(3 of 7 holiday home decor gift guides my fellow decorating editor, Chelsey, and I have put together according to design style)
The modern gift guide surely needs no introduction. It’s modern design, it’s for the modern home and it’s for the modernist in all of us. We promise not to tell if you “gift” some of these things to yourself.
Table Slice Trivet
Felt is so hot right now, and it’s a good thing it can take the heat. Gift these modern felt trivets and the modern cook will never be so eager to make you a meal.
Buy: MoMA Store, $45 each
Gold Small Plate Set
Because even clean-lined modernists need some glitz in their home.
Buy: notNeutral, $50
Coaster Notz “Birds N’ Trees”
Save your recipient from ruining his or her modern table with these silicone coasters. You can also write on them with a ballpoint pen — perfect for drawing little mustaches on those birdies.
Buy: wishing fish, $20
A wine rack that’s not iron and isn’t an eyesore — worth every penny in modern kitchens! Holds seven bottles of wine (not included).
Buy: Vivi, $99
porcelain salt & pepper shakers
I remember learning NaCl in high school, but I’m not so sure about Pe + (Pe)r. Now I wish I’d paid more attention during chemistry!
Buy: calliope, $15
CAKE Candle Votives
Ah, the ubiquitous candle gift. If you insist upon gifting a candle of some sort, go for these modern, bright votives instead of that nauseating gingerbread candle you bought for your mother-in-law last year.
Buy: Design Public,$25-27 for set of two
These vases like each other so much that they’re connected at the hip. And they’d do well in your modern friend’s home; especially the modern friend who has trouble keeping her Christmas cactus alive.
Buy: cb2, $4.95-9.95
Velvet & Crystalline Decorative Pillows
OK, not totally modern, I admit, but this gift didn’t fit into any of our gift guides and I just had to mention it. The shiny chandelier will help warm up any modern home, in a velvet chocolate brown that’s so very ’70s.
Buy: Grandin Road, $24
See all the 2007 gift guides for the home:
Old World, Traditional Style
Whimsical Style for Kids
Graphic Design Style
Ethnic Style, Around the World Gifts
Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide
Wrapping Paper Guide
Shop for more modern gifts at HGTV.com’s MarketPlace.