2018 Gift Guide — DC-Approved Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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Between the corporate holiday parties and seemingly endless family get-togethers, the holidays leave little time for actually preparing for the holidays. To spare you from battling the masses on the last-minute gift hunt for something, well, average, we’ve collaborated with a few of our all-time favorite interior designers to give you the coolest gift ideas for everyone, from your stylish best friend to your chic co-worker. Dwelling Collective asked these designers to share their top gift picks, and boy are they good. These gifts scream “I’ve been thinking about this all year”. Don’t worry, we’ll keep your secret. 

It’s here — Dwelling Collective’s 2018 Gift Guide. Each of these gifts were handpicked by our editors and are sure to impress everyone on your list. From your hard-to-please mother to your trendy bestie, we assure you, there’s a gift for everyone. Save yourself from hours reading online reviews to make sure your dollars are well-spent; we’ve already done that for you.

We couldn’t let the holiday slide by without sharing what we’re buying. Read ahead to shop DC-approved gifts everyone on your list will want.


True Botanicals Antioxidant Booster — $90


“This Antioxidant Booster gives us that celeb-worthy dewy glow with every use. This stuff is pure gold; it’ll firm and smooth your skin while brightening dark spots — and it’s great for every skin type. Your friends will thank you later.”


Quinn Ottoman — $995


“This is definitely a splurge — but, it’s a gift that will keep on giving. A perfectly proportioned stylish ottoman with enough padding makes it a super comfortable footrest, but it’s solid enough to be used as a table. Not to mention, this fabric is to die for.”


”At Home in Joshua Tree” Hardcover Book — $17


“We might not live in Joshua Tree, but we can pretend we do with this read. We had the chance to work with authors, Sara and Rich Combs of The Joshua Tree House, on another project, and we've fallen head over heels for this book (and for the darling couple). The book focuses on rituals and practices needed to master desert living. If you're a friend of ours, chances are you'll be receiving a copy this season.”


Byredo Bohemia Candle — $80


“We've got this one burning in our office every day, and it's almost impossible for someone to walk in without asking what the amazing scent is."


“The greatest sweatshirt, ever. Period. Buy one for your best friend, your mom, sister-in-law, or better yet, just buy one for yourself. Thanks to Amber Interiors for the rec, now we’re never taking it off.”


Petrified Wood Bookends — $79


“Nothing will make you feel like more of an adult than a set of fancy book ends, like these petrified light-wood ones. Period.”


Le Creuset Dutch Oven — $379


“This dutch oven is a must-have. We use ours at least a few nights a week, and it’s especially great for the winter months (hello, soup-season). If you want your mom to cook up the best pot of chicken tortilla soup she ever has — this is the gift for her. She won’t know how she made it this long without one.”


Customizable Market Bag —$68


“These customizable market bags look fab in any living room — they’re the perfect size to hold a couple of blankets. They’re ridiculously durable, and make the best carry-all when you’re on the go. As an added bonus, your Fair Trade purchase supports the mothers that handcraft these. We love the Los Angeles bag (and other cities you can choose from), but for a customizable option, head here.”


Norden Goods Vernal Hand Wash —$29


“Nothing against Softsoap, but we grown-ups like something a little more classy in our powder bath. These make perfect gifts for your friends, aunts, co-workers, neighbors — you get the idea.”


Stone Door Stop — $90


“Grab one of these stylish door stops for your entrepreneurial friend for their first office space. These upscale granite door stops will pass the test of time, and will always remind your friend of their hustling start-up days.”


Atlas Supply CO. Wing Tote Pack — $95


“Speaking of entrepreneurial, there is no better gift for the freelancer in your life. We can’t say enough good things about Atlas Supply CO. and their stylish leather work bags. This versatile tote can be worn as a backpack or a tote bag, and it will fit your friend's MacBook perfectly, Plus, this price point just cannot be beat.”


Bois Sauvage Room Spray — $75


“We always have a bottle of this room and linen spray in our guest bedrooms. Spritz this clean scent to instantly freshen up a room — and reap the aromatherapy benefits. When you’re traveling over the holidays, leaving a sweet card and this room spray with your host makes for a thoughtful gift.”


Zen Watering Can — $34


"This stylish stoneware watering can is a must, and your friend can say goodbye to watering their plants with whatever leftover tap water is in their drinking glass. Hey, we know you do it too.”


Iron Paper Weight — $36


“This stylish stone paper weight makes a great gift for your father-in-law to use in his office. It can be sported as edgy decor on the shelf if they’re not the paper-weight sort of guy!”


Large Leather Weekender Bag — $408


"Everyone needs a good weekender. Would it surprise you to hear most people don't want to splurge on nice luggage for themselves? Give the jet-setter in your life a gift they can take everywhere with them, and you’ll win their hearts for good.”


Vitruvi Stone Diffuser — $119


“Say hello to your new stylish diffuser. Your bestie will thank you when she’s diffusing stress-relieving essential oils at her desk during her busy workday.'


Forged Brass Serving Set — $128


“Described by maker Aron Fischer as “primitive modern”, this polished pair will elevate any holiday spread. The beautiful brass will naturally patina over time making this an heirloom that’s sure to be cherished for generations. “


Toilet Brush Set — $38


“This sleek toilet brush holder is perfect for a powder bath, and we’ve finally found one you won’t have to hide in the cabinet."


Parachute Home Quilt – $249


“We love a good quilt — and Parachute Home’s modern take on a classic essential is exactly what your family members need this season. Light enough to use in the summer months, it’s a year-round necessity. You might want to grab one for yourself while you’re at it!”


Set of Oro Cacao Cups — $120


“Elevate your morning cup of coffee or tea with these matte black, hand-painted clay cups. It’s not just the modern style we’re excited about, the size allows these to fit comfortably in your hand while enjoying your relaxing drink.”


Emi Incense Holder — $16


“For your incense friends, because we know you have them. We aren't incense burners ourselves (more of candle gals over here), but we can guarantee we’d be on board if we had this minimal copper and wood holder."


iS CLINICAL Hydra-Cool Serum — $90


“Celebrity skin guru, Shani Darden, turned us on to this, and boy are we grateful. Once you start with this serum you'll never go back. It’s incredibly hydrating and smoothing, and this little bottle will last you months. Show up your skin-obsessed friend with a product she’s never tried but sure to love.”


“Eat Drink Nap” Hardcover Book — $70


“The title alone sums up how we plan to spend every day of the holiday break. But now we can do it Soho House style with this guide that teaches readers everything, like, ‘how to throw a party, get the lighting right, mix a cocktail, design a bedroom and build an art collection.’ Basically, it’s the guide for mastering life.”


Round Leather Mirror — $755


“This might be the coolest round mirror we've ever seen. The warm brown leather will ensure this piece will only get more impressive with age.”


Peace Sign Wall Hook — $14


“The perfect gift for your cheeky best friend."


Shoppe Amber Interiors Large Leather Valet Tray — $130


“We’re begging for this stylish leather tray as a catch-all in our entryway. While you’re at it, shop her entire collection — if it’s at Shoppe Amber Interiors, it’s on our wishlist.”


Adopt an Olive Tree Gift Box + Subscription — $160 - $500


“Spoil a friend while supporting local farmers and producers in Puglia, Italy who produce some of the world’s finest olive oil with time-honored techniques. The packaging and presentation are just as stunning as the oil—a true gift that keeps on giving, depending on the gifting options you select.”


Norden x The Granite Candle — $75


“We couldn’t design up a cooler candle if we tried. This one is sure to make an impression, and makes the best gift for your boss.”


Braided Storage Basket — $18


"It's physically impossible to have too many woven baskets. At this price point, buy five."


Barnaby Lane Black Leather Loop Pendant — $440


“Australian design studio, Barnaby Lane, has become one of our go-to’s for furniture buys. That slingback leather chair that’s become uber famous? Yeah, that’s because of them. But, these super cool leather pendant lights of theirs are unlike any we’ve seen, and this is sure to make someone in your life feel very spoiled.”


“We'll never pass up a good footed bowl. Give this to your mom to store her fruit or a catch-all on an entry table. “


The Bigger Carry-On by Away — from $245


‘You can’t go wrong with luggage. This stylish carry-on provides a little more space than standard carry-on bags while still fitting most major airlines’ sizers. This luggage is unbreakable, guaranteed for life, and even outfitted with an ejectable batter to charge your devices while you travel. Sign us up.”



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