Are you in the market for new home gift ideas? We dare you to give these most excellent presents to someone else.
1) Rock Candy
Add some earthy beauty to your nest with slices of agate from Southern Brazil. Naturally beautiful with amazing color, these coasters will protect your coffee table in a most stylish way. Uncommon Goods, $64.
The only problem with owning a house is that you always want to buy things for it. If new homes in Pittsburgh are on your radar screen, you might want to check out shopping on the South Side, which offers lots of unique home and clothing boutiques.
2) The Perfect Pot
The Dansk Kobenstyle, a hot vintage collectors' item on eBay, is now available at Crate & Barrel and Bloomingdale's. A Scandinavian classic, this enameled steel casserole is great for soups, stews, or just looking stylish on your stove top. Get this: the lid also works as a trivet. Crate and Barrel, $100.
3) Tray Jolie
West Elm's lacquer trays come in so many colors, it's difficult to choose which one to buy (which is why you might want to get two). So smart on a coffee table, a vanity, or a bar, they add an elegant pop of color to any room. West Elm, $32–$69
4) Give Yourself a Hand
Why buy plain paper guest towels, when you can have a whole set that are personalized with your monogram? Gifts in 24 lets you amp up your powder room with these affordable towels, which come in many colors and styles. Set of 100, $28.95.
5) Books That Cook
Years before Ina Garten starred on the Food Network, she owned the best food shop in East Hampton. Know for her fresh, easy-to-prepare recipes, Garten has since published eight cookbooks. Complete your kitchen bookshelf with her three-book collection which includes her first, The Barefoot Contessa, plus, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, and Barefoot Contessa Family Style. Amazon, $63.
6) Say Cheese
If you love a good piece of frommage, you'll love this slate board, which is sourced from a quarry in upstate New York. We like that you can write on it with chalk, so your guests know if they're eating a Gouda or a Camembert. Brooklyn Slate Company, $32.
7) Pooch Portrait
Are you gaga about your dog? When a framed photo simply won't do, celebrate your dog with a commissioned portrait. There are many artists who do great work on Etsy, but we dream of going for broke with a modern portrait by artist Leigh Jackson. Noisy Dog Studio, Starting at $225
Ryan Homes Tip: If you love club soda, you can save money at the grocery store (and cut down on your plastic bottle use), by making your own. At around $100, we think the Soda Stream is a good value over time.