10 Homey Gifts to Splurge on (and 10 Budget Buys That Are Convincing Dupes)

updated Nov 21, 2019
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It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to do some gift shopping! We’re sharing our favorite picks for anyone on your list—check out all of our gift guides here!

Lean in close and I’ll tell you a secret: As much as I like to splurge for people on my gifting list, I can’t always make it happen, budget-wise. Oh, you too? Phew, OK, then we’re all in this together. The good news is that there are plenty of wallet-friendly options that make pretty good substitutes for your favorite swanky gifts, so no one on your list even has to know! Our favorite picks are below. (And, of course, if you’ve got the $$$, the ritzy versions are fab too—and I promise I won’t tell if you keep it for yourself.)

1. Splurge: Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Ah, le dream. Le Creuset has a rep for high quality that delivers even heat and delicious meals, and this green-ish color is just… *sigh*. And it’s dishwasher safe! A 5 1/2-quart size is the most versatile, but there are other sizes go down to 2 3/4-quart and up to 7 1/4-quart.

Buy: Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron 5 1/2-Qt Round Dutch Oven in Ocean, $350 at Williams-Sonoma

2. Steal: Artisanal Kitchen Supply Dutch Oven

There are lots of budget-friendly dutch ovens out there, but this one has a unique pine color—perfect for winter!—that’s a more modern alternative to the ever-popular red. The 6-quart size is sold out in this color, but the 2-quart cutie is still available (and as of publication, at a handsome half-off price!).

Buy: Artisanal Kitchen Supply 2 qt. Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven in Spruce, $39.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

3. Splurge: Eames Hang-It-All

For your loved one who has it all, get them something that can hang it all—i.e., the mid-century classic that’s managed to look good since it was released back in 1953. Aside from the pretty navy and maple combo, you can also find other neutrals (black, white, black and walnut, and white and walnut) as well as a super fun multicolored rack that’s perfect for a kid’s room.

Buy: Eames Hang-It-All, $295 at Design Within Reach

4. Steal: Poly and Bark Coat Rack

If you want that mid-century style at a lower price, try this dupe from Poly and Bark. (Another idea: Get it for yourself and use it to corral guests’ coats when they come over.) This one comes in black and walnut, or in white with multicolored balls.

Buy: Sphere Coat Rack, $40 at Poly and Bark

5. Splurge: MoMa Design Store Rainbow Plaid Throw

The soft wool blend and plaid pattern make it classic, the rainbow color scheme makes it fun. This one’s woven at a family-owned mill in Ireland.

Buy: Rainbow Plaid Throw, $195 at MoMA Design Store

6. Steal: Juniper Plaid Throw Blanket

This Anthropologie throw has the same whimsical, colorful feel, but it’s made from polyester. It comes in a stylish blue-and-yellow plaid, too.

Buy: Juniper Plaid Throw Blanket, $78 at Anthropologie

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7. Splurge: Burke Decor Gold Decorative Trays

Fancy-schmancy gold tones combine with delicate leaf details on the handles to make this tray set ultra dreamy. The two sizes are a plus, since they can fit in places large and small.

Buy: Set of 2 Gold Decorative Trays with Leaf Detail Handles, $340, Burke Decor

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8. Steal: Opalhouse Cast Brass Decorative Floral Tray

Cast brass gives this little 15-inch-wide tray some real heft, and the gold finish and dainty floral accents make it look way more expensive than it is. Get it for your mom, your neighbor, and your mail carrier without budget guilt.

Buy: Opalhouse Cast Brass Decorative Floral Tray Gold, $24.99 at Target

9. Splurge: Capra Designs Terrazzo Banjo Planter

This handmade planter is a standout. It’s also available in an olive-y green and a golden color.

Buy: Terrazzo Banjo Planter, $129 at Capra Designs

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10. Steal: Afloral Terrazzo Flower Pot

Embedded bits of marble create the signature speckled look on these pots. At less than $20 each, you can afford to buy a few.

Buy: Terrazzo Flower Pots, $16.80 at Afloral

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11. Splurge: Dyson Lightcycle Task Light

This sleek task light simulates natural daylight, and can be adjusted for both brightness and warmth of the light. An ambient light sensor automatically detects surrounding light and adjusts accordingly—and there’s a motion sensor, too, so you don’t have to worry about turning it off if you leave the room.

Buy: Dyson Lightcycle desk light in black/brass, $599.99 at Dyson

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12. Steal: Ottlite Alexander Desk Lamp

Ottlite’s lamps are made to mimic the look of natural daylight to make reading easier on your eyes, and a flexible neck means you can direct light where it’s needed. A throwback shape and a brass finish give this light a chic vintage-y vibe.

Buy: Ottlite Alexander Desk Lamp in Brass, $49.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

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13. Splurge: Diptyque Feu de Bois Candle

A Diptyque best-seller, the Feu de Bois (or “wood fire”) candle has a smoky, woodsy scent that’s reminiscent of cozying up in front of the fireplace for winter. What could be more hygge?

Buy: Feu de Bois Wood Fire Candle, $65 at Nordstrom

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14. Steal: Otherland Dappled Wood Candle

For a much more modest price of $36, get a similar woodsy, wintery scent with a gorgeous label. (Hot tip: Spring for a variety three-pack, then give them out individually to save a little $$$.)

Buy: Dappled Wood Candle, $36 at Otherland

15. Splurge: Mark and Graham Leather Catchall Tray

Contrast stitching and a gold monogram make this one look extra upscale. It comes in other colors—brown, orange, white, and blush—and two larger sizes, too.

Buy: Mark and Graham Small Leather Catchall Tray, $49 at Mark and Graham

16. Steal: Sivel + Sharp Vegan Leather Valet Tray

Faux leather in a royal blue color is eye-catching, but you can also buy in brown, black, gray, khaki, white, cream, and coral. It’s the perfect gift for the friend who’s constantly losing their keys (ahem, me).

Buy: SIVEL + SHARP Vegan Leather Valet Tray, $14.99 at Amazon

17. Splurge: Breville Variable Temp Luxe Tea Kettle

This beauty does all the fancy things: It has pre-programmed temperatures to suit teas (green, white, oolong, black, herbal) as well as French press coffee and a straight-up boil setting. It’ll keep water warm for 20 minutes afterwards, too. This is a gift that will be beloved by the hardcore tea drinker in your life.

Buy: Breville Variable Temp Luxe Tea Kettle in Sea Salt, $199.95 at Williams-Sonoma

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18. Steal: Miroco Cool-Touch Tea Kettle

This one doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it does have a sleek white finish and an auto-shutoff feature.

Buy: Miroco Double Wall 100% Stainless Steel Cool Touch Tea Kettle, $41.99 at Amazon

19. Splurge: HAY Flare Glass Taper Candle Holder

The barely-there shade of pink plus dark pink around the edges makes this candlestick a little vintage, a little funky. A pair make for a pretty gift—or buy a few for your own table.

Buy: HAY Flare Glass Taper Candle Holder, $25 at Urban Outfitters

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20. Steal: Verrea Taper Holders, Set of Four

Also made of glass, these sleek candlesticks would look pretty when packaged with tapered candles for your pal. Cranberry is the closest match to the pink HAY candlesticks above, but these look particularly striking in amber.

Buy: Verrea Taper Candle Holders, Set of 4, $15 at Lights.com