For many, the living room is the focal point of the home. It commands the most attention, and is ideal for both relaxing alone and socializing. So naturally, it should be as chic as possible.
Therefore, when buying gifts of the home decor variety, living room essentials are always a safe bet. Whether you have a friend who just moved in or want to help your uncle give his space an instant refresh, we have just the thing—from colorful accents to the coolest new technology—to set you apart from all those other gifters this holiday season.
Well Watering Can, Homecoming, $198
A well-maintained plant can turn any space from drab to fab—but it also requires a ton of maintenance. To help your friend remember to water his or her plants so that they don’t all die, gift this chic sterling silver watering can. It’s not only practical—it also easily doubles as a decor piece.
Likes by Andy Spade, Wms&Co.,
A meticulously curated set of pictures from the visionary behind Kate Spade, Likes gives the reader a look inside the quirky mind of one of fashion’s most famous figures.
Aurora Collection Vessels, Hawkins New York, f
Known for their chic, millennial-friendly items, Hawkins New York is the perfect brand for a new homeowner. The Aurora collection is a gorgeously innovative, affordable option to display stems in a living space, with the tinted glass giving an understated finish to these meticulously crafted vases.
Chile Lime Bitters, Salud! Bitters,
Handmade with love in Austin, Texas, these chile lime bitters certainly pack a punch—and are perfect for gifting your friend at his or her housewarming soiree.
Geranium Socks, Whitney Museum of Modern Art,
Nothing says “cozy” like a pair of warm knit socks, and these exquisite, eye catching ones from the Whitney shop have an elevated element of artist appeal. Inspired by the painting Geranium by Charles Sheeler, this cheerful pair will add some light to many a dreary winter’s day.
Tequila Sunrise Cylindrical Jug, Ichendorf Milano,
The smoky colors in this multi-hued jug make it seem like there’s already liquid in it. Made with borosilicate glass hand-blown in Italy, this sunny vessel will look perfect on any coffee table.
The Authentics: A Lush Dive into the Substance of Style, Clarkson Potter,
And speaking of coffee tables, the luxe cover on this hardwood book makes it ideal for displaying. From Domino’s founding editor Dara Caponigro, this book offers an exclusive peek into the homes of several tastemakers in art, fashion, and design, and is ideal for your most fashion forward friend.
Escubac Botanical Spirit, Sweetdram,
Infused with a melange of mouthwatering flavors—including caraway, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, and citrus—consider this spirit an upscale version of your favorite gin. It’s way more original than champagne, and just the thing to toast your friend’s new living space.
The Frame TV, Samsung, $
Every living room needs a good TV, and Samsung’s The Frame is one of the best. Aside from its massive size and crystal clear resolution, the television also turns into a virtual art display when not in use. Talk about multipurpose.
Rooftop Planter Bookend, Spandone Home,
The only thing better than a gorgeous bookend to keep your vast collection of novels in place? One that doubles as a planter, so that you can proudly display your blooms in style.
Brass Collet Corkscrew, FS Objects,
You’ve never seen a bar tool like this one before. Both a sleek, steel corkscrew and a brass bottle opener, the forward thinking design makes this piece a stunning entertaining addition.
Metal Hoop Stand, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.,
The best gifts are stylish and functional, and this organizing tool checks all the boxes. The arching lines and airy construction of this metal hoop stand give it a modern edge, and make it great for storing excess blankets and magazines.
Playbase Speaker, Sonos,
Affordable and compact, the Playbase speaker supports both music streaming and full surround sound for the TV. Its chic, minimalist style makes it an easy addition to any living room.
Coat Stand, Nomess Copenhagen,
Your friend has to hang coats somewhere, right? This steel, powder coated hanger is a classic, and super functional as well: The upper surfaces work to hold onto accessories, while the six adjustable hooks hang coats, shopping bags, and umbrellas.
Tree House Room Spray, BYREDO,
For a gorgeous, subtle scent, the Tree House Room Spray is the perfect option. Specifically designed to fragrance a room, the lush notes of bamboo, sandalwood, and leather add a delicate touch without being too overwhelming. Not to mention, that sleek black bottle makes a great decor statement.
Marble Building Blocks, Apartamento Magazine,
Apartamento and Block Studios collaborated to give classic kids’ building blocks a twist—and what a twist it is. Made from salvaged Carrara marble, these chic pieces will look great on any coffee table.
Geometric Pillows, Sully String,
$125 and up
For the friend who’s all about the trends, the fun geometric prints on these meticulously-crafted pillows will brighten up any living space. The best part? They come in a variety of colors and sizes, allowing for easy stacking.
Ever wondered what a cat would look like as a cactus? With this collection of renowned Chicago-based artist Stephen Eicchorn’s humorous collages, you won’t have to. The rich colors and imaginative pictures are just quirky enough, but still absolutely gorgeous.