We’ve started our countdown to Christmas. It is that time of year where every household will be decorated with Christmas trees, embellished with crystals, glittery balls, turtledoves and knitted socks. Underneath, fancifully wrapped presents circle the tree, waiting to be unboxed on Christmas day.

You probably already have an idea on what to buy for the boozehound in your life or that one friend you only see once a year because he or she travels all year round. Perhaps it is a luxurious cashmere scarf or a sporty timepiece – they make great gifts for the receiver, we all know that.

What about something functional and useful for the home? Whether it is a pretty piece of porcelain that could double up as decoration, or a functional home gadget, your friends and loved ones will thank you for them. Be sure to know what really ‘missing’ for their home before going shopping. If they are collectors of antique plates and copperware, an extra piece to the collection is fine. If they just moved in and need something to complete the home, think along the lines of small appliances like a portable speaker, coffee machine or even a mixer (if they enjoy baking).

A gift for the home can be really meaningful when you find the right thing. Home items are usually not a priority, especially when it comes to spending responsibly. If you have some extra moolah to splurge, especially with Christmas around the corner, put a smile on your loved ones with something memorable.

1
Tom Dixon’s Tower salt & pepper grinder

This set of wooden salt and pepper grinders double as striking décor on the dining table. Designed by London-based Tom Dixon, the two ‘towers’ sport a lacquered finish in black, white and fluorescent orange for a pop of colour.

RM433.00, Tom Dixon

2
Fornasetti Scimmie Otto-scented candle

Hand-poured in Milan, this scented candle is housed in a beautiful ceramic jar dressed with Piero Fornasetti’s Scimmie (translates drunken monkeys) artwork. The ‘Otto’ fragrance for this candle is the creation of Olivier Polge, the master perfumer for Chanel. Your friend will enjoy 60-hours of burn time, with wafting scents of thyme, cedarwood, lavender and incense for a warm and spicy infusion — perfect for the Christmas season.

RM820.00, Fornasetti

3
Marimekko Unikko Teapot Black

The clean lines of the Oiva teapot take inspiration from Japanese influences, adorned with Marimekko’s signature Unikko pattern. The pot and wood-knobbed lid are made using white stoneware for guaranteed hardiness and strength and then glazed for a lasting sheen. This makes the perfect gift for tea connoisseurs, as it also doubles up as a nice decor on the kitchen island. Pair this with handmade clay cups for a rustic touch at home.

RM450.00, Marimekko

4
Nespresso Lattissima One

You’re bound to at least know that one friend who is a self-proclaimed javaphile — surviving on five cups of coffee a day (but who’s counting anyway). The Nespresso Lattissima One would make the perfect gift for that one coffee enthusiast in your life. The machine is equipped with new and innovative fresh milk system that enables your friend to indulge in top-quality lattes and cappuccinos in the comfort of his or her home. It is quick, easy and also more affordable — just one touch for a perfect cuppa.

RM1,399.00, Nespresso

5
Dior toile de Jouy glass straws

Since the eradication of plastic straws, we’ve seen metal, bamboo and paper straws taking over restaurants and cafes. If your friend is a serious environmentally-conscious person, this gift would definitely up their ante in style when dining in restaurants and bars around the city. The Dior hand-blown glass straws come in a set of six, beautifully presented in a handpainted red toile de Jouy motif. The timeless classic print on the packaging features wild animals and jungle trees as part of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s 2019 Cruise collection. Now, who says that you can’t be environmentally friendly and stylish at the same time?

RM636.00, Dior 

6
Bang&Olufsen Beosound 1 Bronze

Carefully crafted in aluminium, the Beosound 1 doesn’t look like any other wireless home speakers. The compact design paired with a smooth bronze finish adapts effortlessly in home interiors. This makes the perfect gift for those who love something elegant at home but still functions as a portable ‘mini’ sound system at home. Its bronze surface is also the ‘in’ thing right now.

RM7,300.00, Bang&Olufsen

7
H&M Home pots and vase

It is always a great idea to gift a cluster of vases and pots for home decoration. They make great statuesque pieces on sideboards or shelves, and also act as a vase for fresh flowers. These semi-opaque pots have a ribbed finish with dark earthy colours that are all the rage now. Get them in a bundle for extra impact.

RM69.95 – RM94.95, H&M Home

8
Christofle MOOD by Karl Lagerfeld

This special edition of MOOD is designed by Karl Lagerfeld with a touch of Art Deco. The egg-shaped luxury item opens to reveal a 24-piece set of silver-plated decorated flatware, with each piece stamped with the Karl Lagerfeld hallmark. It is limited to 500 pieces and is numbered, signed and delivered with a certificate — so you know what you’re getting is truly exclusive. Best for a special someone in your life or the serious tableware collector in your life.

RM15,000.00, Christofle

Martin Teo
Deputy Editor
Martin loves traveling the world to see ancient ruins and classical architecture. He enjoys the culinary experience of various cities but (still) refuses to eat anything insect-like. On a daily basis, he finds time hitting the gym to compensate for the amount of food he needs to eat just to write an article.