My father-in-law once gave my mother-in-law a garbage can for her birthday, and she was pleased. This is true too: I'd love to get one of these doormats for Christmas (I hope my husband is reading this).
Above: Handwoven, vegetable-dyed sisal Straw Mat; $26 from the Joinery.
Above: Natural, unvarnished Teak Doormat; $59.95 from Crate & Barrel.
Above: Handmade in Vermont, the Chevron White Pine Doormat includes an attached bristle brush for scraping gardening boots; $94 at Kaufmann Mercantile. (N.B.: For more on garden boots, see "The Ultimate Garden Boots.")