Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for a Beautifully Designed Home

My shopping motto is splurge now spend less. While that might seem counterintuitive, it means instead of just buying the cheapest option available, I buy the best I can for my budget. Investing upfront means spending less overtime. Better quality items will last longer, which means I don’t have to keep spending on replacements. I like to employ this motto when giving gifts as well, isn’t it special to know the gift you give will be cherished for years?

<a href="https://www.the-citizenry.com/collections/blankets/products/sheepskin-throw#.WDsRr5MrKu4" target="_blank">Sheepskin
Sheepskin Throw, $95

Hailing from the Patagonia Mountains, The Citizenry’s sheepskin is a by product of the local meat industry and is fair-trade and ethically sourced. Sure it’s slightly more expensive than a pelt hailing from a factory in China, but you’ll notice the difference. While you might get tired of seeing it draped over your accent chairs as the trend wanes, you can always use it by your bedside to add a luxurious touch when getting out of bed in the morning.

<a href="http://architectmade.com/shop/finn-juhl/turning-tray/" target="_blank">Turning Tray by Finn Juhl,</a> $199 - $269
Turning Tray by Finn Juhl, $199 - $269

Ok, I know this sounds like a bit of a splurge, but this is something your grandchildren will thank you for buying. Finn Juhl is an iconic mid-century designer famous for his highly collectable pieces of furniture. These trays are great to hold magazines on your coffee table or serve cocktails to guests.

<a href="http://www.alwaysmod.com/marimekko-talvitarina-white-red-plum-tea-towel.html" target="_blank">Marimekko Talvitarina

Marimekko patterns are whimsical with a mid-century vibe, and these tea towels add a designer touch to any kitchen. Still producing patterns today, the Finnish company began in the 1940s and became popular in the U.S. in the 1960s, thanks, in part, to Jackie Kennedy.

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Alessi Parrot Corkscrew, $65

Alessi is an icon of Italian design focusing on housewares and kitchen utensils. Founded in 1921, the company is known for bringing elements of design to mundane objects—like this corkscrew.

<a href="https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/search/basic-art-series" target="_blank">Taschen Basic Art Series</a>, $14.99
Taschen Basic Art Series, $14.99

A great way to give the gift of art and design without breaking the bank. Taschen books are filled with amazing illustrations and make the perfect addition to any coffee table or bookshelf.

<a href="http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/coffeemakers/six-cup-classic-series-coffeemaker.html" target="_blank">Six Cup Class
Six Cup Classic Chemex, $43.50

Perfect for coffee lovers, the Chemex brews a fabulous pot of coffee. Designed in 1941, the Chemex has been a staple of modern kitchens ever since.

<a href="http://shop.cooperhewitt.org/p/6779/iittala-Kartio-Small-Tumblers" target="_blank">Karito Small Tumblers</a>, Set of
Karito Small Tumblers, Set of 2, $22

Designed in 1958 by Kaj Franck, these tumblers are available in the emerald color above or a clear glass. Manufactured by Iittalia, these glasses are simple and classic and the perfect vessel for sipping a cocktail.

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One of few women recognized for her design contributions in the twentieth century, Eva Zeisel began designing stoneware in the 1920s. Designed in 1983 but produced in 2009, the Granit collection was one of her last endeavors before she passed away in 2011.

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