TRULY GIFTED: 15 GIFTS FOR THE GAL OR GUY ON THE GO

by Marisa Marcantonio

We all have those friends that never stay on the ground for too long. For those with serious wanderlust that can't seem to stay put, lavish them with travel appropriate accessories.  Satisfy their travel bug with the necessities that make their journey one to remember.  Adventure seekers and design divas alike will forge ahead in style this season.

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 Getting a little tongue in cheek, the Don't Fuggedaboutit tablet notepad from Mrs. Strong will help the recipient  remember to tackle everything on their to do list before they step on the plane or train.

Everyone loves a crisp new tote to use while running errands. For the print and pattern fan, Katie Ridder's signature fabric and wallpaper prints now come on a cute tote bag. Order by emailing: info@katieridder.com

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I need a new rolly bag in the worst way. The new carry-on Wheeled Duffle from T. Anthony fits in the overhead bin and is a nice addition to give to someone that has their luggage already. Mom, are you reading this?

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For the pal who is always en route to a picnic or party, the Lands End Wine Tote is just the thing.

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These little zippered pouches help keep the contents of a bag neat and tidy. Sister Parish printed fabric Cosmetic Bags come in a set of 3, and can keep your charger cords and passport separate and easy to access.

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A tiny bag that can serve double duty as a clutch and hold your camera, Anya Hindmarch's Courtney Moire Clutch will make interior designer friends happy with it's big ol' custom leather hanging tassel. 

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Super lightweight and easy to pack, a robe is a travel must. Turkish-T's beautiful soft cotton Spa robes have a fringed hem and sleeve with spirited candy colored stripes. They can multi-task from breakfast to the beach.

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Mary Green's Sleeping Mask from Shop Bop will make for rested travelers.  Rested travelers are happy travelers.

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It might surprise you how many people love to have the comforts of home while away. Long-haul flights and hotel rooms are just better with the addition of a pretty boudoir pillow.  Bring the comfort of your own bed with Julia B. baby pillows, she has a variety of  beautiful customized options.

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Ward off a chill with Queen of Cashmere's monogrammed travel throw with matching case. You never know when a bit of cashmere may come in handy.

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For those that never leave home without a signature scent, Frederic Malle's highly addictive Carnal Flower perfume comes in a portable spray (case not included).

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On the go and need a pick-me-up? Take the tiny well-designed My Pressi on Safari and always have your caffeine fix close at hand.

Get a game going anywhere. Play to win with Tory Burch's sleek Printed Portable Backgammon set.  Such a luxe version.

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Crisp sound, an FM Radio and alarm clock make Geneva's  bright red XS Sound System from Moma Store worth packing to travel.

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A classic vide poche for a fraction of the Hermes prix, Clare Vivier's zesty red version is perfect and portable for keeping jewelry and other lotions and potions on the nightstand.

TRULY GIFTED GIFT GUIDE: THE NEW STONE AGE

by Marisa Marcantonio

From geodes to agate,  malachite and minerals, gemstones and natural elements are leading the way in decorative objects.  Capturing the beauty of the natural world, these one of a kind earthly accessories with incredible diversity in shape and color  make you realize how precious, wonderful and varied nature can be. Give the gift of the unique this year.

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Dransfield and Ross for Tozai created Malachite Shadow Boxes with gemstones found all over the globe. Perfect for those needing a gemstone primer.

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Encourage a friend to take their flower arrangements to new heights in interior designer Richard Mishaan for HSN's purple Amethyst Vase.

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Rock out in Pietra Doro Earrings from Tory Burch.  Mixing Lapis and Mother of Pearl they are made with an inlay technique from the 16th Century, Pietra Dura.

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This Noble House Designs Santos Cuff with stones like agate, jasper and rock crystal has had me smitten for quiet some time. Totally divine. That Sarah Lowery Ng really has a great eye.

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Need that special gift to awe and amaze? Ralph Lauren Home's Malachite Bianca Box sheathed in hand-cut malachite is gorgeous.

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When only the best will do. Amethyst set in a gold leaf surround sits atop a black lucite box created by artisan Eduardo Garza.

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Melissa Joy Manning created this Raw Pyrite Hook for Anthropologie. Adding a bit of chunky stone chic to your walls, why not give them to a friend to hang  their necklaces?

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Give a lamp new life with the addition of a cheery finial. Hillary Thomas Designs circular Spiffy in orange Howlite is just the thing.

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For that friend that has it all, Kelly Wearstler's gem encrusted brass Bottle Opener is sure to jazz up their bar.

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A little bit new agey, Richard Mishaan for HSN's blue Agate Obelisk can spruce up any tablescape.

A limoges porcelain Malachite-patterned lidded box houses a fragrant pink champagne-scented candle by L'Objet from Williams-Sonoma

NAUTICAL NIRVANA: HIT THE DECK!

by Marisa Marcantonio

A few gorgeous sunny days in a row make me crave summer, including the crispness of tailored sailing-inspired seaside interiors. In the spirit of red white and blue, nautical nonchalance and sunny days on the water, I am feeling the preppy, peppy punch all around for spring!

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Known for his sepia toned Marine portraits, British photographer Ben Wood works out of his photography studio on the Isle of Wight. This locale means he gets to shoot world class J Boat regattas like Cowes Race Week. Get your time on the water by adding his work to your collection with Trowbridge's beautiful triptych prints.

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Don't navigate the waters alone, plot your course with the map inlaid Fenwick Chart Table by Oomph. They use NOAA charts so you can plan your next voyage over cocktails.

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Belly up to this woven South Seas Bar Cart from Serena and Lily. It will be smooth sailing since casters make it easy to transport it from room to room and a lower shelf provides storage.

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Thick red ridges in the Ohm Mirror from Bunny Williams' Beeline collection resemble thick ropes if you get creative. The red lacquer finish is ship shape sharp.

With a red and white striped grain sack shade and blue blown glass wine bottle base, nautical nirvana has been found. From Europe 2 You.

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A thick, perfect coil of rope in Serena and Lily's Spinnaker Lamp is just so good looking anywhere, nautical or not.

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Ralph Lauren Home's shiny chrome Montauk XL hanging pendant will keep everything illuminated, like your kitchen island.

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Add some visual interest to the edge of the sofa with Tory Burch's kicky wool and cotton Chevron Blanket in navy and white with whip stitched edge detailing.

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Your coffee and tea get also get in on the stripe action with West Elm's porcelain striped mugs in a fresh shape with crisp blue line at the lip.

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A wide painted stripe on the Jacqueline Bowl from Ralph Lauren Home adds a graphic touch to the table.

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The blue and white wave patterned C. Wonder bowl can provide a happy home for mixed nuts during cocktails.

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And speaking of cocktails, you will need a chic way to open up your Regatta Ginger Beer bottles for Dark 'n Stormies.  How about a cool rope resembling bottle opener from Haus Interiors?

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A little bit of red, white and blue together in elegant cocktail napkins with hand - embroidered monograms from Julia B.

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For friends that have dropped their anchor together, these unbreakable glasses by Waterfall Designs through Etsy are just the thing.

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With a bit of whimsy, Link Outdoor has created rows of embroidered fringe on a solution dyed acrylic. Love it. If you have not seen their entire collection of imaginative fabrics, it is worth discovering.

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A zigzag paintbrush stroke on Perennials Swish in grotto adds a naturalistic component to an outdoor fabric.

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An oversized chevron pattern always looks right by the pool. F. Schumacher's Cote D'Azur Antibes Chevron fabric.

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Christian Lacroix's vivid Riviera in sevres blue through Designer's Guild looks like an aerial view of beach umbrellas.

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William Yeoward's Manacor woven in poppy.

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Stripes can also transform your bed as with Julia B.'s new Versailles pattern with an undulating border.

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Do the kids need a new place to hang in their room? A wide striped square pouf from West Elm is the spot to chill and watch a movie.

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Sea Salt Soap from Sweden in darling packaging. From Three Potato Four.

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Mainsai Rope Bracelet from J. Crew is sharp. There is a proliferation of bracelets out there with rope lines recently.

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Lemon and Line creates a variety of styles from ropes of all colors. The Nantucket Collection of Nautical Rope Bracelets with a jaunty knot make great gifts for sailors. They even do custom club colors.

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Is this the neo Nantucket Bracelet?! Tory Burch's Woven Turnlock Cuff looks good with the glimmer of gold hardware.

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Sailormade takes three strand sailing rope and channels the classic J Boat style with their double wrap Endeavor bracelet. The brass brummel hook closure makes this a dressier option.

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Mariner Rope Bracelet made of nylon sailing lines from Skipjack in a killer red.

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Cashmere yards wrap around these stripey Elizabeth Yarborough Yarbie bangles at Chance.

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I noticed this highly covetable Tillary Tote in J. Crew stores a few weeks ago and was waiting for it to hit online so everyone can get dibs. With enough room for your ipad, red leather detailing and wide stripe printed on linen cotton canvas it is a bag to carry through summer.

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What is nautical style sans boatneck French dress like this staple from Uniqlo?

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Get in the swim of things in Anthropologie's Tidal Dock Maillot. 1950's styling will have you feeling as fab as a classic pin up girl.

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Cap off your collection of casual resorty shoes with Toss Designs Chevron Espadrilles. Magnifique, non?

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Store your phone in this diminutively darling Jonathan Adler Jute Sailboat Pouch.