Favorite Gift Ideas: The Best from The New York Times

We've scoured three of this week's gift guides from The New York Times — one devoted to gifts under $25, one devoted to unique finds for those hard-to-please people, and one from the Style section &mdash and we've whittled down the list to what we consider THE BEST home-centric gifts in the lists (don't worry, we eliminated the $100 pencil sharpener)...

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Our favorites from 25 Holiday Gifts for $25 and Under:
• Wooden Salad Tongs from Folk Art Museum Shop ($16)
• Set of 3 colored baskets from Mxyplyzyk ($20)
• 3 Cheese Tools from Crate & Barrel ($17)
• Airplants from DWR ($25)
• Set of 3 Plastic brushes from Kiosk ($15)

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Our favorites from the Pulse Holiday Gift Guide:
Castlight by David Weeks from Mxyplyzyk ($40)
Cardboard Animal Trophies from Mxyplyzyk ($32 - $55)

Our favorites (and the most practical) from Gifts for Hard Cases:

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Domino editor in chief Deborah Needleman chose this Blackboard Oilcloth from Bell’Occhio ($15 a yard)

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Interior designer Jamie Drake chose this Bulgarian dinner plate from Treillage ($60)

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Interior designer Thom Filicia likes Just Scandinavian (and so do we!). He chose Josef Frank throw pillows ($188, left, and $198) and Tove Adman concrete candlesticks ($75 each)

Images: Tony Cenicola, Lars Klove for The New York Times

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