Buying interiors gifts for other people's homes can be risky business, so we've searched the shops to find you some failsafe - and beautiful - options. From Danish egg cups to metallic bathroom accessories, here's 11 home and interiors gifts to win yourself some brownie points this Christmas.
1. Sancho and Zelma cushions: from £20, habitat.co.uk
Like art, cushions as gifts require colour research, so scope out your recipient’s space. The vibrant Zelma (right) is hand-embroidered, while the pop art, flocked Sancho (left) also comes in pink.
2. Bordfolk Egg Cups: £12.75, hunkydoryhome.co.uk
Choose from City Boy, Soldier Boy or Sailor Boy. The girls may be vocationless, but these cute Danish wooden egg cups are 1960s reissues, and thus contextually forgiven.
3. Caravane Lou Mirror: from £33, caravane.fr
The cult French interiors shop, Caravane, opened its first UK branch in London earlier this year, selling its trademark curation of globally-inspired goods, including this chic, sculptural mirror.
4. Story Tiles: from £20, storytiles.nl
These individual tiles are mini works of art, each with a title and a tale. Choose from ‘Modern’ or ‘Old Dutch’ designs; the latter a quirky twist on the classic Delft tile.
5. Hand-knitted Blankets: from £9.99, oxfam.org.uk/shop
Oxfam’s online store has an amazing range of colourful patchwork and crochet blankets. Each is newly knitted and unique; all are good for adorning both sofas and knees.
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6. Splash Out Bat For Lashes Lamp: £90, humblesticks.co.uk
Richard Holman and Katy Shooter excel at turning found objects into objects of desire, and this colourful lamp, complete with Alexander Henry fabric shade, was once a Hendrick’s bottle.
7. Side Plates: from £14.50, louisewilkinson.co.uk
The sweet illustrations on Wilkinson’s bone china plates are all inspired by her Yorkshire childhood and love of animals and nature. As good on a table as a wall.
8. Concrete Table Lamp: £50, conranshop.co.uk
This dinky-sized table-top lamp, in utilitarian concrete, has an old-school science class look about it and is new in at Conran.
9. Kleine Wolke Bathroom Set: from £10.55, amazon.co.uk
The interiors trend for metallics shows no sign of fading, and these gold porcelain pieces will add some glamour the most humble of bathroom shelves.
10. Triangles Round Rug: £45, futureandfound.com
At 100 centimetres across, this geometric jute beauty is small enough for a compact space or feet stepping out of bed, yet substantial enough to make a great gift.
11. PS Bureau: £145, ikea.com
This compact, drop-leaf desk would make a good-looking, practical gift for space-starved students or home-workers sick of laptopping at the kitchen table. Comes in orange or white.
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