We’ve all got skeletons in our closets – and by that, I mean gifts we’ve received over the years that have never seen the light of day since they were unwrapped.
Think about it – the scented bath sets, the picture frames, the statement mugs, the novelty socks, the perfume you didn’t like the smell of. And chances are, we’ve given similar gifts to our friends, too.
“I would probably avoid purchasing three really cheap items that just make it look like you’ve got the person more, and I would invest in one really special, thoughtful gift – something that’s made really well that will last a long time,” stylist and creative director Corina Koch tells Broadsheet.
While part of her job is making everyday spaces in the home beautiful, Koch also sees the importance of functionality and substance when it comes to gifting. Here are some of her suggestions for more thoughtful (and not at all boring) gifts to consider this holiday season.
A linen bedding set that’s good for all seasons
The bed is more than just a place to sleep – we’re in it every single night, and it takes us from one day through to the next. Make sure your friends’ or family’s beds are comforting and inviting with a soft new line bedding set that stays cool in summer and can keep you warm in the colder months.
“The best thing about a linen set is it's something that can be enjoyed for years to come,” Koch says. “It’s an investment. The linens are going to soften over time, so it'll improve with age and become more comfortable.”
A houseplant to liven up any room
”For me, plants are the multi-tasking Christmas gift,” Koch says. “They're actually proven to reduce stress and boost your mood, but they can also purify the air in the home.”
She recommends a Boston fern for removing toxins, or a low-maintenance Hoya for trailing down a bookshelf. And while plants are a good place to start, you can easily upscale the gift, too.
“You could get a small plant that they could look after and appreciate the growth over time, and get a little pot to go with it or maybe handwrite some little instructions on how to take care of it,” she says.
Comfy loungewear they can wear out and about
Let’s be honest: comfort has been a big priority in 2020.
“We all know loungewear traditionally as those 10-year-old daggy sweats that you wouldn’t leave the house in, but there are some really great options on the market now,” Koch says. She recommends gifting one of Bed Threads’ linen slips; the midi dresses in particular are very versatile.
“You can pop on a jacket and a pair of sandals and it doubles as a dress that you could wear out to dinner, a friend’s place or the beach at a later stage,” she says.
A stylish filter coffee maker that looks good on the kitchen bench
For a crisp and clean cuppa, a coffee maker that brews heaps at a time, a statement piece for the kitchen, and a gift for the coffee connoisseur in your life, a Chemex is a good way to go.
“They produce a less bitter coffee, and a lot of people that are really into their coffee also appreciate how clean the taste is,” Koch says. “It’s also great if you want to have a special weekend coffee.”
A soft tablecloth for dinner parties and gatherings
The food and company are always the star of holiday get-togethers, but don’t underestimate how much styling and the place setting can change a party’s vibe.
“The tablecloth, I think, is the perfect gift for a friend or family member who loves to entertain.” Koch says. “If you have that person in your life, they'll love you for gifting them with a new linen tablecloth.”
Last month Bed Threads also released a new range of tablecloths, napkins and placemats, all made with that same soft and luxe 100 per cent flax linen. “And the great thing about it is it’s sustainable, so when they’re upgrading and replacing that traditional plastic tablecloth, you know it’s something that they’re going to live with in the house for years to come,” Koch adds.
While her suggestions are great starting points for gifts – and will delight almost anyone on the other end – the best way to gauge whether or not something is a good gift is taking the time to think about the person you’re gifting: what they like, what they need, and what they’re likely to use for a long time
“Where possible, it’s great to find gifts that are aesthetic but functional. That’s why things like a tablecloth and linen are great, because if you’re using it and a few years down the line you decide you want a new colour, you can then give it to your mum or sister or a friend who loves it, and it’s just going to be as beautiful as the day you bought it,” she says.
This article was produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Bed Threads. See their full range here.