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Decorating Diva: Top picks for stylish home decor gifts

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Home decor gift guide

Welcome to Decorating Diva, where every week we share fresh, fun ways to update your home and spice up your living space! Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be tough, especially if you have a plethora of people to shop for. But finding that one item that really makes someone smile is a feeling like no other. If you still have some holiday shopping to do, we’re here to help you find thoughtful gifts for the remainder of your list. Read on for our top home decor present picks for this Christmas.

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Textured botanical pitcher

We love the free-flowing look of this decorative stoneware pitcher (West Elm, $14). The material almost looks as if it's folding in on itself, which makes for an eye-catching accessory for any table or countertop. Designer Dana Brandwein Oates pressed real leaves and wildflowers into the clay to create the delicate botanical design.

Best for: Your boyfriend's mom, a co-worker

Textured botanical pitcher


Gingham mixing bowl

Avid bakers on your gift list will love this cheerful porcelain mixing bowl (Crate & Barrel, $37) featuring a ring of red gingham around the top. The pop of red adds a splash of festive charm but this multipurpose bowl (great for mixing, prep or serving) will spice up any surface year-round.

Best for: Anyone who likes to be in the kitchen

vintage brooch bouquets


Chalkboard vase

Anyone with a playful side will get a kick out of this whimsical vase (MoMa Store, $40) featuring a chalkboard front that can be used for anything from drawings to messages. A removable glass tube at the top of the vase holds water and flowers. The chalk (included) is housed in a small hole in the side of this fun and unique home accent.

Best for: The young at heart

Chalkboard vase


Latte bowls

Give the coffee drinker on your list a set of colorful latte bowls (Anthropologie, $30). The six porcelain bowls are perfect for enjoying a steaming latte or cafe au lait and they look great stacked six-high on the kitchen counter. Package it up with a pound of good-quality espresso to add a caffeinated kick to this thoughtful gift.

Best for: The coffee-lover, the friend who hates mornings (maybe these will get her out of bed)

Latte bowls


Soy tealight set

You can never go wrong giving tealights. They're versatile and everyone uses them at some point or another. We're partial to this set of 12 made of soy wax and handcrafted in Portland, Oregon (Canoe, $15). Soy wax is renewable, biodegradable and produces much less soot than other candles.

Best for: The eco-conscious hostess

Soy tealight set


Tapered stained-glass bottles

This set of six recycled glass vases (Uncommon Goods, $58) are a colorful addition to any room, especially lined up along a mantel or across a coffee table. The sleek tapered vases come in six vibrant hues – lime, fuchsia, clear, red, orange and blue.

Best for: Your design-conscious best friend, the person who has everything

Tapered stained glass bottles


Oval stoneware breadbasket

Liven up any tabletop with this elegant breadbasket (Williams Sonoma, $49). Not only does this piece look great, it also keeps your bread warm, making it an ideal hostess gift. Simply pop the basket into a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes, line with a cloth napkin and place bread inside. The thick base radiates heat to maintain warmth. We're partial to the porcelain blue but choose from red, white or caramel.

Best for: Your mother-in-law

Oval stoneware breadbasket


Birch jewelry stand

For anyone on your list who has a lot of jewelry we suggest this ornate stand in the shape of a birch tree (Urban Outfitters, $32). The coated aluminum branches sit atop a velvet-lined base and offer a decorative way to display necklaces, bracelets, watches and more. Not only is this pretty piece functional, it's nice enough to be displayed in any room whether it's holding jewelry or not.

Best for: Your best friend, your sister

Birch jewelry stand

Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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