Warning: Eleventh-hour shopping for the food-lover on your list may result in headaches, wallet hemorrhages and heartburn. Or, worse yet, gift certificates. Avoid "Mall Fever" this year with an inspirational trip to Abode. Located at 109 Amherst SE in Nob Hill, this smart little lifestyle store is packed with cool, classic and funky gift ideas fit for any domestic god or goddess. Visit the store Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Or call 255-1115 to see what's in store for you.
1) Thank your dishwasher for a year of sudsy servitude (and insure many more to come) with this luxurious and utilitarian Cucina gift set. A stainless steel caddy includes dish soap, purifying hand wash and repairing-action hand cream in your slave's choice of four invigorating fragrances. Zucchini Flower and Truffle shown here ($30).
2) Panek Tobin tabletop porcelain can be mixed and matched for a custom set, or placed as-is for a Missoni-inspired table. Each psychedelic piece is made in Poland. Espresso cup and saucer ($12) and dessert plate ($16.50) shown here.
3) Good dogs will flip, beg and play dead for Spot's Polka Dots ($5) and other pet-pampering treats by Mouthfuls, Inc. Special edition holiday "snacks" also include Puppermint rawhide bones and Merrymints doggie mints.
4) Love it or hate it, no other knife block has taken a "stab" at high drama and humor quite like this cathartic knife holder. The blood red "Ex" by ViceVersa ($100) comes with a set of five stainless steel knives (chef's, bread, carving, utility and paring) and individual magnetic sleeves to secure and protect the blades. Et tu, brunoise?