Only a few more days till Santa arrives. Give him a hand with his list - pick up gifts both useful and nice.

- Joy Deangdeelert Cho
Wandering eyes

A colorful leather Travel Contact Case ($23) puts lenses at the ready. Available at Ali's Wagon, 2017 Fairmount Ave., 215-787-0611.

Rainy-day fund

Cloud Bank ($20), by Philadelphia-based Soft Goods Design, stores pretty pennies for spending later. Available at local Urban Outfitters stores (in Philadelphia, Ardmore, King of Prussia).

Keeper of the vintage

The Genie in a Bottle stopper ($16.50) grants wishes for fresh wine. Available at Philadelphia Home Art Garden, 1225 Walnut St.

In charge

Drinn's cell phone charger ($6) powers communications and rounds up the cord. Available from Portfolio at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad St., 215-972-2075.

Feeling nutty

This little squirrel ($38) is a real wise cracker. Available at Local Home + Gifts, 29 W. State St., Media, 610-566-5661.

Sip in heavenly peace

Tea or sake lovers can enjoy a moment of relaxation with Mija's Sake Set ($28). Available at P.A.D., 804 N. Second St.

Strictly business

JFold's card holder ($45) tracks contacts over the new year. Available at P.A.D., 804 N. Second St.

The art of eating

Skip Hop's Palette Plate ($24) serves up mealtime delights for the little ones. Available to order at Piccolini, 932 W. Lancaster Ave. in Bryn Mawr.

Literacy booster

James the Bookend ($23) strong-arms books into order. Available at Foster's Homeware, 399 Market St.


Joy Deangdeelert Cho is a Philadelphia textile and graphic designer.

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