If you’re an interiors fanatic there’s a good chance you have people on your Christmas gift list who are too. And even for those a little less, um, obsessive about their interiors than some of us, home accessories make brilliant presents anyway. It’s easier to judge someone’s decor preferences than their taste in clothes or jewellery say. And they’re a good option for people who seem to have it all already; interior schemes can always benefit from a little refresh. (Readers I know just how well you understand this. ) So I hope this Christmas gift guide gives you some inspiration.
how not to choose presents
I haven’t always been a natural at Christmas gift buying. One year as a new Mum I was especially harassed. With the prospect of a leisurely gift-sourcing browse through artisan boutiques as remote as bumping into Jamie Dornan under the mistletoe, I turned to the internet instead – then considered (to my mind anyway) an inferior proxy for ‘real’ shopping.
Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice on the web, I adopted a scientific approach. I used the gift-finder tool of a well known gift wares site, searching by recipient and budget. From the resultant selection, I simply bought the one with the highest customer rating.
This somewhat arbitrary strategy resulted in some truly rogue choices. When my purchases later arrived in the post, the baby-induced brain fog lifted long enough to be so horrified by one of my selection that it wasn’t gifted that Christmas at all. To give you a measure of just how inappropriate that gift was: it was bought for my very cool and discerning art loving 30-something pal. Eventually, years later, it was gifted to my son’s eight year old friend. Even he thought it was rubbish.
a much better way to choose presents
Internet shopping has moved on a bit since then, thank goodness. Far from a poor substitute for the high street, the web offers us an opportunity to avoid mass market sameness and connect instead with independent artists and makers from all over the world. The internet is a marketplace with fewer overheads meaning prices are lower, and the cost of a handcrafted piece of art is often comparible with a factory produced mass marketed equivalent.
Etsy is godsend for artisan shopping. Hosting a global marketplace in one place, it’s a user friendly, time-saving, means of tapping into a community of creatives to discover talented makers and sellers of unique vintage and handcrafted items from around the world
With so many stunning choices on Etsy, narrowing them down can be tricky. Don’t worry though. I have selflessly put in a shift on your behalf.
My Etsy gift guide is carefully edited for interiors loving family and friends, whatever their decor preferences. All the shops are based in the UK (though many ship worldwide) and I’ve included the cost of UK postage.
The Glam Home
For the magpies in your life, those people who embrace bling and would happily munch glitter covered cornflakes for breakfast. (New product for 2017 Mr Kellogg?) These golden stunners would make 24 carot gifts.
- Concrete letters, ConcreteAlphabet, £3.50= p&p (£3.30)
- Sequin placemats, MagpieLinens, £15 + p&p (£2.00)
- Angel wing dish, FoxMirrorVintage, £4.99 + p&p (£4.99)
- Agate coasters, RockChicHomewares, £40 = p&p (£3.25)
- Sequin cushion, TaniaMichelleDesigns, £16 + p&p (£4.90)
The Boho Home
For the nature-inspired, pattern loving, and colour addicted. All the exoticism of a Moroccan souk, only you don’t need to haggle for them. These uniquely crafted Boho beauts are definitely in the more is more category of gifting and, while inspired by the earth, they don’t cost it.
- Macrame wall hanging, BourjoisBiscuit, £22.50 + p&p (£2.49)
- Gold Pouffe, MaisonMarrakech, £64.41 + p&p (£12.20)
- Kilim cushion, Linen and stripes, £43.90 + p&p (£3.80)
- Hand painted resin bull skull, ellebailliedesigns, £119.63 + p&p (£11.21)
The Miminimalist Home
For lovers of Scandi chic, pared back minimalism and soft industrial vibes. These concrete object d’art capture the trend simply and beautifully.
- Concrete bowl, ConcreteSweet, £15 + p&p (£3.90)
- Geometric concrete bookend, PASiNGA, £9.50 + p&p (£3.75)
- Concrete coasters, pick and mix colours, OtisIndigo, £4.50 + p&p £3.50
The Green Home
For jungalow loving plant fanatics. These people can’t go past a garden centre without picking up a new green buddy or two; they’ll never have enough plant pots to stick them in. And these are some of the coolest and quirkiest around.
- Hairpin plant stand, Clunstuff, £28 + p&p (£10.99)
- Concrete head planter, RoKDesignStudio, £9.80 (p&p £2.85)
- Hanging basket, LoveBohemians, £12 (p&p free)
- Rhino planter, UniqueByYuni, £7.50 + p&p (£3.35)
- Superhero planter, Erinnies, £16.50 (p&p free)
Now that my boys are older, there’s a little more time for considered gift buying. Having found these lovely Etsy picks I’m confident that I won’t be repeating this year the internet purchase bloopers of Christmas past.
Will you be sourcing unique gifts carefully tailored to the recipient’s style? Have you ever made a gifting faux pas or a rash present purchase you’ve later vetoed? (Go on, make me feel better!)
Note: This post contains affiliate links. However, I have personally chosen these items because I love them and would be delighted to have them in my home. (Santa take note!)