I’m a super planner. AKA I’ve been done with my Christmas shopping since November 27th. Well, almost done.

How is this possible, you ask? Throughout the year I keep a list on my Wunderlist app of gift ideas for my family members and friends. Whenever they say “I’d love to have X”, I jot it down in my app. They totally forget about mentioning that item and I look like the ultimate gift giver because I’ve simply paid attention.

However, even with my attentive listening and planning ahead, there are some members of my family (cough, cough….Dad) that don’t ever mention anything they want.

So what do you get for that hard-to-buy-for loved one? Why not give them a gift that will last for years: a gift for their home! Family members or friends who moved in 2017 will especially appreciate a thoughtful gift for their new home. Check out my favorite gift ideas for some rooms in the home along with options for any budget!


Low-cost: Tea Towels 

Buy these High Fiber tea towels locally at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery or order them directly from High Fiber’s Etsy shop. At only $12 a piece, these cute and fun tea towels are sure to brighten any kitchen! Pair it with an adorable tea pot and tea cups from Chasing Rabbits Tea Company or local coffee beans from Methodical Coffee and a handcrafted coffee mug from the Mast General Store.

Moderate: Batter Bowl 

At around $50, this Le Creuset batter bowl is perfect for the bakers in your life! I bake A LOT and I love the spouted rim on this bowl as well as all of the fun colors it comes in! Buy local Le Creuset cookware at the Cook’s Station. Pair it with a dessert recipe book or a new apron and gloves from Williams Sonoma.

Expensive: Cheese Board

For the cheese connoisseur, check out these fun geode cheese boards for $78 or this cool petrified wood cheese board for $80. Pair it with their favorite bottle of wine or a cheese knife set.

Living Room

Low-cost: Soy Candle

Support small business and buy handcrafted soy candles from downtown Greenville at Magnolia Scents by Design. These candles smell fantastic and burn clean! At only $18, you can’t beat it! Also, be sure to keep your jars once you’ve finished burning your candle as they will refill the candles with any scent and any color at a discounted rate! Pair it with a family board game such as Speak Out! or Bananagrams or some hot cocoa, fuzzy socks, and DVD.

Moderate: Custom Photo Pallet

How special would this custom photo pallet be for newlyweds or even for a family photo? This photo pallet comes in a variety of sizes, but a 12″ by 18″ can be purchased for just $75.

Expensive: Throw Blanket

Choose from a variety of fun and unique throw blankets. Prices range from $128 to $148 for these throws. Pair it with hot chocolate, cozy mugs, or some fuzzy socks.

Dining Room

Low-cost: Monogrammed Glasses

How beautiful are these monogrammed glasses at just $18 a piece? Pair it with a bottle of their favorite bourbon or whiskey cubes to keep their drink cold.

Moderate: Fun Piece of Art

Liven up the dining room with a colorful piece of art! This print is from a local artist, Meredith Piper, and is priced at $55.

Expensive: Plate Set

Perfect for the party host! Choose from a variety of styles at Anthropologie or World Market. These beauties below are $120 for six dinner plates. Pair it with dinner napkins or matching bowls or dessert plates.


Low-cost: Custom Picture Frames

Custom picture frames are a wonderful way to celebrate major life events such as wedding, anniversaries, the birth of a new baby, or a new home. This sweet frame below can be ordered on Etsy and is just $25.

Moderate: Essential Oil Diffuser

The perfect gift for someone who likes (or needs) to relax! This essential oil diffuser is $40, but others can be found for less on Amazon. Pair it with essential oils or aromatherapy lotion for the ultimate calming experience.

Expensive: Mattress Topper

For the gift that no one wants to get themselves: a mattress topper! At only $100, this 3″ foam queen foam mattress topper is well worth the investment.


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