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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 |

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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 | Photo: Lisa Shin |

Feel-Good Gardening Tools and Gear

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 |

75 Outdoor Upgrades for Under $75

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 | Photo: Williams-Sonoma |

Creative Ideas for DIY Wreaths

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 | Photo: (insets) Alison Rosa |

Create a Nautical Home Office

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

Create an English Cottage Kitchen

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

Create a Quirky Cottage Kitchen

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 |

The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013

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 | Photo: Ted Morrison |

The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013

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; |

The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013

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 |

Are You Ready for an Induction Cooktop?
  • 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 and we show you how here. | Photo: Caroline Arber/Homes [AMP] Gardens/IPC Media |

How to Highlight a Focal Point With Stencils

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 | Photo: Lisa Shin |

Colorful, Classic Porch Rockers

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; brushed aluminum swivel stool, about $100 from; blue cane-topped stool, about $130 from | Photo: Lisa Shin |

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 |

How to Build a Plate Rack

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 | Photo: Ted Morrison |

The TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2013

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 | Faux coral, about $25 from | Photo: John Gruen; (inset) Wendell T. Webber |

Create a Naturalist's Living Room