50 Gifts for the Home
This holiday season, provide comfort and joy to your loved one’s sanctuary
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- Giant Wall Scrabble, $1,795; rh.com
Game night just got a lot more intense. Gift your family of word nerds with this Scrabble set featuring a wall-mounted grid, oversized magnetic letters, and a built-in chalkboard for keeping score.
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- Mountain Time Zone Wall Clock, $75; reedwilsondesign.com
It's always time for the mountains with this laser-engraved, Baltic birch clock. It's also available in a Pacific Time design that emphasizes the West Coast.
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- Umbra Mira Natural, $80
Circular mirrors are so on-trend. This stylish one is nestled into a semi-circle wood frame to add weight and catch the eye, and its clean lines fit in flawlessly no matter your taste.
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Home Décor Subscription Box
- GlobeIn gift subscription, from $144
Give the gift of global good this season. With a GlobeIn subscription box, your giftee will unwrap a number of artisanal home goods from around the world, from Moroccan ceramics to Oaxacan woven baskets. Each month centers around a theme, such as “cozy” or “bathe,” and all goods are ethically sourced, Fair Trade-certified, and provide a fair wage to makers around the world. Gift subscriptions come in 3-, 6-, and 12-month packages.
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Voice command device
- Amazon Echo Dot, $49; amazon.com
Entering the smart home world doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. The Amazon Echo Dot acts as a voice helper by your bedside table or in the kitchen, answering questions about the weather or setting timers. The device can also be attached to a speaker you already have to voice-control music from Spotify, Pandora, and more.
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- $79; etsy.com
We’ve seen spineless agaves, but never ones soft enough to cuddle with. Each cotton canvas pillow is hand-sewn in Berkeley.
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- Diamanta Throw (Dove Grey), $135; the-citizenry.com
Chilly evenings call for some cuddling under this hand-loomed throw, made from 100% baby alpaca wool.
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- $15; knotweld.com
Knotweld, on Guemes Island, in Washington’s San Juans, fabricates custom lamps and doors and bookcases. But the company also turns out charming little spinning tops, made from the local madrona wood.
9 of 50 Marmol Radziner
Los Angeles and San Francisco design-build firm Marmol Radziner’s savvy doesn’t stop with clean-lined, modern homes. They designed a menorah, handmade from walnut and brass, that would look right at home in one of their places—or in yours.
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- $30; forestandwaves.com
Subtle pine- and eucalyptus-scented candles in a classic enamel mug bring the campsite to you. No bear-proofing needed.
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- Haus Candles, $34; hausinterior.com
These hand-poured coconut wax candles—infused with elements of nature such as fir needles, fresh ginger, and sandalwood—provide up to 70 hours of luscious fragrance.
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- Hex wine rack, $68; jaysonhome.com
This bold, geometric wine rack in metallic gold is the ideal display for half a dozen showpiece bottles.
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- Table Tiles Optic Bundle, $32; areaware.com
This set of 12 coasters can be combined to create a trivet or can transform into functional tabletop décor with any number of whimsical mosaic arrangements.
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- Join Coasters + Trivet, $84; fireroad.us
These marble coasters can morph from four individual units for coffee into one large trivet for a hot dish.
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- $68 for a set of four, fruitsuperdesign.com
Function and design combine beautifully in these solid brass coasters, which also double as chic table décor.
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- $26/set of 4; cottonandflax.com
When your host looks around frantically for coasters, it’s time to pull out this present. The cheery felt (and you) will save the day.
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- Wooden cactus, $30; shopsummercamp.squarespace.com
The ultimate low-water, low-maintenance, spine-free cactus garden is one made of wood. Get these cute trinkets for the black thumbs on your list.
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- $36/set of 3; fruitsuperdesign.com
When it comes to decorating, don’t leave out your desk. These 5-inch hardwood gnomes—each made of three stackable pieces—are charming additions.
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Architecture travel guide
- Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA, $35; phaidon.com
This guidebook to the iconic MCM buildings of the West Coast is the perfect topper for that enviable Eames coffee table in your friends’ living room.
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Personal photo magazine
- Recently subscription, starting from $9.99; getrecently.com
Photos pilling up? Turn your camera roll into a magazine with Recently app. Set up a subscription to receive it monthly or quarterly, and choose the best of your images to make it to print.
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Eraser pencil stands
- Eraser Pencil Stands, $12; www.areaware.com/products/eraser-pencil-stands
A chic desktop addition for those who appreciate good design and a decluttered work space.
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- $40/2 months; nicelynoted.com
Your pen pal called and she’s out of notecards to send you. Restock her stationery stash with a subscription that delivers three beautiful letterpress cards a month, complete with stamp.
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- Home State personalized return-address stamp, $60; paperpastries.bigcartel.com
This hand-lettered return-address stamp—in the shape of the sender’s home state—will earn you a thank-you note.
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Over the Moon
This minimalist lunar wall-hanging adds Zen to any space. Inspired by the moon’s reflection, the piece is made with hand-formed brass tubing, maple, and 100 percent silk thread in Los Angeles.
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- Minted Beach Blanket Table Runner, from $46
Transform a table into a desert landscape with this graphic, serape-inspired runner. Just be sure to order now! Each runner is custom made and can take four weeks to arrive.
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- From $40, artifactuprising.com
For that friend who changes her gallery wall on the regular, this clever frame is a boon. A pair of magnetic wood slabs sandwiches one of your photographs printed on Artifact Uprising’s signature ultra-thick stock.
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- $95/8- by 8-in. piece; rachelannaustin.com
The waterfall where you proposed. The lake in which you taught your daughter to swim. Pick a place, and Portland’s Rachel Ann Austin will paint a picture using a map of the location as the background.
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Hawaiian art print
- Waikiki No. 4, from $40; maxwangerprintshop.com
All your friend's wall wants for Christmas is this Hawaiian print, which comes on fuji deep matte photo paper. Summer is forever.
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- $30/16 stickers; paperculture.com
These stickers are for you: the gift-giver, the holiday card–sender. You can use any pictures you like to make this set of sturdy decals, but we suggest a selfie, to remind the recipient whom to thank. Not just for the present, but for the sapling that Paper Culture plants for each order.
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Cozy up on cool nights under this soft blush throw. Metallic threads are woven in here and there to add subtle sparkle and remind you of stunning sunsets at Burning Man.
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We’re big fans of flannel pj’s, and this pair from NorCal company Coyuchi is just as comfy-cozy as it looks.
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- Birdies Slippers, from $120
From the tasseled Blue Bird (pictured) to the leopard print Wren to the timeless Blackbird, Birdies has elegant slippers for every style. While they certainly make cold mornings downright enjoyable, they also add a touch of sophistication to even the coziest pair of sweats.
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- from $23 per pair; amazon.com
For that hard-to-buy-for person on your list, these cozy slippers might do the trick. Woolrich’s Felt Mill Scuff Mule Slippers are lined with fleece and have visible stitching along the outside. (They’re also fairly unisex, so they're really the perfect gift for anyone.)
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- From $60; bluntumbrellas.com
Silicon Valley to the rescue! These sturdy, not-inexpensive umbrellas—popular in such soggy locales as Portland and Seattle—are now available with a trackable-by-Bluetooth plastic Tile already installed, so what’s lost can once again be found.
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- Nest Indoor Camera, $199; nest.com
Want to keep an eye on the kids' room, your cat, or even the front door when you aren't home? Nest's cameras are both sleek and handy, providing notifications for any activity and allowing you to speak through the camera to let the mailman know to leave the box at the door. Check out both their indoor and iutdoor cameras to keep your entire home secure.
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- $180, livescribe.com
Great for busy students, the Livescribe 3 high-tech pen transfers your handwritten notes to your tablet or smartphone. Tag, organize, search—even convert to typed text. The package also includes a free app subscription, notebook, extra ink cartridge, and charging cable.
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- Fawn Speaker in Heirloom Redwood, $290; salvageaudio.com
Give your desk or bedside table a modern, rustic edge with the Fawn Speaker. Plug it into your computer or use Bluetooth to connect your smartphone so you can enjoy your latest playlist.
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- $100; outdoortechnology.com
From L.A.-based Outdoor Tech comes the Turtle Shell 3.0, the next generation of backyard barbecue toy: a water-resistant, wireless box for streaming Vivaldi, The Verve, or that how-to-grill podcast. There’s a microphone built in, so you can even hop on a conference call, if you really have to. But only if you really have to.
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- Plume Adaptive WiFi, from $199 for a 3-pack; plumewifi.com
Make WiFi both easy and beautiful with Plume. Their geometric pods plug into the walls to provide a strong signal with a minimal footprint.
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Bath and body products
- From $68; gardenapothecary.com
Hand-made in small batches by a botanist in Half Moon Bay, CA, you can trust that Garden Apothecary organic bath and body products are the real deal.
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- $32 for set of 2; herbivorebotanicals.com
Infused with clary sage, vanilla, and lavender, Dead Sea Bath Salts turn a regular bath into a trip to the spa.
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Organic body wash
- WAKE UP Organic Bodywash, $18; plantapothecary.com/product/wake-up-bodywash
Refresh the mind, body, and senses with hints of rosemary and lemongrass.
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Ode Natural Beauty
Best known for its peppery, Tuscan-style organic olive oils, McEvoy Ranch, just west of Petaluma, California, has also been making soaps, lotions, and shampoo from the fruit of those orchards. A favorite: citrus-infused body balm (from $20), bar soap ($11), and salt scrub ($35).
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Nourishing Rosewater Mist
- Nourishing Rosewater Mist $36 for 1.6 oz.; beautycounter.com
Let a special someone wake up and smell the roses (to mix exhortations) with an energizing organic rosewater spray designed in Santa Monica.
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Transform your bathroom into a spa with this hand-wrapped traditional smudge kit. The trio includes hand-harvested New Mexican desert sage from the Taos pueblo, white sage, and cedar. No need to light a match – humidity or heat is all it takes to draw out the calming scents.
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- 69" Rosalind Acrylic Hammered Copper Skirted Tub, $2,819; signaturehardware.com
This gorgeous handmade tub is a fitting centerpiece for a dreamy master bath. The exterior is plated with hammered copper and the inside is smooth, white acrylic.
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Kids' Table & Chair Set
- My First Play Table & Chairs, $287; potterybarnkids.com
A playroom essential, this furniture set will grow with your toddlers into the school years. The set is available in a number of finishes, from neutral to brights.
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Star Wars Beanbag
- Star Wars Death Star Anywhere Beanbag®, $149; Pottery Barn Kids
Star Wars fans will love kicking back on this plush beanbag replica of the Death Star as they daydream about the next film installment of the revamped franchise.
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- Wooden Rocket Ship Night Light, $79; LightingBySara.com
This handmade wood night light is perfect for a space-themed nursery. It's bright enough to make your little one feel secure, but soft enough to promote peaceful slumbers.
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Sunset Magazine Subscription
- Sunset gift subscription, $16 per year
From gardening ideas to up-and-coming travel destinations to wine recommendations, Sunset brings great ideas for living in the West to your fingertips. An annual subscription makes for the perfect stocking stuffer or add-on gift.