Holiday Gift Ideas for Home Design That Solve Problems Affordably—and Prettily


THIS DOOZY of a year, the holidays have a pleasant sincerity to them, an escape from the excess of past Noëls. It seems tone-deaf this season to give someone you love a sterling tic-tac-toe set or an antique onyx inkwell. As ever, beauty and quality guided our editors’ choices of gifts for the interior-design-minded on your list, but utility and value also rated highly. No gift costs more than $300. And all will eagerly be put to use—the modernist rattan planters perhaps the next day, the wrought-iron candelabra, at that evening’s dinner.

A Toothsome Tooth-Care Package

Oral hygiene might not seem the most festive thing, but trust us: When someone spies a set of these chic, Italian-made toothpastes in her stocking—in rut-busting flavors like Jasmin Mint and Licorice Mint—she just might duck out for a quick brush. Pair it with these cheery, compostable bamboo toothbrushes, 5% of whose proceeds go to nonprofits such as the Ocean Foundation. Marvis 7 Days of Flavor Set, $36, sephora.com; Bamboo Toothbrushes 5-Pack, $30, mamap.life

The Blown-Glass Cake Stand They’ll Never Put Away

If you know a compulsive baker—a species that’s far from rare these days—help her celebrate the fruit pies of her labors with this vintage-tinged cake stand. Hand blown by Polish glass-makers in 11 colors and pretty enough to flatter anything edible from lemons to whole walnuts, it might earn a permanent spot on her table. The Estelle brand, named for the founder’s grandmother—an inveterate hostess herself—has heritage cred, too. Estelle Cake Stand in Emerald Green, $225, estellecoloredglass.com

Midcentury Plant Stands That Stand Out

Is there a budding botanist on your list? Send one of these midcentury modernist plant stands her way and she’ll grab a repotting spade faster than you can say “philodendron.” Reproduced from a 1961 design by American industrial designer Arthur Umanoff, the rattan-wrapped drums sprout from powder-coated-steel supports, waiting to cradle the most finicky flora. Umanoff Planters, from $140, store.menudesignshop.com

A Double-Duty Butter Dish

When shopping for the sourdough superfan in your life, consider Heath Ceramic’s most requested item, a butter dish of cadet grey with a lick of yuzu yellow glaze on the plate. Its roomy proportions will accommodate sticks or those chubby slabs of Irish butter. And should your giftee wish to decant something spreadable—cream cheese, whipped butter, Nutella—the cover becomes a bowl, the plate a lid. Nifty. Butter Dish in Yuzu and Light Grey Whale, $150, heathceramics.com

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