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, www.mfa.org
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, www.boutiquefabulous.com
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, www.didriks.com
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, www.icastore.org
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, www.joiedevivre.net
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, www.olivesandgrace.com
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, www.pemshop.com
Historical illustrations of the city adorn this “Greetings From Boston” box 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, www.beaconhillchocolates.comMarni Elyse Katz blogs about design at StyleCarrot.com. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.