Top 10 Home Holiday Gifts: Fave Finds from $55 to $500

Willing to spend a bit more on a gift that’s sure to make them jump with joy? Look no further than these gorgeous gifts, at every price point from $55 to $500    

Gift some coziness with a cashmere-wrapped hot water bottle from Restoration Hardware

If you checked out my first home holiday gift guide, you’ve already seen my wallet-friendly finds, from $3.50 to $50, for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts and beyond

Willing to spend a bit more than $50 on a gift that’s sure to make them jump with joy, be rendered speechless or at least crack a grin? Look no further than these gorgeous gifts, at every price point from $55 to $500.

Under $60: Cashmere-Wrapped Hot Water Bottle

You just can’t go wrong with this gift that magnificently marries luxury and practicality. Your friends and family will welcome those chilly winter nights when they fill the rubber hot water bottle to the brim, wrap it in its 100-per-cent cashmere “sweater” (shown above) and relax with this soothing and soft gift. It comes in a range of colours, including ivory, oatmeal, chocolate, grey, charcoal, silver sage, and garnet. $55.99; Restoration Hardware

Under $70: Antique French Champagne Bucket

Everyone has a foodie on his or her list that already owns every kitchen gadget, appliance and accessory imaginable. So why not give something original, like this antique champagne bucket from France?

It’s elegant yet understated, splurge-worthy yet restrained. Feeling especially generous? Pop a bottle of the bubbly stuff inside and take this present to the next level. $69.95; Country Furniture

Under $80: Wooden Bird by ARCHITECTUREMADE


On a quest to find the perfect gift for the architect, woodworker or ornithologist you know? Consider your mission accomplished.

Kristian Vedel originally hatched the BIRD family in 1959, and this classic item handmade in Denmark from Danish oak is back to delight. BIRD comes in three sizes and its head can be turned or tilted to change its expression, plus its body flips, reassigning the featherless friend’s gender from male to female or vice versa.

Sure, you could gift just one of these wooden wonders, but everyone knows that birds of a feather flock together, so get the whole family. $52 to $79; Vancouver Special

Under $90: Ferris Wheel Mini-tray by John Derian

There’s something splendid about the old-world imagery of a Ferris wheel—La Grande Roue—like this one from Paris circa 1436.

This glass mini-tray (handmade in New York by decoupage master John Derian) is a gorgeous display piece on its own, but it can also be used as a catchall for jewelry and other treasures. It’s utility, nostalgia and romance all wrapped in one sweet package. $89.95; The Cross Decor & Design

Under $100: Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer by Philippe Starck

Anyone interested in design is sure to appreciate an iconic gift like the Juicy Salif citrus squeezer, with its elongated legs made from mirror-polished aluminum (manufactured by Alessi).

Philippe Starck designed it in Italy in 1990 after being inspired, as the story goes, when squeezing a lemon over his plate of squid. The sketch? Rendered on a napkin, of course. $99; EQ3


Under $150: Keith Bath Sheet by Missoni

This black-and-white terry bath sheet, woven in Missoni’s signature zigzag pattern, is plush and masculine.

As many will recall, the Italian fashion house’s launch of Missoni for Target caused such a shopping frenzy (on and offline), the bargain-priced collection sold out virtually instantaneously.

Who cares?! While affordable lines bring high design to the masses, there’s nothing quite like the real deal when it comes to quality, and these towels will hardly break the bank.

Hand and bath towels are available too ($25 to $64), so you can gift a stylish set. $144 each; Provide

Under $200: Ambroise Designer Serving Tray by iBride

Even the most committed minimalist would find it hard to resist an inimitable gift like the Ambroise serving tray from French company iBride (and he or she would be tempted to start a collection).

This showpiece crafted from high-pressure laminate is compelling enough to double as artwork. It can be propped up on the mantel (leant against the wall) or hung in an entryway to create a dramatic conversation piece. $175; Mint Interiors

Under $300: Tall Chianti Glass Bottles by Devin Burgess

Organic material, sinuous shape and saturated colours are the trio of traits that make these Tall Chiantis sublimely sexy. Each of these sculptural glass bottles is handmade (and signed) by award-winning artist Devin Burgess.

They’re tall (30 inches) and slim (3 inches), which means these beautiful bottles are ideal gifts for friends who have ample style but are short on space. $295 each; Full House Modern

Under $400: Zenzulu Woven Telephone Wire Basket

When there’s a great story behind a gift, it often amplifies its value, regardless of price. The Zenzulu collection of baskets was launched by a South African designer after she mentored a group of master weavers in making modern items from recycled telephone wire.

The result? Crafting these fair-trade and sustainable bowls offer skill-building opportunities to unemployed women in four communities. $360; p+a furniture

Under $500: Handmade Mamba Wine Decanter by Reidel

 Every oenophile deserves a present that matches the complex alchemy involved in winemaking. And as every design aficionado knows, form follows function.

Case in point: the snakelike shape of Mamba isn’t just about gratuitous glamour. It effectively double aerates the wine as it flows through its coils, allowing it to “open up” quicker than it would in a traditional-shaped wine decanter. $499; Cookworks