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Holiday gift guide: home & kitchen edit

November means that the holiday season is right around the corner.

You might not feel so festive at this very moment (I can totally relate) but that is actually one more reason for us all to start thinking about something cheerful. The holiday season is a time for giving and gifts from the heart mean a lot to the people we love.

Especially this year, let’s keep up on holiday traditions: they help us feel connected and remember us that we are part of something bigger.

Home and the kitchen are my favorite areas to buy gifts and, since we are spending a lot of time at home, I thought I’d start this mini-series of holiday gift guides (expect 3 guides more in the coming days) with gift ideas for the home and the kitchen.

I hope this roundup helps you find the perfect gifts for your beloved ones (and check a few things off your list too). No need to stress out, just enjoy the hunt for the find!

Holiday gift guide: the kitchen

The kitchen is now more than ever the beating heart of our homes (and also where the spirit of the holiday season manifests in what we cook and share with the people we love). Here are my top gift ideas for foodies and wannabe chefs.

CAST-IRON-POT (SERAX) – 89.90 €

I love the idea of gifting items that will be passed on to future generations as the minimalist cast-iron cooking pot designed by Sergio Herman for Serax. It’s compact, modern, and is suitable for any heat surface which makes for a clever and timeless gift.

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GLASS WINE SET ‘DISEGUALE’ (BITOSSI HOME) – 75 €

One of a kind glasses to give the table a twist. This wine glass set is a great gift for friends who love decorating the table mixing and matching different items and colors. I personally love a mismatched table set and here is why (+ styling tips).

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EM77 VACUUM JUG (STELTON) – 42.70 €

A trend-setting design icon since 1977, when designer Erik Magnussen patented the tilting top. The jug is made of ABS-plastic and features a glass insert. It’s a good blend of beauty and functionality and keeps tea or coffee warm for more than 6 hours.

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KITCHEN BOOKS

Some of these recommendations are new reads while others are classics. These 5 books got you covered in baking bread, vegetarian recipes, ideas for breakfast, Japanese cuisine, and even food photography.

SHOP HERE, Clockwise: Tartine Bread (34.02 euro) // The vegetarian Silver Spoon (42.75 euro) // Japan – The Cookbook (37.27 euro) // Breakfast – The Cookbook (30.30 euro) // Feast for the eyes – The story of food in photography (52.77 euro)


KINTSUGI PLATES (SELETTI) – 52 €

This is such a poetic collection from Seletti inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. A modern and elegant take on ancient art.

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KASTEHELMI CAKE STAND (IITTALA) – 53.90 €

Made of pressured glass with a dewdrop bubble design around the exterior, the Kastehelmi cake stand fits perfectly with every table styling. It has been designed by Oiva Toikka back in 1964 but it does not show its age!

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COFFEE MAKER (BODUM) – EURO 41.01

This is a gift idea for coffee geeks. The brewing process is fascinating: water heats in the lower bowl and creates vapor pressure that pushes the boiling water up to mix with coffee grounds. The coffee maker is then removed from the heat and vacuum pressure draws the brewed coffee downward through a strainer, and into the bottom chamber for serving. The coffee brewed with this method preserves all its aroma!

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OAK PADDLE WITH GLASS DOME (LSA INTERNATIONAL) – 39.76 €

This natural FSC®-certified oak paddle is inspired by serving pieces found in alpine mountain restaurants and it’s perfect for serving cheese and appetizers. It comes very handily for small gatherings as well as for bigger ones: you could set an entire buffet table with a number of them!

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COOKUT LUMI RACLETTE SET X2 – 29.90 €

Are you in for a raclette party? Instead of an electric appliance, this practical and ecological raclette kit works thanks to tealights. It’s just as efficient as the electric option (cheese melts in circa 3 minutes) and allows for each person to have her/his own caquelon.

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Holiday Gift Guide: for the home

My roundup of home accessories and small furniture pieces has a gift idea for everyone. Let’s dive in!

WOOD DOTS (MUUTO) – 69.50 €

A playful alternative to the classic coat hangers. You can hang the dots in hallways, bedrooms, kitchens as well as in your home office. This version is made of oak wood but the company offers also ceramic and metallic versions. Available in many beautiful colors.

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KELIM RUG (FERM LIVING) – 128.01 €

Think beyond your floors! This rug from Ferm Living can be also used as a wall rug. Did you know that it’s made using Punja loom? It’s one of the oldest techniques to manufacture Durries (Indian rugs) and one of the most sustainable right now. The wool yarn is hand-dyed.

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AURA VASES (SCHNEID STUDIO) – 79 €

These vases are inspired by the curves of the female figure. Available in different colors and shapes, they are the perfect gift for home decor lovers. They are also in tune with one of the most recent trends in interiors: sculptural decor objects.

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MAGAZINE RACK (UMBRA) – 56.05 €

This is an often overlooked home accessory. A magazine rack is definitely a gift idea for magazine lovers who like to have their magazines and newspapers at their fingertips. The natural wood blends with every kind of home style.

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DROP XL WIRELESS CHARGER (NATIVE UNION) – 99.99 €

We use lots of different devices on a daily basis and we often need to recharge them while in use. The dual coil wireless charger is the perfect accessory for the desk. It has an ultra-thin aluminum base with a non-slip silicone tread that keeps the devices in place. XL surface and extra USB-A port allow you to power all your essential devices simultaneously.

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PLANT POT (KRISTINA DAM STUDIO) – 89 €

Terracotta is the perfect material for plant pots because its porosity allows the soil to breathe and any excess water to slowly seep out. The internal part of the pot is glazed to make it water-resistant while the exterior features a textured band, impressed into the clay. A minimal yet textured look that makes the pot a good match for any room.

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SLIDES WALL CLOCK (KARLSSON) – 50

A simple yet not boring take on wall clocks. Designed by Chantal Drenthe for Karlsson, has a characteristic dial that gives the impression of three-dimensional. 4 color options available.

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NAPPULA CANDELABRA (IITTALA) – 139

The story tells that this candelabra born out of a visit designer Matti Klenell made to the Nuutajärvi glass museum. During that visit, he was attracted by the peculiar shape of a table’s legs and drew inspiration from it while designing the candelabra. It’s a beautiful combination of curvy shapes and modern lines.

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BOLLEKE PORTABLE LAMP (FATBOY) – 76.82

Fatboy’s Bolleke is a cordless and rechargeable lamp suitable for both indoors and outdoors. It’s a fun lamp that resembles a glowing pearl featuring three brightness levels. Easy to hang, provides light up to 24 hours. I’m in love with this design: it’s clever, functional, and bring just the right dose of playfulness to any room! Available in many colors.

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TOOLBOX (VITRA) – 42

The Vitra Toolbox, a design by Arik Levi (2010) is one of the most iconic pieces from the company and a good companion of your office desk. I have one in Tangerine and, believe me, it’s very roomy. Perfect to store all those small items that are always scattered all around!

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Looking for more ideas in the lighting dept? Have a look at these 20 sculptural ceramic table lamps that elevate your interiors or browse the shopping section: I’m sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your shopping time.


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This article is part of a mini-series of 4 Holiday Gift Guides. For more gift ideas read here:

  1. Holiday Gift Guide: Home & Kitchen Edit
  2. Holiday Gift Guide: Top 20 interiors and design books
  3. Holiday Gift Guide: beautiful ideas for kids
  4. Holiday Gift Guide: Support Small businesses and independent brands

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