When it comes to holiday gift shopping, the more ideas the merrier. That’s where we come in.
This year’s Curbed gift guide is rich—in color, shape, and pattern, in mood, aesthetic, and inspiration. You’ll spot some shining examples of the
“round and cute” trend we’ve been rhapsodizing about lately, and a whole lot of irresistible goods that Curbed editors personally want to add to cart immediately.
With a selection ranging in size, cost, and degree of functionality, you’re sure to find something for all your gifting needs, whether that’s a work wife whose tastes you’ve readily absorbed through osmosis or a father-in-law who has sworn off technology.
Want more ideas? Check out our city gift guides for the best ways to show local pride, and be sure to stay tuned to Curbed all season long. For all of us who love beautiful things, it’s the best time of the year indeed.
Buddy table light ($148) may be the most sophisticated and luxurious 3D-printed homeware we’ve seen yet. Designed by U.K.-based Mona Sharma and produced by Gantri, Buddy uses corn-based materials and features a dimmable LED light.
Food prep just got more elegant. Made from natural beech wood using digital techniques, these
wood cutting and serving boards ($36- $49) from British designer Gareth Neal combine function with ultra-satisfying geometric precision.
Bubble teapot ($60) from German designers Gunnar Rönsch and Stephen Molloy features delicate touches of blue, green, and pink, derived from minerals added during the glassmaking process. It’s perfect for your BFF, because the size is just enough to serve two cups of tea for two people.
Finnish brand Iittala’s timeless tableware are some of the
design world’s favorite gifts. The pressed glass Raami tumblers ($21.70), designed by Jasper Morrison, are sturdy and versatile, with a little trick up their sleeves: The glasses look fluted but the ridges are all on the inside, so they’re surprisingly smooth to the touch.
Hand-carved by Brooklyn artist Allison Samuels, these delightfully wonky
wooden utensils ($73) feature extra-long handles ranging from 16 to 18 inches. We think they’re a bit witchy in a good way.
A weighty set of coral and speckled blue
salt and pepper column shakers ($78) make fun, architectural additions to a dining table landscape. Brand new from ceramicist Helen Levi, these shakers are in stock and ready to ship.
To really set a loved one up well for the new year, give the gift of organization. Blu Dot’s
100% Trays ($99), also available in blue and green, can be nested or used separately (that’s like three gifts in one!), and are great for jewelry, barware, and other trinkets.
Reusable glass straws ($25) in Hay’s typical fun colors make a perfect present for someone who has recently renounced single-use plastic or just prefer things to be a little bit extra. And good news: A cleaning brush is included.
German kitchenware brand Zwilling’s
stainless steel kitchen shears ($78) are easy on the eyes (the smooth curves are, dare we say, almost jewelry-like) and hard on whatever you need to snip (the hand-honed blades come with micro-serration for precise cuts).
Hands down one of the most stunning pillows we’ve come across recently, the
Asum accent pillow ($195) is handwoven in Ethiopia. Its pattern of dense lines and vivid color contrast create a fresh and sophisticated look.
Gem-like and French-inspired, this
bedside carafe and tumbler set ($70) from Maison Balzac will spark new morning and night routines. The mouth-blown pieces are both heat and cold resistant.
The cobalt blue in the handwoven cotton
Lahar table runner ($48) really steals the show. Its bright, rich tone, accented with soft, whimsical pom poms and hand-tied tassels, will liven up any party.
This is not your usual tarot kit. Filled with vibrant colors and carefree shapes,
the Minimalist Oracle Deck ($39) is for the person who craves soul work with a minimalist design bent.
Wonderfully full yet delicate, the
Cova flower vase ($48) by Farrah Sit conjures what the designer calls a “quiet stillness born out of a celestial collision” (it’s formed from two partial spheres). It stands pretty by itself, sporting a few buds, or with a full floral arrangement.
What are you giving with a gift of a tiny broom, you ask? Besides a quaint cleaning tool, how about a conversation piece, a return to simpler times, and a piece of craft history? Handmade by one of Italy’s last broom artisans, the
Spruzzo straw whisk broom ($12) is part of Italian home goods shop Fattobene’s first pop-up store outside of Italy, launched this fall at MoMA Design Store.
Match-lighting becomes a precious ritual with these oversized
multicolor matches ($30). Presentation is truly key here, with a glass tube sporting a cork topper and strike pad on the bottom.
For the tea or sake lover in your life, this
Japanese-made teacup set ($49.50) features intricate designs like tessellated triangles and a pointillistic pattern. The cool blue-on-white scheme makes the whole set feel refreshingly modern.
Ah, a gift for the person who has everything (i.e., a ping-pong table), these
wooden ping-pong paddles ($62.50) are beautifully crafted from half-inch-thick walnut with a touch of maple on the handles.
Have a friend who can’t stop buying coffee table books despite having zero space left for more such books on their coffee table? The sturdy metal
Reference Bookend ($60), sculptural yet understated, will help them organize those larger volumes.
We love the bold but still pared-back look of these smooth, durable
abstract salad plates ($40). Even sweeter is the fact that they’re made from organic bamboo fiber and cornstarch, which means they’re 100 percent biodegradable.
It’s a bud vase! It’s a candle holder! It’s art! The air bubbles dispersed throughout this solid glass
stair vase/candle holder ($75) are supposed to evoke the feeling of time standing still.
They’re round. They’re cute. And they’ll level up a tablescape instantly. These hand-crafted
ceramic napkin rings ($56-$72) come in three earthy colors or as a mixed set.
teak measuring cups ($50) elevate a basic baking tool into a design objet. We can’t get enough of their natural curves and gorgeous wood-grain detailing.