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Anecdotally, we know of quite a few people who moved in the past couple of years — you may too. Intuitively, it makes sense. Many of us were cooped up in our homes. Suppose you were dissatisfied with your surroundings and had the means to; moving could mean more than just a change of scenery, but a genuine opportunity to reset. With that, of course, comes the need to freshen up your decor and pick up a few things for the home.
Regardless of whether you just bought a house or signed the lease on your first studio after college, there are probably quite a few things you need to make your new place feel like a home. And besides decor, there are probably some functional items that might not have made the list.
The best opportunity to give gifts for the home is obviously a housewarming party. But that’s not the only time to get great gifts for the home. The holidays can also be a great time to give decor, smart home and other living essentials as the best Christmas gifts. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best home decor gifts to buy.
1. Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket
FOR THE S.O. WHO’S ALWAYS COLD
A good blanket is always in order. It’s hard to go wrong with a Pendleton blanket, which brings a rugged yet sophisticated touch to any indoor space. Sure, they’re pricey, but the wool and cotton construction makes for a blanket that they’ll have for a long time.
2. Yamazaki Home Leaning Ladder Rack
FOR THE MINIMALIST
Yamazaki’s leaning ladder rack is a more exciting and space-saving alternative to the standard coat rack. Add some hooks, and you can throw jackets or bags on them or use it as storage for throw blankets. The simple design means that the applications are endless.
3. Crate and Barrel Hatch Mixing Glass
FOR THE BUDDING MIXOLOGIST
Stylish barware is an excellent gift for even a casual cocktail enthusiast. File this $10 glass from Crate and Barrel under “looks more expensive than it is.”
4. John Boos Block
FOR THE HOME COOK WHO HAS EVERYTHING ELSE
John Boos makes the Rolex of cutting boards. They’re durable, stylish and yes, expensive. Any dedicated home cook would be happy to have one.
5. Marshall Stanmore II Bluetooth Speaker
FOR THE PARTY ANIMAL
Smart speakers and stereo systems aren’t the only two options for home audio. This Bluetooth speaker from Marshall is great for at-home listening sessions.
6. Flickr Personal Concrete Fireplace
FOR THE S.O. WHO’S ALWAYS REALLY COLD
How this wasn’t a thing before is beyond us, but Flickr has become a popular brand for its personal fireplaces. They burn isopropyl alcohol for a soot-free burn, so you can safely use it indoors or outdoors (just follow basic fire safety).
7. Graf Lantz Bierfilzl Square Coaster Felt Multi 4 Pack
FOR THE PERSON WHO RESPECTS WOOD
Coasters are to home decor as socks are to clothes; they might not seem like the most exciting gifts, but the right ones can make a big difference. Graf Lantz’s colorful coasters are made from naturally absorbent felt wool, which wicks away moisture from your glassware to protect your wood table because you have to respect wood.
8. First Alert HOME1 Home Fire Extinguisher
FOR THE HOME COOK WHO’S STILL GETTING THE HANG OF IT
Yes, a fire extinguisher. Everyone should have one in their home, but not everyone does. (Are they ever on your shopping list?) It might not meet the standard gifting definition of “thoughtful,” but it’s definitely thoughtful in a practical way.
9. Project 62 Desk Lamp
FOR THE GUY WHO NEEDS GOOD LIGHTING
Know someone whose home is as dark as an overpriced steakhouse? Target has a solid selection of lamps. This mid-century modern inspired desk lamp includes USB ports for charging your devices.
10. Google Chromecast with Google TV
FOR THE BINGE-WATCHER WITH EVERY STREAMING SERVICE
Google TV has a clean interface that groups your shows by what you’re currently watching rather than by app. That makes it easier to jump back into your favorite movies and shows. And of course, you can always cast from your phone. It’s an excellent upgrade for at-home tech.
11. Capra Designs Cork Plant Stand
FOR THE GUY WITH A SUBSCRIPTION TO THE SILL
This plant stand is made from cork, adding a nice natural-looking touch to any space. It’s intended for a potted plant, but it also works great as an end table for a low chair.
12. Duralex Picardie Glass Tumbler
FOR THE PERSON WHO’S ALWAYS HOSTING
Glassware is always useful, and Duralex is an excellent option. They’re stylish, stackable, and dishwasher and microwave safe. The tempered glass construction makes them resistant to drops and thermal shock. And best of all, they come in fun colors.
13. Loewe Home Scents Honeysuckle Candle
FOR THE AROMA ENTHUSIAST
Loewe’s candles are beautiful (if expensive), making them great gifts. This candle has a pleasant honeysuckle scent, and you can also choose unusual and interesting fragrances like oregano and tomato leaves (anyone craving a pizza yet?).
14. Bloomingville Stout Clear Glass Vase
FOR THE PLANT-LOVER WHO PREFERS DRIED STEMS
This Bloomingville vase is beautiful in its simplicity. It’s clear, so it should blend in with just about any decor. At 8-inches tall, it’s a good size for a coffee table or entryway table.
15. Article Gabriola Ivory Bouclé Pillow Set
BEST FOR YOUR MOST ON-TREND-FRIEND
Anyone who has ever listened to a podcast knows that Article is leading the way on how Millennials are decorating their homes. For the friend who knows what’s in style (spoiler: it’s ivory bouclé), this pillow set allows them to add a dash of class without over committing to the trend.
16. Ruggable Hello Doormat
BEST FOR THE NEW HOMEOWNER
If your gift coincides with a new home purchase (something very much applicable to the times), a new doormat is a welcome way to say “Congratulations!” A washable, stylish welcome mat still makes an excellent gift if their home isn’t new.