Everyone has at least one friend or family member whose home feels like something out of a design magazine. And around this time of year, they can be some of the toughest to shop for, considering they're always up on the latest trends and seemingly already have every kind of chic accessory already perfectly in place. But although the prospect of gifting them something that will blow them away can feel rather intimidating, it can actually be pretty fun. If you think about it, they're usually the kind of person who revels in the kind of form-over-function pieces that make a room pop in a totally unexpected way — which means they're open to unique, artsy, and edgy finds. And that's where you can focus your efforts: Cool, creative holiday gifts for the home they may never have thought of on their own.
As a good jumping off point, try to think beyond the basics. For example, she's probably already got a set of classic stemless wine glasses, but what about a quirky, colorful set of tumblers instead? Or instead of a classically autumnal candle, opt for home fragrance that doubles as decor. Consider items for the tabletop, bookshelves, or coffee table and other that are perfect for placing beautiful decorative objects. And don't forget about the walls. The gift of art is always one the design-lover is going to appreciate, whether it's a print or another unique form of wall decor.
It also helps to consider materials — specifically, anything luxe (leather, faux fur) or out-of-the-box (lucite, bamboo) that makes ordinary decor items a little more extraordinary. Textures, patterns, and colors are other details to consider if you're looking to find something that's guaranteed to be a standout. An oddly shaped vase, a ceramic mug with an eyeball motif, an acrylic chess set that's essentially art for your table — items that have a sense of whimsy or humor always make a great gift.
Need a little more inspiration? Ahead, find 13 decidedly distinctive decor finds that will take aback your interior design aficionado friends — in the best possible way.