Everyone gets bored of the things they have in the house. But these gift ideas not only bring a fresh new look to your home, they create a whole new vibe.
If the lockdowns from Covid-19 taught us nothing else, it’s that feeling comfortable and happy at home is more important than we probably realised.
And it’s the details that make all the difference.
From towels to furniture, from bedding to what your home smells like, these gift ideas of beautiful things for the home are perfect for changing things up, better for having people over or just making things that much more cosy and comfortable.
7 Gift Ideas for the House and Home
Perfectly combining the design holy trinity of function, form and sustainability, EcoSmart’s magnificent Manhattan fire table sets the scene of your lounge room, balcony or garden.
Doubling up as a spacious serving area, the Manhattan fire table creates warmth, light and ambience with the gentle flicker of its luxuriant flame. It’s the ultimate centrepiece for your next party.
But clean lines, tactile textures, and delivering a sense of space and abundance, the Manhattan fire table is more artwork than mere furniture.
Burning proprietary e-NRG bioethanol, which is a carbon-neutral fuel source, and built from concrete made with 95% recycled materials which are also 100% recyclable, EcoSmart fire tables represent a cutting edge culmination of high-end entertainment furniture and sustainability.
Carefully sourced and curated by Mayde in Currumbin QLD from Australia and around the world, this collection of towels, blankets and homewares brings a sense of luxury and comfort no matter your lifestyle.
These artisanal towels and blankets are made from hand-woven yarn in the mountains of southern Turkey using 100% natural fibres – an industry in the region that dates back over 4,000 years.
This magnificent blanket, made from double-woven Turkish muslin, makes for an elegant throw, bedspread or picnic setting. Its grey contrast horizontal stripes across the light cream of the textile provides a light, subtle accent.
The dense yet light-weight weave of this towel coupled with the faded black strip pattern gives the Peregian Towel (named after the Sunshine Coast beach) the perfect coastal luxe feel. Also available in denim and peony colours.
Rich in both colour and cotton, the Rocky Cape bath towel is made with premium hand-loomed natural sustainable Buldan yarn, each delicate pinstripe of colour artfully woven by craftspeople in southern Turkey. Also available in pastel.
The signature towel to the Mayde collection, the versatile Daintree Towel perfect as a beach towel or for the bathroom. Its thick luxuriant weave delivers that high-end hotel feel – no wonder this line is one of the most popular. Also available in dusty pink, mustard, sage and chambray.
In collaboration with local ceramics master Jo Norton, Mayde have released these two beautiful tactile handmade soap dishes.
Jo uses 100% recycled clay, which gives the unpainted underside a swirling, marble effect. The perfect bathroom accessory, these soap dishes create a lovely rustic accent.
That feeling of slipping into a beautifully made hotel bed with crisp white sheets of highest quality cotton, proper hotel-style hospital corners and a perfectly tucked top sheet is incomparable.
But trying to recreate that luxury at home is virtually impossible – no one really knows how they get that hospital corner to look like that.
But Bedsmade – a clever manchester company in Surry Hills, Sydney – has designed sheets that do all the hard work for you.
Their generous fitted bottom sheet fits any depth mattress with a strong elasticated edge. But the top sheet not only has the hospital corner sewn in, there’s a stitched edge to show exactly where it goes on your bed. No more guessing if you’ve got the sheet in the middle!
Made with the finest quality 400 thread-count 100% organic cotton, these sheets make for the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have.
With over 200 scents across its range, Scent Australia Home understands the importance of aroma, and how our sense of smell is closely connected to mood, attitude and memory.
Scent Australia Home’s Old Book reed diffuser fills the room with an aroma that evokes exactly the feeling of when you’re in your favourite armchair in the midst of a classic page-turner: calming, sophisticated, and somehow encouraging focus and relaxation at the same time.
Harnessing aromas of cucumber, bergamot, eucalyptus, artemisia, lavender, amber, sandalwood and vetiver, this diffuser fills the room with a wonderfully deep, luxe, moody fragrance.
Founded by two Aussie friends, Steph and Phoebe, Oil in Kind is a place of kindness as much as it is essential oils and oil diffusers. Proceeds from your purchase go towards projects helping disadvantaged women and girls.
As for the ceramic diffuser, when it’s switched on, its warm light and gentle, quiet vibration action diffuser create a delightful, relaxing ambience.
When it’s off, the diffuser adds the elegance of an understated piece of decor to any room it’s in.
Inspired by nature, crafted by Melbourne artist Trudy Rice and finished by Brunswick-based KE Homewares, whose workforce is a combination of skilled and special-needs workers, these beautiful pure linen tea towels double up as stunning artworks.
Trudy uses a special printing process called solar etching that harnesses the sun’s rays to create the original printing plate rather than acids and solvents, which seems fitting considering the subject of her art.
The Plant Runner – named after the founders’ mobile garden growing in their vintage truck – is a friendly horticultural hub for indoor gardeners, full of handy gardening tips and advice, as well as equipment to keep everything green and growing for a long time.
The Plant Runner booster kit, beautifully packaged and ready to wrap, is replete with a 250ml spray gun of Neem oil, a 175ml tub of soil and microbe booster, and a 100ml dropper bottle of indoor plant food. Just what the green-thumbed doctor ordered.
Hand-forged from high-carbon steel, these general purpose secateurs are favourites in Japan, their country of origin. Turning pruning into an art form, these horticulture scissors are the dream gift for the avid gardener.
Available in a range of colours – medium and small – this stoneware planter and saucer are an elegant yet simple statement for around the home.
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