Have you gotten into a rut trying to come up with gifts for the holidays? Or, are you having difficulty answering the question when asked what YOU might like as a present? Let’s see if I can give you some ideas on the best Christmas gifts for the design-minded. (They might not be things you would have considered!)
I’m loving all things bamboo right now, which fits right in with the rainforest trend we’ve been seeing in decor. Whether it’s a bamboo picture frame or dining chair, you can paint it any color to make it especially graphic or quirky to match your decor. Here are some unpainted and painted examples:
Bamboo dining chairs
I fell hard for this dresser at the Strawberry Patch Barn Sale back in September, but I couldn’t buy it because I didn’t have a place to put it in my house. See the bamboo detailing??
bamboo detailing on dresser from Southern Honey Workshop
You may not think about light fixtures as a Christmas gift, but how many of us still have a few hideous and dated light fixtures? One of my favorite finishes for new light fixtures is WINTER GOLD. Mixing metals is a hot trend, and because it’s kinda between gold and silver, winter gold works well with both! Here’s the lovely winter gold light fixture I recently chose for my client’s dining room:
The best Christmas gifts are often the ones that are best remembered. And sometimes the ones you remember are the slightly off-beat choices. One of the favorite gifts I have ever received was a cuckoo clock from Mr. Man. It’s nostalgic and quirky (two of my favorite things!) In fact, I loved it so much, we’ve gotten two more since then.
Faux Animal Decor
My younger daughter is all about unicorns, so last Christmas I bought her a faux (obviously) taxidermy unicorn head with a glitter gold horn. Turns out, I loved it so much, I talked her into letting me hang it in the living room. Doesn’t look as crazy as it sounds:
Well, maybe just a little crazy . . .
Unique jewelry can be the best Christmas gifts, and I’ve been obsessed with Jewelry Bee this year. I purchased several pieces of this custom-made jewelry for Christmas gifts at recent artisan sales this year. You can choose from their collection of found objects and baubles, or send them your own personal mementos to be made into a one-of-a-kind necklace.
For those of you who would rather give (or have) a gift card, did you know that my favorite online auction site, EBTH (Everything But the House), offers those? Well, they do!
Books That Teach You Something
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I hoped these sparked some gift giving ideas for you, or even gave you something to add to your own wishlist! Now I better get shopping myself . . .
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