News flash: interior designers love to shop! We thrive on the thrill of the hunt for that perfect statement piece that looks like it was specifically made for our client’s home. This holiday season, we hand-picked unique and affordable gift ideas for everyone on your list. Like our interior designs, our gift ideas combine fun and functionality.
For the home
Cozy up on the couch or relax in your bedroom with an Anywhere Fireplace. These pieces emanate rich heat without soot, vents or gas lines and the dancing orange flames effortlessly replicate a wood-burning fireplace without giving off dangerous chemicals. $89 to $300
Tahari Metallic Cable Knit Throw
Soft and cozy for watching TV, but will still look elegant when left on the couch! $25
For the young at heart – or age!
Retro Gameboy iPhone Case
Perfect for stuffing a stocking full of nostalgia! $15
Deckstool Recycled Skateboard Stool
Incredibly strong and surprisingly comfortable, every 18” deckstool is created with real broken skateboards and held together by a skateboard truck. The deckstool is made from real recycled broken skateboards. Check out their website for excellent gifts for a skater or fans of reuse and modern design. $250
PlayTape Roads & Rails
Why wasn’t this invented when our boys were younger? PlayTape is the fastest, best way to creatively build roads and rails for playing with toy cars and trains. Like painter’s tape, it sticks to any flat surface, is easy to tear, repositionable, easily removed with no residue and is recyclable! $8 to $10.
Max’s Creations: Mug with a Hoop
We love this story: 12-year-old Max Ash, the brainchild behind Max’s Creations, made his first Mug With a Hoop during art class when he was just eight years old. Originally intended for shooting marshmallows into hot cocoa, this mug brings game time fun to everything from berries and cereal to oyster crackers and soup. Max happens to be dyslexic and his patent pending idea showcases the upside of kids who learn differently. Max’s Creations is donating 5% of the profits from the sale of his mugs to charities that support dyslexia research and awareness. $24
Polaroid Socialmatic Camera
How fun is this? Old-school Polaroid camera that prints instantly but you can post your images on social media! The Socialmatic combines the nostalgic appeal of vintage Polaroid instant print cameras with the ability to share using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and Android interface. Start by snapping your best shots with the 14-megapixel forward-facing and 2-megapixel user-facing cameras, and then instantly print (with zero ink!) physical photos and/or share them online via the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It features a desktop-grade Internet browser and email client, as well as built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for geo-tagging and remote printing. Orders are being taken now on Amazon with shipping starting on January 1. $299
Tall Pedestal Jewelry Bowl
This handmade pedestal ceramic jewelry bowl stores and showcases 20 to 25 pairs of earrings in the holes around the rim, while the interior holds bracelets, rings and other treasured adornments. Perfect for her nightstand. $52
Banjees Wrist Wallets
Whether you walk, run, shop or travel, the Wrist Wallet is the extra pocket you wish you had to hold your smartphone, keys and cash and credit cards. There are a wide range of styles and options for everyone on the go along with fleece gloves with storage compartments.
Chicago Metro Cuffs
This company made its first cuff bracelet of the NYC subway system because a friend was having some trouble getting around the city using her huge fold-out map. Voila – now CTA riders can wear the map on their wrists. (Yes, it’s even licensed by the CTA.) Available in other cities, too. $37
Smaller than a pack of gum, KeySmart is a compact key holder designed to neatly and comfortably fit in your pocket. No bulk and not one jingle or jangle. $20.
Pangea Brands Waffle and Sandwich Grill with Sports Logo
Make breakfast, lunch or dinner with your favorite pro football, hockey or baseball team! They also offer sport team branding tools for grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. $40
These swag kits assemble themed collections of treats for guys — ranging in concept from outdoor survivalist to beer connoisseur to meat lover, etc. They stuff the crates with snacks, gadgets, gear and video games, seal them up tight and ship them with a crowbar. (Ammo cans also available!) Starts at $25