How to Buy Gifts for the Home? Home Gifts Ideas

September 12, 2012    |    By +
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Women often spend hours searching for gifts when family or friends are celebrating a special occasion, and although we are known to enjoy the odd shopping trip (pardon the modesty), we’re somewhat less enthusiastic about the pressures of finding the perfect present for others. There’s nothing worse than walking into a store, not even knowing where to begin and resorting to accepting the help of shop assistants who will have less of an idea of the lucky gift recipient’s taste than you do. Consider a budget, the occasion, any particular interests and the personality of the family member or friend so you can highlight a few good ideas before setting off to the shops.

Why Buy Gifts for the Home?

Women are notoriously easier to buy gifts for over men; with thousands of stores available to purchase luxurious gifts from, options are certainly not numbered. Fashion, accessories and beauty products can however be a very personal preference, and therefore gifts for the home are often a much safer and more popular choice. The variety of ornaments, appliances or even bathroom spa accessories can present you with many unique gift ideas that are perfect to wrap up and provide friends and family with something special that they can take pleasure from, for years to come.

How to Purchase Home Décor Gifts

If purchasing decorative gifts for someone whose house you’ve never visited, try to keep the color scheme neutral so that there is a greater chance of your gift matching other accessories in the room. White ornaments are both elegant and can be easily slotted into even the most extravagant colour schemes.

Traditional or contemporary glass ornaments or subtle smelling candles and incense can cater to quite a large audience whilst still seeming like a personal gift. This is ideal if you’re someone who likes to buy gifts in advance and haven’t quite decided on your recipient just yet. Jewellery stands or music jewellery boxes and delicately styled vases are sure to be a lovely gift for any woman to receive and store their most valuable possession in.

Photo frames are perfect to give someone the opportunity to personalise their home and instantly create something which means a lot to them. Alternatively, canvases allow you to give something which documents a memory you may have shared together and make for the ultimately thoughtful and unique present. Canvasses of their beloved pet will definitely make their heart melt!

No matter what you’re celebrating, it’s always nice to make your friend or family member feel special. A gift that can be used for pampering and providing a sense of indulgence that they don’t usually get the chance to enjoy will let them know how much they deserve to treat themselves. Be careful as to what your gift may suggest however, as anti wrinkle creams or hair removal kits can be taken as more of an insult than a lovely gesture. Stick to cosy robes, plush towels, cushions or relaxing bath time accessories and you’ll be sure to plaster a smile on their face whatever the occasion may be!

Featured products in the image:

Purva Picture Frame, Multi Stripe 5”x7” ($24.99)

Lighting by Design Candle Holders, Set of 2 Afterglow ($39.99)

Glass Garden Globe & Plant ($29)

Kennebunk Home ‘Stria’ Throw ($58.00)

Wine Cork Candles, Set of 4 ($19.95)

If you’re bold enough to give someone a DIY 60 minute makeover for their birthday, check out the range of furnishings that can be found at Bathshop321. DIY is the ultimate home gift if you have the time and energy to put into it. Happy gifting!

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Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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