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Holiday Gifts for Her

Our holiday picks--to buy or DIY--for the gals on your list.

This handsome lantern is an easy DIY gift you can put together in an afternoon using scraps you may have left over in your workshop. | Photo: Ian Spanier | thisoldhouse.com

10 Uses for Wood Dowels

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Featured on our Nov/Dec cover, this wooden candle set with a distressed paint finish is available from Woodland Imports at wayfair.com for $75. | thisoldhouse.com

Add a touch of whimsy to her garden with these handmade pots: Cheerful Face, Old Man Face, and Surprised Face, about $6 each from kinsmangarden.com | thisoldhouse.com

75 Outdoor Upgrades for Under $75

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Great for watering pots on a deck or patio, the 25' Orbit hose practically coils itself up after use and weighs about half as much as a traditional model. About $22 from amazon.com. | Photo: Lisa Shin | thisoldhouse.com

Feel-Good Gardening Tools and Gear

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Blown from recycled glass, the Pot de Creme hummingbird feeder has two feeding tubes to encourage multiple birds at once, and comes with a decorative metal hanger and a recipe for a sugar solution. About $50 from charlestongardens.... | Photo: Courtesy of Charleston Gardens | thisoldhouse.com

75 Outdoor Upgrades for Under $75

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This is one hot wreath! Indeed, the festive red isn't berries, it's chili peppers. About $45 from overstock.com | thisoldhouse.com

Creative Ideas for DIY Wreaths

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A living wreath of fresh herbs for cooks to pick from as they prepare holiday meals makes a great hostess gift. Square Mixed-Herb Wreath by Creekside Farms, about $60 from williams-sonoma.com | Photo: Williams-Sonoma | thisoldhouse.com

Creative Ideas for DIY Wreaths

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Treat her to an expensive-looking, one-of-a-kind worktable for less than $100! Just add a plywood top to these adjustable trestle legs. Adhere paper nautical charts with an acrylic glue, then coat with a water-based poly varnish for a durable finish. Trestle legs, About $30 each from IKEA. Charts, about $15 each from themapshop.com | Photo: (insets) Alison Rosa | thisoldhouse.com

Create a Nautical Home Office

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This period-look light fixture features a simple globe and an old-fashioned Edison bulb for a warm glow. About $120 from lowes.com | Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn | thisoldhouse.com

Create an English Cottage Kitchen

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Boost your cottage-kitchen prep space with an unexpected staple from the workshop. This ready-to-assemble workbench kit costs just $65 from Menards | thisoldhouse.com

Create a Quirky Cottage Kitchen

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Nothing adds a historic touch like a vintage map, all the better if it's printed on removable wallpaper. Ten antique maps, from Chicago to Paris to the entire world, come in panels up to 12½ feet wide. From about $35 at swagpaper.com | thisoldhouse.com

The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013

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Shape Tape is a super stocking stuffer for hands-on home decor enthusiasts. A roll of this crafty stuff in a precut chevron, scallop, or wave let's you paint decorative borders in a snap. About $15 for a roll from frogtape.com | Photo: Ted Morrison | thisoldhouse.com

The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013

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No yard is too small for growing BrazelBerries' Raspberry Shortcake raspberry bush. This new dwarf variety forms a compact, thornless mound no wider than 3 feet yet produces sweet, full-size summer fruit. About $30 each; brazelberries.com | thisoldhouse.com

The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013

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It's the culinary equivalent of a smartphone. Once she's tapped on a high-powered induction unit and watched it fire up so fast that there's no time to chop an onion, she'll never want to go back to slow-poke electric or unruly gas. Pictured here: GE PHP960 36-inch induction cooktop | thisoldhouse.com

Are You Ready for an Induction Cooktop?

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  • Paul Samarin

    Not giving up Grandma Eva Durlin's O'Keefe & Merritt!

  • Dorothy Valdez

    Very good choice.

  • Paul Samarin

    Dorothy, how durable is the cooktop? When sautéing, I'll often shuffle the pan back and forth to mix the contents. This is no problem with my ancient and durable cast iron grates and my thick-bottomed pans. It seems as if this would scratch the surface of induction.

  • Dorothy Valdez

    I use Le Crueuset cook ware, haven't experiences any scratches.

  • Johny Costa

    great choice

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Why not treat her this holiday to a colorful room redo or accent wall with a custom design you create using stencils? These are from stencil-library.com and we show you how here. | Photo: Caroline Arber/Homes [AMP] Gardens/IPC Media | thisoldhouse.com

How to Highlight a Focal Point With Stencils

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The classic enameled Dutch oven now comes in a shade called Soleil that makes it an upbeat accent on an open shelf. From $105; Le Creuset | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

Nothing's more relaxing than a classic porch rocker, and we've got 10 colorful options like this Arts and Crafts design, about $100 from wayfair.com | Photo: Lisa Shin | thisoldhouse.com

Colorful, Classic Porch Rockers

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These stand-out bar stools are equally at home at a breakfast bar, a homework station or rec room. Red French bistro-style, about $195 from zinhome.com; brushed aluminum swivel stool, about $100 from crateandbarrel.com; blue cane-topped stool, about $130 from homedecortors.com | Photo: Lisa Shin | thisoldhouse.com

Give her dishes a place to shine with this handsome Shaker-style plate rack you can build yourself with our easy-to-follow instructions. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

How to Build a Plate Rack

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Weatherproof never looked so stylish. Borrowing the spindled look of the Windsor chair, this sturdy cast-aluminum bench has room enough to comfortably cradle two and comes in 23 different painted finishes, from antiqued bronze to a lemony yellow. About $1,000 from threecoins.com | Photo: Ted Morrison | thisoldhouse.com

The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013

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Part cottage-style wall art, part functional drying rack, this DIY project can be easily constructed for just $25. Learn how here. | thisoldhouse.com

Home Bloggers' Crafty Ways to Save

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This stately timekeeper, with spade hands and oversize Roman numerals that are easy to read from a distance, adds a vintage look for just $20 from wayfair.com | Photo: Jan Baldwin/Loupe Images; inset: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

Pretty plants, like this Boston fern, in a rustic wire-frame urn, bring the outdoors in. Urn, about $25 from save-on-crafts.com | Photo: John Gruen; (inset) Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

Create a Naturalist's Living Room

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These vintage blue Ball specimen jars with screw-on zinc lids are ideal for showcasing finds from the beach or streambed. About $35 for a set of three from antiquemystique.com | Faux coral, about $25 from zgallerie.com | Photo: John Gruen; (inset) Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

Create a Naturalist's Living Room

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