Holiday shopping is, to me, a double-edged sword. It’s not easy to pick out the perfect gift for everyone you love, and giving a dud brings the dual disappointment of wasted time and money. (C’mon, we all know “it’s the thought that counts” was a phrase invented by the worst gift-giver ever.) And yet, giving a family member or friend that absolutely perfect-for-them, they’re-genuinely-excited-about-it present is, in my book, up there with petting puppies and watching “Love Actually” when it comes to warm-and-fuzzy feels.
Since we already gave you 50 bomb gift ideas under $50—which are great for everyone from beauty gurus to foodies—we figured it was time to offer a few more ideas to your roster, this time catering to recipients who are design-oriented, and maybe even a little aesthetically snobby. From luxe steals like agate bookends to practical investment splurges like the sleekest, coolest vacuum ever made (split the cost with siblings and give this one to your parents and you’ll be be the #bestkidsever), these gifts will add a chic, sophisticated, and often useful flourish to any home they grace.