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Top 10 Gift Ideas for 2020, According to Designers

Top 10 Gift Ideas for 2020, According to Designers

8. Locally Made Goods

Another go-to local source of gifts for Medium Plenty is Jak W in San Francisco and Sonoma, which “functions as a furniture showroom and designer resource and also carries beautiful accessories,” the partners note. 

“Some of our favorite objects right now are from Skultuna, a Swedish brass foundry dating back to 1607. The Pomme vase comes in different shapes and finishes, making it a versatile and timeless gift.” 

For Honolulu-based designer Marion Philpotts-Miller, partner at Philpotts Interiors, supporting local artisans and small businesses is of utmost importance, as well. “Alongside our charitable donation on behalf of our clients, we had local Hawaii artist Andrew Mau design a custom card, and we will be giving our clients one of his Opihi handcrafted lost-wax cast solid bronze bottle openers,” Philpotts-Miller explains. “It’s artful and festive, and while it is a simple item, our main goal was to introduce a local charity doing amazing things as well as celebrate this local artist and introduce him to our clients.”

9. Local Flavors

Eleish van Breems purchased artisanal Bridgewater Chocolates—handmade locally in Brookfield, Connecticut—as an indulgent treat for its staff, while Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas, principal interior designer of her Silver Springs, Maryland, firm Interiors by Design, is sending her clients holiday meals from her favorite restaurants. “When you design interiors of clients’ homes, you get to know them on a more personal basis,” Rojas explains. “And when I considered that everyone was staying close to home for the holidays this year, I decided to send ‘Dinner from Dennese & Staff at Interiors by Design.’ ” 

Fortunately, her favorite restaurants deliver overnight. She has decided to send some clients, depending on their locations, a barbecue dinner from Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous in Memphis, Tennessee; bagels and the fixings from Zabar’s deli in New York; or chocolate-covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries with a bottle of Dom Pérignon. But her local favorite is Pappas Seafood in Parkville, Maryland. From Pappas, she’ll send a dinner of crab cakes and Maryland crab soup that’s “to die for,” she says. “It’s Maryland crab cuisine at it’s best. Crab cakes outside of Maryland can’t compare!”

Bridgewater Chocolates

10. Soothing Scents

“In 2020 people are investing in their nests and creating unique and personal experiences at home,” says New York designer Sasha Bikoff, who collaborated with Italian brand IWISHYOU to create the Americana collection of home fragrance diffusers offered in three designs and scents—tobacco and citrus; pomegranate; and grapes and blueberries—and presented in über-luxe, premium packaging. “I will be giving these gifts to clients and trusted vendors,” Bikoff says. “The combination of design and smell gives a lasting memory.”

Lauren Rottet, founding principal and president of Rottet Studio, is bestowing evocative scents to her clients and industry associates in the form of specially blended Rottet Studio candles with new slide-in-slide-out matchbooks, complemented by handmade scented pillows, covered in vintage Fortuny fabric and filled with dried lavender. The items were selected thoughtfully as a balm for the challenges of this past year. “We crave the light and warmth of candles and the soothing scent of lavender in these stressful times,” Rottet says. “I hope the candles can light the way to a better year ahead.”

Home fragrance diffusers by IWISHYOU (left) and Lauren Rottet candle and matches

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