by By Lisa Grimaldi | October 01, 2009


LUXE: $200 
The glass and steel Sorapot is both artistic and practical. This sleek gift lets recipients watch leaves swirl while waiting for their cuppa.







LESS: $45 
For less than a quarter of the price, the Kenya Tea Press provides a similar "art of steeping" experience. A bonus: It comes with a strainer that fits inside, making cleanup a breeze.








LUXE: $199
The Phiaton PS 320 headphones are lightweight, with comfortable leather ear cups and superior sound via wide frequency response and high-definition reproduction. They travel well, too: Just fold into the accompanying pouch.






LESS: $70
Tired of the subpar sound and slip-from-your-ears nature of standard earbuds? Sennheiser PX100 headphones are collapsible, portable and provide great sound. Best of all, they stay in place.