2013 3 Holiday Gift Guide
200+ gift ideas for everyone + every budget
from the editor... Seasons greetings to all! At this time of year as we’re hanging twinkle lights and decorating the tree, we will consider all the gifts to put under it. This Holiday Gift Guide is a curated collection of 200+ ideas for all of the people on your list. You’ll find recommendations from two dozen bloggers and tastemakers, so you’re sure to find something for everyone! Wishing you all the magic and merriment of the season,
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow… The ones who find it hard to sleep on Christmas Eve? Let’s kick off the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide with the little ones! Here’s a list of gifts to stimulate their imagination, creativity, and keep them occupied!
Little Kids Will it be a tea party they’re hosting or a cowboy showdown in the middle of town? When they can Build Their Own City, you’ll find out! 100% Recycled Paperboard, $35, Uncommon Goods.
Encourage little tikes to score a strike with this Knit Bowling Set, perfect for rain or snow days. $59, Land of Nod.
I Scream, You Scream, They’ll Scream for this Ice Cream Set from Pottery Barn Kids, $34
Bring iPad art to life with ArtSee Tablet Studio. Kids can create their own art with a stylus and stamps, app included. $40, Young Explorers.
Little Kids E-I-E-I off you go! Take along Old McDonald’s gang with a wood Fold & Go Barn, $50, Toys R Us.
There’s nothing big or bad about Wolfie, in fact he’s quite charming and well behaved. $34, Dwell Studio.
Stimulate their inner artist in a most practical way with Paint Your Own Rainboots, waterproof paint pens allow girls and boys to add their creative touch. $27, The Met Store.
Fort Magic, designed for interactive Fort Building and Construction, comes with manual (build a rocket, castle, or submarine!), $199, Fort Magic
Little ones always have lovies they want to bring along, they can also tote a snack and change of clothes to playtime with Skip Hop Zoo Packs, 15 animals available, $20, Amazon.
You’ll hear laughter in the next room when a group of kids plays the funny face Guess Who Game with over 3,000 faces possible. $30, Drugstore.com
Kids love to set up stores to “sell” their stuffed animals and creations, encourage your young shopkeeper with a wood Cash Register, $60, Magic Cabin.
Stomp Rockets tap into their desire to see things soar into space, foam rockets connect to a device fueled by air, launch them far away from the house or they’ll end up on the roof! $12, Amazon.
Big Kids One for pennies, one for nickels, one for dimes, one for quartersâ€Ś or one for each kid! Set of Rainbow Owl Banks, $58, Lulu & Georgia.
Send them outside to dig for treasure with a Mini Digger, six colors, $17, Radius Garden. Harry Potter fans will delight in this official Marauder's Map which unfolds to 72â€? and details the Hogwarts layout with all its secret lairs. $35, Think Geek. The one who can create the Balloon Animals is always the hit of the party, a pump and kit makes it so. $10, Amazon.
Amateur architects will want to get their hands on this Lego Architecture Studio, with guidebook of modern structures, $149, Barnes & Noble.
Game on! Clear the dinner dishes and convert the dining table for a competition with a Table Tennis set. $15, Walmart.
Theyâ€™ll be inspired by these creative ideas for using the bricks they already have to build cars, castles, and more with The Lego Ideas Book, $25, Amazon.
Head into battle, death by sweet tooth with Mini Marshmallow Bows, $15, Bed, Bath & Beyond.
How many people can you fit in a VW Camper Tent? Adults and kids will want to set a record with this throwback for indoor or outdoor play, also in red. $50, Buy Buy Baby.
bloggers recommend... Gifts for
Kids John & Sherry from Young house Love
say... “Clara has loved this fun Balancing Cactus Toy pretty much since she was old enough to pick stuff up. The added bonus is that it's one of those toys that looks even better when it's out on a table than it does when it's tucked away in a toy bin.” $18, Amazon.
“This pink Scooter Rocker was a gift from John's parents a few years back, and Clara loves it - both for riding herself and for rocking her stuffed animals.” Also available in blue, $90, Amazon.
“We've gotten a lot of mileage out of our Melissa and Doug Animal Stamper Set, which is not only fun for art making, but is also Clara's preferred method for decorating thank you notes to her friends.” $11, Amazon.
Emily from Emily A. Clark
“My kids are obsessed with the weather lately (particularly when it will snow!) and this Digital Weather Station even tells them how to dress before going outside.” $20, Hearthsong
“Karaoke plus a disco light all in one! This Singing Machine Karaoke System is the perfect gift if your kids watch as much American Idol as mine do!” $78 at Nordstrom
We may have to put this Deluxe Platform Swing on our list. Anything that lets more than one kid swing at a time would be a hit at our house!” $114 at Hearthsong.
Beneath my heart
“I love watching my boys' imaginations go wild when they play with building toys like Laser Pegs, they stay entertained for hours!” $46, Amazon.
“My boys love Walkie Talkies and they play with them all the time, indoors and out.” $27, Amazon.
“Playdough is always a hit like this Autobot Workshop, there is never a time they do not want to play with Playdough.” $26, Amazon.
Sarah from clover lane
“Magna Tiles are definitely a favorite toy in our house for all ages. My kids build towers, and also tracks for cars, little houses for zoo animals, and anything else they can think of. Worth the money for sure!” $120, Amazon. “The Rainbow Loom is really popular with both girls and boys. The basic braid is easy to learn but there are tons of great videos online to teach many different styles.” $25, Amazon.
“My boys love Razor Riders and every kid (boy or girl) who comes over asks their own parents for one. They are really fun and get the kids outside burning energy.” $85, Sears.
You can’t beat cute and cozy like these Snow Leopard Furry Booties at Pottery Barn Teen, $35.
A Portable Speaker with plenty of style for sharing playlists at hangouts, 3 colors, $24, C Wonder.
A Wristlet Phone Wallet stores her lipgloss, cash, and phone so she can head downtown to meet her friends. Three colors, $25, The Limited.
A neon Glitter Pencil Case keeps school supplies within easy reach. 2 colors, $24,50 J. Crew
Justify a “too faced” personality with a Favorite Things Kit for eyes, cheeks, and lips, $56, Sephora.
Keep hands warm but still able to text, paint, draw, write, or type with Fingerless Mittens, $35 MareShop on Etsy.
A Zip Up Hoodie from Brandy Melville (or anything from this popular brand) is a guaranteed winner, $33, Brandy Melville.
With a shop credit at Prinstagram she can upload her Instagrams and print a 25â€? x 30â€? poster for wall display. $25, Prinstagram
Personalize a Monogram Necklace in sterling silver, gold plate, rose gold, or colorful acrylic. $32+, Personalized Necklace on Etsy.
Teen Boys Portable Bluetooth Speakers with a camouflage pattern in the shape of skateboard look great on his desk but also travel wherever he goes. $79, PB Teen.
He can design and ship his own culturally relevant or irreverent tee with a six month subscription to Busted Tees, $90.
His playlist awaits with these Aviator Headphones, $149, Target.
Indulge that masculine desire to make things fly with a Remote Control Helicopter, $50, Amazon.
A Driftwood Dock offers a more rustic approach to charging technology, $88, Uncommon Goods.
A fleece liner and ear pads in a Snow Helmet keeps him comfortable and safe on the slopes, $80, Dick’s Sporting Goods.
He’ll ‘Eat, Sleep, Snowboard, Repeat’ with performance Snowboard Pants, $68, Boden.
He’ll carry homework assignments and music downloads with him with a USB Wristband, several colors, $20, The Grommet.
Portable Chill Pill Speakers amplify sound from his laptop or smartphone. $50, Gifts.com
Ladies A modern girlâ€™s fave closing embellishes a linen Gold Sequin Pouch, $14.50, Indigo.
Enamel, gold, and her monogram = she will love it. The Initial Cuff, $48, C Wonder. This leopard Animal Print iFolio is puuurfect for protecting iPad Mini. $65, Kate Spade.
Smartphone Gloves keep fingers warm while texting or checking email, 5 colors, $32.50 J. Crew.
Sassy and striking, this Jewelry Tree places her favorite baubles on display, also in Silver. $40, Z Gallerie.
Sheâ€™ll keep dry as she saunters down the street in style with her Everyday Umbrella, $35, Kate Spade Saturday. Antibacterial Makeup Brushes for all skin types in a metallic silver case. $60, Sephora.
Now trending, Name Necklaces! Available in silver or gold plate, order early for Christmas delivery, $149, Mark & Graham.
A lightweight Striped Scarf in watery shades of pink and taupe looks graceful while keeping her neck warm, $50, Orange & Pear.
Lined Jute Tote with leather handles, available in 12 colors, personalize with a monogram for added flair. $32, Ballard Designs.
bloggers recommend... Gifts for
Ladies Jennifer from Rambling renovators suggests…. “This Petite Crocodile Wristlet is the perfect size to hold the essentials. It’s a great evening accessory for when you want to carry just a lipstick and a few cards and coins.” $18, Indigo
“For the lady who likes pretty things, this soft pink and coral Floral iPhone Case will make her smile every time she reaches for the phone.” $34, Riffle Paper Co.
“With its mix of gold spikes and black diamond pave beads, this Cluster Bracelet is an eye-catcher. Pair it with more delicate pieces to give your outfit some edge but still feel feminine.” $59, Stella & Dot
Carmel from Our fifth house says….
“Pie would taste even sweeter when served with this Dots Serving Set!” $48, Anthropologie. “An Umbrella may at first seem like an odd gift, but it's totally useful, fits perfectly inside a stocking, and how chic is the leopard print?” $10, H&M.
“This set of Wood Dominos would be perfect for a family gift! Not only would they be fun for the whole family, they'd also look amazing in a glass bowl on a coffee table. Best of both worlds!” $38, Anthropologie.
Melissa from The inspired room suggests….
“While the weather outside might be frightful, I love this Faux Fur Infinity Scarf for staying stylishly cozy!” $48, Anthropologie
“Cell phone cases are now as essential to our style as our handbag and shoes. It is fun to have beautiful Phone Case options to coordinate with outfits or moods!” $35, On Your Case on Etsy
“This Glass Shadow Box jewelry case is perfect for elevating special jewels and trinkets into works of art.” $69, West Elm
Melaine from my sweet savannah says…
“I love this Small Tuscan Urn! I have one and have used it to hold fresh flowers, seasonal greens, even paper towels. I cannot think of a room in which this would not work!” $34, Pottery Barn
“All of Jo Malone's perfumes are heavenly, there isn't one I don't like. The scent lasts forever and I have even been known to spritz it in my car . I currently have the English Pear Freesia scent, but they are all good!” $60, Nordstrom
“I love this soy Savannah Candle with a blend of jasmine and gardenia, it’s my all time favorite, hands down.” $19.50, Archipelago Botanicals.
Gents Men want their cave to have comfort too, make it so with a hypoallergenic luxurious Pinstripe Wool Alpaca throw blanket, $195, the Loaded Trunk.
Stanley Thermoses are rustproof and insulated with stainless steel, they’ll keep his coffee or soup warm each day and will last for years. Available in green, blue, and red (shown), $19-32 each, West Elm.
For carting around his laptop etc. with style, a handmade Leather Canvas Messenger Bag, $41, Sunny Canvas Bag on Etsy.
It’s a set you might spy in James Bond’s apartment - a sophisticated Backgammon Set for guys up to the challenge, with black box frame, just add martinis. $40, Z Gallerie.
A man in a Wool Camel Coat will turn heads and be admired for his classic style, invest in one he’ll wear year after year. $298, Banana Republic.
Many a gent is sporting a beard this year, keep it from getting too grizzly with a Beard Care Kit. $40, Uncommon Goods.
Many guys won’t tell you they need skincare so just spoil him without asking with this Skin Care Set - it includes face wash, shave cream, moisturizer, and hands salve. He’ll secretly thank you. $58, Kiehl’s.
Make him the first to have a Wireless Bamboo Keyboard, compatible with PCs, Macs, & tablets, Bluetooth technology. $69, West Elm.
bloggers recommend... Gifts for
Gents Courtney LAKE
says... “My laptop travels most places with me, so why shouldn't it travel in style? I love the combination of materials in this Leather and Grey Felt Laptop Case which makes it feel way more upscale than the price suggests. I own this piece and use it to double as an attaché case when heading into meetings.” $55, Erie Drive.
“I think many guys play it too safe when it comes to dressing. Have some fun! This Moustache Sweater is the perfect way to add a jolt to any guy's wardrobe.” $68, ASOS.
“I know most guys don't ask for home goods for Christmas but sometimes you need to buy what you think your male half needs! I am totally smitten with this Edison Lamp, it is a masculine accessory that I am positive husbands, boyfriends, and significant others won't object to having in the house.” $149, Joy & Revelry.
Stephen Saint-Onge from DESIGNER DAD
“I like these Mix Tape Glasses because they are fun and different.” Set of six for when the guys come over, $50, Uncommon Goods.
“These Wood Earbuds are a creative spin on something most people have.” $70, Brookstone.
For the man on the go! “This Gadget Car Charger is something for the guy who has everything.” $40, Red Envelope. “This Leather Tray is a classic piece to put on the foyer table or dresser - for all those catchall things we all have!” $29, Pottery Barn.
Gents Michael from Inspired by charm says...
“Whether he admits it or not, every man likes to look stylish now and then. Keep that special guy cozy this winter in this handsome scarf. No matter if he's hitting the slopes or just heading out for coffee, this Alpine Scarf may turn a few heads.” Three colors, $59.50, Banana Republic.
“Speaking of style, I'm a big fan of this tote-inspired Combined Shopper. Its mix of brown and black allows it to work with everything and a spacious interior makes it perfect for travel.” $80, Zara Home.
“For the wannabe mixologist in your life, he will feel like the King of the Bar with delicious and easy-to-follow recipes in Craft Cocktails, a book packed with gorgeous photography. It's a must have for any swanky host.” $50, Red Envelope.
Matt, the better half of Centsational girl suggests...
“A watch like this Timex Adventurer that is useful in the great outdoors makes a great gift for campers, hikers, and outdoorsmen.” $145, Amazon.
“Fellow men will be impressed, the Slide Belt fits your waist perfectly every time.” $34, Slidebelt.com
“I suggest a LP Turntable and classic albums to go with it, think Johnny Cash, Led Zepplin, or the Rolling Stones. “ $60, Brookstone
The Host Inspired by royalty! These Dessert Plates with a 24 carat gold crown motif are perfect for luncheons or canapĂŠs. $63 for a set of four, Home Decorators.
Give a sophisticated gift of the sea and salt air with a Mediterranean Coast Candle that will bring back memories of summers spent by the seashore. $29-44, Restoration Hardware.
Copper glaze on earthenware brings style to the kitchen with this Prism Trivet, $46, Zena Taler.
Pair a Slate Cheese Board with small cheese knives - itâ€™s a present that keeps on giving each time they entertain. $40, Terrain.
You’ll be remembered for your gracious gift long after you’ve departed with Typographer’s Linen Coasters, 7 colors, $35, Mark & Graham.
Any host can use an extra set of stylish utensils like these polished black and ivory Horn Circle Servers. $55, Jayson Home.
Bring a plate of your best cookies to your host on this kaleidoscope Star Tray, once the goodies are gobbled, they can use it year round. $42, Leif Shop.
Elegant and practical, a Candle Snuffer protects tables and linens from splattering melted wax, $29, West Elm.
bloggers recommend... Gifts for
The Host Megan from Honey we’re home
says... “The fox is really on trend right now, and who doesn’t love gold? At $12.99 these Wine Accessories are a great price too!” Available at Target.
“This chic Kate Spade Salt and Pepper Set is likely to delight any hostess and is sure to fit in with almost any decor scheme. It’s perfect for the holidays but can be used year round.” $30, Nordstrom.
“A hostess can never have enough coasters to protect her surfaces when drinks are flowing! This delightful Bubbly Cheers Coaster Set comes in a set of 15 and I adore the playful font.” $30, Lulu & Georgia.
Stefanie from Brooklyn limestone
“For the hostess with a sweet tooth, nothing is more welcome than a great cake served on a classic White Cake Stand that you leave behind as a thank you.” $30, Macys. “When the host is a new homeowner, I like to give a little toolbox filled with all the essentials that you can never seem to find when you need them (extra tape measure, hammer, etc.) and a Laser Level to help hang all their artwork in a snap. It’s a gift a hostess might use a lot at first and keeps on giving for years.” $33, Lowes.
“For the host whose home always sparkles, I like to give a bucket of her favorite cleaning products. Meyers happens to make a Ready Made Set in refreshing Geranium that comes complete with metal bucket.” $35, Mrs. Meyers
tastemakers recommend... Gifts for
The Host eddie ross shares his favorites...
“I’d give this little gem to anyone on my list for stylish year-round entertaining. It reminds me of the wishbones my Grandmother would save at Thanksgiving for my brothers and I to duke it out. I’d even tie this Wishbone Bottle Opener onto a larger gift for a little something extra.” $14, Anthropologie “These thin Cantina Glass Mugs look like old lab wear reimagined in a cool, fresh way. Use them for coffee, crème brulee, holiday puddings and hot toddies by the fire. Pair them with more traditional tabletop for a stylish mix.” $3.95, CB2
“These Porcelain Candlesticks remind me of the ones Lee Radizwill used on a table for Tiffany back in the 80s, but at $24 a pair, they’re a steal! Mix them in with any new or vintage tabletop all year long, paired with colorful candles from Creative Candles.” Candlesticks from Jamali Garden.
Matthew mead suggests these finds... “You can't go wrong presenting your host with the Best Handmade Chocolates on earth. Packed in a European style chocolate shop in Maine, these confections never cease to amaze me.” $37, Harbor Candy.
“Present them with a bottle of your favorite wine, bubbly or sparkling cider with a delightful ornament attached. I like these Wilbury Animal Ornaments, dressed head to toe in perfectly scaled clothing with charming attention to detail. The beverage will be celebrated and enjoyed and the special ornament remembered each year as it is added to the tree.” $18, Anthropologie (plus beverage).
“Consider my own reproduction Glass Jelly Jars inspired by Shaker design. These clear glass, hand blown jars have a vintage feel and finish. I use them for serving wine, holding candles, arranging flowers or serving all types of foods, from savory olives to sweet candy table favors.” $30, set of six, Matthew Mead Vintage on Etsy.
The Gardener A set of stamped vintage teaspoon Herb Garden Markers remind which seedlings are which upon planting and add delicate dĂŠcor when herbs are grown. $36, Eve of Joy on Etsy. (vegetable markers also available).
The Diva Watering Can shows off contemporary lines and is attractive enough to display on a shelf when not in use, also in green and white. $44, Ambient Lighting Cleverly designed handles are easier to grip and minimize wrist and muscle strain, set of five Ergonomic Hand Tools, $54, Lee Valley. (also available for individual purchase)
Gardeners who love to feel the dirt on their hands will suffer from dryness later in the day, give them the cure all with Ultra Moisturizing Gardenerâ€™s Therapy, $15 Crabtree & Evelyn.
Porcelain Farmer’s Market Baskets place their harvest on display, and can be used in the off season for storing seed packets. $20-$38, Jayson Home.
A Birch Cylinder Pot adds organic neutral texture its design fits with any style of décor from rustic to modern. Three sizes, $14+, Terrain.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme… and five more complete this set of nine Herb Garden Prints with customizable backgrounds (six shown in charcoal). $91, The Word Shop on Etsy.
A Puddle Proof Field Bag with a waterproof bottom carries a gardener’s tools and supplies with room for everything from twine to stakes and water bottle. Essential for hours spent gardening outdoors. $40, Gardener’s Supply.
The DIYer Whether itâ€™s pounding nails or crafting with hot glue, having pockets on hand for easy to grab supplies in a Utility Apron is a DIYers BFF. $35, Rejeuvenation.
11 Drawers in this Craftsman Tool Chest store his or her tools, ball bearing drawer slides hold up to 30 lbs. $325, Sears.
A Rotary Dremel 4000 with 50 accessories is a necessary tool for any DIYer from beginner to advanced. $139, Amazon.
For those that keep their nuts, bolts, and screws in one place, Sorting Trays give quick and easy access. $8.50, Lee Valley
A Leatherman Super Tool in stainless steel tackles many tasks in one, it includes screwdrivers, wire cutters, mini saws and much more. $72, Cabellas.
Add this Working Hands Cream to a DIYers toolkit to prevent cracking and sooth dryness from all those jobs that require working with their hands. $7, Amazon.
Leftover Parts = Proof You Made It Better T Shirt proclaims your DIY prowess, that and other hobby tees available at Ice Cream Tees on Etsy, $15
Indulge her twin desires to both craft and feel beautiful with this Lip Balm Making Kit, $35 Williams-Sonoma.
bloggers recommend... Gifts for
The DIYer Cassity and Justin from remodelaholic
“The new Black and Decker Matrix is a drill base with limitless uses. It’s cordless and easy to use, plus you can buy additional attachments to give you a wide range of tools without breaking the bank. We recommend investing in a second battery if you are doing tons of work in one day.” $60, Home Depot
“We bought our first Air Compressor three years into our first home remodel. The first time we used it, I remember watching the clouds part and hearing the angels sing! The tedious nail head driving was non-existent with the job simplified. An air compressor should be portable enough to move easily but not so small that it has to constantly fill.” Porter Cable 6 Gallon, $169, Home Depot.
“For the advanced do-it-yourselfer, investing in a Professional Table Saw is a great way to expand your DIY capabilities and tackle bigger projects.” RIDGID, $549, Home Depot.
Liz from it’s great to be home
recommends... “After some serious frustration with slipping drill bits, I took the plunge and bought this handy hex shank Drill Bit Kit - and I've been a much happier DIYer ever since. The hex shank base allows the drill to get a good grip on even the tiniest bits, and the 16 different-sized bits are organized in a convenient carrying case.” $20, Home Depot.
“This Digital Tape Measure has quickly become one of those gadgets that we use constantly. It's perfect for everything from precisely taking measurements for crown molding to calculating tile takeoffs - and as a bonus, you no longer need someone to hold the other end of the tape measure.” $80, Amazon. “No DIY arsenal is complete without a Miter Box - and this user-friendly version is a step up from entry level but without the intimidation factor that comes along with a power saw. Your DIYer will be able to cut baseboards, create picture frames, and whip up wainscoting 'til the cows come home.” $40, Amazon.
The DIYer Karen from the art of doing stuff suggests….
“I have one of these Pinafores and I wear it for almost everything I do. Gardening, cooking, anything like hanging pictures, etc. because it has the two big pockets in the front there's always somewhere to put something.” $75, Rough Linen. “I recommend the classic 1001 Do it Yourself Hints and Tips and also these in your toolbox: hammer, sturdy measuring tape, wire cutters, staple gun, and glitter. Everyone needs glitter.” $5 from sellers on Amazon.
“Any DIYer will have a use for a cast iron Victorian String Holder, probably multiple times a day. Tying up plants, hanging plumb lines, trussing a chicken, tying it around your finger to remember to build an addition…” $17.50, Lee Valley.
Mandi from Vintage revivals says….
“The hands of a DIYer are a tell tale sign of their latest project. Pretty hands are easier to come by with an at home Gel Manicure System.” $159, Sephora.
“A nail gun like this Senco Brad Nailer will give more professional results than anything you could do without one. It is fab for both big and small projects.” $94, Amazon.
“Let’s face it, DIYing can be a little stressful sometimes, and the only cure? Chocolate! I love these Utah Truffles and you need to add them to the top of your Christmas list!” $9.50, Utah Truffles.
The Foodie Can you imagine the many uses for Chalkboard Nested Ramekins? Any chef could! Versatile, charming, and practical. $39, Joy & Revelry
Not that a good cook needs reminding, but just in case! The Equal Tea Towel will come in handy beyond the convenient reminder of measurements. $24, StudiopatrĂł.
A culinary expert explores the history of cuisine and chronicles the development of iconic recipes through time in A History of Food in100 Recipes. $29 Amazon. Prepare your host for a plethora of smooches with the gift of a flirtatious Cheese Board, $38, C Wonder.
Every avid baker craves something sweetâ€Ś in their pantry! Satisfy their craving with Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste. $11, Sur la Table.
A trio of savory Gourmet Salts in self grinding cylinders with a sleek design attractive enough for daily display, $35, Crate + Barrel.
Support a chef’s love of testing online recipes with a Cutting Board iPad Stand, available in painted colors too. $35, Roostic on Etsy.
Three sizes and colors available in these Bamboo Knife Holders for contemporary countertop storage. $59 $98, Viva Terra.
Give your favorite cook the gift of a personalized ‘From the Kitchen Of’ Stamp to encourage the continuation of homemade treats they spoil you with when you visit. $25, Penny Paper Company.
Cozy it up with a Cable Knit Pendant - suspend it over a reading chair or nightstand for the chicest accent ever. $109 at Buubok on Etsy.
Itâ€™s diamond style dĂŠcor! And so very useful too, this 30 minute black sand Hourglass Timer is a pretty and practical prop. $22, Feathered.
White ceramic ropes in a scallop motif form this Rivera Bowl to hold everything from fresh produce to dinner rolls, pretty and practical for tabletop or sideboard. $60, Crate + Barrel.
Exotic and colorful, these Tangiers Coasters add a dose of Ikat and protect your tabletop. Design by Jonathan Adler, $48, Furbish Studio.
Embrace the painterly trend with a black & white Splatter Vase by Elisa Difeo, $60.
This black and white Ikat Coverlet handmade in India will add pattern and a cozy layer to your bed or sofa, $149, the Loaded Trunk. Modern and glamorous, use this Gold Rimmed Ice Bucket to chill white wine or bubbly. $80, Furbish Studio.
A Graphic Pitcher reminiscent of Jasperware yet possessing contemporary lines, $75, Kate Spade Saturday.
Woven by Zulu weavers from Africa, Telephone Wire Baskets are chic, unique, and completely washable. $68, Hilary Thomas.
Professionals Leather iPad Envelopes with a linen lining keep tablets safe, personalize with a monogram, available in 8 colors, $79, Mark & Graham.
This classy gold Greek Key Clock adds elegance to any desktop or bookshelf. $50, Z Gallerie.
A multitasking Paper Mousepad keeps track of To Do lists and reminders and supports a desktop or portable mouse. $12, See Jane Work.
A Portable LapReader supports tablets, laptops, and books, and keeps pens and paper nearby. Itâ€™s a compact workstation with a bamboo finish for the on-the-go professional. $79, Levenger
Gemstone Magnets add a dash of glam to the office, agate, amethyst, and quartz included! $38 set, Leif Shop.
The iConvert Scanner scans any paper document into a digital version. It is sleek and compact enough to take with you on business trips or to meetings. $80, Amazon
Sturdy and eco-friendly, a handmade Leather Mason Jar Holder with handle stands up to hot and cold beverages. $31, The Grommet.
Brass Collar Stays keep his collar looking sharp all day, $13, Kohls.
Small & Stylish
Under $ 25
for stocking stuffers and secret Santas...
A witty Idiom Pencil Set embellished with quirky utterances, $20, Kate Spade. Earthy and organic, these Wood Pebble Tape Measures are great for decorators, DIYers, or anyone who uses a tape regularly. $18, Leif Shop
A Snakeskin Card Case thatâ€™s stylish enough for coffee table display, ready for an impromptu game of Solitaire or Hearts. $24, Furbish Studio.
Give the gift of aromatherapy with body oil, wash, and lotion in a simple packaged Little Luxuries set, $20, Caldrea.
Tuck Foldable Ballet Flats into a bag for a break from uncomfortable shoes, essential for travel or for keeping toes warm after kicking off heels. $20, Amazon.
Add a dash of panache to his or her desk with personalized Sticky Note Cubes for daily reminders, 700 sheets will last a long time. $20, Milo Gift Shop
Small and sleek with a modern design, place a Notepad Clock in a visible spot to remind you of todayâ€™s To Do list. $25, Uncommon Goods.
Snow white and sassy gold Pens for stand out correspondence. $3, Luxe & Lillies
For sketches, notes, and random thoughts, this Literary Glasses Large Notepad is perfect for coworkers and creative minds. $10, Kate Spade.
Everyone Spread cheer with a limited edition Mug and Stamped Spoon for coffee or cocoa. $39, NS Pottery on Etsy.
Upgrade the smartphonesâ€™ image and video capabilities with a Lens and Tripod Kit, $25, Amazon.
Fireside game nights just got more comfortable since players young and old can gather on the floor with Adjustable Chairs, indoor/outdoor options available, $40, Plow & Hearth.
Encourage everything from wanderlust to a local picnic outing with a Plaid Travel Blanket with leather carrier, $99, Rejuvenation.
Wear it proud and proclaim thereâ€™s no place like your home state. A portion of the proceeds from the Home Tee donated to multiple sclerosis research, unisex , $28, The Home T.
Jam to your tunes at the beach or in the great outdoors with a Portable Beach Music Player that houses a MP3 player, water and sand resistant. $55, Pylones
The great outdoors awaits - head out for a hike with friends and bring along lunch with a Camperâ€™s Picnic Backpack, $90, PicnicBaskets.com.
Deep down we miss the those days from past decades when we sat and chatted with pals on a (gasp) phone with a cord, relive the good times with a Chrome Desk Phone, $70, Always Fits.
Just for Fun Seinfeld lovers will recognize this Castanza classic, more Seinfeld Typography for $22 at PaperChat on Etsy.
It isnâ€™t wise to upset a Wookie, so learn to speak His Language, manual recorded by Chewbacca himself. $18, Perpetual Kid.
Master the art of the witty retort and backhanded compliment with a guide to Insults & Comebacks, $9, Knock Knock.
Boldly go where no gift giver has gone before with Star Trek TNG Hoodies for science fiction fans of the show. $60, Think Geek.
You never know when youâ€™ll need an Instant disguise, so keep Emergency Moustaches on hand for engaging in all kinds of mischief. $7, Perpetual Kid.
Spin the wheel on the Decision Paperweight to answer daily dilemmas or lifelong questions. $18, Uncommon Goods.
The must have coffee table book for your holiday party is Rock Your Ugly Christmas Sweater, filled with laugh out loud images of the best of the worst. $10, Amazon.
For those who violate the laws of humanity, grammar, or workplace decency, label their offense with Crime Scene Tape, $5, Gadgets & Gear. Give the gift of playfulness with removable Emoticon Stickers to dress up a drab keyboard. $8, See Jane Work.
Calendars Playful water color illustrations grace the layout of Kate Spade for 2014, 11 x 17â€? $26, See Jane Work.
Rifle Paper Co. transports you to twelve different illustrated cities from coast to coast the Travel America calendar, 11 x 14â€?, $26 Leif Shop.
Personalize a delicately illustrated Floral Frame Calendar with favorite photographs. $39, Minted.
Cathe from Just something I made says...
“This beautifully designed Floral Desk Calendar set is nice in the stand, but I think it would look even more lovely with all months clipped along a line as pennants over my desk so I could see upcoming months at a glance.” $15, KTF Design on Etsy. “This Wounded Warrior Monthly Pad will be our family’s calendar for 2014, it’s not only a practical calendar, it honors and supports veterans and service members who incurred injuries or illness on or after Sept. 11, 2001 through the Wounded Warrior Project.” $18, At a Glance.
“How excellent is a calendar made dimensional by your own stitching? This Year in Stitches set makes my crafty heart smile.” $25, Scout Mob.
Making it lovely
“Herbs and Spices is a small calendar that's perfectly at home in a kitchen lacking a lot of wall space. The illustrations are so sweet! Or perhaps I should have said ‘savory’." 6” x 9”, $16, Rifle Paper Co.
“New art, every month! This Oversized Wall Calendar will be hanging in my home in 2014. It can bring a lot of charm to an otherwise utilitarian or plain space, which is exactly what our back stairway needs.” 20” x 32”, display from a wood hanger, $69, 1Canoe2 on Etsy
“This Stendig Wall Calendar is a classic! It seems I only like really large or really small calendars, and this is a giant one with tons of graphic impact. Instantly lends serious designer cred.” 48” x 36” $35, Crate + Barrel.
Shelley from House of smiths
says... “The whimsy and playfulness of this hanging pennant style Bird Inspired calendar would be great for a kitchen or craft space.” 42 x 29cm, $30, The Paperbird Society on Etsy.
“I love the idea of an inspirational quote adorning my walls alongside my calendar each month. These beautifully designed chalk art prints in the Life is Beautiful calendar work great with lots of different decor styles and I love the simple, numerical layout of the calendar as well.” $5 download, 5” x 7”, Caravan Shoppe.
“Who says that keeping your days straight can't be fun too? This Monthly Measure displays the day of the month, by using a die cast star on a notched out rolling wooden ruler. Genius and entertaining!” £34 by Sebastian Bergne
Get Organized In
Tailored, textured, and sporting a silver finish, grab as set of these Pandan Metallic Bins for your home office, living room, or wherever you crave stylish storage. $28, Serena & Lily.
Keepsakes, scribbled thoughts, and love letters, oh my. These chic Paper Nesting Boxes provide a place for all three, $45, Kate Spade Saturday.
For under the bed or up on a closet shelf, organize season clothing in cotton canvas Zip Storage Bags with cedar insert to deter moths. $25, Bed, Bath & Beyond.
This Midnight Garden Tin is meant for recipes in the kitchen but could also be used to house business contacts or notecards in the home office. $34 Riffle Paper Co.
Jennifer from I heart organizing
“Hooks are a wonderful solution for organizing areas all over the home. The shape of this Wishbone Hook makes it a perfect candidate for holding bangles in the bedroom or a tote near the front door.” $41, Lulu & Georgia
“I am a huge advocate of creating a work space that makes you happy each day, and this gold foil Desk Calendar will not only keep you on track, it is sure to bring a smile to your face all year long.” $52, Sugar Paper
Although it may be designed to hold jewelry, this Mosaic Triangles Box can act as stunning storage all over the home, from desktop accessories in the home office, trinkets in the entryway or remotes on the coffee table.”
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Cristin from Simplified bee
“Trinket boxes make fabulous gifts, this Pagoda design with Malachite inspired borders is sure to be well received!” $98, Jonathan Adler.
“Trays are a great way to coral and organize a desk, vanity, or kitchen counter. Acrylic Trays go with any décor or palette, so they make fabulous gifts.” $59, Mark & Graham.
“This Number 1 Purse is a must have gift for all the moms, sisters, and girlfriends on your holiday list! The stylish, durable and transparent zippered pouch helps keep totes, purses, or suitcases effortlessly organized.” $38, One Truffle.
Becky from Organizing made fun
“For every girl who has a little more jewelry and not so much space to hold it, this Jewelry Mirror & Curio is perfect to hang in a closet, or on the bedroom or bathroom wall.” $138, Wayfair. “Every
serious cook wants an organized pantry and this Pop Canister Set looks great and functions so well while keeping food sealed up tight. I love an organized pantry and this a great product to get it started!” $99, The Container Store
“This Utility Tote is perfect for kids, travel, supplies, and anything else you can think of. It has so many uses and comes in 20 different colors and patterns.” $30, Thirty-One.
Special thanks to all of these bloggers and tastemakers for sharing their gift giving ideas this year! Becky from Organizing Made Fun Carmel from Our Fifth House Cassity and Justin from Remodelaholic Cathe from Just Something I Made Courtney Lake from Courtney Out Loud Cristin from Simplified Bee Eddie Ross Emily from Emily A. Clark Jennifer from I Heart Organizing Jennifer from Rambling Renovators John and Sherry from Young House Love Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff Liz from Itâ€™s Great To Be Home Mandi from Vintage Revivals Matthew Mead Megan from Honey Weâ€™re Home Melaine from My Sweet Savannah Melissa from The Inspired Room Michael from Inspired by Charm Nicole from Making It Lovely Sarah from Clover Lane Shelley from House of Smiths Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone Stephen Saint-Onge from Designer Dad Traci from Beneath My Heart
Gift Guide assembly, layout, and editing by Kate Riley Find Kate at her blog Centsational Girl