The perfect gift is one that’s well-made and will be used often. This might require a few extra dollars — but if your gift lasts a long time, it’s worth the added cost. It’s the holidays, after all, which justifies a splurge or two (even if one of your gifts is for yourself). A great starting point for your holiday splurge is household items: From a brand new appliance to a cozy blanket, investing in these staples will make time spent at home cozy and comfortable. Here are five premium household items anyone on your list will love.
Opt for a high-quality juicer for freshly pressed sips.
A high-quality juicer provides a daily dose of nutrients from oranges, celery, apples, and leafy greens sans the pulp and seeds. A model like the Hurom H310 Easy Clean Slow Juicer (Buy from Hurom.com, starting at $303.20) is compact in size — perfect if you have limited countertop space or a small kitchen. The machine boasts a simple-to-clean chamber with a strainer embedded to filter out fruit and vegetable pulp. Available in colors like white, lavender, oat, and matte black, it can be customized to suit your kitchen aesthetic.
Keep kitchen utensils organized in a sturdy decorative crock.
A crock holds wooden spoons and whisks so they’re easy to grab and ready to use when you cook. The Hudson Marble Crock from Ballard Designs (Buy from BallardDesigns.com, $83.30) is handmade from heirloom weighted white marble. (Each crock has its own distinctive natural veining, making them all one-of-a-king.) It’s also engraved with “Les Ustensiles,” which translates to “utensils” in French — adding a bit of playful sophistication.
Entertain in style with a classic barware tray.
Interior designer and entertaining expert Bunny Williams believes a barware tray is essential to every home. “A good bar tray can be used to both carry drinks and to organize your barware atop a chest or cart,” she writes in the product description for her offering from Ballard Designs. (Buy from BallardDesigns.com, $111.30) It features classic touches like an aged mirror bottom and stained wood handles. This gift is perfect for anyone who loves hosting parties — serving drinks off this classy tray is sure to impress your guests.
Cozy up in a lush cashmere throw after a long day.
Want to make a night-in special? Curl up with a Polly Cashmere Throw (Buy from BallardDesigns,com, $ 279.20) made of plush cashmere and soft lambswool. Imported from Italy, it features 2-inch twist fringed ends, and is available in light blue, taupe, and light gray. It’s a perfect topper for sofas, beds, and chairs.
Elevate any bathroom with a polished soap dispenser.
A functional but special soap dispenser can take a standard issue bathroom vanity to the next level. This stone and metal elements of this Black Marble and Brass Soap Dispenser from Williams Sonoma (Buy from Williams-Sonoma.com, $70) give a soothing, earthly vibe. The soap is dispensed through stainless steel, and no two soap pumps are alike, as the marble’s veining and shade vary for each piece.
‘Tis the Season to Splurge
Don’t be scared off by the cost of high-quality household items. You may be spending more money now, but you’re giving or getting something that won’t need to be replaced any time soon. Seeing your loved one’s face light up when you give them a special present for their home is priceless — or, you can adorn your own kitchen, bathroom, or living space with any of these must-have gifts. It’s a win-win.
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