Is IKEA the Most Underrated Place to Shop for Gifts?
These picks say yes.
Published Oct 19, 2019 10:30 AM
We turn to IKEA for everything from flat-pack furniture to household essentials like napkin holders, but if you only visit the Swedish store when you’re redecorating, you’re missing out. With such a wide variety of goodies to choose from, it’s also a great resource for affordable presents for every type of recipient in your life—including the Thanksgiving hosts and your Secret Santa pick. Trust us: Your giftee will never guess these thoughtful finds came from a big-box retailer.
For the Friend Who Always Hosts Dinner Parties
They’ll definitely appreciate this vibrant addition to their bar cart—especially when the drinks start flowing at their next fete.
For the Friend Whose Favorite Pastime Is Visiting Galleries
Okay, so it’s not quite a Matisse, but these colorful abstract shapes will liven up any blank wall.
For the Friend Who Recently Moved
Chances are, they need some help decorating. A set of playful little candleholders warms up any surface, from an empty mantel to a new bookshelf that could use a bit of TLC.
For the Friend Who Is Always Globe-trotting
They just got back from Mykonos—and are already planning their next adventure. Help them bring a touch of the Cyclades home with a blue and white ceramic vessel.
For the Friend Who Has the Best Café Recommendations
Fuel their coffee addiction with a sleek French press—and for an added touch, pair it with a bag of their favorite beans.
For the Friend Who Drags You to the Farmers’ Market Every Weekend
They probably need a place to display all those fresh blooms, right? This blush stoneware vase is the perfect accompaniment to any kind of floral arrangement.
For the Friend You Always Call for a Movie Night In
You can never have too many cozy blankets. Choose a simple monochrome throw that will match any design scheme. Bonus: This one’s made with sustainably sourced cotton, so if that friend also happens to have the environment on the brain these days, they’ll love it even more.