A perfect hostess gift, the organic orange blossom room diffuser by Red Flower couples a handblown vase with palmwood stems — $74 at Bamboo Apothecary (4112 Magazine St., 895-1664; www.bambooapothecary.com).
Who doesn't love a great coffee table book? Once called "a love letter to the birthplace of jazz," New Orleans 1960 is a memorable collection of photographs taken by William Claxton during a visit to New Orleans with musicologist Joachim E. Berendt — $25 at Crescent City Books (204 Chartres St., 524-4997; www.crescentcitybooks.com).
This green, handcrafted iron coat and hat rack with flower hooks is a gift that's both decorative and functional — $38 at Discoveries Furniture & Finds (318 N. Rampart St., 569-0310; 120 E. Morris St., Hammond, 985-345-2577; www.discoveriesfurnitureandfinds.com).
A refreshing take on original art gifts, Cal Breed's opaque blown-glass curly pitchers (10 inches tall) are available in a rainbow of colors — $190 at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art gift shop (925 Camp St., 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.org).
Cashmere is a luxurious gift, but giving a loved one a Kashwére throw is even more thoughtful, since you can put the patented Chenilla fabric in the washing machine and dryer without it shrinking, pilling or wrinkling — $128.95 at Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-0225; 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com).
A stately addition to any tabletop or mantle, this pair of sterling silver candelabras make a great gift for the holidays and a lovely heirloom in the future — $3,200 at Hans Luetkemeier & Son (3246 Severn Ave., Metairie, 454-1170).
Artist Reed Hayward gives a classic medium (oil on canvas) an abstract update in these large-scale original works — Looking Inside, 36 inches by 60 inches, $1,700; and Dancing, 48 inches square, $1,800. Call Reed Hayward Studio (782-3526; www.reedhaywardstudio.com) to make an appointment.
Handmade by Greg and Sarah Arceneaux, this painted-wood, gold-leaf cocktail table with a top that is 34 inches square, $2,100, is available in custom sizes through RHINO Gallery (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., third level, 523-7945; www.rhinocrafts.com)
It's hard to put a value on well-used, organized space, which is why a custom-closet gift certificate is as priceless as it is thoughtful. Closets start at $400 at Singer Kitchens (231 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0067; 1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 297-1644; 4704 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-9880; www.singerkitchens.com).