Holiday Gift Guide 2020

November 24, 2020

The holidays are always a special time. But after a year like we’ve had, we’ll all cherish the coming weeks more than ever, no doubt. This year, the Centered by Design team has put together a décor-focused interior designer gift guide to share with you.

On top of all the decorations and lights and celebrations, I always love the holidays because of how much I enjoy buying gifts for people. Gifts are such a personal, nice way to show loved ones how much you care about them. I think a lot of people get nervous about buying décor for someone else because they’re worried it won’t “go” with their home or fit their style. That’s why each piece we’ve curated here is meant to be classic and timeless — and to fit perfectly into anyone’s space.

And if you still can’t decide for the choosiest loved ones on your list, you can’t go wrong with a book. We’ve included some of our favorite selections below for the Entertainer, the Decorator and the Art Lover.


For the Entertainer

interior designer gift guide 1 Glo Linen Placemat, $29, ABC Carpet & Home 
A set of these neutral placemats makes an elegant table setting you can dress up or down.

2 Itza Wood Gathering Tray, $98, Bloomist
Whether it’s used to wrangle keys, cell phones and masks or added on top of an ottoman with a vase of flowers, this simple tray is always chic.

3 Color Key Rectangular Tray, $84, Jayson Home
This multicolored tray is pretty enough to stand on its own or gather odds and ends on an entryway table.

4 Beldi Glass Collection, $5-$34, Jayson Home
We love these multifunctional pieces, which can be used as decor or actual servingware.

5 Key Bottle Opener, $48, Jayson Home
Jazz up your wine ritual with this snazzy opener that’s sophisticated enough to leave out on the bar.

6 “Barefoot Contessa Parties,” $23, Amazon
You can never go wrong with Ina Garten, the woman who gifted us all giant cosmopolitans during quarantine.

Wood Gathering Tray from Bloomist

For the Decorator

interior designer gift guide

1 Peppercorn wreath, $138, Bloomist
The lucky recipient will be able to leave this wreath up all winter long, as it’s festive without being overly Christmas.

2 “Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style,” $38, Amazon
This classic tome is a coffee table book anyone will reference again and again.

3 Terracotta cotton blanket, $89, Kip & Co.
Ultra cozy and much more attractive than a run-of-the-mill fleece, this blanket is so tasteful, you’ll want to buy one for yourself, too.

4 “The Perfectly Imperfect Home,” $26, Amazon
This book is all about styling a home that’s filled with things that make you happy. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

5 Geometric lumbar pillow cover, $80-$150, Etsy
Spice up the most basic neutral sofa with a punch of color and pattern — or both.

Peppercorn Wreath, Bloomist

Coziest Kip & Co blanket

For the Art Lover

interior designer gift guide

1 Floral pastel painting, $250, Bethan Cochran
Part of this North Carolina-based artist’s Summer Collection, this ethereal painting evokes a sense of peace and calm.

2 Six-piece painting collection, $528, Josh Young Design House
Each one of these original custom pieces are hand-painted and hand-signed atop antique book pages. Talk about special!

3 “Josef Albers in Mexico,” $39, Amazon
Any Bauhaus lover will be immersed in the pages of this hardcover book, which includes photographs, collages, prints and paintings.

4 Color study in peach and purple, $60, Deann Rieves
How cute is a petite painting? Measuring only 5×5″, this tiny matted piece would add a burst of color to any room.

5 Anemone print, $17-$136, Juniper Print Shop
Choose from a digital download or various print sizes of this intriguing black and white capture.

6 Fruit print, $50, Abbey Holden Studio
This colorful print on archivable matte paper would look sweet in any kitchen.

Art is always a good idea!
J Young House Designs

Looking for more gift ideas to help the aspiring interior designer or decorator with their 2021 decor plans? Shop Centered by Design’s exclusive “Designer Advice Made Simple.” This series includes downloadable insider’s guides to kitchen design, our favorite interior design resources, decorating with color and more. You could even print off the pages and place them in a nice three-ring binder as a perfect practical gift this holiday season.

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Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer and a passionate yoga teacher. Her affinity for kitchen design, timeless style and eclectic decorating are shared here, along with lots of interior design education and tips. Thanks for being here, please enjoy!

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