house & home
SATELLITE BOWL, $45 The Museum of Modern Art's online store www.momastore.com sells more than just posters. Here, kitchenware, jewelry and even toys are themselves miniature, affordable works of art.
HAMMER ORANGE CANDLE, $70 This candle, about 18 in. tall and handmade in Mexico, is just a taste of what you can find at Novica.com From paintings to rugs to jewelry, the site features the handiwork of artisans from Brazil, Morocco and other exotic locales.
GRECIAN PEPPER MILLS, $70 For high-end kitchen equipment like these professional-style pepper mills, shop Chef's Catalog www.chefscatalog.com) Don't miss the section of gift ideas for less than $50. Pick up specialty tools and basic kitchenware here.
SAGE OTTOMAN, $198 From a place to rest your feet to a glass to hold your drink, Uncommon Goods www.uncommongoods.com features a wide array of objects with fun and funky designs.
ANTIQUES If modern design is not your thing, try TIAS.COM, an antiques mall whose collection of stores boasts 340,000 items from pottery to pianos. If that's not enough, a related site, Curioscape www.curioscape.com) helps you browse 15,000 independent shops.
CLASSIC WARING BLENDER, $140 An expert at A Cook's Wares www.cookswares.com has selected the benchmark product in every category of pot, pan, knife or appliance. Now you will know where to turn when you kitchen shop--and how to spin those classic margaritas.
ZEBRA SALAD SERVERS, $20 In addition to telling you everything you want to know about food, Epicurious www.epicurious.com sells you the stuff you need to enjoy it, such as these Kenyan salad servers. The site also has a delicious specialty-food shop.
NELSON BALL CLOCK, $250 George Nelson, who created this clock, talks about experiencing "zaps" that he then turns into design ideas. Design Within Reach www.dwr.com specializes in selling zaps, by Nelson and others, that have been transformed into chairs, tables and other zippy furnishings.
GARNET HILL BATH TOWELS, $24 Why does Garnet Hill www.garnethill.com include on its site such light-on-plot sagas as the Mohair Story and the Angora Story? Because its lush products, from sheets and towels to maternity clothes to sleepwear, are all made from natural fibers.
ELSA PERETTI RAZOR, $325, AND THUMBPRINT SHAVING BRUSH, $195 Find timeless and elegant trinkets, like this sterling-silver razor and shaving brush, at Tiffany & Co. www.tiffany.com) Other gift options for men: sterling-silver money clips, crystal beer mugs and leather alarm clocks.
ANCHOR O'REILLY'S CHIPS, $16.95 A MONTH Sign up at Anchor O'Reilly's Chip of the Month Club www.chipofthemonth.com to have six bags of chips with exotic flavors and uncommon brands from across the country delivered to your man's doorstep every month. It gives the term couch potato a whole new meaning.
CHRISTY'S FOLDAWAY FEDORA, $199 Bowlers, toques and sombreros. Top hats, fezzes and berets. Hats in the Belfry www.hatsinthebelfry.com sells more than 3,000 different styles of headgear, including designer fashions like this foldable fedora. Just stuff it in the tube and throw it in a suitcase.