What are some gifts for the home this holiday season?

Here are some of my top picks for gifts for the home, Holidays 2014 and many of them would make the perfect hostess gift too!

Hotel Collection Towels

Embrace softness with this towel from hotel collection. The hand towel features a luxurious combed cotton that is also super absorbent and will warm you up quickly after your shower or bath. $29.99 Hudson’s Bay.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Hotel Collection Towels

Chess Set

Easy to pack and play at a moment’s notice, this Saddle Leather Travel Chess Set is the perfect gift for a chess enthusiast. Made with leather and hand stained in a chocolate finish. The chess pieces have an antique brass and silver finish. The set includes leather case and two sets of chess pieces. Can be monogramed.  $129 Pottery Barn.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Chess Set

Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Make vegetable peeling easy with the World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable slicer – great for zucchini noodles if you’re paleo or gluten-free. The slicer includes 3 sets of blades: 1/8-Inch spacing, 1/4-Inch spacing, and straight blade for ribbon cuts. Simply place vegetable or fruit on prongs, turn wheel while pushing base toward blade. $ 38.22 Amazon.ca.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Spiral Vegetable

Smart Tools for iPad

Williams-Sonoma designed this Smart Tools for iPad set to make it easy for you to watch cooking videos, search for recipes, listen to music and even video chat while you cook and entertain. This complete three-piece set includes the Bluetooth® Speaker, Kitchen Stand and Screen Shield to expand the versatility of your iPad® in the kitchen— or anywhere in your home.  $199.99 Williams-Sonoma.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014


Get cozy this winter with a knit throw in a Fair Isle pattern. $39.99 Winners.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Throw

Retro Turntable

Get retro with the Crosley Cruiser Portable Turntable and a  great Selection of Sony Vinyl Records. $89.99 Target.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Turntable

Serving Bowl

This Quilted Serve Bowl is crafted from stoneware with a metallic sheen and textural pattern of raised squares. Fill with snacks for your next get together or side dishes at everyday meals. $39 West Elm.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Quilted Serve Bowl


Dessert Tray

The blue and white home décor pieces from Bombay Company have always been a favourite of mine. Blue & White 3 Tier Dessert Tray. Sale $47.40 Bombay Company. 

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Dessert Tray


Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014


This season’s holiday offerings from Tim Hortons are reasonably priced so Canadians don’t have to panic about finding last-minute gifts. With a restaurant located at nearly every corner, and many open 24/7, Canadians can rely on Tim Hortons to help make holiday shopping easier. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate is a holiday fave ($4.69), as well as Tim Hortons Dark Roast coffee for the Keurig ($9.99). Add a Holiday Mug in red, blue or green ($8.99 each) and a Timbit Tree Ornament ($5.99) and your gift is ready to go.

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From playful dishes, to functional decanters and more, Swedish-based Sagaform strives for smart solutions and functional Scandinavian design.  These oak Cafe Mug Coasters come in a pack of six. $24.95 EQ3.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Coasters

Wine Set

The perfect gift for the wine connoisseur, Yvon Mau Bordeaux Discovery Chest 2012 offers six new wines from Bordeaux to discover, this unique collection makes a stellar gift and is a perennial bestseller. $129.95 LCBO.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Wine Set


Long Tray

Created from cast aluminum with a nickel-plated finish, our Grand Brasserie Cast Aluminum collection has the simple lines, rough-cast texture, burnished patina and substantial presence of vintage French brasserie wares. Sale $39 Restoration Hardware.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Tray

Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

With 20 years of running a specialty food store and fifteen years writing cookbooks, Ina Garten has learned exactly which dishes you can prep, assemble, or cook ahead of time. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply making dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina gives you lots of amazing recipes that taste just as good—or even better!—when they’re made in advance. Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten, $20.50 Chapters.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Cookbook


Wall Organizer

Display notes and handwritten reminders on this Magnetic Stainless Steel Board, which can be easily mounted on a wall. $32 West Elm.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Wall Organizer

Bar Cart

I was eyeing the Threshold™ Bar Cart in Gold at Target. $129.99.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Bar Tray


Food Gift Basket

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Enjoy luscious chocolate treats for every palate, in one delightful and decorative basket. Godiva® Faux-Leather Festive Food Basket.

$34.99 Sears.

Gifts for the Home Holidays 2014 Chocolates

Ice Bucket

Keep your drinks cool for guests and looking stylish with this steel ice bucket. $49.99 Marshalls.

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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