We appreciate a Waterford-crystal situation as much as the next girl. But ?fancy? and ?serious? don?t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive.

Case in point: these hilarious face vases.

They?re teeny vessels--big enough to hold a few buds or sprigs--with various expressions. Aren?t they the perfect little present? Even if just for yourself.

We spotted them last weekend on a visit to Spin Ceramics, the gorgeous new Soho outpost of the popular Chinese brand, which uses production techniques dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Although we were there to admire tableware (attention, brides-to-be), we couldn?t help but imagine all the ways we?d put these critters to use (best toothbrush holder ever).

Each vase shakes out to about $37 (it?s $440 for a set of 12). So to us it makes sense to stock up and then divvy them out as gifts throughout the year.

Bottles of wine are fleeting. Being the funniest friend is forever.

Spin Ceramics, 13 Crosby St. (at Grand St.); 212-226-6085 or spinceramics.com

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