Who’s ready for the holidays? I’m definitely not but I do love this time of year. I’m always excited by the merriment of the season and love to see all the goodwill that surrounds us. I also love finding the perfect gift for all of those that I buy for. It’s a challenge and I always love a gift guide to help me with my own list.
I hope this gift guide acts as a helping hand for anyone that has to buy a special gift for the design lover in their life. This is now my 3rd year creating these and if you’d like to review the previous years you can find 2022 here and 2021 here.
2023 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
1/ ANTIQUED METAL DECORATIVE TRAYS
It doesn’t matter how many trays your friend or family member has already. If they’re a design lover, this is a gift that will bring a smile to their face. These antiqued metal trays come in 4 sizes and 2 shapes so pick one or buy the whole set. They’re useful in every single room which is why you can never have too many.
2/ JEWEL CUT GLASSWARE
I don’t know about your home but ours is plenty festive during the holiday season and that includes lots of cocktails and glasses of wine shared with friends and neighbours. If that person on your list loves to entertain, why not indulge them with some beautiful holiday glassware? Select the right shape and you’ll be gifting a beautiful set of 4. Or you can buy all 4 shapes and really get the party going.
3/ RIBBED PILLAR CANDLES
I think we probably burn more candles during the holidays than any other time of year. This is a really thoughtful hostess gift because there can never be enough. And these aren’t your run of the mill candles either. The ribbed pillar candle is handmade in Canada so you’re also supporting a small business.
4/ CLEAR AND AMBER CHRISTMAS TREE
This gorgeous tree is made from clear and amber crystal balls. I love the elegant simplicity of it. The beauty of this tree is that it will go with any holiday decor and any interior design style. You really can’t go wrong at all. And I would be thrilled to receive this stunning piece as a gift.
5/ DOG BOOKENDS
If you have a hard to buy for animal lover who also happens to be an interior design lover, this is the perfect gift. The bronze bookends sit on top of a marble base and bronze and marble will light up any design lover in your life. This is an adorable gift and one that we never seem to think of buying for ourselves. So why not indulge that special person on your list.
6/ SMEG CITRUS JUICER
Yes, design lovers even want the items they use in the kitchen to look great. Smeg has a line of small appliances that would all be great gifts but I personally think the citrus juicer is extra special. Unlike a toaster or kettle which most of us have, we don’t normally have an electric juicer on hand. And whether you like morning OJ or evening margaritas this beauty will be put to good use. You might even get invited over for one of those special drinks.
7/ APPLE HOME POD
Good music is always essential but especially during the holiday season. I don’t want my music to detract from the rest of my decor and I love how sleek and simple this one is. Aside from the fact that we can rely on great products from Apple, I love how unobtrusive this home pod is. It’s not just a speaker either. It also has Siri voice recognition and a smart hub to help with your home environment.
8/ ROOM & LINEN SPRAY
Need a hostess gift but flowers and wine just aren’t the right choice? A room and linen spray is a decadent choice that will give the gift of lovely scent. This spray is winter scented with juniper balsam spruce but if you don’t like that, there are 14 scent options in total.
9/ FAUX EUCALYPTUS & BERRY WREATH
If your design lover has allergies or cats that like to destroy real branches, this eucalyptus and berry wreath is the perfect gift option. It can be used either indoors or outdoors and has a very realistic look. It also comes with led lights to give some extra ambience to wherever it finds a home. And if you really want to go overboard, there’s a matching garland for even more whimsy.
10/ HERMES AVALON THROW BLANKET
This is the gold star of gifts. If you really, really want to find your design lover an extra special gift then there’s the iconic Hermes Avalon throw blanket. It’s made from merino wool and cashmere so you are absolutely giving the gift of luxury. There are 2 colourways available, either this combination or the Hermes orange with ecru. Nobody will ever return this gift so know that if you want to indulge someone, this is a winner.
I hope some of this gives you the inspiration you need to get started or finish your holiday shopping this year. And don’t forget to take some time to indulge yourself as well. Maybe you pick something from the list for your gift recipient and another little something just for you! Happy holidays everyone.
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