Updated: about 9 hours ago
When you’re a kid, one of the great joys of the holiday season is getting exactly the gift that you wanted. When you’re a grownup, one of the great joys of the holiday season is finding the perfect gift for someone you love. The nice thing about gift-giving at this stage of our lives is that the gifts become more meaningful. It’s less about finding whatever “it” toy is hot this year and more about finding things that help people have the types of experiences they’re looking for.
As you hunt for gifts for your loved ones this season, take a look at Pottery Barn. The go-to spot for classic homewares has a collection of beautiful, well-made items that help people enjoy their homes in whatever style is unique to them. We’ve broken the selection down into a few different categories and pulled some of our favorites for each. Maybe you’ll recognize someone on your list (or even yourself)!
For the person in need of a little in-home pampering
For the person in your life who’s always taking care of other people—whether it’s your mom, your landlady, or your kids’ teacher—give a gift that reminds them to slow down and practice some self-care. We always love the classic gift of a beautiful home fragrance, or, if you’re feeling like a splurge, these teddy bear faux fur and plaid robes. Even if they don’t know it, everyone can use a good robe. And these faux fur slippers will extend your thoughtfulness through cold winter nights.
For the person who’s a total homebody
You know this person. Maybe you are this person! Sure, they’ll go out to dinner with you, but their perfect night is spent snuggling up at home with a cup of tea, some Netflix, or maybe a great bo ok. Honor their love of the great indoors with a cozy blanket (starting at just $39!).
For your friends who love to entertain
Then again, for many people the holidays mean parties. We’re so glad for these friends since hosting can be a ton of work. Show your thanks for those who invite you for dinner or cocktails with a gift that says, “Nobody does it like you.” Get them a piece (or set!) of elegant gold-trimmed glassware that makes any celebration feel like New Year’s Eve. Or help them build their cocktail toolkit with something from this lovely bar collection. (Hostess gifts are the grownup version of birthday gifts.)
For the ones whose home becomes your B&B
Staying with family or friends this holiday season? Show them you appreciate their hospitality with something they’ll treasure long after you’re gone. A carafe is really nice to have, either on a bedside table for water or as a vase for a really tall flower. A decanter is a great way to give any bottle of liquor a fancy twist, and this one comes with two old fashioned glasses, too. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the classic thank-you gift, a candle or diffuser from the warming Fireside Cinnamon Scent Collection pictured above.
For the friend you really want to surprise
When it comes down to it, gifts aren’t really about having more stuff; they’re about making people feel special. They’re about letting them know that you spent time finding something just right for them. Monogrammed gifts, when tastefully done, are a great way to give a gift that feels really personal. Have a friend who loves making drinks? You can get a monogrammed marble coaster set or—if you’re feeling really fancy—an ice bucket. This acacia wood cheese board would look just as lovely hanging on the wall as it would covered in gruyere and brie, and the engraved initials make it special.