As the holiday season approaches, we start taking mental note of fun gift ideas for our loved ones. However, if that loved one happens to be someone who has a keen eye for design and all things home decor, you might be left scratching your head. But do not fret — we’ve still got you covered. While keeping budgets in mind, here are our top “gifts for her” (or “gifts for me,” as the case may be) for those self-professed home decor lovers in your life.
Sleek, simple and made of sturdy steel, these modern, retro-inspired Oui bookends will keep books in place and a home’s decor en pointe.
OUI Set of Three Bookends, Chapters Indigo, $35.
Staying in the home library a little longer, consider giving this new best-selling tome a new home too. Browse through stunning room after stunning room designed by Amber Lewis, and glean some of her well-earned decorating knowledge.
Call It Home: The Details That Matter, available at bookstores nationwide, $54.
Choose from a range of rich jewel-tone colours and pick the perfect, lush velvet pillow for your home-loving person. Fair-trade certified, these long, super-soft covers are not only gorgeous but are also good for the workers who make them.
With their varying sizes and simple, white finish, these handcrafted organic vessels have a myriad of uses. Whether as a jewellery catchall, a unique fruit bowl or an eye-catching centrepiece, these ceramic bowls are undeniably multifaceted.
Artisan Rustic Handcrafted Ceramic Bowls, Pottery Barn, starting at $42.
Handmade in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Les Écolorés’ 100 per-cent waffled cotton hand towels dry fast and drape beautifully. Available in a range of muted earth tones — sage green, charcoal and ivory white — they’d suit any bathroom or kitchen’s colour palette.
Les Écolorés Waffled Cotton Hand Towels (Set of 2), Simons, $48.
With its braided chevron-pattern straw and topped with a buttery-soft leather handle, a French market basket is undeniably chic. Yes, it can be used to carry baguettes and brie, but it also makes a beautiful blanket or hat holder hanging from a hook in the home.
Classic French Market Basket Tote, Home Smith, $44.
To be fair, anything by Diptyque could be put on a “gifts for her” list — this cult French perfume house has a hold on the home-fragrance market. The seasonal Sapin spray evokes the smell of a freshly decorated pine tree, and we’re all here for it.
Diptyque Sapin (Pine) Fragrance Room Spray, Holt Renfrew, $68.
Sometimes the best gift for a home lover is one they wouldn’t think of themselves — enter vintage educational flash cards. Each card displays a unique word used to test students generations ago, and is mounted by hand on Japanese paper and framed in Toronto by Pilo, a small-batch, sustainable home and fashion design house.
Framed Vintage Educational Flash Cards, Pilo, $60.
Give the gift of “hygge” (and fire safety) this holiday season with a Danish-designed flameless glass hurricane LED candle in a multitude of muted colours. Get up to 120 hours of soft, warm light that can be used indoor or out, without having to worry about open flames and dripping wax.
Kooduu Flameless Candle – Glow 08, Spruce, $89.
When thinking of the best gifts for her, finding the balance between design appeal and function is key. Designed in the UK and made with recycled plastics, this sleek soap/sanitizer dispenser would look right at home on the kitchen counter or the bathroom vanity.
Rain Automatic Soap Dispenser, Umbra, $50.