Housewarming gifts

By Marni Elyse Katz Globe Correspondent 

The “Facet” mobile by Louise Helmersen for Livingly comprises 18 paper triangles (or bisected diamonds) strung in a quirky but harmonious arrangement that’s infinitely more pleasing than a geometry lesson. $44.95 at the Class Distinctions Gift Shop at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-369-3178,

Cuter than those glossy-red pocketknives, the “Animal” multitool by Kikkerland(above) includes two screwdrivers, a wire stripper, punch, knife, and most important, a bottle opener. $20 at Boutique Fabulous, 1309 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-864-0656,


Made from easy-to-clean molded vinyl, “Dahlia” coasters by Chilewich, available in an array of on-trend metallics and basic black, provide stylish spots to perch holiday cocktails and are ideal for outdoors, too. $18 for a set of six at Didriks, 190 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-5700, and 2284 Washington St., Newton, 617-467-4847,

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Handcrafted in Bristol, Vt., from locally sourced, sustainably harvested wood and dipped with food-safe natural clay paint, this 7-by-6-inch maple cutting board by Ironwood Building & Design has an asymmetric shape inspired by gemstones. $75 at ICA Store, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3104,

“Salt Kit #1”

Inspired by the sparkling landscape of an icy Vermont, the “Winter Trees” snow globe by CoolSnowGlobes captures a Zen feel for the season, complete with a haiku inscribed on its base. $50 at Joie de Vivre, 1792 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-864-8188,

Designed with a Scandinavian sensibility and crafted in a Brooklyn workshop by adults with disabilities, “Salt Kit #1” by Plant is a space-saving stack of five gourmet salts from Cyprus, Hawaii, France, and the Himalayas. $36 at Olives & Grace, 623 Tremont St., Boston, 617-236-4536,

Suitable for coffee, tea, or cocoa, the ceramic “Buddha” mug from Japan is one of an array of lighthearted designs illustrating cultural figures, including an equally amiable ninja and samurai. $15.95 at Peabody Essex Museum Shop, 161 Essex St., Salem, 978-542-1619,


Historical illustrations of the city adorn this “Greetings From Bostonbox of truffles, which contains an artisanal mix of caramels, creams, nuts, and fruits selected by chocolatier Paula Barth. $36 for a box of 12 at Beacon Hill Chocolates, 91 Charles St., Boston, 617-725-1900,

Marni Elyse Katz blogs about design at
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