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I’m a home editor, and these are my favorite gifts to give and receive for the holidays

Last chance: Treat yourself — or someone else — to some of the internet's finest (many on sale, to ship in time for Christmas).

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‘Tis the season for holiday home gifts that warm the soul and make every day feel like a celebration.

As one of ten siblings, several of whom have their own kids, I have an exhaustive list of people to shop for around the holidays ... and that’s not counting parents, friends and extended relatives. Luckily, I also happen to shop, research and test home and cooking items for a living, which means I’m usually pretty good at deciphering — and particularly excited about passing on — the holiday home gifts that are worth someone's hard-earned money.

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Need a little inspiration for your personal list or lucky giftees? From cozy throws to swanky cocktail glasses, sleek appliances, timeless cookware and some of my favorite food gifts for last-minute visits and deliveries (get it there by Christmas, or at least New Year's Eve), read on for a mix of beautiful, versatile, practical — and downright delightful! — gifts I plan to give (or have gifted historically) to hosts, friends, coworkers and family, along with a few surprises and personal wish list items I’m hoping to receive.

Quick note: Because I love a good deal as much as anyone, I’ve made a note of discounts available at time of publication, some of them offering savings of up to 50% off (including my beloved faux fur throw). Click through the purchase links to gauge delivery timelines (some brands are offering next-day and 2-day shipping options and you can get Amazon items faster with Prime), and if there's an even better deal for you.

Home editor picks: bedding and bath gifts

First up: this bestselling throw from Pottery Barn. I own several of them and have gifted them to almost everyone I know. It’s stylish, comfy and reversible (offering two textures and looks in one). Scoop it up in one of four shades — the creamy Ivory and soft Gray go with everything. Want more info? Check out my dedicated ode here.

$35 at Pottery Barn

If you prefer faux fur, it doesn’t get much plusher than this. It’s soft and smooth, with varying shades for added interest and depth, and makes the most humdrum home feel like a luxurious cabin escape. I gifted this to several people last year and personally like layeingr the Mocha version on my bed — and the matching pillows on my sofa — every winter for a simple, yet cozy update.

$55 at West Elm

We spend about a third of our lives in bed, and these (which I received as a gift) are one of my favorite indulgences for getting a good night’s sleep. This is my second season with them and they’re just as soft as ever — with minimal pilling compared to other flannel options — plus the Gradient Plaid pattern (I also like the Grey Windowpane) is just so classic and chic. (For a more budget-friendly option, check out Threshold’s Flannel Sheet Set, which I also own in Gray and Ivory Windowpane.)

$178 at Brooklinen

These ribbed towels turn any ol’ bathroom into a high-end spa. They're made from 100% organic cotton for a softer feel and quick drying. I gifted them to my brother and sister-in-law last holiday and they’ve been getting good use out of them (read: raving about them) ever since. Threshold also has a less-splurgy top-rated ribbed towel, great for the new homeowner, college student or teen on your list.

$245 at Boll & Branch

The waffle robe has been trending for a while now, and this option from The Citizenry is one of the most thoughtful designs I’ve gifted/seen. Not only is it beautiful — with a lightweight yet still warm texture, a collar for comfort and pockets for added convenience — it’s crafted from 100% organic Turkish cotton and certified fair trade. Available in a range of shades, it's perfect for the new or seasoned mom, beloved daughter and anyone else who could use some pampering. (Get the look for less with this popular waffle robe from Turquaz.)

$129 at The Citizenry

Home editor picks: cleaning and vacuum gifts

These aren’t just regular sponges, they’re cool sponges — a favorite among Yahoo’s readers and shopping editors. They’re tough on grease and soap scum yet soft enough that they don’t scratch, and they’re now available in an adorable, discounted gift pack. Grab a set as a stocking stuffer, for a holiday host, or a white elephant exchange (I also scooped up some Scrub Mommies as a little something for a few friends and coworkers). They’re a great deal (plus they're on sale, with an extra coupon code for new customers) and they sold out on the Scrub Daddy website, so I’d suggest jumping on this deal (bonus points if you throw in some festive hand soap or cleaning must-haves).

$30 at QVC

For a fancier hand soap set, I love gifting this kit, Winter Berry, Winter Forest and Spiced Chestnut being among the brand’s signature seasonal scents. They’re prime for hosts and/or last-minute visitors (perhaps one particular in-law?), and the package doesn’t necessitate any wrapping — just add a bow and go! I’ve also been known to tap Grown Alchemist’s Hand Wash for a more minimalistic — and slightly more rugged — approach.

$30 at Williams Sonoma

Bissell’s small but mighty Little Green used to be one of my best-kept secrets for rejuvenating carpets and other upholsteries. Now, the whole world knows how great it is. I gifted one to myself after sifting through thousands of positive reviews and getting the nudge from a friend who considers it a savior for pet owners and new moms (my own review here). Because it’s so compact, it’s especially ideal for apartment dwellers (see also: heat and steam versions for especially tough jobs).

$122 at Amazon

This Amazon-famous cordless vac has managed to capture the hearts of more than 165,000 reviewers and countless Yahoo readers for its high-powered suction, durability and uber-handy accessories (it comes with a carrying box for stashing, too). Grab it for a new or attentive car owner (like the adult nephew I gifted it to this year). Extra street cred if you throw in some top-rated towels or Amazon’s favorite cleaning putty.

$31 at Amazon

If you or your giftees have a flair for, or obsession with, cleaning, you'd be hard pressed to come up with a more joy-ful purchase than this. I had this on my list but jumped the line after seeing my sister-in-law's in action. Just fill the bucket, dip and wring ... dare I call it fascinating? It comes with reusable microfiber pads (so you won’t need to be consistently purchasing and discarding single-use wipes) and it’s super lean — perfect for those who can’t lift heavy things or lack storage space.

$32 at Amazon

Considering a big-time gift that's sure to impress (at least when it comes to the cleaning enthusiast on your list)? You're looking at it. Last time I checked, the bestselling V8 Absolute — which promises to trap 99.99% of microscopic particles as small as 0.1 microns for cleaner floors and air — was marked down almost 50%, making it the ideal time to cut the cord. I personally purchased this for my sister’s family this year as a combined housewarming and Christmas gift. (See also: the Dyson Animal Vacuum for an upright option, on sale at time of publication.)

$280 at Walmart

Home editor picks: home fragrance and decor gifts

P.F. is one of my favorite sources for high-quality candles made with 100% plant-derived, natural soy wax and free of formaldehyde, parabens and phthalates. I’ve gifted the brand’s Teakwood & Tobacco and Sandalwood Rose scents for friends’ birthdays and scooped up the Enoki Cedar (from the brand’s new Alchemy collection) and Persimmon Cider (a classic) for gifting both male and female hosts and homebodies this season.

$28 at Amazon

I’m big on hand towels as a way to freshen — or festive! — up your space with ease. And these playful patterns from SKL — a no-brainer for hosts, coworkers, neighbors; anyone really — happen to be wallet friendly. Certain styles have already sold out, though, so you'll need to act fast! I also adore these ‘Merry’ towels from Pottery Barn and Target and, for a year-round, gender-neutral option, this waffle-weave set from Amazon and reversible pick from Baggu (all of which I’ve owned and gifted).

$20 at Amazon

There’s something about receiving a nice picture frame that feels special, especially when it comes bearing a favorite memory. This rope-style version from Pottery Barn — available in gold and silver — looks more expensive than it is and melds with a range of aesthetics. I recently purchased a few on sale for newlywed friends, but they’d also make a good gift for parents, in-laws and families (see also: the Williams Sonoma Aerin collection for a whimsical touch and Room Essential’s nine-frame gallery set for something a bit more artsy, especially great for teens).

$24 at Pottery Barn

This art deco basket from Threshold has been flying off Target's shelves — and for very good reason. It’s roomy (enough to fit two throw blankets), sleek (available in two bold finishes) and high-quality (made of durable wire that won’t bend easily). And at only $25, a mere fraction of what competitors charge for similar styles, the price can’t be beat. I purchased one of only a few left at a local(ish) Target store as a gift for my newly apartment-dwelling niece.

$25 at Threshold

This highly rated modern vase, striking the balance between classic and contemporary, is one of my top picks for yet another gift that makes a statement without draining your savings. Fill it with flowers for a welcome host gift or wrap it up and give as is. (For ceramic vases and bowls, the West Elm Sanibel collection tends to be another hit.)

$15 at Amazon

For a smaller token of appreciation, consider a set of these polished yet practical tapered candle holders from World Market. I like gifting a pair with two sizes (one six-inch, one eight, for only $18 total) for added interest and dimension (prime for hosts and dinner parties!). I also like the brand’s Bell Taper Candle Holders for a more modern silhouette or these bubble-style candle holders for something a bit more funky.

$8 at World Market

Home editor picks: cookware and appliance gifts

If you (or they) still don’t have an air fryer, Ninja is making it more tempting than ever with this new ‘FlexiBasket,’ which can be used to air-fry, air-broil, roast, bake, reheat and dehydrate for whipping up meals in a (perfectly textured) flash. For added versatility, you can use the cooking area to cook one meal at full capacity, or separate the ‘MegaZone’ into two baskets to prepare two different items at once. I’m gifting this to my parents this year. (And if they're set on the air fryer, give them the gift of ice cream whenever they want with the TikTok-viral Ninja Creami; editor re