The holidays are filled with parties that seem to happen almost everyday and by mid month things are kind of a blur. You’re burnt out and hung over and you can’t think of what to bring to your family party or your besties holiday jam besides the inevitable bottle of wine or ugly poinsettia. We got you!
We’ve rounded up ten amazing and somewhat unexpected gifts for your home to bring over this holiday to really impress your host and enhance their lives.
1. Everything I Want To Eat: Sqirl And The New California Cooking, $49.95
If you’ve been to LA over the last four years, you’ve probably stood in line at Sqirl, one of Silver Lake’s coolest and healthiest restaurants. Back in October Jessica Koslow decided to share the recipes that made the spot so popular in book form. The book features over a hundred fresh and healthy recipes, including their super popular Sorrel-pesto rice bowl and burnt brioche toast with house ricotta and seasonal jam (which we personally have been dying to recreate).
2. Cinnamon Projects Geometric Japanese Incense Burner, $150 USD
Bringing a lovely scented gift into someone’s home is always a welcomed addition, but why not gift something a little less wasteful than a candle? This Japanese style incense burner is the perfect minimal alternative to your regular burner (which somehow seem to be overly ornate). Crafted out of solid brass for the incense to burn neatly inside, craftily avoiding the usual mess most other burners usually make. This is a gift that’s bound to impress – plus it comes in some pretty sleek packaging.
3. Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season, $34.99
Now that winter is officially here, give the perfect gift to binge watch over the Christmas break. Packed full of amazing bonus features, Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season is finally available for that die-hard GOT fan on your list this holiday. Usually arriving in the first quarter of the year after the next season airs, the sixth season is out early this year and includes everything from deleted scenes, audio commentaries, and in-episode guides that allow the viewer to delve deeper into the episodes background and the on-screen characters. What’s more, there’s also a special ‘Histories and Lore’ feature that provides the mythology of Westeros and Essos, told from different character perspectives in 18 history pieces. Find it on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from HBO Home Entertainment.
4. Crown Flora Terrarium
Straight up there’s nothing cooler than a terrarium. Show up to someone’s house over the holidays with this instead of something christmasy and they’ll pretty much love you forever. It’s the gift that keeps on giving after the holidays and isn’t going to look out of place like that ugly Poinsettia.
5. Tom Dixon Brew Cafetiere
Everybody loves coffee, but why not elevate your french press beyond the basic Bodum? This super sleek copper pot from English designer Tom Dixon does just that. Built to be tactile yet futuristically art deco, this Brew Cafetiere is engineered to ensure smooth plunging and pouring, not to mention it’s easily more stunning (and somehow festive) than any french press we’ve ever seen.