Holiday gift guide: Perfect presents for the home
If you’re wary of buying clothing, and sick of picking out jewelry for your girlfriend or bottles of booze for your male buddy, we suggest you stand in the home of a friend or relative and truly soak in the surroundings.
Look at the paint colors: Are they brilliant jewel tones, or earthy and muted? Then turn to interests. Does your best buddy bake a lot? Do your aunt and uncle love to entertain? Or are you buying a gift for the whole family—ranging from ages 5 to 85? It’s not an impossible task, says Chrissy Madisson, spokeswoman for Pier 1 Imports.
“Sometimes finding that perfect present can be a challenge,” she says, adding that gifts for the home are often a great solution when you’re scratching your head. “Gifts for the home are perfect for the hard-to-shop-for family who has everything,” she says. “Go-to ideas that are sure to impress: faux-fur throws, beautiful candles with a seasonal fragrance and elegant frames showcasing favorite memories.”
Think fun when you’re shopping, the pros suggest. If your friend or family member loves to entertain, look for bar accessories.
“Another great option for families is a game that can be played on family game night,” Madisson says, adding that a classic game, like Chinese checkers, will delight children and adults, alike. “Parents will also love how beautiful the game looks displayed in the home.”
Stephen Cardino, vice president and fashion director for Macy’s home, notes that personalized gifts also are trendy right now. “They’re great for family, friends, teachers and co-workers,” he says, adding that the Kate Spade New York monogram mugs are a popular item.
“Artisanal items are also very popular, especially when it comes to the craft beer trend,” Cardino says. “With Lenox, we offer a craft beer collection with glasses for each kind 0151whether you’re sipping on an IPA or a wheat beer.”
We’ve suggest a few items sure to delight your friends and family.
We love the festive colors, and nothing will warm up the home more than these cozy throws. Martha Stewart Collection reversible sweater-knit throw, $59.99, macys.com
Take the cake
From simple to elaborate, these stands are perfect for the buddy who loves to bake. Martha Stewart Collection domed cake stands, $32.99-$84.99, macys.com
We encourage everyone to look for the child within. This game is perfect for families and it will add a decorative flair to the home. Chinese checkers, $49.95, pier1.com
Hoist a glass
One look at these pieces, and the lucky recipient of this gift will say, “Cheers.” Teal swirl bar accessories, $19.95-$39.95, pier1.com
This pillow will pop in a neutral background. The Southwestern touch is a welcome addition to many rooms. Fabian 20-inch pillow, $59.95, crateandbarrel.com
Knock on wood
For your friend who loves all things rustic, this rough-hewn wood block holder is created from recycled rough-hewn wood. Woodsy candle holders, $9.95-$49.95, crateandbarrel.com