This Old House or This Contemporary Condo, the Homeboy is obsessed with his living space: remodeling, building, redecorating, or just envisioning endlessly while that ladder and wallpaper take up half the living room. Encourage this Weekend Warrior with some nice touches for the home, or feed his fantasies with visions of fine art and sublime architecture.
Skip the watch this year—this guy would probably prefer a luxurious, authentic Persian rug that’s an investment as well as an object of beauty. Don’t be nervous if you can’t tell a Senneh knot from a Giordes—the staff at Persian Galleries is attentive and kindly, and they really know their stuff. Heck, the owners have been in the business more than 25 years and among their six stores are ones in Zurich and Isfahan, Iran. The staff will guide you through the store’s selection (even if you just want to learn more and browse), and throughout the holiday season, the gallery is offering the same 30 percent discount that’s standard for decorators and designers for the amateur customer.
Earthy, sensuous, and masculine all at once, these lamps are made from big hunks (the polite say large crystals) of salt from the Himalayan mountains. Along with the earth-friendly origin, they emit healthy negative ions and cast soothing, radiant light and therapeutic colors. Nice.
Help a friend or spouse fight the post-holidays blues with a getaway to Greeneville’s General Morgan Inn. An 1884 construction, the Inn reflects the style of a grand railroad hotel—the two of you relax in high style, maybe in a room with an original fireplace mantle and luxury bedding, maybe in the lobby with its marble details and crystal chandeliers, or perhaps at Brumley’s, the Inn’s premiere restaurant serving upscale Southern American cuisine. Greeneville proper is a beautiful—and historic—small town, and the Inn offers Romance and Golf packages. And there’s good incentive to designate 2008 for the overnight escape: a special New Year’s Eve package includes tickets to the General Morgan New Year’s Eve Gala, and the gift giver (you!) can receive 10 percent back on a variety of gift card purchases through Dec. 24.
The ’60s and ’70s may be over but the fun lives on with this one-of-a-kind vintage tiki bar, accented with jute on front and sides. Perfect for serving cocktails with tiny paper umbrellas (and perhaps some California dip and Lays potato chips) or the well-appointed retro rumpus room, let this tiki bar take the Happy Hour gang on a virtual trip to Honolulu—or at least remind you of the Hawaiian episode of the Brady Bunch.
If your guy has so many home projects going that he forgets to budget for a bit of decorating at the end, sponsor him to a couple of purchases at Gift Gourmet and Interiors—platters, urns, statuary and seasonal decor are just a sample of the high-impact accessories available.
Heading into prime bowl game and basketball viewing days (’specially if anyone gave himself that new flat screen for Christmas), these chairs let a guy and his buddies kick back. They come in designs contemporary to classic, and as one or as many as you attach to each other so the viewing area becomes a theater. There are many, many different color possibilities, and prices vary based on the grade of leather selected. Best of all, like the all the best theater seats, these have stainless steel cup holders on both arms, the better to hold a beer and a remote.
Everyone knows a man’s remote is the key to his castle, and this one can do it all. It will run any home stereo electronic device a guy’s got—video, audio, and gaming—with One Touch Control that means you ask only “What activity do I want now?” not “Which components do I need to turn on?” It handles as many as 15 separate components and comes with a charging station, comfort grip shape (no more numb thumb), and cool Help button that will figure things out when you’re confused. Even cooler: the suggested retail is $250 but Andy from Eargasm will let you have one for $200, and he’ll come to your house and program it at no extra charge.
Variety of artist-designed crystal beer glasses, $30-$42, Nouveau Classics (nouveaclassics.com)