Alessi’s Acacia honey dipper gives the gift of comfort.

MMI28_AMBIt’s just about that time of year when I’m starting to gather more than just gift ideas, but actual gifts for everyone on my Christmas list. This one’s tops for design lovers: a simple, beautiful honey dipper designed by Mirriam Mirri for the always-playful Italian brand, Alessi. Cast in stainless steel, the Acacia is made of hexagonal shapes formed around a hollow sphere, inspired by the design of a honeycomb itself. It’s a modern take on the classic wooden design—and honey dippers always transport me to childhood, when I liked nothing better than to sip my Aunt Olga’s fresh mint tea, with a healthy dose of honey. It’s a gift of comfort.Acacia honey dipper by Alessi, $50, for local store visit