductive as Leger’s original body-conscious designs.

Caveat emptor: the gift of this candle will produce smoldering consequences.

The Joya & Hervé L. Leroux "Giroflée" candle is the first signature scent for the Hervé L. Leroux brand and launches exclusively at Alchemist (Miami), Henri Bendel (New York), Colette (Paris), Hervé L. Leroux (Paris), and online at Joya Studio.

PRICE: $75.00 / 7.1 oz
LINK: Joya & Hervé L. Leroux "Giroflée" Black Porcelain Candle

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Sierra Club: Public Bike

Given the devastation unleashed upon the planet during this past year, you might think about a gift to Mother Nature.

And what better way to show her the love than with a custom Sierra Club bicycle? Made by San Francisco-based Public Bikes, the first official Sierra Club bicycle combines European-inspired design with comfort and performance.

Public Bike’s founder, Rob Forbes, was the mastermind behind Design Within Reach - which means that the Public bicycle is no slouch in the design department.

Painted in a customized glossy green and finished with the Sierra Club logo, the Sierra Club Public bicycle is easy on the eyes and as good for your glutes as it is for Mother Earth.

Founded iby John Muir in 1892 in San Francisco, Sierra Club is one of the most largest and most influential environmental organizations in the State. A portion of the sale of each Sierra Club bike will go back to the Sierra Club to support the organization’s mission to "explore, enjoy, and protect the planet."

Sierra Club bikes will be available for a limited time. Order by December 25, 2012 for delivery in June 2013.

PRICE: $595.00
LINK: Sierra Club Public Bike

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Organic Bouquet: Dried Lavender Wreath

As the adage goes, beauty is as beauty does - and when you’re dealing with something as beautiful as flowers and plants, you want to know that beauty isn’t only skin deep.

The largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic gifts, Organic Bouquet employs over 60% women, while providing workers in underdeveloped countries with everything from zero-interest loans, childcare, healthcare, education, environmental protection, and supplies.

Focused on responsible practices in every step of production, from the grower to the final consumer, Organic Bouquet offers flowers that give back. Organic Bouquet flowers are not only grown with the environment in mind, but also the company is mission-based, helping mothers in underdeveloped areas around the world.

Organic Bouquet also carries a selection of "Flowers for Good," with bouquets benefiting over 55 charities, which means that you can give flowers for the holidays while also helping your recipients’ favorite charities.

A dried lavender wreath, for example, is hand-crafted with deep purple and fragrant lavender. Paired with silver ornaments and a silver pillar candle, the 16-inch diameter wreath makes a lovely and fragrant centerpiece for a sideboard or a console.

In addition to eco-friendly florals and plants, Organic Bouquet also carries a wide variety of organic gifts, including gourmet wine, treats, and gift baskets.

PRICE: $69.95 / 16-inch wreath
LINK: Organic Bouquet Dried Lavender Wreath

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