Waltham-based Sidetrack Products specializes in offbeat MBTA souvenirs, like fun salt and pepper shakers styled to look like trolleys. Gift these and make every holiday dinner run smoothly, with no delays. $19.95 from Sidetrack Products, www.sidetrackproducts.com
San Francisco designer Christina Weber fashions hand-printed tea towels from medium-weight European linen. Her “Equal” tea towel from Studio Patro is durable, machine washable — and ideal for the home chef who needs a little extra help. $24 at Lekker Home, 1313 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-6464, www.lekkerhome.com
Loyal Supply Co., a new independent design company and retailer in Somerville’s Union Square, makes old-school hometown pennants in wool felt. There are Cambridge and Somerville versions, too. $20 for the 9-by-27-inch pennant shown at Loyal Supply Co., 21A Union Square, Somerville, 617-996-6930, www.loyalsupplyco.com
The husband and wife team behind Peg and Awl transforms discarded materials into treasures, as with this chalk tablet made of reclaimed wood and leather from a World War II gun sling. $24 at December Thieves, 88 Charles St., Boston, 617-982-6802, www.decemberthieves.com
Winter is the season of germs, so why not laugh about it? Contagions Coasters depict magnified versions of common pathogens like influenza, strep, and botulism, plus they come in a cute petri dish case and are made of recycled heavy mat board. Achoo? $10.99 at the MIT Museum Store, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-324-2849, museumstore.mit.edu
This mini balloon dog channels a Jeff Koons aesthetic and comes in turquoise, red, yellow, orange, white, or black. Plus it won’t shed, because it’s made of resin. $24 at Museum of Fine Arts Main Bookstore & Gift Shop, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-369-3575, www.mfa.org
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