Decorating & Design

October 4, 2013

Editors’ Stocking Stuffer Picks

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.

Photo credits:
1-14: Indigo