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2018 Gift Guide: For the Home My favorite goodies & gift ideas!



If you missed it, this week is the week of GIFT GUIDES!!! I shared the first two gift guides of the week in my last two posts: Gifts For Her and Gifts for Creatives! Today I am sharing Gifts for the Home: pieces from my new house that I love, kitchen tools that make my life easier, cozy blankets to make your work day a little bit better and more!

These gift guides include things I have sourced from my Instagram DMs, my most frequently asked questions and some of my own favorites things! They are of varying price points (some would make great stocking stuffers, and some would be a much larger gift!) but my hope is that you can find some things you LOVE to buy for a loved one, or to add to your own wish list this year 🙂

#1: Wood Wick Candles

This might be a bit of a “Christmas” item…but you need 12 of them. These candles smell INCREDIBLE, last forever and if you get the wood wick, they sound just like a fireplace!!!

#2: Cozy Pottery Barn Blankets 

Fave blankets of all time ever. SO cute and cozy with the cable knit pattern, and they’re the perfect weight to snuggle on the couch during a work day or Netflix marathon!

#3 My Vacuum

This little nugget was a gift from my parents…and she is small but mighty! The vacuum is rechargeable (you just sit it on a charger when you’re finished!) but works like a dream! Perfect for a new homeowner or anyone moving into their first place on their own!

$4: The Crockpot of all Crockpots

Confession: I haven’t used this yet. Because…busy fall season. But I already know I love it, which means you need it. It’s a crockpot that doubles as a skillet…so you can cook meat IN IT on the stove, then transfer it to your counter for your crockpot dish and add the rest of the ingredients! AMAZING and dirties so many less dishes!


#5: Wood-Framed Quote (House of Belonging)  

OBSESSED with this brand and these framed quotes! They look absolutely beautiful, and there are so many options of Bible verses and quotes to find something that fits your home perfectly!

#6: Evelyn Henson Prints

I have two of these hanging in my master bath and LOVE THEM. So feminine and fun with bright pops of color! I have the one that is linked, but there are so many beautiful options on her site!


#7: Blue Checkered Door Mat

I’ve gotten so many questions about this on my Instagram story! I layer all of my door mats over a blue checkered rug and LOVE IT! It creates depth and looks absolutely adorable!

#8: Target White Plate Set

This is such a great starter set for anyone who has recently moved into their own place! I got a lot of requests to share kitchen basics – and this was my first plate set! I still use them daily and they were such a good choice 🙂

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**You guys will see TONS more of my Christmas decor and all of the sources next week!!!

#9: Pottery Barn Mantle 

My home didn’t have a mantle when I moved in, and I bought one specifically for this year’s Christmas season! But, it’s an AWESOME addition to any cozy fireplace space and was super easy to install! (I have the 5.5 length in the Livingston finish!)


#10: Gal Meets Glam Rug

This is going to be the most expensive thing in all of the gift guide posts, but I had to include it because of the number of messages I’ve received about it! One of my all-time FAVE bloggers, Julia Hengel, launched a beautiful rug last year and I DIED over it. When I found my house, I knew I wanted it to be the statement piece in my office! All of my other rugs are under $150 from Wayfair…but this one was special! Haha! 

#11: Emily Ley Recipe Binder 

This is SO SPECIAL to me! It was a Christmas gift from last year, and my mom filled it with all of our family recipes that go back generations and generations. I keep it as a decor piece in my kitchen and use it every week. I will keep it forever and ever and ever!!!

#12: Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products  

This may seem like a silly stocking stuffer item…but I am obsessed with these products! They sell them at Target (but the link is Amazon!) and I use the counter spray and soaps, specifically. The Lavender scent is my year-round favorite, but all of the seasonal scents are so wonderful – especially the peppermint one for Christmas!

#13: Fun Silverware 

I got a set of white marble silverware quite a few years ago when I lived in Richmond for a brief period of time, but I LOVE IT and still use it every day! Unfortunately my specific set was discontinued from Anthropologie, but there are still SO many adorable options at the link!

**This post contains some affiliate links and coupon codes. I will make a small commission based on purchases for some of the products mentioned! I so appreciate you stopping by and utilizing those link when purchasing these gifts! XO!


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I'm Hope Taylor, an international Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer based in Charleston, SC. I'm also an educator, international speaker, and the host of multiple sold-out workshops each year!



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