Holiday Gift Guide: Home + Kitchen Edit

Gift inspiration for the 2019 holiday season.

Image Credit: Trifon Yurukov

The clocks have been set back an hour, there is a proper chill in the air, and the grocery stores are chock full of holiday treats tempting me to forget about my November grocery budget; I do say, gifting season is upon us!

Personally, I love holiday shopping (at home, in my pajamas, with zero human interaction). Finding the perfect gifts for friends and family always gives me a thrill. However, I know there are many out there who do not share my gift giving enthusiasm.

Whether you just don’t have the time to search for the perfect present, or you don’t think you can find a great gift for under $15, I’m here to help you out, girl. I will be posting a handful of gift guides over the next few weeks, in varying categories.

Let me preface this gift guide by describing to you my gift giving sensibilities. In my highly regarded (by myself) opinion, a good gift is at least one of three things: practical, luxurious, or sentimental. Specifically, a good gift must be one (or more) of those three things to the recipient. Thinking about the recipient’s lifestyle and interests is the most important factor. Additionally, I don’t link total cost to luxury: for someone who loves to cook, a $10 soapstone pinch bowl could be a great and luxurious gift.

Without further ado, here is my Home + Kitchen Holiday Gift Guide, categorized by price range:

Gifts Under $25

Now Designs Burlap Market Tote, Goods and Provisions | Amazon

A great gift, under $25, for practically anyone. Useful for grocery shopping, farmer’s markets, picnics, commuting, traveling, etc. Also, it looks cool.

Speckled Dip Mugs | West Elm

A modern mug for the coffee, tea, and/or cozy lover in your life. Pair it with a lovely blend of tea, seasonal roasted coffee beans, or hot cocoa mix and you’ve got a nice little present on your hands.

Beech Wood Handle Watering Can | Terrain

For the gardener or plant parent in your life, this chic watering can looks far more expensive than the $20 you dropped on it.

Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Mini Jar Candle | Anthropologie

This candle is for the people who love the scent of Christmas trees. You could pair it with some luxe long stemmed matches to round it out.

Gris Gris Jalapeño Simple Syrup | Food52

Any cocktail connoisseur in your life would probably be overjoyed to receive this beautiful little bottle of flavored simple syrup as a gift.

East Fork Bitty Bowl | Food52

Here is the aforementioned pinch bowl. I know it would be a great gift simply because of how delighted I would be to receive it, perhaps paired with a fancy salt (Trader Joe’s tends to sell ~$5 truffle salt this time of year).

Gifts Under $60

Golden Edge Earthenware Bowl | Terrain

This beautiful bowl is a great and luxurious gift. It could be a beautiful serving dish for those who like to host dinner parties, or a perfect centerpiece for anyone who loves decor.

Bud Vase in Zinc | Heath Ceramics

I know this bud vase is a great gift because I was thrilled to receive it as one. It is the kind of item that will surely become a family heirloom, due to its thoughtful make and timeless form.

Food52 x Rosti Ultimate Mixing Bowl | Food52

My mixing bowls are never big enough and I’m guessing I’m not the only one who struggles with this problem. This large mixing bowl will be impressive and useful to the home chef in your life, mark my words.

Brass Octagon Specimen Frame, Medium | Terrain

Frames that are worthy of gifting are few and far between, in my opinion. However, this one is too beautiful to disregard. You could even press a flower or some leaves to go with it, for an extra thoughtful gift.

Minimalist Copper Rope Jewelry Organizer | Etsy

You could buy this without the jewelry hooks (for under $20) as a wall art piece, or have form meet function and gift it to pretty much anyone you know who may have a few necklaces they need to keep in order.

Gifts Under $150

Glass French Press | Food52

Is this not the most beautiful french press you have ever laid eyes on? Gift it to the one who loves coffee, design, or both.

Organic Flannel Solid Sheet Set | West Elm

I cannot tell you when I crossed the threshold of thinking things like socks and sheets are exciting gifts but I now live in that world and it is a comfortable one. Everybody sleeps, honey. If they sleep in a place where winter is cold (and you happen to know what size mattress they own) these sheets would be a winning gift.

Extra Chunky Knit Throw Blanket | Target

I have seen similar chunky knit blankets for double the price. Anybody who likes cozy would appreciate this present.

Vitruvi White Stone Essential Oil Diffuser | Anthropologie

This little diffuser packs a design-focused punch. I have it, I love it, I bought it for myself (hint: it tends to go on sale around Thanksgiving). Those who love a trip to the spa will cherish this beautiful creation.

Brass Terrace Shadow Box | West Elm

A gorgeous brass box like this could be used for any number of things: to organize jewelry, as a home entrance catchall (with style), as a decorative feature. It’s pretty, and as I have demonstrated, it is also practical; it would be a great gift for anybody who lives somewhere.

Pro Tips:

1. Get the Honey coupon finder extension for your browser, to ensure you are getting the lowest prices on your purchases.

2. If the websites you are currently looking to purchase from are not yet offering discounts on the total of your purchase and free shipping – WAIT – they will at some point in the next six weeks.

3. Unless you are rolling in dough, or you are buying from a site specifically for their beautiful packaging, do not pay for gift wrapping. Your loved ones will be excited enough to receive their gifts without it. Plus, the three to ten dollars extra you pay for gift wrap is usually money wasted, as the gift wrap provided tends to be pathetic and unappealing.