holiday gifting : up in the air somewhere

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I received a first-hand recommendation for these ceramic and papier-mâché vessels made by Chicago's Susan Dwyer of Up in the Air Somewhere. The bowls ($18/$38) above are papier-mâché with gold leaf interior and despite their fragile look and feather-light weight, they are surprisingly durable -- and according to my friend, they truly glow.

There are a number of brilliant gift ideas on the site including some of my favorites pictured below: pitchers ($32) with dip cups ($38); ceramic water tower ($68); and the gold lip platter ($68). If not for the holiday season, these all would make perfect wedding gifts.

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