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The Luxury Gift Guide: The Best for Home Decor and Design

Luxury Gift Guide for Home Decor and Design

Some people have exceptional taste as well as expertise in home decor and design. As a result, these lucky few tend to enjoy feathering their nests with exquisite objects. Should you be in search of a gift for such a sophisticated person, what’s the perfect item or experience to give? Whether your recipient is just getting started, or has already curated a gorgeous home, our correspondent Jillian Tangen has inspiration and ideas for you. In this luxury gift guide, we’ve rounded up the best for home decor and design aficionados.

the luxury gift guide: best for home decor and design

We all have that friend or family member – the one with the pristine home filled with thoughtful decorative accents, carefully fluffed throw pillows and just the right lighting. Their home is beautiful. Frequently we day-dream about moving in with them.

But when it comes to gift giving for this design-obsessed individual, we tend to steer away from giving them things for their home. You too, right? The fear is that our taste pales in comparison to theirs – and we’re also overwhelmed by all the options out there.

Well, it’s time for all of us to have no fear. When it comes time to shop for the home decor and design aficionados on your list, we’ve rounded up a list of the best luxury gift ideas. We’re sharing forty treasures from our favorite home stores, brands and interior design mavens. Anyone with luxurious taste in home goods will love these as a housewarming gift, hostess gift, holiday gift, or a gift for just because. Here are our top picks for the best in home decor and design right now.

Luxury Gift Guide for Home Decor and Design

best luxury gifts in home decor and design

1. objects.

Let Kayla Nord’s Pink Wanderlust Globe ($18) inspire your friend or family member to book that dream trip once and for all.  They can save up for it with this playful and cute porcelain Pols Potten Bunny Gold Moneybox ($90).  For something more modern we like SkLO’s tubular Wrap Object ($220) made from hand-blown glass in the Czech Republic.  It comes in 6 different colors and all of them would look great on a bookshelf.  A room would feel a little more luxe with this ANNA New York Amethyst Formation ($240) that can be used as a bookend or even a paperweight.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Objets. Courtesy Photos.

2. tabletop items.

The cheese lover in your life would be thrilled with this Cheese Lover’s tool set ($48) that includes five stainless steel cheese knives.  You can’t go wrong with a bottle of bubbles paired with a set of two LSA’s Savoy Champagne Flutes ($58).  These beauties are a classic that add understated glamour to any occasion.  Help to make tea time a little more special with Jonathan Adler’s chic porcelain 1948 Teapot ($168) that’s splattered with real gold.  Vintage inspired patterns and a hand painted gold trim makes the set of six La DoubleJ Mix and Match porcelain dessert plates ($350) a must have for any friends who loves to entertain.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Tabletop. Courtesy Photos.

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3. vases.

Perhaps her or she would like to try doing some design for themselves?  In that case we like MoMA’s Paint Your Own Vase Kit ($22.50) that comes with three 5 inch vases to paint and design.  Hay’s Moroccan Vase ($53) can add of bright pop of color to any room and is made from recycled glass that is hand blown in Morocco.  For a more elegant look, there is the beautiful Hubsch Clear Grey Vase ($140) or Svenskt Tenn’s Vase Dagg ($400) that was inspired by Scandinavian summer mornings filled with dewdrops and which is made in Småland, Sweden.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Vases. Courtesy Photos.

4. picture frames.

Kate Spade’s Spade Street Frame ($50) is both classic and modern and comes in five different colors.  We adore this 70’s style pink and clear acrylic Alexandra Von Furstenberg’s Voltage picture frame ($145) that has a magnetic snap-on stand.  Instead of framing a picture, they can frame their Samsung TV for a new look in their family or media room.  Samsung’s Customizable Bezels for The Frame TV ($120 – $250) are easy-to-change magnetic bezels and come in brown, beige, black and white.  If you are really looking to make a statement we like this sculptural L’Objet 24K gold plated frame ($278) that will add a note of distinction to any living space.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Picture Frames. Courtesy Photos.

5. pillows and throws.

Few things are more inviting than the Mongolian Lamb Pillow Covers from West Elm. ($79 – $169).  Their soft texture will cozy up any and all sofas and chairs.  Keep them warm on chilly nights with Viso Project’s handmade wool and mohair-blend throw blanket ($376) with vibrant navy, orange, pink and white stripes or gift them with an Icelandic Sheepskin Throw ($195 – $450) that they can use on floors or over couches and chairs for instant hygge.  For the fashionista’s you could opt for one of Missoni’s bold geometric designs.  One of our fav’s is Missoni Home’s Ventimiglia Pillow ($580) in a soft zig zag.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Pillows and Throws. Courtesy Photos.

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6. coffee table books.

Coffee table books are always a great gift, in part because most people don’t buy them for themselves. But they always seem delighted to have them.

For pop art lovers, KAWS ($50) is a vibrant and lavishly illustrated look at the celebrated artist and designer KAWS.  For interior design focused friends there is Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century ($80) which comes in four different colors so you can ensure it matches their home decor.  It features profiles and photographs of over four hundred rooms from the homes of some of the most well known artists, designers, and film stars throughout the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Coco Chanel. 

Talk about serious inspo. Hillary Clinton wrote the foreword for Lisa Perry: Fashion-Homes-Design ($85).  This fun book provides a tour through her personally curated spaces and is guaranteed to spark joy.  Herman Miller: A Way of Living ($89) explores the furniture company’s most iconic designs of thhe mid century era while providing tidbits from the company’s archive, making this a great book for midcentury modern newbies and hardcore fans alike.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Coffee Table Books

7. small accessories.

Sometimes a little gift goes a long way.  Intricately crafted with timeless tradition, Kazi Silver Blue Matisse Fringed Coasters ($52) are carefully dyed sisal fiber and sweet grass coasters that will add a touch of global chic to their decor. The fringe has a fun and organic vibe and the blue hues complement almost any palette. 

Another colorful and fun find are these March’s Blue on Blue Splatterware Canisters ($55 – $65). They’re great for kitchens, bathrooms or even home offices.  Everyone appreciates a practical gift with a personal touch, and it doesn’t get better than a Mark & Graham Leather Catchall ($129) with a foil monogram.  Working from home would be way more luxurious with this Heritage Collection Rouge et Noir Special Edition Coral Rollerball Pen from Montblanc ($620) that has an uber cool serpent-shaped clip.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Small Accessories. Courtesy Photo.

8. Appliances.

Don’t forget about small functional and beautiful kitchen appliances.  Primula’s cold brew carafe ($30) makes rich, delicious full bodied coffee concentrate that is 65% less acidic than hot brewed coffee.  We also love this pretty Blush Kate Spade Toaster ($50) that would add an unexpected yet understated hint of color to their counter. 

This SMEG Electric Kettle ($150) combines iconic mid century style with modern features that would look great in almost any kitchen.  A KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer ($629.95) in brushed nickel, chrome or copper would make an elegant and incredibly versatile addition to any countertop.  Not to mention these mixers have a well earned reputation for professional grade performance and rock-solid durability, so this is a gift that will last.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Appliances. Courtesy Photos.

9. home fragrance.

A beautiful and fragrant candle is always a good gift idea.  For something more quirky, we like this fun PyroPet Kisa Cat Candle ($38) that gives a theatrical display as the wax slowly melts away to reveal the animal’s inner skeleton.  For something slightly more traditional, we love Tocca Candles.  They have a wide array of fragrances and sizes to choose from including our favorite Tocca Montauk Candela ($42). 

Don’t shy away from a diffuser in lieu of a candle.  Antica Farmacita Santorini Diffuser ($94) features a medley of crisp citrus and green notes artfully paired with exotic spices and natural wood.  If you prefer an ultra luxe option, Gucci now has its own line of home fragrance which include the Gucci Herbarium Porcelain Candle ($290).  Their candles burn up to 68 hours and after the porcelain jars can be reused as a decorative accent or container.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Home Fragrance. Courtesy Photos.

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10. just for fun.

At the end of the day gift giving is really all about having fun.  Nothing is more fun (or sweet) than the beautiful Eames Elephant ($340) which would add a touch of whimsy to their home.  The magazines we buy and the books we read tell the world about our taste. Help them put theirs on display with a sleek, sharply designed Monuments Magazine Holder by Menu ($550). 

Chances are if they are into design they have more than a few decor magazines that they’ve been reading.  The Sawyer Collection’s clear Lucite acrylic glass tic-tac-toe set ($595) is both playful to look at and fun to play with.  It features geometric playing pieces that are hand-infused with a white or pink colors that scream play with me.  A Seletti Wears Toiletpaper Rug: Lipsticks ($1,450) would certainly make a statement in their home and as a gift.  We picture it in a dressing room or spacious powder room.

Best Luxury Gifts in Home Decor and Design: Just for Fun

the luxury gift guide: best for home decor and design

That’s it, our luxury gift guide with the best home decor and design presents right now. Those are our top forty picks for gift ideas for home design enthusiasts.  So go forward with confidence and know that your gift will stand up to even the most discerning of tastes.

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier. Formerly, she was a Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in NYC and is married with three young children. She loves cross country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

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