Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I don’t really care for novelty items and I can’t say I like kitschy pieces, but despite the contradiction I must admit I love a good old fashioned silly set of salt and pepper shakers.  It just goes to show you everything (including a touch of tackiness) can work when used in moderation.  Here are a few selections that range from delightful to laugh out loud funny and are sure to leave your guests thoroughly amused.

These St. Emilion Salt and Pepper Mills by Peugeot are made in France using wear-resistant steel parts.  They’re $65…definitely the high end of the salt and pepper market but impressively designed nonetheless.

Cheesy?  Yes.  Adorable?  Also, yes.  I just couldn’t get over 
these little $15 kissing pug shakers I found on Amazon.  You know they make you want to crack a smile.

This $20 contemporary salt and pepper set from Target is a little more streamlined and chic than some of the others in this post.  So even if kissing puppies are a bit too much for you, you can still spice things up at your table (pun intended).

I found a goofball goldmine in Uncommon Goods, an online store filled with items like this Fortune Cookie Shaker Set.  They’re still available but discontinued, so once they’re gone they’re gone for good.  Snatch them up for $22 before it’s too late.

No need to pass this salt and pepper set, give these awesome little robots a wind, point them in the right direction and they’ll be happy to walk themselves right on over.  They’re another find from Uncommon Goods and $35 for the set.

Now, for the first time ever, you can interact with a Rubik’s Cube and not be tempted to break it in half.  This light hearted salt and pepper Rubik’s Cube set delivers seasoning instead of frustration, and for just $15 at that.

These hugging salt and pepper sculptures, created by designer Alberto Mantilla, are one part creepy, three parts cute.  Enjoy this artsy pair for $30.

I love these Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shoe sets, but lets be honest, we all know the most irresistible part is the packaging.  It’s genius.  They’re a tad bit pricey at $50 for the set...but try thinking of them as a “conversation piece” rather than salt and pepper shakers and you may be able to rationalize it. :)


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