Homeware makes a brilliant Christmas gift this year
Wednesday, 11th December 2013, Jane Gibson
From soft furnishings to fancy utensils, clever and attractive designs have thrust homeware to the top of the Christmas gift wish list for many this year.
Once upon a time, giving a loved one a food processor or set of knives would have been deemed unimaginative and downright unromantic. However a proliferation of cookery and interiors programmes seem to have changed our opinion on kitchenware and the like, which huge numbers of people actively asking for cushions or macaron trays.
As guardian.co.uk notes, the key is to find a gift that combines novelty with practicality - something that incorporates 'seriously stylish presentation'. The newspaper suggests vintage-style digital radios - perfect for a kitchen windowsill, brightly-coloured mixers and kitchen gadgets that are based on power tools, such as the Bosch IXO Gourmet which is effectively a drill for cooking.
With increasing numbers of people spending more time in their kitchens, newly-inspired to cook, it's little wonder that culinary devices feature greatly. Telegraph.co.uk extols the benefits of transparent glass cafetiere teapots, two-tier cheese plates, self-watering herb pots and placemats made from real vinyl records.
Other ideal gift ideas include retro-print cushions, designed to transform any neutral-hued sofa into a trendy settee, Aztec-themed rugs and personalised artwork.
One last point: don't forget the batteries.