Lamps and sculptures made of the namesake mineral accompany artful knickknacks and opulent home accents.. In Short Enter and breathe in the burning essential oils, perhaps a cedar-scented floral mix or sandalwood. Solid, curvy and coolly smooth, alabaster items like candleholders, vases and lamp bases maintain a timeless quality, whether they're modern or antique. All pieces are works of art, from the velvet address books from Italy to the light wood boxes from France. Giant coffee-table books of photography, crinkled silk pouch-like purses, or tiny glass insects would make impressive gifts.