How about these unusual and beautiful woodland stockings- can get with or without name (extra $10) - your choice of four colors of thread. Snowy owl, Squirrel or Polar Bear. On sale today for $27.50 Take a wild guess which one I ordered....
Pottery Barn's antiqued tray is an excellent solution to cheese and crackers. The center is made of marble for cutting cheeses and keeping their temperature - and the best part, the little rows on either side for crackers. Mine always fall off a flat cutting board. Not cheap but a really nice gift they will not already have at $89
UDON Noodle Soup Bowls: These are deep and might be weighty when filled with noodles or stew, but they keep it warm and have a place for chopsticks to rest if you're using them and can make a perfect gift for someone you know. Whether it's your college student who lives on Ramen, or the vegetarian in your life... $36 from Uncommon Goods. Lots of reviews to read if you need to.
For your tea-drinker, here are two different types of Tea infusers from MOMA, that get around the mess of loose tea. One is a neat stick for $25
and the other is the shape of a tea bag for $30. Prices are less for MOMA members. SO much easier than the little ball that falls apart, or the in-vessel strainers that can make tea too strong.
The pictures don't come CLOSE to what they look like in real life. You have to trust me on this one - or see them on display in your local BB&B.
The Berry Buddy: For people who like berries - you know it's hard to rinse them. I do it in my hands but they inevitably drop out or I make a mess. This stoneware drainer is a really unique gift. $46, from Uncommon Goods.