Swear to Eames, we’ve never not bought at least one stocking stuffer at the undersung Cambridge shop, a bastion of midcentury-inspired home decor and accessories. Prepare yourself for the most obsolete of holiday occurrences: genuine gratitude.
Fish Hotel, $27
Nephew Ned is desperate for a goldfish, but your minimalist sis cherishes her schlock-free pad. The white plastic tank resembles a Frank Lloyd Wright split-level ranch, complete with plate glass windows for optimum aquatic gazing. And when Goldie meets his inevitable demise, the hotel can be converted into a sleek planter.
1966 Chess Set, $65
Sophomore year was a date-free nerd fest of cheap pinot and late-night checkmates — and, frankly, it rocked. Thank your former suite mate for the royal memories with uber-spare wooden chessmen, originally created by modernist Lanier Graham some 40 years ago and designed to reflect their board capabilities (e.g., the L-shaped knight).
Ice Orb, $16
The party invites are stacked three apples high, which means your hostess-gift angst is through the roof. A vertical cube tray — the world’s first, we’re told — doubles as a chill bucket and guarantees the two staples of a successful shindig (cold booze and ice) keep flowing through the break of day.
Reindeer Antler Bottle Opener, $28
Luddite Uncle Lennie went completely off the grid five years ago, resurfacing only for birthdays and major holidays. Honor his rustic existence with the rough-hewn utilitarian piece, fashioned from naturally shed antler pieces sourced by the indigenous Sami people in Northern Finland.
If your cubicle mate doesn’t stop tapping her fingernails against the shared desk surface, you might put a paperweight through her monitor. Give her digits a distraction with an all-ages toy made up of 216 powerful magnetic orbs that can be reconfigured into endless shapes and designs.
Abodeon, 1731 Massachusetts Avenue, between Harvard and Porter Squares (617-497-0137 or abodeon.com).
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