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Christmas is five days away. You've got all your gifts wrapped, your holiday cards written and mailed, your menus planned and prepped...and...what? That hysterical laughter you hear? That's me, because I have none of those things done. And I'll bet there's a chance you're still scrambling on at least one front. That's just the nature of this time of year, after all. So I like to keep a list of last-minute home decor gifts in my back pocket—items that I can call upon if I need something for my hostess, a client, a white elephant party, or that distant relative who dropped in unannounced.
Candleholders are a great example of a last-minute all-purpose gift. They're versatile, they have a warm and wintry appeal, and everyone has a use for them at one time or another. Look for stylistically basic pieces (nothing flashy!) in neutral materials. Similarly, a comfy knit throw or pair of decorative pillows in an on-trend print like chevron is a can't-miss bet. Accessories that can be swapped and stored when seasons and fashions change are a no-pressure but thoughtful gesture, and they give your recipient lots of options.
And really, isn't choice the best gift of all?
Shopping Guide: 1. Hex Nut Wood Candle 2. Rustic Iron Candle Lantern 3. Antique White Wood Candleholder 4. Glass and Leather Hurricane 5. White Moroccan Lantern 6. Teakwood Stump Candle 7. Grey Knit Throw 8. Canvas Union Jack Pillow 9. Plaid Throw Pillow 10. Cowhide Pillow 11. Rustic Red Throw 12. Chevron Accent Pillows
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Anne Sage is a design and lifestyle editor based in San Francisco. Her daily interiors and fashion blog The City Sage was named a must-read by Martha Stewart Living, and she was featured in the New York Times for her co-founding of the online shelter publication Rue Magazine. She also works as a stylist and art director for brands such as Target and Anthropologie.
In her spare time, Anne is most likely to be found color coding the books on her vintage Paul McCobb shelving unit.
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