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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Online must-haves in every price range to help you find that just-right gift

Produced by Julianne Hilmes
  • For the best holiday giving ideas, look no further than the Traditional Home gift guide. We’ve rounded up a variety of fantastic items in different price ranges to help you find just-right gifts—whether they're for friends and family, your favorite host or hostess, or a furry, four-legged buddy. Click, click, click, and ho, ho, ho!

    Gifts under $50

    Gifts under $200

    Gifts for $200 +

    BeoPlay A2, $399, beoplay.com

    This Bluetooth speaker is sleek and sophisticated. Made from extruded aluminum with a leather strap, the BeoPlay A2 is sturdy but lightweight—less than 2.5 pounds. The speaker comes in three color options (gray, green, and black) and is available for delivery in early December. 

  • Roost Raw Edge Onyx Bowl, $345, modishstore.com  

    These one-of-a-kind bowls are hand-carved from natural banded onyx. With a rough exposed edge and warm, neutral veining, the decorative bowls are a study in mineral magic. Display under a light to highlight the natural glaze of the onyx or fill with colored glass bits for a pretty look. Available in medium and large sizes.    

  • Wüsthof Classic 200th Anniversary Knife Set, $200, williams-sonoma.com 

    Wüsthof, the seventh-generation family-owned company that has produced some of the world's finest cutlery, celebrates its 200th anniversary with a limited edition two-knife set featuring a 9-inch cook's knife and a 3.5-inch paring knife. Each knife is fashioned with a beautiful rosewood handle and brass rivets in a design that references the company's classic 1930s cutlery edition. For the avid home cook, knives from this prestigious cutlery company are essential tools. 

  • Oscar de la Renta Acorn Ice Bucket with Tongs, $295, neimanmarcus.com

    For the hostess with the mostest, we adore this Oscar de la Renta ice bucket. With a hand-blown glass base with classic tortoise-shell pattern and a carved brass acorn top and tongs, it will be the star of the bar at the next party. 

  • Ralph Lauren throw pillows, $215–$1,990, ralphlauren.com 

    We can’t get enough of these black-and-white Ralph Lauren throw pillows. We dig their rustic chic style and their luxurious fabrics—lamb's wool and cashmere! From back to front in the photo are the Telluride, the Tahoe, and the Kirkwood.  

  • Weiss Field Watch, $950, kaufmann-mercantile.com 

    With a canvas strap and stainless-steel case, crowns, and buckles, the Weiss Field Watch is simple and sophisticated, rugged yet stylish. The perfect gift for a special man, each timepieces is handmade in Los Angeles and comes in a hand-built California pinewood box. 

  • Carrousel Candlesticks, $410 for set of 2, l-objet.com

    Hand forged in brass and 24-karat gold, the Carrousel Candlesticks from luxury goods provider L’Objet were inspired by Paris’s famed carousels. They're available in 8-inch and 5.5-inch ($340) sizes, as well as in stainless steel. 

  • Vitamix S30, $409, vitamix.com

    A miniature version of the famous Vitamix C-series blender, the compact S30 makes it easy to create individual servings and small family meals while fitting easily on a countertop. The 20-ounce container becomes an instant travel cup with flip-top lid, while the 40-ounce container blends small batches of soups, sauces, frozen desserts and more. Perfect for small urban kitchens where counter space is at a premium, in the galley of a boat, or as a gift for a health-conscious college student or young professional. 

  • Darlana Table Lamp, $525, circalighting.com

    Light up your life with the Darlana Table Lamp by E.F. Chapman. The contemporary lines offer a new twist on a traditional shape and provide a sculptural presence in any space.

  • Julie Lopez shoes, $210–$265,  julielopezshoes.com

    Give the gift of style and comfort with Julie Lopez shoes. Created out of a vision of “beautiful heels without the pain,” these fashionable flats and heels were designed to accommodate even those with foot problems. Shop the collection and use promo code TRADHOME20 to receive 20% off. 

  • Gifts Under $200

    Capiz Oval Tray, $149, birchlane.com 

    These oval serving trays are crafted in iron and bordered with shell tiles. The mirrored glass inlay makes them not only lovely for serving, but also a pretty addition to any coffee table. 

  • Kate Spade New York Nesting Boxes, $55, welldressedhome.com 

    Three-piece nesting storage boxes from Kate Spade New York put a stylish spin on organization. Available in neon pinks or pretty patterns, the boxes feature gold foil accents. 

  • Cheetah Weekender, $299, potterybarn.com

    Canvas & Leather Weekend Bag, $198, kaufmann-mercantile.com 

    For the person who loves to travel, a weekend bag is a must. In simple canvas and leather or wild cheetah print, these stylish bags will be packed and ready in no time. 

  • Pearl Flower Earrings, $65, metmuseum.org 

    Pretty stud earrings are as practical an accessory at work as they are for an evening out. These crystal and cultured freshwater pearl earrings are made specifically for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Call 800/662-3397, or shop online at store.metmuseum.org

  • Whiskey & Rum Making Kit, $75, uncommongoods.com

    If you know someone who loves an experiment (and a tasty outcome), the Whiskey & Rum Making Kit will be right up his or her alley. The kit comes with a small white oak barrel and three essences, but the creation of a one-of-a-kind blend is in the hands of the user. 

  • Tic Tac Toe Coffee Table Game, $125, adelaidenyc.com

    We love this grown-up spin on a childhood classic. Sure to be a conversation piece, the pretty, floral-patterned acrylic X’s and O’s are beautiful left alone, but more fun when in play.  

  • Warm Glow Eye Palette, $75, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

    This limited-edition Eye Palette from Bobbi Brown features colors hand-picked by Bobbi to flatter a range of skin tones. Rose golds, metallics, and deep browns will keep eyes sparkling throughout the holiday season.  

  • Zigzag Matelassé Throw, $128, coyuchi.com 

    Clara Cable Throw, $79, birchlane.com

    A colorful cotton throw is an easy way to update the look of a room. Go with a classic cable pattern, available in nine colors, or a fun zigzag. Whatever you choose, the recipient will be cozy. 

  • Tory Burch for FitBit bracelet, $195, toryburch.com 

    The blending of fashion and technology is a beautiful thing, and this Tory Burch for FitBit bracelet is a prime example. Just slip your FitBit Flex tracker into the stainless steel bracelet, and voilà: a super-chic and functional accessory. 

  • Comfort Zone, $75, pointedleafpress.com

    Comfort Zone is sure to please lovers of both beautiful interiors and sustainable design. The book by Trudy Dujardin, a pioneer in sustainable design, is full of stunning eco-friendly interiors she has worked on, as well as resources for green materials and design services. 

  • Succulent Living Wall planter Kit, $100, uncommongoods.com 

    You don’t need a green thumb to appreciate the benefits of this growing piece of art. Cool, colorful succulents in a frame of reclaimed wood are a thoughtful gift for a hostess, or anyone who enjoys fresh greenery. Hang it on a wall or gate, or place it on a table as a lovely centerpiece. 

  • Royal Extract Body Crème, $52 ($60 engraved), ladyprimrose.com

    Luxurious body cream in an elegant glass jar gets an extra-special personal upgrade with an engraved initial on the lid. The cream is formulated with natural healing properties and is also available in Lady Primrose’s popular fragrances Tryst, Necture and Celadon. 

  • The Wild Horses of Sable Island, $103, amazon.com

    The Wild Horses of Sable Island is filled with breathtaking images from photographer Roberto Dutesco’s 20 years of documenting the feral horses on the small island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Many of the stunning photos can also be found for purchase on Dutesco’s website

  • Pom Graphic Design “Wind Day” dog bed, $125, kessinhouse.com

    Give your dog the best in style and comfort with an artsy dog bed. The cozy, machine-washable fleece cover is available in a number of colors and patterns. 

  • Babyletto Pop Mini Chair, $149, allmodern.com 

    Little ones sit in style with the Pop Mini Chair from Babyletto. Extra foam gives the chair an extra-squishy seat, and a modern chevron pattern in gray or turquoise has a playfully sophisticated vibe. 

  • Down slipper boots, $80, hastens.com

    Make sure all your loved ones stay cozy this winter with these down slippers from Hästens. Made from 100 percent cotton and filled with 75 percent white down and 25 percent sea bird feathers, they are the ultimate treat for feet. 

  • Gifts Under $50

    Icecap Wine Chiller and Aerator, $30, quirky.com

    Enjoy chilled, aerated wine in half the time with this ingenious product from Quirky. Store the Icecap Wine Chiller and Aerator in your freezer, then place over your wine glass and pour. 

  • Little Louie, $13.59, amazon.com

    Sweet little Louie loves to play with his favorite ball, but he has dreams of being a champion dog like his brothers. A fictional story about a very real rescue dog, Little Louie is filled with Kathryn Finney’s delightful paintings and teaches kids to celebrate their strengths. 

  • Amaryllis bulb kit, $17–$65, longfield-gardens.com

    Enjoy colorful blooms even in the middle of winter. Purchase the gift kit for a hostess gift, or just the bulbs to plant yourself, and delight as the amaryllis blooms emerge. A variety of containers are available. 

  • Working Man’s Hygiene Kit, $50, uncommongoods.com 

    Created by a mechanic to meet his cleanup and skin-care needs, this kit of manly, all-natural salves, scrubs, and balms is perfectly suited for the working man. The included products take care of hands, feet, and lips.  

  • U.S. Apothecary Rose Water Bubble Bath, $30, khalldesigns.com

    Sometimes the smallest gifts can be the most luxurious. A great stocking stuffer, this bubble bath is made with natural plant extracts and soothing botanicals and is lightly scented with rose water and fragrance oil. 

  • Vogue & the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People, $50, metmuseum.org

    With 200 full-color illustrations, this book showcases years' worth of designs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition. See spectacular exhibitions paired with the Vogue photo shoots they inspired, as well as insider photos from opening night galas. Call 800/662-3397 or shop online at store.metmuseum.org.

  • Cheese & Crackers Serving Board, $48, uncommongoods.com 

    Cheese and crackers are a staple for snacking and entertaining. This cheeky serving board highlights the all-important “&” — cheese and crackers are better together. Attractive even when not in use, it’s a perfect gift for your favorite hostess. 

  • Polished Horn Salad Servers, $50 for set of 2, kaufmann-mercantile.com

    A set of stylish servers kicks your entertaining game up a notch. Made in Denmark by hand, each polished cattle horn spoon measures 8.5 inches long with a 2.5-inch-diameter bowl. 

  • Reebok watches, $50–$150, jckmarketplace.com

    Stylish and functional, the watches in Reebok’s new line complement a fashion-conscious fitness lifestyle. The collection includes 56 pieces in 15 different styles, meaning there are plenty of vibrant colors and patterns to choose from.  

  • Penhaligon’s Vanities Soap Set, about $38, penhaligons.com

    Give the gift of pampering with the Vanities Soap Set from Penhaligon’s of London. Each box includes three bars in ultra-feminine light pink with a delicious scent. 

  • Personalized Enamel Purse Mirror, $29, gifts.com

    Perfectly pocket-sized, this pretty mirror comes with a cloth pouch to keep it protected in your purse. It can be personalized with a single letter or three initials and is available in five colors. 

  • Olifant Bookends, $35 for set of 2, jossandmain.com

    Kids and adults alike will enjoy these happy bookends. Measuring just under a foot tall, the white ceramic elephants are a stylish accent to any library. 

  • Kess Original “Beetle” Pet Bowl, $28, kessinhouse.com

    Let your four-legged friend dine in style with this ceramic bowl from Kess in classic black and white stripes, or choose from thousands of other designs. Bonus: It’s dishwasher-safe! 

  • Dad’s Playbook, $13, uncommongoods.com 

    Sports and fatherhood combine in Tom Limbert's clever playbook for dads. This book is filled with quotes and advice from great coaches on being a leader, performing under pressure, and building team spirit. 

  • Cypress & Cassis Hand and Body Cream, $20, khalldesigns.com

    Made from cypress and cassis essential oils, shea butter, and aloe leaf juice, this soothing hand and body cream is the perfect stocking stuffer. Plus, it already comes packed in a pretty box. 

  • Wooden Serving Bowl, $45, gifts.com

    An acacia wood serving set, with bowl and matching utensils, gets a lively jolt with accents of hot pink, shown here, or emerald green. The chic serving bowl is perfect for salads or snacks. 

  • Tibetan Drop Earrings, $35, metmuseum.org

    These pendant drop earrings were inspired by a Tibetan necklace of irregular turquoise stones at The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The earrings are made with reconstituted turquoise and 18-karat gold overlay. Call 800/662-3397 or shop online at store.metmuseum.org.

  • Pet Stocking, $20, personalcreations.com 

    When it comes time to set up for Santa, don’t forget your furry family members! A stocking personalized with your pet’s name is easily filled with treats and toys and is sure to get tails wagging. 

  • Red Holiday Plaid Roses, $35–$69, bloomatini.com

    For a twist on the expected, send handcrafted paper blooms to family and friends as holiday greetings. Available in dozens of designs and sent in a French market bucket, the floral arrangement can be upcycled as embellishments on gifts. Bonus: Use promo code TRADHOME for 20% off before December 26, 2015.