Category Close-Up - February 2013

Great Gifting
By Wanda Jankowski

The search ends here to satisfy customers seeking the perfect present for that special occasion, from house-warming and hostess appreciation to birthdays and anniversaries

Spa Style The Zen Collection includes a hooded robe made with 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton and 100 percent linen trims. Also available are coordinating cosmetic bags and slippers. EKE USA, 201-691-8525,
Regal Robe The Allegory Collection includes three designs—Antique, Laurier and Forum—with motifs that center on the noble laurel leaf, which symbolizes merit and wisdom, and is often linked to heroism. Shown is the vat-dyed white jacquard robe from the Antique grouping, which coordinates with bed and bath linens and other home elements in the line. Yves Delorme, 800-322-3911,
Tea Time Towel The “I Love Baking Beautiful Cupcakes” kitchen towel from the Living Life Collection is handmade with 100 percent cotton by African women on a South African fair-trade farm. The towel, shown in white, is also offered in a natural color. Jacaranda Living, 781-416-3533,
Must Love Dogs The Doggy Gift Set includes everything for the perfect pet bathing experience: the chrome-plated steel adjustable caddy that expands to 36 inches, the soft nylon face scrubber, the adjustable paw-shaped rubber hand massager and the 4-inch squeaky kitty toy to reward the good doggy. Taymor Industries, Inc., 800-388-9887,
Accent On Color A pop of color and on-trend design come the gift-receiver’s way when the present is a filled 100 percent cotton pillow from the Asha Ikat Collection in turquoise, tangerine, cobalt blue or mustard. The 14- by 23-inch and 18- by 18-inch pillows bear ikat designs executed with Kantha stitches. The designs are also available in 16- by 72-inch runners. Saro Trading Co., 800-662-7276,
Tablescaping Treats For the hostess with mostest, Chilewich offers the Mini Basketweave ensemble. The oval placemats and stainless steel napkin rings are shown in the confetti colorway and accompanied by coordinating solid citron napkins. Chilewich, 212-679-9204,
Sweet Sights & Smells Artist Joni Ulman Lewis uses vintage materials to craft items that delight in the present. The handmade lavender-filled, heart-shaped sachets are made with recycled vintage linens—tablecloths, towels and curtains—embellished with ribbon and button trims. Visual Treats Design Studio, 540-372-7537,
Elegant Throw Knitted with 100 percent cotton, the Orazio Collection features throws and 21- by 21-inch decorative pillows that project a dyed heathered effect. Colors offered are cornflower, silver sage, white and lilac ash. Sferra, 800-336-1891,


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