Holiday Gift Inspiration

December 10, 2015 • Home DecorKids

’tis the season for making lists and shopping gifts, and i want to start this post by telling you about this little life hack that i found online. it’s called CHECKED TWICE and it’s basically a platform where you can create an account for a family and all members can share wish lists with each other. you can ‘pin’ anything from any web shop on there, or create a gift idea without a link to a shop. but the true genius of it is that everyone can ‘claim’ gifts for everyone, so that no one ends up with a double. every family member can see which gifts are taken, except for the owner of the list – so the surprise isn’t spoiled for them. personally, i am all for lists. i figure that either we don’t do gifts at all, or we get each other things that we know we’ll actually like and use. it’s a wonderful idea to want to do something thoughtful for one another, but i feel bad about wasting money on stuff you’ll never use. so, if you’re like me and you have a large family spread out all over, perhaps you’ll like checked twice. (not a sponsored post y’all, i really just friggin’ love this little discovery!)

last year i put together a few collages with gift ideas from brands that i loved, but this year i decided i wanted to take a look around our apartment and share some of my current favorite things, so that they might end up inspiring those looking for ideas. there’s something for everyone in there…

TIVOLI gives the gift of great music, anywhere you want it. we’ve had the MODEL THREE in our living room for years, but until recently were missing an audio unit in our bedroom. the MUSIC SYSTEM THREE streams music from your smartphone, has a radio and an alarm clock, and works on batteries so you can put it anywhere you like. i like to take it into the bathroom while i take a shower. // TYPE HYPE has the best gift ideas for those who have weak spot for good design or type. i love these bottles – they are great to look at, but they’re actually very decent wines, too. the BARBERA D’ALBA is my favorite. // other gift ideas from our bedroom – letter cups from TYPE HYPE to form their name. // a poster from PLAYTYPE with their favorite letter. // that lamp from SERAX for night time reading in bed.

if you’re looking for a small gift that feels personal, i think these letter notebooks from TYPE HYPE are the best. they exist in several different colors and sizes, and they are great to encourage that friend to write down their witty quips, awesome ideas or emotional life story. to be honest, i feel like you can never have too many notebooks, so this kind of gift would always make me happy. // check out the cute notebooks from SERAX, too. // another brand that is so, so good at creating perfect gifts is EMOI EMOI. especially if you want to spoil a mom or dad! i love their scented candles that spell ‘we are family’, their coffee mugs that say ‘maman poule’ or ‘papa cool’, and perhaps you’ve noticed how much I LOVE THEIR SWEATERS. but this scarf honestly takes the cake. it’s a collab with mapoésie, has the most beautiful colors and comes in a cute little box.

if you’re looking to surprise a design fan in your life, why not surprise them with a subscription to DESIGNER BOX? it truly is a gift that keeps on giving… and it’s how i got these cute WOODEN ANIMALS that brighten up my desk space. // i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again – one of the most important elements in anyone’s interior, is the lighting. it’s the first thing we saved up and shelled out for when decorating our first apartment together, and the lamps we bought then are still some of our favorite items today. the lamp on my desk is the luceplan costanzina we got at MASTER MEUBEL a few years ago. the one next to our tivoli in the living room is by FOSCARINI. it’s their iconic lumiere table lamp, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. the way to a design lover’s heart, if there ever was one.

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