Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Every blogger in the world is doing gift guides this weekend. I usually don’t do gift guides (mostly because I don’t know jack about clothes, what hipster guys like, hostess gifts, educational kids toys, or the like), but I thought I could pony up and do gift a guide for a tickle-y subject I do know a lot about — gifts for the design enthusiast.
Do you like getting home decor gifts? If you’re like me, you know the question is a loaded one. Why? Well, let’s take an example (completely fictional, of course):
Your beloved mother-in-law (And if your mother-in-law is like mine, you know I say that with no sarcasm at all! If not, well, better you than me 😉 ) knows you love everything about interior design and gives you a stunning LLadro figurine. The only problem is that your home is completely mid-century modern. You agree the figurine is beautiful, but it just doesn’t fit your “style.”
You don’t want to hurt your MIL’s feelings, but internally you’re struggling — you have no idea where you’re going to put this beautiful piece! So, now what?
Argh. Such a hard situation. One wants to please the MIL. But one also wants her home the way she wants it. So I’ve compiled a short list of useful, beautiful, completely style-neutral home decor gifts that you can subtly forward to the MILs all over the world.
(My mother-in-law, of course, has such fantastic taste that she needs no such hints!)
1. Organic Cotton White Sheets
I LOVE our organic cotton white sheets. So soft and breathable, and moreover, bleach-able!
(30% off with code SAVEMORE)
Wallet-Friendly: $43.69 for Queen
(I own 3 sets, and they’ve lasted 6 years so far.)
2. Clear Vases in Fun Shapes
Nothing is classier than a bunch of the same kind of flowers in a clear glass vase. The fun shapes give a fresh classic twist.
Wallet-Friendly: $15.29, $12.75, $15.99
3. No-Iron Cloth Napkins
I always use cloth napkins at holiday dinners, but I’ll be jiggered if I don’t forget to iron them until the last friggin’ minute, adding stress and craziness and a myriad of eye-rolls from my Handsome Husband.
If someone wants to gift these to me, it would give me plenty of peace of mind and spare me plenty of condescension as I prepare Christmas dinner.
Linen-Look: $36 for a Set of 4
(This Etsy shop has *18* different kinds of no-iron napkins!)
Classic Cotton: $34.95 for a Set of 4
4. Chunky Knit Throw
These super soft, super plush, wrap-me-in-a-cloud and put-me-to-sleep-by-the-fire throws are made for December. In winter whites or colors, you cannot go wrong.
100% merino wool, for 55″ x 70″
(I love patronizing the small businesses on Etsy. Others sizes available. Comes in 80 colors. You’re still in time for Christmas!)
Wallet-Friendly: $97.30 (through 11/26)
60% acrylic and 40% wool, 41″ x 74″
5. Chunky Weave Basket (for the Chunky Knit Throw)
Big, chunky weave baskets for holding those chunky throw blankets and extra pillows work well in any style interior. Here are 3 at wallet-friendly-, mid-, and deluxe price points.
Deluxe: $329 (plus 20% off, sitewide)
24″ x 15″ x 20″
19.5″ x 20″ x 20″
21″ x 17″ x 19″
I’m working on some longer posts that take a bit of time for future weeks. Looking forward to sharing with you! If anyone’s looking to shop for me for Christmas, I could use more of #s 1, 3, and 4.
A graphic to remember me by:
Any style-neutral gifts that you recommend? I’m always on the hunt. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones.