Holiday Gift Guide: A Gift to Suit Every Personality

Gift ideas for the hostess

The most thoughtful gifts are the ones that compliment your receiver’s lifestyle and impeccable tastes. Of course, trying to find that perfect gift can sometimes feel like an impossible challenge, especially with a holiday to-do list a mile long. To make your shopping a little easier this year, we’ve gathered some of our favorite gifts for that special someone in your life. With a little pre-planning, you can get your shopping done early, and enjoy the rest of the holidays.

The Consummate Hostess

Many of us have that one friend who can’t resist playing hostess. Whether she’s throwing a last-minute dinner party or the event of the year, she is pure grace under fire and always manages to impress her guests with her flawless presentation. Anyone who entertains frequently will appreciate a gift that can be put to use at her next gathering, like new linen napkins, a lovely linen apron, cheese knives, a glimmering cake stand, serving tray, or new set of napkin rings.

Gifts for wine lovers

The Wine Lover

A great bottle of wine is always appreciated by an enthusiast, but why not think outside the box? Chances are your wine aficionado already owns the fancy wine opener set, so we’ve come up with more unique ideas. Some can even be personalized with a family name or monogram—and all of them will last longer than that bottle of wine. We love a beverage tub for chilling wine when entertaining, a woven tray for serving cheeses and other accompaniments, wine bottle stoppers, wine barrel plaques, or perhaps a wine-themed comfort mat?

Gifts for travel lovers

The Globe-Trotter

The traveler loves to be inspired and enjoys the thrill of discovery. So surprise the international jet-setter in your life with either a gift that will come in handy on her next journey or something that will remind her of adventures past. There is no shortage of travel-friendly tech gadgets, but we prefer traditional gifts that are more personal—and by extension more memorable—like a travel jewelry box or tote bag perfectly size for carrying on an airplane. Or perhaps a picture frame for reminding them of their favorite adventures! Wall art is a great gift idea for travels, like our city signs or our map prints.

Gift ideas for pet lovers

The Pet Lover

Man’s best friend deserves a treat under the tree, too. And the pet lover in your life will appreciate the thought. Most of our favorite gifts for pets and those who love them offer equal parts durability and style with the perfect way to keep things looking tidy, like our treat jars and dog beds. Perhaps one of our dog prints resembles your favorite furry friend, or maybe your pet needs a new collar.

Gift ideas for organization lovers

The Organizer

We all have someone in our lives that lives by the mantra, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Every room (and closet!) in her home looks like an ad for the Container Store, and you wonder how she has seemingly managed to permanently conquer the clutter when it’s an endless battle for you. Our ideas will appeal to the queen of tidy and add a little style with her organization. Our hanging label holders are a stylish compliment to her label maker. Or perhaps some pretty thumb tacks to give her family command center some personality?

Gift ideas for gardeners

The Gardener

Do you know someone who would rather be weeding than doing just about anything else? Whether your mother, sister or friend is a novice or master gardener with the most seasoned of green thumbs, she is sure to dig any of these ideas. A new set of rain boots and a boot tray are must-haves for anyone who’s constantly in and out of the garden, and pretty planters are a guaranteed win!


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  1. Reply

    Patti Panzer

    November 29, 2013

    Are the Mr and Mrs sculptures still avail, and are they on sale??????

    • Reply

      How to Decorate Team

      December 2, 2013

      Hi Patti,

      If you’re refering to our Mr. and Mrs. Burlap Pillows, then yes! They’re still available. You should be able to find them here.

      The How to Decorate Team