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Stumped for small gift ideas that still pack some design punch? Indigo's home category has really stepped up. We polled our design department for their stylish selects.

Hilary Smyth: For gift giving this holiday season, I love the shagreen-style textured finish and deep jewel colours of these leather bound journals. Everybody can use a beautiful book to doodle in.

Hilary Smyth: For myself, this shimmering golden glass decanter adds a little luxe to the holiday table.

Morgan Michener: These napkins are made of a lovely washed linen and come in an assortment of colours (I just bought three sets of the dark grey for myself). They are perfect for holiday entertaining — especially with a sparkly napkin ring — and would make super gifts (don't just give one pack, be sure to give at least eight napkins to the lucky people on your holiday list).

Sally Armstrong: I love the gold cushion — just because I like anything gold these days. This glam pillow would be a happy addition to most sofas: a little bit of sunshine.

Sally Armstrong: It's always nice to have something handy to jot notes down in, and so much better when it's pretty to look at. Everyone can use this.

Margot Austin: I've been noticing the reappearance of the coupe cocktail glass and love the retro feel. I think this one would be best accessorized with rosé champagne, and a red taffeta dress with a crinoline-enhanced poufy skirt. Perfect for the holidays.

Margot Austin: I don't go in for theme-y plates but these are definitely on my wish list. They would add a festive note to my plain white everyday dishes or my bone china, which is white with a gold rim. Also, entertaining over dessert and champagne or liqueur is much more my style than the full fuss of a multi-course meal. These plates are elegant but with a sense of fun.

Margot Austin: This is the gift I would buy intending to give to someone else but would start nibbling on the way home from shopping! I met Mary MacLeod once when I featured her shortbread in a photo shoot and loved hearing her explain the Scottish tradition of holiday shortbread. The sound of her Scottish brogue saying "you put it on a doily" still rings in my head. This is the only shortbread that rivals my mom's. Highest praise.

Margot Austin: This lovely object and a jar of artisanal preserves (wild blueberry is my favourite, hint) would make the perfect host gift. Presenting jam or jelly in such a container adds a sense of occasion to the brunch table, but I also love that this is a pretty accessory even when it's off duty.

Joel Bray: I Love the smell of this candle! It's the perfect way to conjure up the smell of fresh-cut fir if you have an artificial Christmas tree.

Joel Bray: The peacock feather ornament would make a beautiful addition to any gift, tied to the bow.

Joel Bray: This bowl brings a hit of sparkle to any coffee table. Fill it with nuts or candies.

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Author: 

Wendy Jacob

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