A stocking stuffer for the container gardener in your life: tiny enoki mushrooms crafted by hand by Seattle artist Rebekka Guenther Ferbrache. The white stoneware pieces are 1.75 to 2.5 inches tall and sold in a set of three.
Even if cute isn’t your thing, it’s hard to resist mice that add a little Bohemian chic to the Christmas tree. We gave this pair an ethereal tree of their own -- handblown glass grapes, actually, that we stood up in planter of pebbles.
Mice $12 a piece, glass tree $38, Colcha, 1416 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 392-3600 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
For more affordable Southern California ceramics, we swung by a recent craft show in Eagle Rock and spotted these earthenware bowls from Lori + Koop. The larger flower bowl with glossy glazed interior and hand-etched matte rim was $35. The smaller bowls with matte white interiors and subtly striped rims were $25 apiece. All are microwave and dishwasher safe.
Kim Berger is perhaps the smartest woman in America. How else to describe an artist who makes customized dog bowls? Because each is made to order by hand, you can’t get delivery before Christmas. But Berger does send a postcard that touts the present that’s to follow later. We’re guessing the dog won’t mind the wait.
Let kids channel their inner Ed Emberley -- the late, great fingerprint artist -- with this set that includes ink pads, colored pencils and rubber stamps (to add all those smiles and winks).
$14, Museum of Modern Art Design Store display in the housewares department of JCPenney. (Bridgette Boone)
Sara Petersen makes her stoneware vessels in an Eagle Rock studio and Pasadena kiln. We picked up this small pot for $48; other sizes and shapes were available, all with similarly modern, elegantly minimal designs.
Potted, 3158 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)-665-3801 (Los Angeles Times)
The Swedish firm OMM Design puts a sweet spin on a Russian tradition with retro-flavored nesting dolls. The smallest of the critters is barely an inch tall.
$28.50 for the set, Huset, 1316-1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (424) 268-4213 (Huset)
A second set of OMM Design nesting dolls features some excellent facial hair.
$28.50 for the set, Huset, 1316-1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (424) 268-4213. (Huset)
There’s no place like home, especially a well-lighted one. These charming candlesticks from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio are handmade from fir and copper tubing.
$48 for the pair, two candles included. (Ladies & Gentlemen Studio)
Made from reclaimed cedar, this 10-inch-long planter from Andrew’s Reclaimed comes with nonskid pads. Plant teacup succulents or cactuses, and you’ve got a modern indoor garden in miniature. $28. (Andrew’s Reclaimed)
Out of Print licenses vintage book cover artwork for use in note cards, tote bags, T-shirts and more. A set of eight coasters includes covers for “Catch-22,” “On the Road” and “Brave New World,” plus a storage box that looks like a hardcover novel.
Even the most devoted dog person would have to smile at illustrator Hajime Okamoto’s annual cat calendar, this year featuring felines in their gardening, surfing and trombone-playing glory.
$20, Plastica, 8405 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 655-1051 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
DOG PILLOWS---For the canine-inclined: dog pillows from Naked Decor, whose designs include the classic Doxie Silhouette in Technicolor splendor and the new Daschund Balloon designs. $49.95, www.nakeddecor.com Credit: Naked Decor (Naked Decor)
For the canine-inclined: dog pillows from Naked Decor, whose designs include the classic Doxie Silhouette in Technicolor splendor and the new dachshund balloon designs. $49.95 (Naked Decor)
Giant snail shells play host to a different bit of life: air plants that even a brown thumb could keep alive.
$29.99 including wire hanger at Kellygreen, 2149 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 353-0488 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Ceramic artist Jen Kuroki creates these stoneware vessels out of her home studio in Los Angeles. Each piece is handmade and painted but still can be used in the microwave and put in the dishwasher. An herb or succulent planter, perhaps? Kuroki also makes lovely ceramic pendants, vases and bowls.
Altadena ceramist Sharon Mann Garrett’s work includes glazed mugs that, when grouped together, have pronounced variations in shape and size that emphasize their handcrafted charm. You can find her varied designs in some local stores, but Garrett also books private showings of her dinnerware in her home.
Mugs $30 apiece, OK, 8303 W. 3rd St. and 1716 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, and Workshop SK, 3129-1/2 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village (Mann Handmade)
First off, it looks great. But this 8-inch twine stand does serve a purpose: It conceals a cutter at the top, so you won’t have to search for scissors when you’re tying vines.
The just-released Bento cutting board, designed by Atlason and manufactured by Umbra, has a raised bamboo work surface with bowls stowed underneath. The clever design lets you chop and slide food directly into BPA-free bowls.