19 December 2023

Gift Guide 2023: Ideas for The Home Decor Enthusiast

No matter who you are looking for when it comes to housewarming ideas, a thoughtful housewarming gift will never go unnoticed. The best housewarming gifts are those that cover multiple bases: they’re stylish but also practical, they’re respectfully personal, and they don’t take up too much space. So, if you really want to certify your place as favourite housewarming party attendee, read on for the very best housewarming gifts to buy now.

A Statement Vase

It’s the little decorative pieces that make a house a home, yet they can often be overlooked or left till last in the budget. Why not provide a little decorative flair for their new home with a statement vase for the living room, dining room or hallway. 

Unlimited budget:
ANISSA KERMICHE Love Handles ceramic vase £340
Everyone has their eyes on owning an Anissa Kermiche vase one day so treat that someone special and let this year be the year. This playful design makes a striking impression and is perfect to bring life to any room and make everyone smile.

Budget Friendly Option: 
Babia Recycled Glass Vase – Nkuku – £40/£50 depending on size.


Decorative cushions

There’s nothing like a bright statement cushion to add a bit of cheer to a new home. Whether it’s brings a pop of colour, a cheeky slogan or personalised with their initials its always sure to be a winner. 

Perfect All-rounder: 
LOVE. Contemporary needlepoint pillows. (thepillowdrop.com) £65
The Pillow Drop offers a range of handmade, trendy, colourful cushions to suit all styles. These high-quality playful cushions are bright and bold with some of the most popular designs aimed to remind us of adventures and travels abroad. 

Texture over Colour:
Chunky Herringbone Wool Cushion Cover - West Elm UK £49

Cosy Rugs

A little more specific perhaps but if you have already seen their house or know their personal taste then a statement pattern, or a cosy rug can be a wonderful addition to any new home. Whether you opt for hardwearing or soft and warm there are options to suit all tastes. 

Luxury Option:
Zehra Kilim Rug 150 x 240cm | Graham and Green – £475
Skilfully loom-woven by artisans in India using the ancient art of kilim weaving; a technique that creates a tapestry-style finish. This particular rug is made from a natural blend of jute – a strong and sustainable rain-fed crop – and a little cotton for softness underfoot. 

Traditional Sheepskin Rug:
John Lewis Icelandic Sheepskin Rug, Large £80

Ornate Mirrors

A wall mirror can make the perfect housewarming gift for style conscious friends or family. Opt for a classic elegant design that will perfectly compliment both modern and traditional décor or be brave and choose a quirky, individual piece. Mirrors can be a great focal point, making them a great addition to any lounge, hallway, bathroom, or bedroom.  

John Lewis + Matthew Williamson Scallop Shell Rectangular Metal Wall Mirror, Gold – £199
Matthew Williamson has entered the homeware design space with this retro scallop shell-edged mirror. Its gold ornamental Art Deco inspired design will add a touch of elegance to any space in the home. 

Budget Friendly: 
Pebble 50x70cm Mirror | Dunelm £50


Accent Chair

An accent chair is a great way to add a pop of colour or style to your living room, bedroom, home office or hallway. With a whole array of styles from trendy boucle occasional chairs, traditional leather armchairs, retro look, sleek modern chairs, and snazzy patterned accent chairs there is something for everyone. 

Luxury Option:
Jodie Wing Armchair - West Elm UK £899
This accent chair is perfectly sleek and stylish for a classic, timeless finish in any room. With its luxe, winged back, curved edges and super soft “teddy” material it will add a touch of pure class to your space. 

Budget Friendly Pop of Colour:
Eddie Luna Fabric Tub Chair | Dunelm £149

Seasonal Items 

It’s your first Christmas in your new home so why not treat yourself to new decorations! A brilliant way to add some festive cheer to your new living space and there’s no shortage of spots you can embellish – from coiling garlands around the stairs and stringing lights at the window to hanging stockings on the fireplace and, of course, kitting out the illustrious tree.

Luxury Garland: 
Pre Lit Foraged Winter Garland – The White Company UK £95
This natural looking garland incorporates beautiful faux greenery, including pussywillow, fir branches, twigs and berries dotted throughout for a full-looking display. Battery operated with low-energy LED lights, it makes a striking alternative to a table runner, or use on bannisters or mantelpieces.

For any budget:
Baubles Embroidered Cushion | Dunelm from £16