Home is where the heart is. Also, where your friends and family are. All the time.
Sending a gift to brighten their WFH space or add comfort to their bedroom oasis is both practical and thoughtful this year. We collected 10 never-fail holiday presents for the home, practically guaranteed to score you a dinner-party invite . . . sometime in 2021.
Baba Tree Banasco Basket
These vibrant, adorably bulbous baskets from Baba Tree will capture both clutter and loved ones’ hearts this holiday. Pick from three bold designs handmade by renowned hat master Apaliyum “D-4” Akologo in the Ghanaian town of Bolgatanga. They’re sold through the ethical housewares platform Goodee, which is full of gorgeous finds from under-the-radar brands from around the globe. Be sure to take a look around.
Society6 Serving Trays
We’re fans of indie art purveyor Society6 and its ability to quickly spruce up your Zoom background on a budget, but the company’s serving trays are too chic to not share IRL. Available in two sizes and housed in bamboo wood frames, pick from hundreds of Society6’s beautifully curated art pieces to find the perfect tray for someone’s coffee table, vanity, or desktop.
Monstera Deliciosa and Philodendron Brasil Houseplants
Whether you’re shopping for a budding horticulturist or the greenest green thumb, a ready-to-ship, pre-potted plant from the Sill or Bloomscape is a much-welcomed addition in the midst of a dark winter. We recommend the extremely #aesthetic Monstera Deliciosa, the delightfully, impossible-to-kill Philodendron Brasil (pictured), and the adorable, holiday-adjacent Zygo Cactus, also known as the Christmas Cactus, should you want to be festive about it.
Chiminea Outdoor Fireplace
Keep your favorite grill master or backyard host’s socially distanced patio cozy with a stylish, modern chiminea. More sophisticated than a fire pit and more environmentally neutral than a space heater, chimineas—such as the Iolo from Latitude Run (pictured), which we love—are typically wood-burning, easy to care for, and look great outdoors all year round.
Slowdown Studio Perry Throw
Whether you see in it a teen-friendly tapestry, a picnic-ready blanket, or someone’s new favorite sofa buddy, Slowdown Studio’s Perry Throw’s sweetly curvaceous design is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s the work of Melbourne, Australia-based textile designer Claire Ritchie, and comes out of L.A.’s playful Slowdown Studio.
Matin Table Lamp
Add a pop of intrigue to someone’s WFH station or bedside table with this happy little lamp created by Parisian designer Inga Sempé for Hay. It comes in six shades and includes an inline dimmer.
It’s likely we’re all a little homesick this holiday. Thankfully, there’s a candle for that. Homesick Candles’ Holiday Collection captures all the most-missed scents of the season, such as Latkes and Lights—which smells like jelly doughnuts and applesauce-dipped latkes, OMG—and the cookie-laden, so sweet it hurts Grandma’s Kitchen.
The Citizenry Linen Sheets
Satin, mulberry silk, triple-digit thread counts—pick your luxury bedding poison. But we’re always a fan of the Citizenry’s sustainable, softer-each-wash, all-season Stonewashed Linen Sheet Set. Buy a set for the one you love (and share a bed with), and consider it a gift for two.
Magnetic Propagation Station
Take someone’s plant game next level with these lab-inspired propagation sets. Each set of two glass test tubes comes with hexagon-shaped wood or stone magnetic mounting sets that can adhere to cut about any wall, so their fresh trimmings will be out of prying hands and easily positioned to catch the best sun.
Ruggable Washable Farmhouse Rugs
Ruggable’s genius washable area rugs caught the eye of Co. Design Senior Writer Elizabeth Segan earlier this year, when she deemed them “childproof.” The new Founder’s Farmhouse Collection scratches an itch somewhere between trad Turkish kilim and shiplap, and shares the same machine-washable, interchangeable charm as its predecessors. Great for those with little ones, puppies, and muddy boots.
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