Tie one on ($35) • Polished tangua seeds from the Amazon rain forest give Mujus' striking Lucia Aqua necklace one-of-a-kind organic appeal that shows off an earthy feel (mujus.com; use code GH12 for price shown, a $9 discount).
Fowl play ($12.50) • Dinner prep will run like clockwork with Fred Flare's adorable little Chicken Kitchen Timer, and it looks great sitting on your countertop (fredflare.com).
A full circle ($27) • Louise Edrich's gripping "The Round House" (bookstores) recounts how an attack on a Native American woman upends her family and their fragile notions of justice, loyalty and love. It's hard to put down.
Piece of cake ($25) • The bonbons in Godiva's eight-piece Cake Truffles Collection (godiva.com) by master baker Duff Goldman taste like a slice of the beloved birthday dessert. Its colorful packaging makes for the perfect gift.
We can't resist ($27) • The mock-croc pattern on Forever 21's bold burgundy satchel (forever21.com) is larger than life. The outsized print transforms a basic bag into a new fall favorite to complement all outfits.
Now hear this ($16) • Carry a tune almost anywhere with Satechi's grab-and-go iFit-1 speaker (amazon.com). Just dock your smartphone to play six hours of battery-powered music.
All sewn up ($28) • Make mending a snap with Cupcakes and Cartwheels' cleverly organized Sew Sweet Large Present Sewing Kit (800-731-7066 to order). The kit folds up into a 4-inch-by-4½-inch box.
Got you covered ($30) • M-Edge's cotton-linen MyEdge Kindle Case repels stains and can be monogrammed for free (medgestore.com; use code GH12 for price shown, a $10 discount; other sizes available).
Blanket statement ($35) • With the first nip of autumn in the air, cozy up with Target's fuzzy Patch NYC throw. A generous 5 feet by 4½ feet, it's perfect for snuggling on the couch.
Set in stone ($32) • Guy Eva's fresh, unfussy take on gemstone earrings features ruby-toned agate spheres that dangle from delicate golden chains (guyandeva.com).
Monster cookies ($14 for six) • Kayak Cookies' Salty Oats line of huge, delish-as-homemade cookies are so addictive (kayakcookies.com; use code GH12 for $7.50 shipping).
Let it pour ($38) • Clean's Rain eau de parfum (Sephora) is a light, fruity floral with daffodil, water lily and daisy notes. It's what a garden smells like after a cloudburst.
On another matter
Try these tricks to extend the lives of the hardest-working items in your home.
Mildewy vinyl shower curtain liner • Fix it by washing it in the machine (on a short cycle) with some old towels, using hot water and bleach. Keep it longer by leaving the bathroom door or a window open and/or a ventilation fan turned on for 20 minutes post-shower.
Knife with nicked blade • Fix it by checking stores such as Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table to see when a knife expert who can grind down the edge will visit. Keep it longer by using a block, a drawer insert or a blade sheath to protect it. Our favorite brands are Bisbell (bisbellusa.com) and Lamson & Goodnow (lamsonsharp.com), which sell options for $5 to $25.