Wednesday wishlist: home

Each Wednesday of the holiday season, I’ll be sharing neat gift ideas with you.

Gifts for the home and hostess can be difficult — everyone’s got their own preferences. In my very humble opinion, the key to a successful design-oriented present is avoiding big-ticket, big-personality purchases. Think colorful-yet-unobtrusive supporting actor, rather than dominating center-stage presence. These ideas are fun, but aren’t so specific that they’d displease pickier palates. Clockwise from top left:

Duralex Picardie tumblers. These tempered glass tumblers are classics — like the drinkware equivalent of Pyrex casseroles. They’ve got that timeless café chic air to them, especially when paired with matching carafe.

Luckies of London Scratch Map. As a kid, I’d beg my parents to buy lottery scratchers for the simple pleasure of keying away at their metallic film. This map, fortunately, has a more promising form of pay-off than those liquor store staples. Owners can “scratch” away parts of the map for a fun, storytelling piece of decor.

West Elm textured dip bowls. These little bowls would make inexpensive, functional stocking stuffers. They’d look right at home as an accent piece, mixed or matched, holding candles, treats, spices, sauces, or trinkets.

Heath Ceramics vase. Sustainable and simple. Local legend Heath Ceramics has an incredibly beautiful backstory, and creates even lovelier pieces. There’s not much more to say; I think this gift would make anyone happy.

Scarves. Who doesn’t love a good cold-weather accessory? My very favorite scarves are the super-affordable, super-soft viscose pashmina collection from Cost Plus World Market.

TableTopics Original. Perfect for dinner party season! This set of cards comes with various conversation starters — plus you can buy different versions (including ones for girls’ night out and family game nights).

Lush Relax More bath set. Don’t we all deserve some pampering every once in a while? Lush makes this easy with their all-natural bath kit, which includes treats like fizzing bath “bombs,” moisturizing lotions, and massage bars. Give someone a DIY spa night or check out Lush’s other fantastic themed gift sets.

Diptyque candle set. When I was studying abroad in Paris, my friend would make every excuse he could to peruse candles from fine parfumeurs. While they were expensive, he reasoned that each one was well worth it for the many hours of their olfactory ambiance they’d provide. After smelling the quintessentially Parisian Diptyque’s collection, I’d have to agree. This special edition sampler is a lovely gift for sophisticated scent lovers.

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