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Our List of the Absolute Best Home Gifts You Can Buy a Loved One This Year

You can't miss with one of these excellent gifts for the homebody in all of us. 

By Patricia Cunningham

Hey, guys, we know what happens when you go out shopping for your gal: You find yourself in a big department store at the mall five minutes before closing time, and there’s a round table pushed to the front, just at the entrance, stacked with pavé diamond bracelets (make that faux pavé diamond bracelets), and you’re thinking, “Looks good! Done!” Well, here’s a bit of advice. A diamond-ish bracelet may be a very thoughtful gift and getting out to the mall really shows initiative, but we have a better idea: a completely failsafe gift that you can rest assured will be greeted with genuine gratitude and even mild shock — something for the home! 

What you might not know is that many of us are obsessing about our living spaces 24/7, and we're always looking for ways to make them more comfortable, more organized, more serene, more hospitable to guests, and more conducive for entertaining. So, we’ve put together a surefire list of gifts for the home that anyone would love. Plus, there’s no need to stop at your S.O. because these gifts are suitable for anyone on your list... really! Think your dad would pass on an Instant Pot? We think not! 

Best Throw Blanket: Amped Fleece Fringe Throw Blanket

As far as foolproof gifts go, this fringed fleece blanket is number one. It is available in many colors, too, so you really can’t go wrong. 

Best Candle: Nest Fragrances Holiday

There is only one candle we want to be burning this season, and it’s this amazing blend of pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber.

Best Artwork: You Are Beautiful

If you’re going to gift a work of art, something with good energy is key. This print by Kristi Kohut is like a ray of sunshine. Plus, Minted lets you customize framing and size. 

Best Tech: Echo Show

The Echo Show provides all the benefits of Alexa but with a screen, making it the ideal kitchen countertop gadget.


Best Small Appliance: Instant Pot

There is a reason the Instant Pot is the number one best-selling gift on Amazon — people love it!

Best Coffee Maker: Breville Bambino Plus

The Breville Bambino Plus has a smaller footprint than most espresso/coffee machines on the market, which is exactly why we love it. Plus, the good news is that it doesn’t skimp on flavor. Bambino Plus packs a punch with strong, smooth espresso and barista-quality foam (and the milk texture and temp can be adjusted in the settings). Its three-second heat-up gets you out the door lickety split (and saves you a stop and the $5 fee at the coffee shop). 

Best Luxury Bedding: Sferra Memoria Sheet Set

These Italian-crafted sheets in soft cotton percale stand out from the rest and serve as a luxurious addition to any bedroom.

Best Accent Pillow: Marcona Pillow

With gold foil and tassel motifs, Anthropologie’s Marcona pillows are just plain gorgeous. They will make your giftee very, very happy. 

Best Bath Gift: Soap Chérie Milk Bath

These custom-made bath salts are not only luxurious, the creamy formula also leaves skin smooth and hydrated during harsh winter months. 

Best Decanter Set: Mixology Elixir 5-Piece Decanter Set

Why do we love this Italian-made decanter set? Because it's totally glam and practically begs you to invite guests over and have a real grown-up party. 

Best Cheese Board: Monette Monogram Cheese Board

This stunning mother-of-pearl cheese board is an instant heirloom, and the fact that you can monogram it makes it even more of a keeper.

Best Coffee Table Book: Wine Food

With 75 recipes for brunches, salads, dinners, and feasts, all inspired by affordable wines that go with them, this is one book that pairs perfectly with the holidays. 

Best Vase: Gopi Shah Nesting Doll Vase

These vases, inspired by traditional nesting dolls, are hand-made by potter Gopi Shah and are sure to deliver good vibes to anyone on your list. 

Best Picture Frame: Mereille Hanging Frame

These vintage style frames house not only your favorite photographs, but collages with flowers and other bric-a-brac. 

Best Indulgence: Slip Silk Pillowcase

Made of 100 percent pure grade silk, the Slip Silk pillowcase is easy on skin and hair, helping skin retain its moisture and keeping hair from breaking. It’s way better than a pavé diamond pump, trust us. 

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