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Homeware

Elite Traveler celebrates the finest examples of design gifts with our curated list.

By Kim Ayling |  November 4 2021


burnett border bedding by matouk
The gift of a good night’s sleep is completely unrivaled / ©Matouk Schumacher Collection

Homeware and design pieces shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to choosing gifts for loved ones. Whether it’s a bespoke piece, a limited edition, or an object full of heritage and craftsmanship, luxury home gifts are built to last — often lasting generations and becoming family heirlooms. Here, Elite Traveler celebrates the best luxury gifts for the home with our curated gift guide.

Enkay, Sambhar Rug

enkay sambhar rug homeware gift

The level of care that goes into each Enkay piece is exemplified in the plush ivory-toned Sambhar Rug / ©Enkay 

To craft its deliciously soft rugs, Enkay hand-selects the finest sustainably grown wools, which are then carefully woven by hand in India using time-honored techniques. The brand has built its model to completely alleviate middlemen, not only to ensure the supply chain is fully traceable but also to make sure that everyone working within it, from the top to the bottom, is paid a fair wage and has proper working conditions. The level of care that goes into each piece is exemplified in the plush ivory-toned Sambhar Rug, which is crafted from 100% ethically sourced New Zealand wool with woven lines adding to the sensory underfoot feeling.

$4,998 for 10 x 14 ft, enkay.com

House of Hackney, Cheetah Bookends

house of hackney cheetah bookends

If you ever wanted proof that maximalism is bang on trend once more, look no further than House of Hackney / ©House of Hackney

If you ever wanted proof that maximalism is bang on trend once more, look no further than London-based interiors brand, House of Hackney. Outlandish prints, garish colors and bold motifs make up the bulk of the company’s design offerings, with sustainability being a core brand principle. To inject a little bit of fun into this year’s homeware gift-giving, opt for these playful Cheetah Bookends, which show two porcelain cats sitting atop a porcelain and brass podium. With each bookend purchase, House of Hackney is committed to purchasing and protecting 377 sq ft of forest as part of its partnership with international conservation charity, World Land Trust.

$632, houseofhackney.com

Begg x Co, Cashmere Throw

begg x co cashmere blanket gift

The Begg x Co Large Arran throw is woven from 100% cashmere and is the perfect luxury gift for any homeware lover / ©Begg x Co

Not much beats cozying up with a snuggly throw in the winter months. Our favorite comes from UK-based Begg x Co, which draws upon traditional craftsmanship to create eco-conscious woolen clothes, homeware and accessories at its Scotland mill. The Begg x Co Large Arran throw is woven from 100% cashmere with a unique ripple effect thanks to a gentle brushing process, creating an irresistibly soft finish. Available in a range of neutral earthy tones, the Arran throw will instantly look at home with any interior style and is the perfect luxury gift for any homeware lover.

$1,514, beggxco.com

Soho Home, Sydney Cane Armchair

luxury soho home armchair gift

Available in a dark charcoal or linen beige, the oak armchair features wraparound caning and removable bolster cushions / ©Soho Home

Anyone who’s visited one of the many Soho House properties will have undoubtedly got home and immediately tried to recreate the unbelievably stylish and distinctively individual, yet somehow effortless vibe each one exudes. With the launch of Soho Home back in 2016, this mission became more achievable, with super chic pieces from each club now available to purchase. This year we’ve got our eyes on the inviting Sydney Cane Armchair, which is inspired Soho House Barcelona. Available in a dark charcoal or linen beige, the oak armchair features wraparound caning and removable bolster cushions.

$1,795, sohohome.com

Matouk, Schumacher Collection Burnett Border Bedding

burnett border bedding gift by matouk

The Burnett Border set maintains Matouk’s signature clean design with the addition of a hand-finished border / ©Matouk Schumacher Collection

The gift of a good night’s sleep is completely unrivaled. Although you can’t click your fingers and magic eight hours of shut-eye a night, you can give your loved one a set of eco-conscious Matouk 520 thread count percale cotton bedsheets, which is just about the next best thing. The Burnett Border set maintains Matouk’s signature clean design with the addition of a hand-finished border of Schumacher’s Burnett brushstroke print, available in your choice of berry red, blue, navy or silver-gray. Be sure to get monogramming for an extra personal touch.

From $1,200 for sheet, cover and pillowcase set, matouk.com

Assouline, Yachts: The Impossible Collection

assouline yacht impossible collection book for home gift

The edition is delivered in a linen clamshell presentation box accompanied by linen gloves to protect its precious pages / ©Assouline

No coffee table is complete without an iconic Assouline book artfully sitting atop it. The latest addition to the famed publishing house’s Ultimate range is Yachts: The Impossible Collection, which showcases the world’s most revered ocean vessels across its 236 handcrafted pages. With a lineup painstakingly curated by superyacht expert Mariam Cain, every yacht in the book has been selected for its transformative contribution to the industry, from pioneers in sustainability to unheard-of technical advancements. The edition is delivered in a linen clamshell presentation box accompanied by linen gloves to protect its precious pages.

$895, assouline.com

Penfolds, Record Player Console

penfolds wine vinyl record player

Penfolds has collaborated with Symbol Audio to create a super limited edition record player console / ©Penfolds

When you hear the name Penfolds, luxury homeware isn’t the first thing that comes to mind – the Australian company is of course best known for its wine. However, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its flagship label, Grange, Penfolds has collaborated with Symbol Audio to create a super limited edition record player console with a design reminiscent of a classic 1950s player. Complete with a hand-blown Grange Decanter and eight Reidel glasses, a collection of vinyl records, and a hidden wine compartment with two Grange magnums, this is a homeware Christmas gift like no other. But be quick – just seven pieces are available.

$75,000, penfolds.com

Baughaus Design, Flora Dinner Plate

baughaus design dinner plate

Every Baughaus Design piece is carefully crafted by hand in Jamaica by a small team of talented potters / ©Baughaus Design

Beautiful tableware is a must at any dinner party, so this Christmas, gift your favorite host with a set to be proud of. Every Baughaus Design piece is carefully crafted by hand in Jamaica by a small team of talented potters. The pieces represent a melting pot of cultures, with founder Dana Baugh seeking to blend the lines between local materials such as Jamaican wood and the crispness of pure porcelain. For a gift that makes a statement yet is timelessly elegant, we love the Flora Dinner Plates, featuring a statement monstera leaf design.

$300 for six, baughausdesign.com

Anissa Kermiche, Display Box

anissa kermiche jewellery box home gift

This multi-functional piece strikes the difficult balance between minimalist and decadent / ©Anissa Kermiche

You might be more familiar with Anissa Kermiche’s distinctive Love Handle vases that dominated pretty much every Instagram shelfie for the past few years, ignited by the brand’s confrontational take on female empowerment. To cater to the tastes of the more modest design-lover in your life, the Parisian designer’s ornamental jewelry/display box is a great alternative. Featuring a crisp white textured base topped with a golden-hued abstract nugget and matte black sphere, this multi-functional piece strikes the difficult balance between minimalist and decadent.

$375, anissakermiche.com

Baccarat, Baby Candy Light

luxury home gift baccarat baby candy light

There’s no one in the world who does crystal quite like Baccarat / ©Baccarat

There’s no one in the world who does crystal quite like Baccarat. The French brand has been crafting fine wares for the home and beyond for over 250 years, with several royal families among its customer base. And so, there are few brands better suited to a luxury homeware gift guide. Created in collaboration with esteemed Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, the wireless Baby Candy Light is a perfect example of Baccarat’s ability to blend modern styles with classic crystal craftsmanship. A stunning light-refracting crystal shade sits on top of a ceramic base, available in either Baccarat’s signature glossy red, matte black, matte gold or matte white.

$990, baccarat.com

McQueens, Breath of Clarity Wreath and Candle Set

mcqueens festive wreath

McQueen’s holiday wreath features local pine foliage complemented by fragrant eucalyptus and rosemary / ©McQueens

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful wreath to welcome in the festive spirit. This year, keep the magic alive a little longer with the Breath of Clarity gift set, which sees iconic florist McQueens partner with the UK-based Lola’s Apothecary to release a limited-edition festive candle and wreath bundle. Inspired by Lola’s calm-inducing Breath of Clarity home fragrance range, McQueen’s holiday wreath features local pine foliage complemented by fragrant eucalyptus and rosemary, finished off with crisp citrus notes. While the wreath will look impressively elegant adorning a front door, it can also be used as a chic table centerpiece.

$225, us.mcqueensflowers.com

Brinkhaus, The Eider Duvet

brinkhaus eiderdown duvet homeware gift

This duvet is filled with down from the Icelandic Eider duck, which is carefully collected from the Eiders’ empty nests without disturbing the birds / ©Brinkhaus

While duvets and comforters might seem almost too practical to be considered gifts, special consideration should be taken when discussing the Brinkhaus’ Eider Duvet. Arguably one of the most luxurious duvets in the world, it is filled with down from the Icelandic Eider duck, which is carefully collected from the Eiders’ empty nests without disturbing the birds — making it the rarest of Brinkhaus’ duvets. Available in a range of sizes, the Eider Duvet is encased in either silk or cotton.

From $6,260, brinkhaus.co.uk

Trove, Calcite Table Lamps

trove crystal table lamps

This pair of Calcite Table Lamps from Trove has a mid-century design and produces a warming yellow glow when lit / ©Trove

Mixing contemporary design with vintage pieces can have its difficulties, but one way around this is to choose smaller items that, while sculptural, won’t distract from other statement objects. Featuring a marble base and calcite crystal top, this pair of Calcite Table Lamps from Trove has a mid-century design and produces a warming yellow glow when lit. They also make a great home gift for any crystal enthusiasts, who will appreciate the calcite’s ability to absorb negative energy from the space.

$6,125, thetrove.co.uk

Theo Fennell, Silver Honda Motorcycle

theo fennell solid silver motorbike

The original piece has been perfectly crafted by British silver experts and is designed to last for generations / ©Theo Fennell

Show your appreciation for the motorcycle aficionado in your life with Theo Fennell’s Silver Honda Motorcycle. The original piece has been perfectly crafted by the British silver experts and is designed to last for generations. Though simple on first appearance, the Silver Honda is complete with intricate details and is a sterling silver model of the Honda CB1100R Motorcycle, at 1:8.5 scale. Also included with the model is a presentation case and photo journal of the model making.

$102,000, theofennell.com

Lladro, Paradise Candle

luxury homeware candle gift

No luxury home gift guide would be complete without the addition of an indulgent candle / ©Lladro

No luxury home gift guide would be complete without the addition of an indulgent candle, and a Spanish-designed handmade candle from Lladro is the quintessential small, considerate gift for any loved one. Inspired by the work of famous French artist Henri Rousseau, the Paradise Candle features a porcelain candleholder with a floral theme and a candle with a Gardens of Valencia scent. Once the candle has burned down, the handmade holder can be kept as a delightful work of art.

$895, lladro.com

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