The design-centric gift sites are great for original presents, but can be a bit all over the place. They can be all-business -- such as the Leuchtturm1917 series of writing, graphing and lab binders ($5 to $35) -- or as whimsical as Steph Mantis' series of animal butt magnets ($12.50). Our recommendation? Milk them for all they're worth. Want to give a fun little speedometer-painted bicycle bell ($19.50) as a stocking stuffer? Go for it. Just want a simple, unassuming cube alarm clock ($30) or the gear-and-cog clock from Will and Grace ($99) to mark the hours? That's cool, too. Whether you're there for a Yellow Submarine or Singin' In The Rain shower curtains ($19.50) or a suction holder to keep track of the shower soap ($10), Kikkerland's artists and designers tread that hair's breadth between practical and playful with panache.
While fun-looking items such as a USB-port battleship ($22.50) can be useful, little wind-ups such as the spark-throwing Sparklz ($15) and long-legged Katita ($12) are some of the most creative toys in Santa's workshop.