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One-stop Christmas shop: Cost Plus World Market

December 21, 2010 | 11:34 am

When you think of Cost Plus World Market, it's likely that dark wood console tables come to mind. But the big-box retailer is also stocked to the gills with holiday gift-ables of all stripes — from retro toys to ironic home knick-knacks and organic food baskets.

Which is why the chain store can be a valuable one-stop-shop for Christmas presents (unless you're a chronic wish-list shopper, of course).

A few choice picks for family members, shown above clockwise from top left:

For your boho little sister: The handmade cotton-and-hemp Novica Rose Hemp Purse and Phone Pouch, $27.95, was created in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, and uses Hill Tribe motifs in its cool, crunchy-feeling design.

For your adventurous niece: Skip the Barbie accoutrement and Disney DVDs and pick up a goldfish or turtle kite, $12.99, for your family's tykes. They're a great excuse to explore Griffith Park after the holidays.

For your foodie brother-in-law: Beer as a present? When it's as swanky as Lindeman's gift box, don't hesitate. Made in the Pajottenland region of Belgium, Lindeman's beers are known as lambic, meaning they're spontaneously fermented with wild yeast instead of brewer's yeasts. This set comes with one 12-ounce bottle each of Lindemans Framboise and one Pomme lambic. The price varies from store to store.

For your Anglophile aunt: Adorable tree ornaments go a long way with some people, and the iconic English pillars in this $9.99 three-piece ornament boxed set — a Buckingham Palace guard, a double-decker bus and Big Ben —  are as cute as they come.

--Emili Vesilind

Photos, clockwise from top, left: Cotton and hemp purse and phone pouch; goldfish and turtle kites; Lindeman's gift box; three-piece ornament set. Credit: Cost Plus World Market.