Shop around the world without a passport (or a pat down) at Turpan. The pros here have sourced the best finds from across the U.S. to Germany, Japan, and beyond for everyone on your list.
Smart Deck Calendar, $26
BlackBerry? Meh. An oversize calendar-slash-notepad is the easiest way to get an absentminded friend organized. Each of the 150 pages has ample writing room on top and an hourly schedule and mini calendars on the bottom.
Nambu Tekki Pan, $160
Amp up your favorite Barefoot Contessa wannabe’s recipes with a Japanese cast-iron pan designed by Sori Yanagi. It makes a modern shape out of a 400-year-old material, which evenly distributes heat and goes easily from the stove top to the oven.
Mini iPod Speaker, $78
Who still lugs around a boom box? Your tune-obsessed friend can tote a credit-card-size iPod speaker from Japan in her purse, picnic basket, or wherever else she can’t live without music.
Artisanal Marmalade, $15
Only the finest whole fruits make it into June Taylor’s all-natural jams and marmalades (in flavors like blood orange, and Meyer lemon and rosemary). Your hostess can spread ’em on toast at brunch or glaze fish and poultry at her next dinner party.
Stuffed Beast, $95-$112
For the kid and kid at heart, soft, shaggy little monsters from Sigikid come in monkey, lamb, and sheep shapes. The German-made creatures add a dose of whimsy to an empty bookshelf or bedside table.
Turpan, 225 26th Street, at San Vicente Boulevard, Brentwood (310-451-9500).
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