These 3 'universal' products are the only gifts you should be giving this Christmas – according to Nate Berkus

'Everyone is torturing themselves over what to give as gifts' – or at least we were, until Nate Berkus solved our holiday woes

Nate Berkus
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Gifting can be one of the most delightful parts of the holidays, but it can also be the most stressful, and even the likes of Nate Berkus aren't immune from its pressures. 'It is the holiday season; everyone is torturing themselves over what to give as gifts,' he comments. However, thanks to the designer, this process just got a whole lot easier. 

Nate, who has already assisted us in all our bedding and storage troubles via his brand Nate Home, has now tackled this issue of Christmas gifting – and to make things simple, he's narrowed his list to three 'universal' products that are almost certain to please everybody on our list. 

His suggestions comprise the best luxury bedding and towels from Nate Home, in colors versatile enough to work in every style of home. Here's what makes them failsafe choices. 

First on the list, Nate recommends his throw blanket 'because it’s light, it has texture, and it’s easy to give as a gift.'

Gauze Textured Weave Throw Blanket | $29.99 at Amazon

Gauze Textured Weave Throw Blanket | $29.99 at Amazon

This cotton blanket adds instant style to any room with its finely textured weave and eyelash fringe detail. Its light-weight qualities make it a perfect year-round bedroom accessory and also perfect for travel. It folds seamlessly and provides cozy comfort everywhere. 

Secondly, Nate recommends his sheets that have a place in every bedroom

'[Choose] classic Nate Home sheets in any color that you like, but a fresh set of sheets for someone who’s buying their first apartment, moving, or just having tonnes of guests coming over in the holiday season, these are great.' he says. 

Cotton Percale Sheet Set | $54.99 at Amazon

Cotton Percale Sheet Set | $54.99 at Amazon

These 200-thread count cotton percale sheets are both soft and durable – bringing a boutique hotel feel to our bedrooms. They are tightly woven to be cool to the touch and are cool in warmer months for a perfect sleep whatever the climate.

Lastly, while we may normally opt for white towels in our bathrooms, Nate reminds us that deeper colored alternatives, particularly navy, are a practical but nonetheless stylish choice that is an alternative to the convention. 

'Most of my towels are white, but a great gift (because people don’t often buy them for themselves) is a set of towels in a color,' Nate says. 'These are navy, and they actually work beautifully with white tile, with pale gray, and with your existing white towels. You can’t go wrong. I would do two sets in the navy, put them in a basket, wrap them up, and there you go.'

4-Piece Hand Towel Set | $44.99 at Amazon

4-Piece Hand Towel Set | $44.99 at Amazon

These plush cotton bath towels will elevate our daily shower and bath routine – bringing a spa-at-home feel that's kind to our face and skin. They come with a built-in loop for easy hanging (and drying), and as Nate mentions, this navy colorway pairs well with white tiles.

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Nate Berkus

Since Nate’s first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002, he has become one of the world’s most recognizable interior designers. He has authored two New York Times bestselling books and stars alongside his husband, Jeremiah Brent, in HGTV's Nate & Jeremiah Home Project.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.