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For the friend who cannot help but factor the aesthetics of something into its purchase — no matter how functional (or not) the item is — we've got 14 inspired options that give fresh meaning to the phrase "keeping up appearances." 

For the friend who cannot help but factor aesthetics into a purchase — no matter how functional (or not) the item is — we've got 14 inspired options that give fresh meaning to the phrase "keeping up appearances." From a colorful upgrade of the standard-issue toaster to an ergonomic ice cream scoop that's better formed for hand-gripping, here are our picks for the 2013 holiday season.