Clay pots and humans are more alike than most think—they both have ancient origins and are generally stuffed with entire batches of cookies. Adopt a kindred fixture with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of pottery and gifts at Persnickety in Madison.
Persnickety stocks cabinets and display cases with functional pieces crafted by dedicated artists from around the world. While exploring the large gift selection, customers discover handmade Annieglass pieces ($55+) designed by Annie Morhauser, whose glass- and gold-fused sculptures occupy the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection. Mississippi-made Peter's Pottery sculptures and table pieces ($15+) enliven homes and inspire jealousy in donuts with their earthy, pastel glazes. Fine European servings, settings, and plates by Casafina ($12+) showcase intricate hand-painted patterns to accentuate hors d'oeuvres, and Seda France candles ($32+) intrigue olfactory glands with mellow scents including asian pear, hyacinth, and french tulip. Persnickety also offers elegant gift-wrapping that discourages recipients from shaking their packages to guess its contents or extinguish its spontaneous ribbon fire.