Holiday Gift List for the Home Enthusiast
Picking the perfect present for the home enthusiast in your life—or even yourself—need not be a daunting endeavor. The key to shopping for the right gift is looking for practical and decorative pieces that will be useful this Christmas and beyond. Moreover, keep the individual’s personal style in mind so that you can cater the gift to his or her aesthetic. This guide takes the guesswork out of gifting by identifying different types of home enthusiasts and the items they will surely love to receive during the season of giving.
For the Decorating Diva
Ornamental pieces that perk up the home are sure to pique the interest of the decorating diva. Look for candles in a range of colors or unique shapes, or earthy ceramics that can be used as centerpieces. On the other hand, reed diffusers or burners packaged with a bottle or two of essential oils not only infuse the home with fragrance, but lend visual appeal. Finally, a set of throw pillow covers in coordinating colors or one huge pillowcase in a standout print provides a stylish exclamation point to the home.
For the Master Organizer
Anything that allows the master organizer to keep his or her home under control will be much appreciated. Choose practical pieces like a bathroom set organizer that includes a soap dish, toothbrush holder, and cup; air-tight jars in various sizes to keep pantry items fresh; or even a set of food keepers to fill one’s lunchbag with or to store leftovers.
For the Creative Maven
Look for items that will encourage the artistry of a creative maven. Blank picture frames, either in plain black or white or in bright colors like lime or blue, serve as the perfect canvas for putting up homemade artworks or personal photographs. Another alternative are ready-to-hang prints depicting abstracts or a still-life.
For the Home Entertainer
Throwing a good party is all about having the right items for serving up a plethora of dishes, cocktails, and drinks. Table linens and placemats in lush colors, textures, or prints set the stage for the party. Tiered serving platters are a great way to present hors d’oeuvres or cupcakes. Printed plate and glass sets lend a festive feel to any fete. If your home entertainer is also a budding home cook, various implements for preparing and serving food will definitely come in handy, both this Christmas season and in the coming months.
Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House. When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.
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