Toast and Letters
The idea of giving a convalescing friend a small, handsome letter holder is really growing on me. I like the toast rack style because it is portable, fits so easily on a tray or bedside table, can't break, and allows easy access to mail. Charlotte Moss' lattice version, above, is by far the prettiest example I've found, but it is not inexpensive.
Browsing Toaster Central, I spotted some great vintage styles. However the prices were still in the $75-$95 range. And of course there are antique sterling examples priced well over $1,000.
Pioneer Linens offers a silver plate style, intended for toast, at a very budget-friendly $27.
And a friendly reader reminded me about Mothology's stately silver plate interpretation, $84. If you're heading to a flea market this weekend, or even stopping by your grandmother's house, this could be a fun thing to hunt for.
The beautiful vignette at the top is via Leontine Linens.