The holidays are right around the corner and that means gifting. Few presents are as well-received as gifts for the home, which always show a personal touch.
However, the rise of online shopping means that there's an almost unlimited number of products out there vying for your money. But a lot of them don't stand up to scrutiny. They might be poorly made, ill-thought out and ultimately end up as clutter.
As a product tester, I know first-hand which products are worthwhile and which don't deserve your money. After combing through literally thousands of possibilities, these are the home gifts people actually want. There's no gimmicks in here or fads. These are products we've tried and tested first hand, and if not, they're backed up by meticulous research. The candle picks are all backed up by our tests of the best candles, the best houseplants in this guide have been given the nod by our expert in-house gardeners, and homewares are all loved by our interiors team.
I've found luxuries, decorative touches, and my tested picks of expert tools for the kitchen and backyard. There's specialist products as well as entry level pieces for those just starting out with interior design and decoration. These are the gifts that are genuinely worth giving.
This great-value gift is really two presents in one. For cheaper than most other gifts in this guide, you get a beautiful bar of Italian-made oak musk soap, and a glass dish decorated with a leopard that can be reused for years to come.
Elevate their espresso with this beautiful cup and saucer combo. My favorite is this black speckled colorway, but there are other options in white and gray, too. For hand-thrown pottery, it's surprisingly inexpensive, too.
Throw blankets can be a great way to introduce color to a space without any drastic redecoration. Made of incredibly soft merino wool, this blue ultramarine throw is perfect for adding interest to a couch. Even better, it's reversible with a darker blue side so there's always the choice to tone things down if needed.
We received some of these a gift a few weeks ago and they're great. They're perfect for cocktails and elevate simple drinks without going completely over-the-top fancy.
Diptyque's Baies candle has had a cult following for years, and this gift takes it to the next level. Not only do you get the classic Baies candle, but a golden carousel that spins from the heat of the candle, catching the flickering light as it turns. You can reuse it on similar candles, too.
For a beautiful, aesthetic coffee gift, I don't think it gets better than a Chemex. But it's not just a pretty face. The keep-cool wooden sleeve and useful pouring spout mean It's one of the best pour-over coffee makers that we've ever tried.
I love this embordered pillow, perfect for breaking up monotony on a couch. The abstract black and white pattern is broken up with delicate golden thread for an arresting pillow that's sure to draw the eye.
Snake plants are already very low maintenance, but this one takes it to a different level. The planter has a hidden water reservoir, so this plant waters itself – no green thumb required.
Barefoot Dreams make Kylie Jenner's favorite blankets. They're soft and cozy, perfect for snuggling up under for a movie night.
Inspired by Joanna Gaines' garden, this vase isn't just for modern farmhouse aesthetics. The rustic, warm tones suit a wide range of home styles.
I'm convinced this is the best hand soap in the world. It smells incredible and makes your hands so soft. makes such a good gift – a friend boutght a bottle for my partner and I as a housewarming gift and it's such a great present. We'd never normally spend $40 on soap, but now we have a touch of luxury very time we wash our hands.
If you know a gardener who loves cultivating fresh herbs, this planter tray is perfect. It will keep basil, mint, and cilantro on hand for cooking and garnishing cocktails with home-grown greenery.
I know first hand that a cookbook holder like this can be lifechanging in the kitchen. From Joanna Gaines' Hearth & Hand collection, this bookstand means no more messy fingerprints or fumbling as you cook.
This patterned throw has a bright woodland motif that will work well in more traditional homes. The velvet is incredibly soft and it has dozens of positive reviews.
If you know some one who's just getting started with making their own homemade espresso, this little marvel is a perfect starting point. It's small and inexpensive, but it makes great coffees.
This is among the best glasses you can buy for whiskey drinkers. The wide, vase-like lip makes it easier to smell and detect aromas. It's the official glass of dozens of whisky competitions around around the world and used by judges to asses quality whiskies.
Little bud vases like this are perfect for cut flowers. The set comes with 6, so the recipient can use them on a single bookcase for a unified look or spread them throughout the home.
We love Nate's style at H&G and this throw is no exception. It's incredibly versatile, because the neutral tone works for almost any space, and it's inexpensive, too.
Ribbed glass like this is having a moment. It's a sleek, functional homage to art deco design, and looks great on any table.
Harlem Candle Co made one of Oprah's favorite candles this year. This candle is great if you like heavier scents without it becoming overbearing. It has rich chocolate notes but they lighten before it becomes sickly-sweet
These Mexican-made margarita glasses are perfect for relaxing by the pool. Each glass is blown by hand and the little imperfections make for a characterful cocktail glass.
For true coziness, try this faux shearling throw from West Elm. Teddy textures like this have been everywhere this year and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. It's soft, warm, and perfect for the colder months.
I've been loving this blender for the past few weeks. It's compact and portable but blasts through fruit and veg to make handy smoothies on the go.
I received a rubber tree as a birthday gift a couple months ago and love it. it's incredibly robust and easy to look after, and the wide, dark leaves are perfect for bringing a little depth to a room.