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Our Commerce Editor Shares Her Top Holiday Gift Picks

12.06.21 | By
Our Commerce Editor Shares Her Top Holiday Gift Picks
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As a commerce editor, I like to think I have a unique advantage when it comes to holiday shopping. It’s literally my job to find the best modern picks the Design Milk Shop has to offer, so you can modernize your life and space your way. Heck, have you seen our collection of thoughtfully curated gift guides? I almost always pick up gift ideas for my loved ones while putting guides together – and the odd gift or two for myself because I’m only human after all. There are countless covetable modern goods on my radar, but I’ve narrowed them down to 5 I’ll be giving as gifts (and purchasing for myself) this holiday season.

Twist Candle in Orange by 54 Celsius

Twist Candle in Orange by 54 Celsius

I’ve been lusting after these bendy twist candles since before I came onboard the Design Milk team. The perfect marriage of function and fashion, these candles make for a unique and colorful home accent. There’s a ton of fun colors to choose from, but I couldn’t resist the soft tone of the orange. It’s going to be the focal point of my coffee table! I’m obviously buying this for myself, but any fellow candle lover on your list will appreciate the Twist’s whimsical modern design.

$40
Beast Blender by Beast Health

Beast Blender by Beast Health

After the famous Beast Blender entered my life earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to gift it to someone special on my holiday shopping list (who will remain nameless!). The space-saving modern design, unrivaled performance (get ready for the smoothest smoothies you’ve ever had), and ease of functionality will get your recipient excited about blending things again – and I can confidently say that it’ll be their new favorite kitchen appliance.

$155
KRONOS Double Wall Espresso Cup

KRONOS Double Wall Espresso Cup

Lifestyle editor Vy Yang inspired me to pick up these KINTO glasses after mentioning them in our team gift guide. I’m a huge espresso lover drinker, so I’m always on the hunt for new glasses that’ll make my favorite time of the day even more special. I love the double walled design, and the futuristic look of the lip around the middle. Plus, it’s perfect for hot and cold drinks, so I’ll be getting these beauties for myself and the fellow coffee addicts on my list.

$10
Palm Springs Puzzle by Werkshoppe

Palm Springs Puzzle by Werkshoppe

As a longtime lover of mid-century modern homes, the Palm Springs puzzle by Werkshoppe was a fast-favorite. I definitely plan on gifting more puzzles this year, as they’re a great way to ditch screens and treat yourself to some fun and engaging brain exercise. They’re also like giving 2 gifts in 1 because you’re not only getting a fun activity, but a piece of original artwork you can proudly hang on your wall.

$26
Dumbo Bookend in Large Cactus by Tortuga

Dumbo Bookend in Large Cactus by Tortuga

I love the curved design and soft green color of these bookends by Tortuga. I think beautiful, well-made bookends don’t get enough praise in the design world, and these make for a thoughtful, functional gift for the avid readers in your life. There’s a variety of sizes and colors to pick from too, so there’s bound to be a set that complements your recipient’s bookshelf decor.

$87

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Alexa is commerce editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound, Phoebe. A longtime art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are the art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM shop picks, she might be buried in a book, binging reality tv or adventuring around her city with her partner and pup.