How to Buy the Perfect Homewares Gift

Socks and sweets, booze and books: all lovely gifts, but do they speak to the heart of the one you love? Probably not. But a well thought-out  piece to place within their home will.

The problem is, buying gifts for someone’s haven is fraught with danger. What if you get it wrong and the only room it featured in is the shed? Here are some tips towards making a successful call on gifting for the home.

Surprise! (Not)
Sometimes it may be wise to offer to shop with the person you are buying for, disguising it cleverly as a gift ‘day’ within itself, suggests Miranda Kent who - with her friend Miranda Gurry - founded TheItKit to take the guesswork out of gift giving. “If the person is a little tricky to buy for, offering to go shopping together would be a thoughtful gesture.”

Police Return Policies!
Only purchase a present with a return policy intact. And let your loved one know that – even if it may silently crack your heart into 12,3000 pieces – you ‘really don’t mind!’ if they return the gift!

Don’t Buy For You:
If you purchase a clock for someone, don’t buy one that you want in your own lounge room. You are buying for them, so if they don’t hang it above their hearth within an hour of receiving, that is ok. This is not a personal blight on you or your friendship!

Create Your Own Kit:
Have a friend who is an avid gardener? Gather some seedlings, secateurs, cute gardening gloves and some outdoor speakers for their ultimate chill-out gardening experience. Or if they are a mad movie buff, how about a little pack including some popcorn, classic film DVDs, a cushion and a gorgeous hot chocolate mug for their perfect nights viewing? It only takes some insider knowledge of the person you are buying for, and a little innovation, to get some pieces for their interior that is far more thought out than one big gift.

Consider Home Truths:
“How long they have lived in their current home?” is the top question if buying for someone’s abode, suggests Miranda. If it’s a new home, they may still not have great drinking glasses or books to display, a centerpiece lamp for their dining table or even some matching frames for their lounge room.

Buy Safe:
If you aren’t keen on putting a lot of faith in a framed replica of a medieval artifact you find on eBay, then keep it straightforward. Go for a candle or hand washes that enhance any home, suggests Miranda.

Size Doesn’t Matter:
One big-ticket item is no lovelier than lots of small little gifts. Stock up their kitchen with some killer condiments, such as gourmet olive oil, sauces and salts, or go for a pre-packed kit like the gorgeous TimeForTea Kit, Wine Lovers Kit or BBQ Essentials Kit.

Think Outside: 
Outdoor cushions, picnic baskets and picnic blankets are a great relaxed style gift that you don’t have to be too worried about sticking to a personal aesthetic with, insists Miranda. “A fabulous coloured picnic rug is a great gift and not something that people would always buy for themselves,” she says. It also extends their personal style beyond the bricks and mortar, which is always a lovely indulgence and gesture they can enjoy when away from home.

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