We get the pitcher

It's a Mother's Day gift that can't fail: a handblown crystal pitcher from Tiffany's. Both sleek and organic - its body is etched with leaf shapes and flowers - the pitcher can do double-duty at both formal parties and down-home potlucks. At 68 ounces, there won't be a lot of refilling, either.

- Cathy Rubin
Lily of the Valley pitcher, $170, at Tiffany.com, the New York flagship, and select Tiffany stores.

Hot diggity dog

Here's a hip dachshund to grace your barbecue serving plates. With four designs - he's sipping a margarita, on a surfboard, sporting a fedora, or ready to swim - every dog can have its day. Created by Brooklyn-based illustrator Claudia Pearson, these porcelain dishes are perfect for hot dogs, but chic enough for anything your foodie friends might place there, too.

- Cathy Rubin
Plate, $16 for each 11.75-by-4.25-inch design, at westelm.com.