Cool Holiday Gift Guides 2010: Home Design Edition

Every design blogger and "shelter" publication in town throws out a Holiday Gift Guide these days, and, browsed too early in the season, they can all seem kind of general ("yes, these are pretty things"), and/or more than a little overwhelming. But now that we have only a couple of people remaining on our list, those very same Guides can provide, if not an exact solution, certainly a more focused inspiration that we've been able to come up with on our own. So: a not-even-close-to-exhaustive list of a few of our favorites. Maybe these cool holiday gift guides help you, too…

Mommy Poppins get more out of NY with kids blog - Mom pushing a kid on a stroller with a city backdrop


Mommy Poppins is always a solid source for all-things-children in New York City, and Anne Fader's Gift Ideas this year are no exception. We particularly like this one, 11 Experience Gifts for NYC Kids (Paintball in Long Island City! Madeline Tea at Bemelmens Bar!), that goes well beyond the usual suspects.

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Design Sponge has been around for so long now–and has become so successful–that at this point we kind of take it for granted, but Grace Bonney's relentless dedication to finding good product design and decorating ideas remains as welcome as ever. The official Design Sponge Gift Guide is as large and varied as you'd expect, AND she includes the lists from as far back as 2007. TONS of cool holiday gift ideas here.

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Ok, so it's not exactly an obscure suggestion, but The New York Times Home and Decorating Gift Guides this year are particularly well curated (we're all over the Anthropologie Soup Can Salt and Pepper Set, bundled with a box of Maldon Salt, done!), and at all price levels.

Mug logo in shades of orange and Twenty One logo in shades of green

The always-reliable folks over at Manhattan User's Guide, have some excellent selections this year, we think, in both their 21 Under $21 (love the Goldfish Garbage Bags, and the New Yorker puzzle) and 21 Over $21 lists (REALLY love that Cubix Lamp and those banded Porcelain Storage Containers).

Cool Hunting logo in black gradient with white text

Finally, there's the great Cool Hunting Gift Guides, made even more awesome by the fact that most everything you see–some of which has been designed exclusively for Cool Hunting–can be purchased in Midtown (!) at the Cool Hunting for Gap pop-up (!!). Those Freehands Cashmere Gloves, for example, are on our wish list. In case you were wondering.


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