Holiday Gift Ideas for Design Lovers

With the holidays right around the corner, the pressure is on to find that perfect gift for friends and family! To help ease the stress, we asked our design-savvy friends Paulina Oldenbrook, Kari McIntosh, Leann Conquer, Alexis Tompkins, and Adele Salierno for their suggestions and they did not disappoint! Their ideas include locally sourced gifts, decadent gifts, gifts for the home, and gifts for that impossible-to-shop-for person who’s on everyone’s list!

From Paulina Oldenbrook of Paulina Oldenbrook Interior Design

To me, the best thing about the holidays is the gathering of your people. . . enjoying cozy rest and filling your senses with the aroma of love, warmth, and great memories. Some of my favorite holiday gifts that map to this experience are a candle from Baobab. My pick is “Feathers” from Baobab Collection.

Next, I would add a sumptuous wrap, like this Eco Metallic Horse Bit Wrap from

Equally cozy is In2Green’s Eco Stag Longhorn Throw. . .Warm up and be green all at the same time!

From Kari McIntosh of Kari McIntosh Design

Cowgirl Creamery The Starter Course — “Consumables” are always top of my list to gift. They are perfect for the person who has everything. The local twist makes it memorable.

Linda Fahey’s “Butter Dome” — Linda is my favorite local ceramicist. Her shop, Yonder SF, is the perfect one-stop shopping for anything from stocking stuffers to workshops for a more personal gift. I really love her Butter Domes. They come in a variety of glazes and each one is unique. A wonderful addition to tabletop decor.

Aesop’s “Reverence Duet Package”—This was gifted to me a couple of years ago and my whole family enjoyed it. What makes this unique are the tiny pumice stones in the hand soap that leaves dry hands feeling soft and refreshed. The handsome packaging makes the perfect accessory for many styles of decor. 

From Leann Conquer and Alexis Tompkins of Chroma

We love to play with texture and pattern, layering them together in the home like this bright and bold pillow from Belgian interior designer Jean-Philippe Demeyer. JP Demeyer’s rich background in design and antiques shaped his passion for creating unique fabrics—they are a lively and artful addition.

Seattle-based artist John Hogan unveiled his newest collection Menagerie with The Future Perfect earlier this year—the collection is a small-scale exploration of his stunning glass objects and furnishings. They are gorgeous on their own or grouped together for a beautiful tablescape.

The backstory of Edie Parker founder, Brett Heyman, will win you over and then you see her fabulously elegant acrylic clutches. Inspired by the iconic clutches of the 1950s and 1960s and reimagined. . .“ with a twist.” Edie Parker Mini Lara Tortoise Clutch from our friends at Hero Shop (San Francisco & Marin Country Mart).

Layering in the final touches, we head to Heath, and these fringed Belgian linen napkins by Adelene Simple Cloth are perfect for holiday and year round.

From Adele Salierno of Studio KU

Five seasons leaf fragrance diffuser by Alessi, because I love when form meets function.

“Gletscher” Vase by Sebastian Menschhorn, because I find interesting the contrast between the soft inner shape and the squared outside.

For her, the concrete cuff and for him, concrete cufflinks, because I’m inspired by the meaningful use of industrial materials.

From Jeff King & Company

Keeping a clean house is a chore, but with a handmade walnut-handle broom and dustpan it can be done beautifully. Locally made by Hannah Beatrice Quinn, these are pretty enough to keep out of the broom closet.

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen knows how invaluable a really good knife is and the folks over at Town Cutlery make beautiful wood-handled knives with both carbon and stainless steel blades. Founded by a former chef, they take pride in creating reliable cutlery for people who are passionate about cooking and who appreciate handmade quality.

The 17-year old son of one of our carpenters has been designing bags under the Walker Wolfe name for the past two years. We love this navy octopus clutch, the design of which is based on one of his earliest creations. Walker donates 10% of his profits to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization dedicated to ridding the world’s oceans of plastic.

If you know us, you know we love dogs! And the book Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman is the perfect gift for the dog lover on your list. Beautifully illustrated and deeply philosophical, this book will bring joy to everyone who reads it.

Happy holidays from all of us at Jeff King & Company!