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The "I just felt like it" Gift Guide

Why wait for an occasion? From pretty nesting bowls to a roomy tote bag, these items make a great gift for a friend—or a pick-me-up for yourself.

Lucky dog
Cha Cha is one in a series of irresistible canine cushions from Pillow Pillow Pillow. elsewares.com, $65.

Bathing beauty
With the flash of a zipper, a retro swim cap turns into a chic toiletry bag. charlesandmarie.com, $25.

Sweet settings
BIA Cordon Bleu's dessert plates may also increase the appetite for travel. 650/553-4155, $30 for four.

Slaphappy
There's no wrong occasion—or surface—for Cavallini & Company's stickers. touchofeurope.net, $15.

Chips ahoy
These Notre Monde glass coasters will up the ante on fun at any gathering. 614/444-4596, $24 for six.

Coming up roses
Zak Designs' nesting bowls are as pretty as a bouquet—but last longer. laprimashops.com, $30.

Bulletin bag
Z Gallerie's cork tote is roomy enough to hold magazines and the Sunday paper. zgallerie.com, $45.

Both sides now
Leave it to Kate Spade to make playing cards that are cute both front and back. crane.com, $18.

No fuel necessary
You don't have to drive to get mileage out of Orla Kiely's travel notebooks. flight001.com, $17 each.

Noteworthy
This memo pad from Iomoi comes with its own Lucite tray. Available fall 2008. shopiomoi.com, $48.

 
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