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Bold Holiday Gifts for the Maximalist in Your Life

Here, our favorite statement-making gift ideas.

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ICYMI, maximalism is very on-trend right now. And—especially in the cold gray months—it’s easy to see why: Statement-making patterns, mismatched textures, and vibrant hues are an easy way to bring warmth to a space.

That said, if your personal style errs more on the side of refined minimalist, it can be tough to figure out what to get the people on your list who favor a bolder style. Which is why we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite picks any maximalist will love, from accessories to decor to even kitchenware.


Anthropologie Woven Darrah Throw Blanket, $148

A mix of various textures and colors come together in one ultra cozy throw that’s basically a maximalist’s dream. Your giftee will love dressing up their bedrooms or living rooms with this statement-making piece.


Urban Outfitters Tufted Rug Pouf, $99

A globally-inspired bohemian pouf is the multipurpose seating/table solution every small space owner needs. For the

tiny apartment

dweller with a big sense of style, it’s the perfect present.

Olivia Wendel “Rainforest” Textile (Mini), $95

Made in Italy, this beautiful printed silk scarf makes a wonderful multifunctional accessory for any fashionista on your shopping list. Wear as a neckerchief, tie around your wrist, or use to dress up a purse strap.


World Market Natural, Red, and Blue Raffia Basket, $74.99

Whether you’re using it for storage or just displaying it as a chic accent piece, this beautiful basket brings in a globally-inspired feel. Handmade from raffia and banana stalks by Ugandan weavers, it’s a truly unique piece.  


Rebecca Atwood Sun and Moon Pillow, $209

For the maximalist who’s not yet sure they want to fully commit to the bold aesthetic, this is a great gifting option. The subdued blush and gray color palette doesn’t look too eclectic on its own, but paired with other differently-patterned throw pillows and blankets it’ll make for quite a striking ensemble.


Hawkins New York Jackson Dinnerware, $26-$108

Each item in this hand painted collection was made in Portugal and inspired by New York’s 1940s abstract impressionist movement. While the design implements neutral tones, the paint splatter detail is anything but boring.


West Elm Fold Pad Printed Bowls, $8

At just $8, you can buy your maximalist friend a whole set of these colorful bowls and help them update their kitchen. The cheery prints are a surefire way to liven up any weekday breakfast.


Jayson Home Color Key Rectangular Tray, $84

This unique tray was inspired by the modern color wheel, yet has a decidedly vintage feel to it. It’s got a more unconventional feel to it than the standard wooden or brass serving trays we see so much of on the market today.


Houzz Arrow Wood Trivet, $32

In need of a hostess gift? This wooden, mid-century modern-inspired trivet would definitely be much appreciated by your host. It’s heat resistant, and brings a pop of color to any tablescape.


Le Creuset Mini Round Cocotte, $20

For a vibrant respite from standard stainless steel pots and pans, this adorable little stoneware pot is durable and surprisingly affordable. It might not be the most practical tool for cooking larger meals, but if your gift recipient lives alone—or just has an appreciation for attractive kitchenware—it will work well.

Tictail Kitra Rug, $166

If there’s such a thing as minimal-maximalism, we’re pretty sure this handmade rug embodies it. Though the colors and abstract pattern push it to the side of maximalism, the simplicity of the colors and prevalence of empty space used make it an almost refined decor piece.


Urban Outfitters Oil Slick Stemless Wine Glass, $12

For glassware that’ll instantly spruce up a drab bar cart, try these rainbow wine tumblers. Playful and fun, they’re much more a maximalist’s speed than standard glass ones.


Zara Home Printed Ceramic Decorative Jar, $29.90

Dress up an empty shelf, mantel, or side table with this pretty stoneware jar. Use it for organizational purposes in the bathroom to hold bobby pins or cotton balls, or let it stand alone as a mini sculptural item of sorts. Sip Straw Set, $10

Purchase this set of color-blocked straws if you need a quick stocking stuffer idea. As an added bonus, they’re reusable, so they’re definitely a more eco-friendly option than regular plastic straws.


Anthropologie Bold Blooms Vase, $38

Pair this floral vase with a bouquet of colorful florals for the ultimate statement-making centerpiece. It was handpainted by pottery artist Julie Moon and will make any space feel like spring all year long.

See more gift guides:

15 Fun and Trendy Gifts Your Sister Will Love The Best Gifts You Can Buy, Under $200 The Cool Girl’s Guide to Holiday Gifting

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.