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Southern Living Magazine Online – 15 Home and Garden Gift Ideas

With the holidays right around the corner, our editors are shopping for thoughtful presents to please every personality on their list. From go-to gardening tools to entertaining essentials, we’re sharing 15 of our favorite gifts for making spirits bright. Find ideas for home décor, stocking stuffers, and cocktail parties with festive items our editors can’t wait to give (and receive) this holiday season. 


  1. Auburn, Alabama-based artist Andrew Lee Design gives old-school correspondence a handsome upgrade with a favorite Southern bloom.  BUY IT: $27 for set of 5; andrewleedesigns.comScreenShot2021-10-01at12.17.49PM_1024x1024@2x
  2. Gift the holiday hostess bronze walnut place card holders she can use from Thanksgiving through the New Year.  BUY IT: $55 each; reedsmythe.com
  3. No home can ever have too many pretty tchotchkes. We’d hang this decorative bloom on a gallery wall or display it on a coffee table. BUY IT: $38; domainbylaurahodgesstudio.com
  4. Treat an avid gardener to a new pair of durable gloves and a hand-forged trowel for preparing spring flowers. BUY IT: $95; thefloralsociety.com
  5. Give the traditionalist a blue-and-white chinoiserie-inspired puzzle that’s pretty enough to keep out on the card table. BUY IT: $23; shopsocietysocial.com
  6. Playing cards make great stocking stuffers, especially this Palm Beach-inspired deck with hand-painted watercolor illustrations. BUY IT: $32; louloubaker.com
  7. Whiskey enthusiasts will love this colorful addition to their home bar. BUY IT: $52 for set of 2; shophammett.com
  8. The only work required of the recipient is watching these pretty paperwhites grow. BUY IT: $42; hudsongracesf.com
  9. What pairs better with eggnog than festive linens with Santa dancing to the jingle bell rock? BUY IT: $53 for set of 4; courtlandandco.com
  10. Gift the jetsetter a bespoke jewelry case for traveling without worry of tangled necklaces. BUY IT: from $63; shoplenora.com
  11. Add a personalized touch with a hand-painted porcelain mug from Royal Copenhagen’s Alphabet Collection. BUY IT: $105; royalcopenhagen.com
  12. Vibrant taper candles in a rainbow of colors will make any mantel feel merry and bright. BUY IT: $48 for set of 2; thearkelements.com
  13. The classic plaid pattern feels neutral enough to use year-round, but the blanket’s sherpa back feels extra cozy on cold winter nights. BUY IT: $90; westelm.com
  14. For the design enthusiast, present a copy of 2019 Southern Living Idea House designer Lauren Liess’s new book, Feels Like Home, for dreamy decorating inspiration. BUY IT: $40; shop.laurenliess.com
  15. Gift your favorite grandmillenial a festive needlepoint kit for creating her own holiday home decor. BUY IT: $70; lepointstudio.com

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