27 gift ideas for the aspiring home decorator

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Do you have a best friend on your gift list who’s hyped about the launch of Magnolia Network? Or maybe your mom is forever looking for the next piece to make a living space perfect?

We compiled some stylish yet practical home decor gift ideas under $50 that are sure to bring a smile to an aspiring interior designer’s face this holiday season.

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Bestselling home decor gifts

1. Table Lamp

Touch Sensor Bedside Lamp

AUKEY Table Lamp, Touch Sensor Bedside Lamps + Dimmable Warm White Light & Color Changing RGB for Bedrooms (Amazon / Amazon)
AUKEY Table Lamp, Touch Sensor Bedside Lamps + Dimmable Warm White Light & Color Changing RGB for Bedrooms (Amazon / Amazon)

Touch Sensor Bedside Lamp $29.99 at Amazon

This top-selling table lamp is touch-activated and offers soft ambient lighting ideal for a bedroom or modern office. Choose from three levels of warm white light or a mix of bright colors, which owners can pause on their favorite hue.

2. Mason Jar Sconce Set

Rustic Wall Sconces with LED Fairy Lights and Flowers

HOMKO Decorative Mason Jar Wall Decor - Rustic Wall Sconces with 6-Hour Timer LED Fairy Lights and Flowers - Farmhouse Home Decor (Set of 2) (Amazon / Amazon)
HOMKO Decorative Mason Jar Wall Decor – Rustic Wall Sconces with 6-Hour Timer LED Fairy Lights and Flowers – Farmhouse Home Decor (Set of 2) (Amazon / Amazon)

Rustic Wall Sconces with LED Fairy Lights and Flowers $22.99 at Amazon

Any country home decor lover will enjoy this cute gift! It’s a mason jar sconce filled with LED fairy lights and faux hydrangea flowers. It comes as a set of two, with each jar hung on a rustic wood holder that can be mounted inside or outside.

3. Brass Picture Frame

Brass Picture Frame

Umbra Picture Frame for Desktop or Wall, Holds One, 4 by 4-Inch, Brass (Amazon / Amazon)
Umbra Picture Frame for Desktop or Wall, Holds One, 4 by 4-Inch, Brass (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Brass Picture Frame $12.50 at Amazon

  • Brass Picture Frame $12.59 at Wayfair

Know someone who has lots of photos throughout their home? This is a unique and popular picture frame that lets them showcase their favorite memories in a stylish way.

4. Gingham Throw Pillow Covers

Gingham Farmhouse Throw Pillow Covers

4TH Emotion Set of 2 Beige and White Buffalo Check Plaid Farmhouse Throw Pillow Covers Cushion Case Cotton Linen for Sofa, 12 x 20 Inches (Amazon / Amazon)
4TH Emotion Set of 2 Beige and White Buffalo Check Plaid Farmhouse Throw Pillow Covers Cushion Case Cotton Linen for Sofa, 12 x 20 Inches (Amazon / Amazon)

Gingham Farmhouse Throw Pillow Covers $10.99 at Amazon

This set of two pillow covers with a check plaid pattern comes in a variety of colors, though the beige and white is one of the most popular and versatile. The pillow covers have more than 8,000 reviews and are one of the bestselling throw pillow covers on Amazon.

5. Nest Fragrances Reed Diffuser

Nest Fragrances Reed Diffuser

NEST Fragrances Reed Diffuser- Apricot Tea, 5.9 fl oz (Amazon / Amazon)
NEST Fragrances Reed Diffuser- Apricot Tea, 5.9 fl oz (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Nest Fragrances Reed Diffuser $48.00 at Amazon

  • Nest Fragrances Reed Diffuser $48.00 at Smallflower

  • Nest Fragrances Reed Diffuser $48.00 at Nest New York

A versatile gift for any homeowner, this elegant glass reed diffuser comes with scented oils designed to slowly release their fragrance via the reeds for up to 90 days. This top-selling set comes in a variety of scents including linen, Moroccan amber and sparkling cassis.

Home decor gifts under $15

1. Wi-Fi Password Chalk Sign

WiFi Password Chalk Sign

WiFi Password Chalk Sign $15.00 at Etsy

House guests will never need to ask what the Wi-Fi password is ever again thanks to this custom chalkboard.

2. Decorative Coiled Rope Basket

Decorative Coiled Rope Basket

Decorative Coiled Rope Basket $12.99 at Target

Both durable and long-lasting, this textured basket easily blends in with almost any home decor. It’s also large enough to hold small toys and hefty magazines, or it could double as a planter holder.

3. Metal Candle Holder Lantern

Metal Candle Holder Lantern

Metal Candle Holder Lantern (Walmart / Walmart)
Metal Candle Holder Lantern (Walmart / Walmart)

Metal Candle Holder Lantern $13.88 at Walmart

Made from black iron, this vintage-inspired lantern adds a bit of drama to your usual candle holder.

4. “Hello” Doormat

“Hello” Doormat

Ottomanson Doormat Collection Rectangular Hello Doormat, 20" X 30", Beige (Amazon / Amazon)
Ottomanson Doormat Collection Rectangular Hello Doormat, 20″ X 30″, Beige (Amazon / Amazon)
  • “Hello” Doormat $5.98 at Amazon

  • “Hello” Doormat $7.99 at Macy’s

Give the front door a new look with this friendly “Hello” doormat in beige. Over 7,000 people have reviewed the mat, which comes with rubber backing to keep it in place.

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Home decor gifts under $25

1. Find Joy Wall Hanging

Find Joy Wall Hanging

Find Joy Wall Hanging
Find Joy Wall Hanging

Find Joy Wall Hanging $22.39 at Society6

This vibrant piece of wall art gives you a constant reminder that joy can be found all around you. Crafted with polyester yarns of various textures and colors, it also includes a wooden dowel and cotton yarn for easy hanging.

2. Orange Grove Cutting Board

Orange Grove Cutting Board

Orange Grove Cutting Board
Orange Grove Cutting Board

Orange Grove Cutting Board $18.90 at Society6

This kitchen essential doubles as a functional decorative element for your kitchen. Made with durable baltic wood on one side and a satin finish on the other, it’s the perfect piece to prep delicious dishes and present on your wall when you’re done.

3. Marbled Concrete Planter

Marbled Concrete Planter

Marbled Concrete Planter
Marbled Concrete Planter

Marbled Concrete Planter $24.00 at Etsy

Give your small household plants a beautiful new home. These modern concrete planters are handmade, so every piece is uniquely one-of-a-kind just for you.

4. Memento Ticket Holder

Memento Ticket Holder

Memento Ticket Holder
Memento Ticket Holder
  • Memento Ticket Holder $18.97 at Target

  • Memento Ticket Holder $18.97 at Amazon

  • Memento Ticket Holder $18.97 at Walmart

Remember live music? This year has made many of us long for the good old days of seeing our favorite musicians IRL. At least your music-loving loved ones could proudly show off their ticket collection with this decorative keepsake holder.

5. Balloon Dog

Balloon Dog

Balloon Dog $22.99 at Wayfair

Suddenly the Koons is in your house! This miniature replica of the American artist’s famed balloon animal sculpture is made of polyresin and works as a perfect conversation starter.

6. JWH Flower Accent Pillow

JWH Handmade Accent Pillow

JWH Handmade 3D Flowers Accent Pillow Round Sunflower Cushion Decorative Pillowcase with Pillow Insert Home Sofa Bed Living Room Decor Gift 12 Inch / 30 cm Solid Suede Sky Blue (Amazon / Amazon)
JWH Handmade 3D Flowers Accent Pillow Round Sunflower Cushion Decorative Pillowcase with Pillow Insert Home Sofa Bed Living Room Decor Gift 12 Inch / 30 cm Solid Suede Sky Blue (Amazon / Amazon)

JWH Handmade Accent Pillow $21.79 at Amazon

This cute pillow adds a whimsical touch to any room and comes in a variety of colors including light gray, rose red and teal blue.

7. Artificial Lavender Plant

Artificial Potted Lavender Plant

Velener Artificial Flower Potted Lavender Plant for Home Decor (Wooden Tray) (Amazon / Amazon)
Velener Artificial Flower Potted Lavender Plant for Home Decor (Wooden Tray) (Amazon / Amazon)

Artificial Potted Lavender Plant $22.99 at Amazon

Add some greenery to the home with this artificial potted lavender. Placed in a wooden box, the plant fits well with rustic or farmhouse decor.

8. Moroccan Blythe Area Rug

Moroccan Blythe Accent Rug

nuLOOM Moroccan Blythe Area Rug (Amazon / Amazon)
nuLOOM Moroccan Blythe Area Rug (Amazon / Amazon)

This rug has a traditional Persian design with modern flair, so it’s great for the recipient who’s looking to add a cozy touch to their space. Buyers described it as a “beautiful modern, yet classic rug” and said that it was soft and easy to maintain. Another boasted that the rug would not stain, even with pets!

9. Rustic Tabletop Chalkboard

Rustic Magnetic Chalkboard

Rustic Whitewash Tabletop Chalkboard Sign / Hanging Magnetic Wall Chalkboard / Small Countertop Chalkboard Easel / Kitchen Countertop Memo Board / 9.5" x 14" . Weddings, Birthdays, Baby Announcements (Amazon / Amazon)
Rustic Whitewash Tabletop Chalkboard Sign / Hanging Magnetic Wall Chalkboard / Small Countertop Chalkboard Easel / Kitchen Countertop Memo Board / 9.5″ x 14″ . Weddings, Birthdays, Baby Announcements (Amazon / Amazon)

Rustic Magnetic Chalkboard $17.99 at Amazon

This fun chalkboard is a great way to leave fun notes for family members while adding a rustic decorative element to the room. It can easily set on a table, counter or other space. The surface is also magnetic for those who want to add whimsical magnets.

10. Knit Throw Blanket

Knit Throw Blanket

Knit Throw Blanket $23.99 at Amazon

This soft throw is perfect for snuggling on the couch and adding a splash of color to a room’s decor. Made from acrylic fabric and with decorative fringe on the edge.

11. Floating Shelves

Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

Love-KANKEI Floating Shelves Wall Mounted Set of 3, Rustic Wood Wall Storage Shelves for Bedroom, Living Room, Bathroom, Kitchen, Office and More Carbonized Black (Amazon / Amazon)
Love-KANKEI Floating Shelves Wall Mounted Set of 3, Rustic Wood Wall Storage Shelves for Bedroom, Living Room, Bathroom, Kitchen, Office and More Carbonized Black (Amazon / Amazon)

Rustic Wood Floating Shelves $19.99 at Amazon

For a practical gift, consider this set of three floating shelves. Made from wood with a torched finish and accented by black metal brackets, the rustic-looking shelves are easy to install and can display anything from books to knick-knacks to photos.

Home decor gifts under $50

1. Ceramic Personalized Coasters

Ceramic Personalized Coasters

Ceramic Personalized Coasters
Ceramic Personalized Coasters

Ceramic Personalized Coasters $31.05 at Etsy

Give your tables a personal touch with these custom coasters made with natural travertine stone and a cork backing.

2. Turquoise and Lavender Floral Serving Tray

Turquoise and Lavender Floral Serving Tray

Turquoise and Lavender Floral Serving Tray
Turquoise and Lavender Floral Serving Tray

Turquoise and Lavender Floral Serving Tray $27.30 at Society6

Keeping organized has never been so stylish. Made with 100% environmentally-friendly bamboo, this serving tray works as a coffee table platter, bathroom organizer or even an eclectic backdrop for food photography.

3. Farmstead Barn Door Clock

Farmstead Barn Door Clock

Farmstead Barn Door Clock
Farmstead Barn Door Clock

Farmstead Barn Door Clock $49.99 at Home Depot

Deliver a little bit of barnyard flair with this rustic home decor gift. With wrought iron numbers and a whitewashed finish, this timepiece is made to be the focal point of any interior.

4. Metal Octagon Decorative Mirror

Metal Octagon Decorative Mirror

Metal Octagon Decorative Mirror
Metal Octagon Decorative Mirror
  • Metal Octagon Decorative Mirror $48.49 at Target

  • Metal Octagon Decorative Mirror $48.17 at Amazon

  • Metal Octagon Decorative Mirror $48.17 at Home Depot

If your wannabe decorator prefers geometric shapes, this mirror is a must-have. It’s also accented with an antique gold finish for a little extra regality.

5. Gustave Bookends

Gustave Bookends

Gustave Bookends $41.99 at Wayfair

We may not be able to travel to a tropic destination anytime soon, but at least you can bring a bit of the tropics to the beloved bookworm in your life with these decorative bookends.

6. Tufted Storage Bench

Tufted Storage Ottoman

Seville Classics 15.7" Foldable Storage Ottoman Footrest Toy Box Coffee Table Stool, 2-Pack, Charcoal Gray (Amazon / Amazon)
Seville Classics 15.7″ Foldable Storage Ottoman Footrest Toy Box Coffee Table Stool, 2-Pack, Charcoal Gray (Amazon / Amazon)

For a modern take on a blanket chest, consider this fabric trunk. It’s ideal to use as a footrest or as an accent piece anywhere that needs extra storage. It’s cushioned on the top, so it can also be used as extra seating.

7. Sullivans Small White Ceramic Vase Set

Sullivans Small White Ceramic Vase Set

  • Sullivans Small White Ceramic Vase Set $34.99 at Amazon

  • Sullivans Small White Ceramic Vase Set $34.49 at Overstock

Decorative vases can add a unique touch to any room, and this set is a beautifully minimalist option that could fit into almost any space. They’re even pretty enough to display with or without flowers.

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This gift guide was originally published on Nov. 7, 2018.

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