If the most wonderful time of the year is fast becoming the most expensive time of the year, reign in your spending (without sacrificing your generosity) with these fantastic finds, all for $40 or less.
? Iconic Danish tabletop company Dansk is back with salt and pepper mills for the new millennium. These eco-friendly acacia wood reinterpretations ($40) make lovely modern home offerings with retro Scandinavian flair.
? For the globetrotters on your list, give the gift of exotic cuisine with Destination Dinners ($25 to $30). These handy kits include pre-measured and hard-to-find ingredients and recipes for international feasts like South Korean bulgogi and Lebanese kibbeh bil sanieh.
? We're totally taken with the just-launched magazine Anthology ($39 for a one-year subscription). In the spirit of beloved but now-defunct Domino, this publication covers travel, interior design, art and entertainment with juicy, narrative articles and gorgeous accompanying photos.
? Manhattan-based "apothecary" Malin+Goetz is known for its all-natural and well-packaged face and body products. This smart mojito soap set ($30) pairs their popular and sweet-smelling rum, lime, and peppermint soaps for a no-hassle hostess present.
? Finally in the just-plain-cool category are these silver playing cards ($12). Whether you bestow them upon a serious card-shark or casual go-fisher, the sleek metalic finish is sure to up the ante.