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  • Glass Tea Infuser

    Glass Tea Infuser

  • Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit

    Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit

  • Wine Essentials Gift Set

    Wine Essentials Gift Set

  • Ink Pot Bud Vase

    Ink Pot Bud Vase

  • Crown Catchall

    Crown Catchall

  • Indoor Decorative Neon Light

    Indoor Decorative Neon Light

  • Wooden Piggy Bank

    Wooden Piggy Bank

  • Duralex colored glasses from the MoMA Design Store.

    Duralex colored glasses from the MoMA Design Store.

 
The Washington Post

The best home gifts are both useful and beautiful. Here are some for any space or budget.

Vacu Vin: Wine Essentials Gift Set

When The Post asked experts for their favorite wine stoppers, master sommelier Laura Maniec recommended Vacu Vin's Wine Saver/Stopper, which she uses at all three locations of her wine studio, Corkbuzz. This gift set pairs a similar Vacu Vin wine saver with a cooler, pourer, corkscrew and two stoppers -- a good value. $27.58

Uncommon Goods: Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit

Heather Auchter, a California succulent grower and designer, created this fun take on a popular trend. The wood-framed planter can be hung on a wall or placed on a table as a centerpiece. Post staffers had a blast arranging and rearranging the succulents in the moss. (Note: They take about eight to 12 weeks to root in place.) $118

Anthropologie: Wooden Piggy Bank

This simple, 4-inch wide, rubber wood piggy bank is intended to teach financial responsibility to children, but we could also see it sitting pretty on a Scandinavian-inspired bookshelf, mixed among the books and other accessories. The maker, PlanToys, is committed to using sustainable materials without chemicals. $15

MoMA Design Store: Duralex Glasses

When The Post asked experts about their favorite water glasses earlier this year, chef Cathal Armstrong revealed that he uses Duralex's nearly indestructible tumblers at home. This MoMA exclusive presents Duralex's popular glasses in a festive rainbow of colors: crimson, mint, yellow, lavender, gray and cobalt. And they're all dishwasher-safe. $36

West Elm: Crown Catchall

This 4.5-inch wide, brass-finish catchall could corral keys, loose change or jewelry, adding a bit of shine and whimsy to an entry console or vanity. Consider the idea of thoughtful pairings depending on the recipient, whether stackable rings for a preteen or a leather keychain for the new homeowner. $29

Williams Sonoma: Arbequina Olive Crate

This set includes a potted arbequina olive tree, Williams Sonoma's house olive oil, and hand cream and soap from Blithe and Bonny, a family-run California company. You'll want to check whether your recipient has the right growing conditions (listed on Williams Sonoma's site); outside the Gulf states and California, the tree would need to be brought inside over the winter. $99.95

Sunnylife: Indoor Decorative Neon Light

It's not a real plant, but for some of us, that's for the best. This retro neon desk light can be powered by USB cable or four AAA batteries and stands about 10-inches tall. Gift it alone or with a planter pot (as the base is a bit simple). It made us smile. Large, $60; small, $26

Beekman 1802: Ink Pot Bud Vase

Designed after old-fashioned ink pots, these little but luxe vases come in white or black and are the perfect size for just a flower or two. They are hand-thrown by artist Jasmine Crowe and painted with 14-karat gold. You'll love the feel of them -- dainty but not fragile. $22

Artland: 19-ounce Glass Tea Infuser

Tea lovers deserve a to-go option. This dishwasher-safe glass travel mug can be filled with tea and hot water on one end and enjoyed from the other. A silicone sleeve insulates it and makes it comfortable to hold. You could even add fruit or a cinnamon stick and use it as an infuser. $20.67

Gin Creek Kitchen: Black and White Enamel Pitcher

Anyone could love the versatile size (7.25-inch tall by 4.75-inch wide) and the sweet farmhouse style of this enamel pitcher. Instead of wrapping this gift, tie a bow around its neck and present it filled with flowers or berry branches. It could also be used as a utensil crock. $28