2016 Gift Guide: New Homeowners

We are grateful to the Novogratz for supporting this gift guide. Our partners are handpicked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. 

11.21.16 | By
2016 Gift Guide: New Homeowners

Moving into a new home can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to furnishing it and making sure you have everything you need. Sometimes it’s the necessities and sometimes it’s the things that make life a little more fun. Either way, we searched out some gift ideas for all of your friends and family members that are new homeowners.


Trivet in Brass by Elijah Leed \\\ $100
Hand-etched brass in a heptagonal shape with saddle leather on the bottom to help protect your counter or tabletop from hot plates or dishes.


Aqueous Wall Planter by Evan Clabots for OTHR \\\ $100
A numbered edition, droplet-shaped wall planter that is actually 3D printed in porcelain and comes with the option of a 3D printed hook for hanging.


Aalto Vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala \\\ $75
A classic Scandinavian design that was first launched in 1936 and still remains just as timeless to this day.


Ivory Skull Rug by The Novogratz \\\ $259
Rugs seem to be the last bit of decor bought for a new home but no only do they dampen sound and feel cozier on the feet, they ground the room and set the tone of the space. We think this one is edgy and cool.


Beeswax Candle in Grey by L’ouvrière \\\ $28
A long-burning candle made of dyed beeswax that features a slight scent of honey.


Anna G. by Alessandro Mendini for Alessi \\\ $70
The often forgotten corkscrew is a necessity for someone moving into a new home and Anna G. offers a playful, smiling twist to an otherwise boring kitchen too.


Roll Bottle Opener by Umbra Studio for Umbra Shift \\\ $30
Another household necessity – the bottle opener – and this one is made of solid brass and looks good enough to leave out on the counter.


Banana Bowl by Harry Allen for Areaware \\\ $175
Both incredibly fun and practical, this bowl is part of Allen’s Reality series of everyday objects that are cast to become products with new uses.


Eames® Hang-It-All® by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller \\\ $200
A coveted design since 1953, the handy Hang-It-All® will help any homeowner contain all of their jackets, bags, and scarves.


Rainboots Umbrella Stand by Selab for Seletti \\\ $160
A quirky, but practical addition to any entryway to avoid having rain-soaked umbrellas dripping everywhere.


Walnut Salt Cellar by Offcut Studio \\\ $45
A simple and clean, handmade salt cellar made of walnut that’s made to sit out on the counter for convenience while cooking or preparing food.


Grip LED Flashlight by Praxis & Alexander Taylor \\\ $30
People never seem to think about having a flashlight until the lights go out and you really need one. This practical product features a long-lasting LED bulb you’ll be happy to have next time you’re in the dark.


Winter Seasonal Serving Tray Set by Heath Ceramics \\\ $113
A trio of serving trays, with a bonus maple knife, in seasonal, wintry glazes that were inspired by Northern California.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.