The holidays will soon be here and that means a lot of home entertaining, whether you have friends and family over, or you are invited to several home get togethers. Also many people relocate in the Fall for many different reasons.
So if you’re looking for some modern or traditional housewarming presents or hostess presents, The Smith King Team found some suggestions from interior designers across the country to bring with you when you go visit.
You can start at the front door. Baylee Floyd, an Orlando, Fla.-based designer with the online platform Decorist, suggests giving your friends a welcome mat. “A front door mat is always a great gift — I get custom, monogrammed mats made to help them really make their place feel like home,” she says. Other online options are Etsy.com and Grandin Road, Frontgate and Birch Lane for customized mat designs.
Leia T. Ward, founder of LTW Design in New Canaan, Conn., likes the idea of giving a little connectivity. “An Alexa or an Echo (may) seem random,” she says, “but it’s great for those extra spaces that homeowners typically don’t tend to buy smart speakers for, like a patio, garage, home office or bathroom.”
If the home you were invited to has a boho décor vibe, consider Natural Life’s hand-painted wood flower hooks, which could go next to the door, on a porch wall or really anywhere.
For the walls: Seattle designer Elizabeth Herrera suggests a customized house portrait. “Upload a special photo to www.minted.com, and they’ll create a letterpress or standard printed drawing,” she says. You can choose frame style, mat and size when you order.
Whispart on Etsy will create a personalized heart or house-shaped map of the new digs; add as many details as you want, then download and frame.
Getting cozy -Who doesn’t like a soft plush pillow in the shape of a tropical leaf or succulent, from Green Philosophy Co; they’ve partnered with nonprofit Trees for the Future, so pillow and throw sales support planting initiatives worldwide.
Bring some pleasing fragrance into the new home with Otherland’s Manor House Weekend soy-based candle collection. The fall version has notes of smoky maple, cardamom, toasted nuts, pear and apple.
Homesick’s New Home candle, a blend of jasmine, cedarwood, lime and sandalwood, can be customized with a personal message on the jar label.
Subscription gifts -If you know your recipients well enough to buy them a gift that revisits them every month, a subscription box might be good. There are lots of options, and they can take the guesswork out of decorating.
“Fresh flowers always make a new home feel inviting and put together,” she says. At Bloomsy Box, a bouquet is sourced from fair trade farms, wrapped in eco-friendly paper and shipped each month. Subscription options include pet-safe bouquets and mixed arrangements, as well as one inspired by the New York Botanical Garden; a portion of its sales helps support the garden’s work on plant science and conservation.
For folks wanting easy, low-maintenance plants, The Sill has several subscription options.
Tabletop items, wall art and throw pillows are among the possible goodies in one of the seasonally curated boxes from Decocrated.
Cooking and entertaining -Knife blocks and cheeseboards are classic housewarming gifts. If you want to take it up a notch, consider Crate & Barrel’s monogrammed serving board made of mango wood, marble and inlaid brass for the initial. The retailer also has Schmidt Brothers Cutlery’s tabletop and wall-mount knife holders, crafted of warmly hued acacia wood.
Mark & Graham’s got several chic serving trays, pitchers and throw blankets that can be personalized in a variety of fonts.
Or consider some chic backyard picnic supplies, such as a personalized rattan tote, wine and cheese backpack, steel or copper growler, acrylic glasses and linen napkins, all with monograms available.
Let’s face it, there are so many types of gifts you can bring to a housewarming or a holiday party. All you have to do is go on the internet and find lots of ideas.
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