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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012 4:30 am

Searching for one-of-a-kind gifts takes drive and dedication. This holiday season, we hope we’ve made that process a little easier:


These charming house-shaped candlesticks from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio in Seattle are handmade from solid fir and copper tubing. Two candles are included.

$48 for the pair, www.ladiesandgentlemenstudio.bigcartel.com.


Made from reclaimed cedar, this 10-inch-long planter from Seattle-based Andrew’s Reclaimed comes with nonskid pads. Add your own succulents or cactuses, and you’ve got a modern garden in miniature.

$28, www.andrewsreclaimed.etsy.com.


Cotton scraps from a T-shirt factory are sorted by hue and reloomed into throw blankets in great color combinations. Drape on sofa or stretch across the foot of the bed for a pop of color.

$159.99, www.kellygreenhome.com.


Ceramic artist Jen Kuroki creates these organic stoneware planters out of her home-based studio in Los Angeles. Each high-fired piece is handmade and painted and can be used in the microwave and dishwasher, in case you have some other use in mind.

$35 to $55, www.etsy.com/shop/lovebugkiko, www.leifshop.com.


Mod, matte-glazed speckled stoneware Bodega bird houses by Roost hang from rope and are topped with recycled teak roofs. Available in three styles.

$79 to $89, www.digsshowroom.com.


Artist Sanna Annukka’s pretty pike pattern for the textile studio Marimekko can be used for washing and drying dishes, hung like a piece of art, or used as an extra large—and colorful—napkin. Made of a linen-cotton blend.

$36 for two tea towels, us.marimekko.com, www.crateandbarrel.com.


The new 5-inch Flick tea light holder from Orange County-based Haskell Collection is constructed of steel and set on 5.5-inch-long spikes to place along a path, in a potted plant or into a bowl of sand as part of a table arrangement.

$135 for set of five, haskellcollection.com.


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, www.plasticashop.com.


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.


How about a horse swing made from a recycled tire? The Dutch design comes with a heavy-duty rope tie in festive red.

$189, www.pottedstore.com.

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