The best decor gifts are timeless, charming and practical. However, choosing a gift that your friends and family will enjoy for days, months or years can be challenging. So if you’re on the hunt for modern home decor gift ideas for friends and family this holiday season, look no further.
Here’s a gift guide for ideas that will spark joy in all your favorite home design fans!
1. Coffee Table Books
Encourage your loved ones to take a break from screens. Why not escape into imagery that’s best viewed in an old-school coffee table book? Here are three of Amazon’s best sellers for your consideration:
- Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places by National Geographic
- Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life by Erin Gates
- History as They Saw It: Iconic Moments from the Past in Color by Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd
Why we love this: Poring over the pages of a beautiful book with a glass of wine or a steaming mug of coffee in hand reminds all of us to slow down and enjoy life.
2. Table Lamps
Do you have a family member who’s just starting out or has recently taken on a redecorating project? A set of modern table lamps, like this contemporary pair from Amazon, are just right for late-night reading in bed or on living room end tables.
Why we love these: The modern design is irresistible and versatile no matter your style!
3. Kwik-Hang Curtain Rod Brackets
Give the gift of easy, stress-free home decor. Kwik-Hang’s damage-free curtain rod brackets are a lifesaver for anyone who hates the hassle of installing curtain hardware and risking wall damage.
Why we love this: These brackets allow you to hang your curtains (or take them down) in seconds. Just align the brackets with the window frame, tap them in with a hammer and your curtains are ready to hang!
4. Stemless Wine Glasses
You can never have enough barware. Over time, delicate glasses can become chipped or broken, leaving incomplete, mix-and-unmatched sets. So start fresh by giving a new set of wine glasses — and maybe a bottle (or two) to go with them! We've got an eye for these modern colored stemless wine glasses from West Elm.
5. Washable Rugs
Modern decor can sometimes make a home feel cold. Adding an area rug can be the finishing touch a room needs. However, there’s nothing worse than a rug you can’t clean. Ruggable rugs are machine washable and come in a variety of sizes, designs and colors.
Why we love them: Ruggable rugs are made from recycled materials. Each of their Re-Jute™ rugs keeps up to 180 plastic bottles out of landfills!
6. Throw Blanket
Who doesn’t love a cozy throw blanket? Add comfort to a modern home with this lightweight, silky knitted blanket, perfect for chilly mornings and movies at home.
Why we love this: This blanket’s modern chevron pattern goes with many kinds of decor, plus it’s available in 25 colors.
7. Charcuterie Board
Epic charcuterie boards are perfect for game nights and family gatherings. These acacia boards from Crate & Barrel are suited for display, entertaining or everyday use.
Why we love this: Nothing unites friends and family members like food. These multi-purpose boards (sold individually) can be used for an assortment of crudites, snacks and condiments.
8. Self-Watering Planter
Do you know anyone who loves live plants but has a decidedly brown thumb? These self-watering planters are made of recycled materials and are available in three sizes and six colors to match any decor.
Why we love this: The TruDrop self-watering system takes the guesswork out of when and how much you should water your plants, reducing water usage by up to 50%.
9. Retro Smart Speaker
Everything old is new again — especially when it comes to adding a modern spin to current technology. This Marshall Stanmore II WiFi retro speaker is a splurge at $390 but works with smartphones or tablets to play your favorite music without lifting a finger.
Why we love this: We love this because it’s just so cool … isn’t it?
10. Custom Pet Portraits
Deck the walls with modern pet portraits of your furry (or feathery) friends!
Check out online services like West & Willow (pictured above) or Iconic Paw. All you have to do is upload a photo of your pet and add customization options (like your pet’s name or a silly outfit). You’ll receive a custom illustration handcrafted by a digital artist — perfect for displaying in your living room or bedroom!
Why we love this: Pet owners will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind this present! Custom pet portraits make a great holiday or housewarming gift.
11. One-of-a-Kind Candles
Abstract shaped candles make the perfect unique gift for friends and family. We're digging these geometric bubble candles pictured above (check out more here). You can also find a wide range of colors, shapes and scents from small businesses on Etsy.
Why we love this: Modern and unique candles make great pieces to add to your coffee table or bookshelf, and serve as excellent conversation-starters.
12. Custom Doormats
Light up the porch or front door with a chic, personalized doormat. These mats are a lovely way to welcome friends, family and guests to your home. Prices range from $30 to $60 depending on the mat size and level of customization.
Why we love this: Doormats are super practical — any home could use one! You can also show your support for small businesses by purchasing a custom doormat from Etsy.
The Best Modern Gift Ideas For Home Decorators
We hope you found this 2021 gift guide helpful. Whether you're shopping for friends, family or yourself, don't forget to pick up a set (or two) or Kwik-Hang's revolutionary no-drill curtain rod brackets.
What other gift ideas do you have for home decor lovers?