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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Check off everyone on your list with Traditional Home's annual editor-approved gift list.

Written by Tara Larson
  • Stuck on your sister's gift? Panicking over what to get your pup? Fret no more. Traditional Home's editors have pulled together our annual list to help you cover everyone, from your brother who loves to bake to your most fashionable friend. Happy shopping!

    "Monique Compass Cuff" by Capucine De Wulf, $795

    This powerful piece, crafted of sterling silver with 18-karat gold plate, features a subtle compass design with the points of north, south, east, and west. A little berry at the center encourages the wearer to trust her instincts and follow her own true north.

  • The Sidecar, price available upon request [1.800.737.0169] from Moore & Giles

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore & Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own bar on wheels. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, lets the party can move with you—in high style. It was designed by Moore & Giles in collaboration with legendary barman and mixologist Jim Meehan.

  • August Throw, $1,497 from Matouk

    This Mongolian cashmere throw serves a dual purpose: keeping you warm and cozy during the harsh winter nights and adding a lovely accent to any room. Available in two colors, the luxe oversize throw is brushed for a subtle ombré effect that adds a sophisticated sense of movement to a room.

  • Joule, $199 from ChefSteps

    Sous vide, the popular restaurant method of cooking food in a vacuum-sealed pouch in temperature-controlled water, is now accessible to home cooks with the ultra-simple Joule. The Joule connects to an app that seamlessly guides you through the cooking process. The slow-cooking process is a boon for entertaining—it frees you up to finish side dishes, set the table, or pour the cocktails. Plus, the Joule is small enough to store in a drawer.

  • Tackle Box, $38 from Kate Spade

    Refresh a lackluster desk with this darling acrylic tackle box. This box includes binder clips, push pins, sticky notes, a mechanical pencil, a pencil sharpener, three magnets, and a blush-tone highlighter. This gift ensures the receiver will be ready for success.

  • Himalayan salt shot glasses, $25 from Root 7

    Looking for a fun, unique way to throw back tequila shots? Look no further. These shot glasses, made of Himalayan salt, come as a set of four with a tray. All you need are tequila and limes—the salt comes right on the glass. The best part is with simple upkeep these shot glasses can be used over and over again, an estimated 80 times. Cheers!

  • Wedgwood Burlington pot, starting at $75 from Wedgwood

    These pots are the perfect addition to anyone’s garden, home, porch, or anywhere in between. They take inspiration from Wedgwood’s heritage: Josiah Wedgwood gifted a pot to the Duchess of Devonshire in 1778. The handcrafted pots are deisgned using white Jasperware and black or blue Jasperware, and are available in multiple sizes and designs. The organic marbling effect on each pot creates a truly unique piece every time, ensuring you have nothing quite like it.

  • Bandolier, starting at $32 from Bandolier

    Available in several styles and colors, Bandolier offers a cross between a phone case and a purse. Each Bandolier includes two slots for credit cards, cash, and I.D.s. This accessory is a fantastic and fashionable solution to a hands-free way of carrying your phone without the need of carrying a purse. 

  • Mommy Pop pillows, starting at $195 from The Mommy Pop Shop

    Add a pop of color into your life with the Mommy Pop pillow, a midcentury pattern reborn by the Mommy Pop Shop, curated by Charleston interior designer Cameron Schwabenton of the Cameron Stewart luxury interior design and preservation firm (and one of our New Trads!). These round, 11” diameter cushions are available in multiple colors and patterns and are all made in the south and pleated by hand. 

  • Black malt chocolate sauce, $9.50 from Wildly Delicious

    You will definitely want to save room for dessert. A surprising combination of chocolate and black malt pair in this sauce from Wildly Delicious, a Canadian company that recently won a gold medal for Outstanding Food Innovation from the Specialty Food Association. Jazz up cheesecake, ice cream, or pies, but we dare you not to dip into the jar, spoon in hand. 

  • Matchbook Covers, price available upon request [1.212.752.1727] from A La Vieille Russie Fabergé

    Travel back to turn-of-the-20th-century Russia when Fabergé workmaster Henrik Wigström crafted these guilloche enamel matchbook covers. These antiques would add a one-of-a-kind touch to any tabletop.

  • Nova dog bowl, $275 from Badgley Mischka Home

    Pamper your pooch with this raised dog food and water bowl combination. Not only is this dog bowl recommended by veterinarians because it is designed to elevate the dish for a comfortable feeding experience for your pet by aiding in digestion, releasing stress on joints and muscles, and promoting good posture, but it also would make a cute accent to any room.

  • Spurtles, $18.99 from Crate Collective

    Crate Collective’s spurtle set brings together the versatility of stirring, mixing, scooping, and tossing into one utensil. The utensils originated in Scotland and were first used to make porridge. Because this set is made of bamboo, they won't scratch dishes, and cleanup up is a breeze with a simple handwash with warm water and soap. The set includes a 13” spurtle for getting to the bottom of a large pot and a 9” spurtle for everyday use.

  • Closet Design Bible, $18.87 from Lisa Adams

    Often overlooked when one thinks of home design, closets can range from tiny and packed full to grand and designed impeccably well. This book shows high-end spaces designed by closet guru Lisa Adams for clients ranging from entertainers to politicians. Explore the pages to understand how these spaces reflect the specific needs of each client while challenging conventional closet ideas. 

  • Twelve days of Christmas dinnerware collection, starting at $28 from Juliska

    The search is over for cute holiday serving pieces. Juliska offers a collection of Christmas dinnerware and serveware, each decorated with characters from the holiday carol. The eight-piece collection includes everything you need, from mugs to dessert and salad plates.

  • Serving platter and bookends, each $69.95 from CB2

    Give the gift of petrified wood mined from Indonesian forests this holiday season. These bookends and serving platters will be sure to wow any hostess or bookworm. Each set is unique in its own way with color, shape, and grain. 

  • Linens, starting at $28

    Wrap up in airy, soft pure linen that only gets better with age.

    Eileen Fisher (left) offers 12 colors of their linen bedding set. These sets are made from French flax and the duvet cover has ties in all four corners to anchor the duvet inside to prevent from shifting. 

    Brooklinen (bottom right) also offers a line of linen bedding, ranging from pillowcases to quilts. These are offered in both solids and prints to work with several bedrooms. The linens are light as air and stonewashed for extra softness.

    Malouf (top right) has another line of linen sheets made of French linen. These sheets have a universal fit ensuring it will work for every bed, and use inherent moisture management helping the sleep environment staying fresh and dry.

  • Moon dominoes, $45 from Fredericks & Mae through Jayson Home

    Fredericks & Mae takes a modern spin on a classic game, believed to have originated in China before spreading to Italy. This set includes phases of the moon instead of typical pips and dots on the tiles. Bring out anyone's inner child with this game, complete with 28 dominoes. 

  • Steak knives, $378 from Jean Philip

    Jean Philip’s handcrafted steak knives have found their way from high-end yachting fraternities and popular restaurants in France to the modern home kitchen. Choose from handles made of six different exotic woods: olive, walnut, plane wood, ebony, rosewood, and wengue, or a set with a single wood type.

  • Trilly cheetah pouch, $573 from les petits joueurs

    This pouch is perfect for the fashionista on your list. The versatile bag comes in two colors: pink and blue. It is made in Italy of satin and includes a drawstring closure and detachable crossbody chain. Me-ow!

  • Cookbooks, starting at $23.79

    Cooking is often an art focused on taste, but the visual aspect is important, too! Learn how to combine delicious and beautiful dishes with these three books.

    Author and food blogger Shelly Westerhausen spills her secrets for arranging casual, chic serving spreads in Platters and Boards. Learn how to turn food into an art form on a platter or board for family gatherings and dinner parties through this 224-page book, arranged by time of day.

    Chef Mina Stone has spent the past five years cooking for artists, painters, and gallerists. Stone’s recipes are based on fresh, simple, and seasonal foods propped up with tips she learned from her Greek grandmother. Her close collaboration with the New York art scene brings an approachable, fresh perspective to presentation. Learn her methods in Cooking for Artists.

    Cook Beautiful by Athena Calderone, the curator behind EyeSwoon, includes a “Swoon Tip” with every recipe, showing how the dish can be visually appealing in addition to tasting amazing. Culinary tradition is paired with food styling through the 100 recipes found in this cookbook.

  • K+M Extravirgin Dark and Milk Chocolate Bars, $49.95 from Thomas Keller 

    Michelin-starred Chef Thomas Keller and legendary Italian olive oil producer Armando Manni have teamed up to bring an unlikely pairing of extra virgin olive oil and bean-to-bar chocolate together. This set includes four decadent dark and milk chocolate bars made from the world’s best cocoa beans, sourced from Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, and Madagascar.

  • 4-piece toaster oven set, $12.79 from Chicago Metallic

    This four-piece set includes the essential pans for baking, scaled down to fit in most toaster ovens. Consider it for your favorite dorm resident who craves a freshly baked muffin or friends with limited kitchen space—a city apartment, the galley kitchen on the boat, or the lake house. 

  • Smart Throw, $195 from Cooper Hewitt

    Wrap up in a cozy throw by award-winning independent designer Kelly Harris Smith. The blankets are knit using 100 percent recycled plastic and recycled cotton yarn upcycled from fabric clippings discarded during the cut-and-sew process. The Smart Throw is UV resistant, quick to dry, perfect for indoor and outdoor living, and are available in three colors.  

  • Earrings, $595 from Croghan's Jewel Box

    These delicate yet bold flower earrings were inspired by a house on Tradd Street in Charleston. They add just the right pop of color to an outfit. The earrings, measuring 2.5 inches in length, would make a great gift for the feminine, accessory-loving person in your life. 

  • Salt and pepper mill, $89.99 from Cole & Mason

    Cole & Mason’s salt and pepper mill set looks great in the kitchen or brings a cool industrial look to the contemporary table. The beautiful copper exterior houses the mechanism for a superlative grind. London-based Cole & Mason has been creating functional, beautiful, and award-winning seasoning and spice tools since 1919.

  • 1001 Lights candle, starting at $155 from Lladró

    For a candle unlike any you have seen, Lladró has you covered. These sets of stunning candles, also available in blue, are handmade in Spain using translucent porcelain, allowing some of the light through. The scent “Night Approaches” uses special ingredients including black currant, lotus flower, and frankincense. Once the candle fully burns out after 65 hours, the container can be kept as decor.

  • Mixing bowls, $109.99 from KitchenAid

    These 5-qt. bowls bring color to the kitchen—and to your KitchenAid stand mixer—with fresh, retro patterns. These bowls are made of tough titanium-reinforced ceramic that stands up to all mixing, kneading, and whipping tasks. Plus, they are safe to use in the oven or microwave to melt or warm ingredients. Other styles are also available online.

  • Planners, starting at $14.95

    Dive into the new year with a fresh new planner to organize the next 12 months. Whether you are in the market for a monthly, yearly, or wall calendar, you can find the perfect choice at Paper Source, Erin Condren, or Sugar Paper.

    Paper Source (left) has every pattern and color imaginable in both planners and calendars, and also offers customization.

    Sugar Paper (middle) offers several varieties of organization, like desk planners, monthly planners, and wall calendars.

    Erin Condren’s (right) Lifeplanners are customizable, meaning you can choose colors, layouts, calendar options, and even include names or initials. 




  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.