The Best Holiday Gifts For Amateur Interior Decorators

Do you have a friend who treats their house like a sanctuary and has begun dipping their toe into the world of interior design? It can be an intimidating space for them to enter, and all of those just-so details you see in magazines can be hard to recreate, especially if you’re just starting to build your home décor collection. One essential step to take that will graduate your space from builder-grade to styled paradise is to use a variety of home accessories and art objects from a number of merchants. To help keep a space from feeling like it was ordered from a single catalog page, designer Pablo Solomon is a fan of mixing and matching, per Love to Know.

When it comes to gifting for the budding interior designer, you may be overwhelmed too! So we’ve put together an amazing gift guide for amateur home designers that will help take their space to new levels. We focused on pieces that would look great and are sure to add a sophisticated edge to any home.

1. Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style coffee table book

In addition to being a gorgeous coffee table book, Architectural Digest’s hardback collection offers incredible insight into 100 years of architecture and interior design. A great gift for its aesthetic and educational value. Available at Abrams Books.

2. Jonathan Adler large pop art acrylic pills

These whimsical pop art acrylic pills from Jonathan Adler are enormously popular. They are playful and cheeky, and come in a variety of sizes and stunning vibrant colors.

3. Anna + Nina candle holders

We love classic brass candle sticks, but we also find ourselves drawn to the funky shapes and colors found in Anna + Nina’s home collection at Liberty London. Gorgeous as a single holder or as a mixed-and-matched set.

4. 7-Wick ceramic candle by Leanne Ford

You may have thought three wicks were the epitome of true luxury, but have you considered the beauty of the 7-wick candle? This ceramic candle holder by Leanne Ford is painted in a metallic bronze that is cozy yet sophisticated. Available at Crate and Barrel.

5. SIN Bacchus set of bookends

Your design friend knows that styling bookshelves is a great way to make a space feel elevated. Help the amateur interior decorator get a handle on their shelves with these funky book ends from West Elm. They also work as abstract sculptures.

6. Stemware by Estelle Colored Glass

Barware that doubles as art from a woman and POC-owned company? That’s a no-brainer. Estelle Colored Glass offers tons of color options and matching sets, but we can’t get enough of the eclectic mismatched pairings.

7. Anthropologie Grecian bust pot

Grecian busts are having a moment, and we love the added flower planter twist from Anthropologie. Fill it with cut stems or a small plant in a perforated plastic pot for a stunning arrangement.

8. Parachute Dawn table lamp

Parachute may be best known for their lush linens, but they also have incredible home décor pieces. This mod, nude lamp would make a beautiful and unique gift for a friend who will appreciate its style.

9. Pottery Barn rattan serving trays

These rattan trays from Pottery Barn are versatile and chic. Use them to bring out a cup of tea and a snack, or to create a stunning vignette on the coffee table.

10. Kimbra Special-Edition Backgammon

While there’s always a place for the classic board games stored in cardboard boxes, treating your friend to a luxe backgammon set creates a piece of décor that doubles as a plaything. What’s better than that? Available from CB2.

11. Gradvis decorative bowl

Ikea is for more than just inexpensive furniture — they have amazing home accent pieces as well. We’re especially fond of this green glass bowl, which can be used on the dinner or entryway table. Your decorator friend will know just what to do with it.

12. Chunky sweater knit throw pillows

Cuddle up with a pair of snuggly throw pillows. These chunky knit options from Target come in colors that give off a vintage 1970s vibe. They’ll look great all year round.

13. World Market linen wall art

It can feel a little nerve-racking to buy art that will hang in another person’s home, but something like this earth-toned, woven piece in rust and ivory from World Market seems like a safe bet, sure to be loved by your design enthusiast friend.

14. Yui Brooklyn bubble cube candle

Sure, candle jars can make for a pretty piece of decor, but what about candles that are works of art themselves? These bubble mold candles from Yui Brooklyn are so stunning, your friend might not want to light that wick. Available at Madewell.

15. Stoneware cut-out vase

Sculptural vases are fantastic choices for friends who love interior design because they are aesthetically pleasing, functional vessels that can display even prettier flowers. We’re especially fond of these polished stone vases from Urban Outfitters.

16. Agara bath rug

Bathrooms are too often neglected as designable spaces. Why not gift a luxe bath mat from The Citizenry to elevate the one at your aesthetically conscious friend’s house? Lush linens are a great way to warm up bathrooms without adding unnecessary decorations.

17. Candle Bay Diptych

When we think of a luxury candle, Diptyche’s Baies is the quintessential example. The minimalist label, sumptuous berry scent, and cultural cache make it a must for any interior design enthusiast. Available at Nordstrom.

18. Marble serving tray

Charcuterie wasn’t meant to be served on paper plates. A classy serving tray is the perfect way to complement the cheeseboard, and we love this slate gray marble tray from H&M.

19. Chunky twisted pillar candles

These funky taper candles from the Etsy seller Maison Bohiti are the stuff dreams are made of. With neutral but warm earth tones and an eclectic boho style, these candles are gorgeous on their own or as a set.

20. Paper bag recycling bin

Useful, chic, and a touch cheeky, we love this paper bag recycling bin from Uncommon Goods, especially if it means getting rid of the bulky and rather unstylish canister in the pantry.

21. Floral cork coasters

Even drink coasters have the potential to be stand-out stunners, like these quirky wildflower cork coasters from Hearth and Table Co. on Etsy. Feminine and sturdy, all at once.

22. Leather-wrapped floral vase

These leather wrapped canister vases from Zeyn NY are gorgeous and available in plenty of grounding hues. We think they look stunning with or without flowers in them.

23. Fritz Hansen basketball magazine

Get the books off the ground and magazines off the kitchen counter with this mod wooden basket designed by Fritz Hansen and available from Goodee. Great for any budding urban or boho designer.

24. Matches in glass bell

With all of those stunning decorative candles, you may want to gift some matches that are equally beautiful. We love this base and cloche set, available at Dear Keaton, especially because the base holder can be refilled. It really is a gift that keeps on giving.

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