Guest Picks: Holiday Gifts
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I’ve always followed the rule that gift giving can be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be. It doesn’t matter if you give a homemade card or a framed piece of art, anything given with love will surely be the best of all. If you’re like me and like to find one or two things for the special people in your life, then this gift roundup is for you! I’ve added in a few extreme-wish-list items just for fun (’tis the season to dream a little, too!), but for the most part, this list is filled with things that will hopefully bring a little cheer to someone’s holiday season. — Annemarie from Brunch at Saks
Brass Magnifying Stand - $80
A brass magnifying glass stand for the home or office (or home office!) is a stylish yet practical gift for anyone who puts in serious hours reading at work. I also think this would be great to keep around for little ones to look at maps of places they’re studying in school.
Scottish Herringbone Throw
Somewhat on the expensive side — but worth the splurge — this throw would make anyone a very happy gift recipient. This particular blanket is made by a Scottish woolen mill and boasts a classic herringbone pattern that will never go out of style. If the tag is too steep for your liking, look around in your price range, as this style of blanket can be found in many stores.
Seamless & Steadfast Enamel Steel Bowls - $90
I think it’s safe to say that every family has at least one member who loves camping, right? If your family is like mine, then you might have a few of them, which is why I think this set of seamless enameled steel bowls is the perfect present for the outdoorsy type. If staying in is more your thing, then these bowls would work just as well for daily use.
Botanical Persimmon Print Apron - $29.95
For the cook in your life, this heavyweight cotton apron will surely keep clothes dry and spirits high while in the kitchen.
Kate Spade New York Hopscotch Porcelain Soup and Cereal Bowl - $19.99
While this oversize Kate Spade soup bowl might be meant for the table, I think it would be perfect as a catchall for keys and coins in the entryway. It’s also great for the odds and ends on her side of the bathroom, think hair ties, bobby pins and her favorite nail polishes.
Smeg FAB50B Fridge Freezer, A+ Energy Rating, 80cm Wide, White - GBP 1,799
This is a complete wish list item — and I feel the need to emphasize wish here because the price is less than friendly. But a Smeg refrigerator would be a wonderful surprise for anyone who lives to be in their kitchen. I don’t know what I love more, the ‘50s retro-style aesthetic or the fact that it has overwhelmingly positive reviews for its size (which happens to be perfect for apartments and smaller kitchens). Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here swooning.
Lurex Stripe Guest Fouta Set - $85
I really like this three-piece handwoven towel set by ABC Home. It’d be a nice present for the host or hostess of your holiday gathering this year.
"Central Park" Print by Bella Foster - $150
Has Central Park ever looked livelier? Artist Bella Foster’s seven-color silk-screen print of NYC’s most famous park would make for a nice gift that will continue to liven up any space throughout the year.
Threshold Wine Accessory Set, Brass Fox - $12.99
This set of brass fox bar accessories is for that sibling or friend who is a little bit quirky but a whole lot of fun.
Nate Berkus Marble Print Decorative Tray - $24.99
Nate Berkus’ new line for Target has so many cool things, like this decorative marble tray that would be perfect for mailing out with holiday treats to friends and family.
Dachshund Notecards - $12
These adorable cards by C. Wonder are perfect for those who have a furry pal at the center of their life. Shown here is a dachshund, but other sets feature a French bulldog, a Yorkie or a Scottie dog.
Threshold Starburst Mirror - $39.99
At just under $40, this starburst mirror would make for a great way to liven up an entryway area, hallway or even space above a hutch in the dining room. I’ve been eyeing this for awhile now and will definitely be adding it to my own holiday wish list!
Threshold Stoneware Owl Cookie Jar, White - $19.99
Fill this owl jar with your favorite holiday cookies and hand it over to a neighbor or friend.
Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook
Is there anything better than opening a new book from under the tree? I love the Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook because a lot of the recipes involve — you guessed it — chocolate!
Threshold Cocktail Decanter, Brass Dots - $14.99
This brass dots decanter by Threshold will bring cheer to any table. I like the idea of gifting it to the host or hostess early in the night so that they can use it during the party.
Natural World Dessert Plate - $18
These Natural World dessert plates by Anthropologie would make for a sweet and unique gift.
Nate Berkus Paper Clipboard, Blue/Brown - $8.99
These Nate Berkus clipboards are just plain fun! Attach your weekly chore list, keep a log of what’s in your fridge or let the little ones use them for projects — there are tons of ways to make this gift useful around the house.
Large Kitchen Canister, White - $28.84
This kitchen canister might seem on the plain side to give as a gift, but any person who loves spending time in the kitchen will know that it is a godsend. Store anything from dry pasta to flour in it without the fear of food going bad. This is definitely a gift that will be used all year long.
Good Directions 101VB Boot Tray, Venetian Bronze Pinecones - $50.17
This boot tray made from galvanized steel would be a great gift for that friend who keeps an exceptionally organized and orderly house.