Small Gifts from Mrs. John L. Strong
A few years ago, my friend Carson and I implemented a strict "small gifts" policy, requiring each other to exchange very modestly priced but special holiday presents. If you do something similar, here are ideas for the recipient who covets Mrs. John L. Strong's legendary hand-engraved stationery. All cost $25: sets of five bookmarks -- I especially like the Japanese umbrella motif; beribboned engraved pagoda gift tags, also sold in sets of five; and one solid brass rule.
If price isn't an issue, above are a couple of faves: elephant card with envelope lined in brightly colored Indian tree-of-life pattern. $95 for 20 cards and envelopes; chinoiserie box containing three tablets with images of pagodas. $98.