This year, as I thought about gift guides I wanted to try something new. Sometimes you have those people on your list who are just hard to shop for, or the newlyweds faced with a blank apartment, or the recent grad who could use an upgrade of their home goods. I wanted to put together a collection of items that would be easy to pick out (no sizes to worry about!) and still be practical and beautiful gifts to receive.
Gifts for the Home
Lighting a candle is such a treat when the darkness starts to get me down. It’s the ultimate way to get back at all the cold misery of winter. My all-time favorite choices are P.F. Candle Co. amber + moss ($20) and Paddywax tobacco + patchouli ($19). For anyone a little nervous about open flames, a reed diffuser ($22) is the ideal substitute.
I love the idea of adding a piece of artwork to someone’s walls each holiday season. Hayley Morgan framed canvas ($120), Rifle Paper Co. botanical print ($60), Blue cactus print ($15), Ivy abstract ($23), First of October print ($23), Flowers for friends ($68)
Parties notwithstanding, Zach and I love making a cheeseboard for our date nights at home. They’re quick and satisfying and who doesn’t love cheese?? Marble + wood board ($12), Acacia wood board ($20), Marble board ($23) Slate cheese board ($30)
When it starts to get really cold, the blankets get pulled out of a drawer in our living room, and each person in our family has kind of claimed one as their favorite. Cozy texture throw ($40), Warmest throw ($20), Chunky chenille throw ($30)
Mirrors can be surprisingly pricy pieces to buy for a home, but lately a few brands have started making mirrors that are beautiful, large, and affordable. They bounce light around a room, making dark winters not so dreary. Metal + leather mirror ($42), Patina mirror ($40), Entryway mirror ($60)
A burst of green can brighten any home in the winter, and I’ve seen lots of good indoor plant choices at Lowe’s and Home Depot lately – rubber plants, fiddle leaf fig trees, herbs and succulents. Pot it in a cute planter, and you’re all set with a sculptural, beautiful gift. Large terra cotta pot ($18), hanging planter ($18), Seagrass basket ($39)
I grew up with a grandfather clock, and while we don’t have a big piece of furniture to keep our time and chime away, I do like having an old school clock in our home. Copper ($14), Warm Bronze ($13), Large Schoolhouse ($20), Pocket Watch ($80)
With a huge variety of coffee appliances out there, we like having a couple on hand to make our mornings a little cozier. French Press ($32), Chemex ($42) and cover ($8), and for the harried parents of three who can’t see straight to do pour-over coffee… Thermal carafe coffee maker ($70)
We made the switch to Turkish towels a year ago and haven’t looked back. They dry quickly, soften with use, and resist mildew. A set is a bit of an investment, so they would be a lovely gift. Classic ($22), Wide stripe ($20), Thin stripe, set of 6 ($60),
One of our most-used purchases last year was a blue tooth speaker. After signing up for a three month trial of Spotify Premium, we found ourselves playing the ad-free music all the time. Being able to stream it on a high quality speaker anywhere in the house was such a treat. We kept Spotify and love this speaker – JBL portable bluetooth speaker ($88)
CAST IRON SKILLET
Similar to a dutch oven, this is a kitchen essential that we use often. It gets better (or seasoned) with use and doesn’t have to be perfectly cleaned (no soap ever!). Get one and it will last a lifetime. Lodge ($15), Threshold ($20)