Ben’s Garden Signature Découpage Hole in One Glass Pencil Tray, Ben Busko ($78). Good Westhampton, 141 Main St., Westhampton Beach, 998-4444
Long Island native Ben Busko has been perfecting his captivating, quirky découpage technique—the painstaking French art of embellishing objects with paper, gold, and varnish—since he was a child. He even découpaged a family cocktail table as an 8-year-old. These days, as designer, proprietor, and founder of Ben’s Garden, which has boutiques in Huntington and Oyster Bay, the 29-year-old master craftsman designs and creates fanciful home accessories, artwork, and other goodies, infusing them all with a distinctly country-chic sensibility.
Today’s operation has it roots in Busko’s childhood fancy—he first began selling art and note cards while still in grade school, earning fans among boldfaced organizations including the New York Botanical Garden, Smith & Hawken, and, later, Anthropologie. Busko’s current selection of gifts, including delicate crystal paperweights, personalized photo frames, and clever coasters, each bear fittingly whimsical images, pleasantly peculiar themes, or heartfelt quotes.
Seamlessly blending Busko’s finely honed skill with a certain childlike enchantment, the Ben’s Garden Signature Découpage Hole in One Glass Pencil Tray makes the cut as a covetable golfer’s gift. “With classic style and practical sensibility,” Busko says, “the tray is at home on Dad’s desk at work as a pen and pencil tray or holding recent scorecards from the club golf course.” Plus, each Hole in One Tray is signed by the artist and arrives with a card detailing the unique design process.