1. Fragrant Flames
Fill your home with earthy scents of the forest without hauling a tree into the living room. Thymes Frasier Fir collection includes long-burning candles in a range of sizes, priced from $14 to $36, and diffusers in large and medium, for $36 and $50. The entire line is available at The Cottage Monet in Rockville Town Square (301-279-2422; cottagemonet.com).
2. Coffee Talk
Customize everyone’s coffee order with a single-serve machine that brews five cup sizes, from a 1.35-ounce espresso to a 14-ounce grande. It’s also high on design, with a water tank that swivels out to the side or tucks behind. And there’s no waste, because the aluminum capsules are recyclable. The VertuoPlus in cherry red (and other colors) is available for $179 at the Nespresso store at Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda (800-562-1465; nespresso.com).
3. Cushy Tushy
Curl up with a good book in the comfortable, yet elegant, tufted Marler chair. Inspired by a vintage design, the updated version from Hickory Chair features gently sloping arms and tapered walnut-stained legs. It’s available in any of the company’s fabrics, including this emerald cotton velvet (item #2948-75), which retails for $6,536 (the starting grade fabrics are $3,781) through Urban Country in Bethesda (301-654-0500; urbancountrydesigns.com).
4. Piece Process
Working on a big puzzle is a holiday tradition for many families, and a great screen-free activity for kids. The colorful “I’d Rather Be Reading” puzzle from Galison with 1,000 pieces will keep everyone busy. Find it for $16.99 at Tabletop in Takoma Park (240-467-3982; tabletopdc.com).
5. Serve It Up
Nothing says holidays like a homemade pie. Bake something delicious in this stylish ruffled pie dish from Emile Henry that can go directly from oven to table. The smooth, scratch-resistant, virtually nonstick glaze makes cleanup a cinch. It’s priced at $29.96 at Sur La Table at North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose (301-230-1503; surlatable.com).
6. Warming Trend
You can’t have too many throw blankets in the wintertime. Snuggle up with this soft herringbone knit pattern trimmed with whimsical faux fur pom-poms. It measures 50-by-60 inches, comes in three colors—ivory, smoke and cardinal—and retails for $149 at Pottery Barn in Bethesda (301-654-1598; potterybarn.com)
Carolyn Weber lives in Silver Spring and frequently writes about architecture and home design.