Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

     Tis' the season to be...stressed out about checking off that long holiday gift list?  Don't worry, we feel the pressure too.  Even though we always go into holiday season with the best of intentions to get all our shopping and wrapping done early, we can say that every year we are left in a panic a week before gifts are to be opened in front of friends and family.  In order to make life a little easier for you, we picked out 10 unique gift ideas from one of our favorite design stores, West Elm.  

     Did we mention that starting January 1st, we will be launching our first ever Giveaway? To show our appreciation for all of the work and creativity you put into your designs, we will be starting a 4-month long contest where you can submit your favorite installation shots of any original StoneImpressions or Artisan Stone Tile projects you worked on.  At the end of the 4 months, we will be awarding the winner with a brand new iPad Mini 4.  We will also be awarding a $100 gift card to West Elm at the end of each month!

Gifts for Her

1. Decorative Tray

Seriously, who doesn't love a good tray?  Not only are they fun to arrange, they are also very versatile.  They work well on ottomans, tables, counter tops, you name it.  Gift this classic accent piece to someone who loves to decorate!

Fishs Eddy Gilded Cafe Mirror Tray $69-$99

 2. Faux-Fur Throw 

Anyone who says that they don't enjoy curling up next to the fire with a big comfy blanket obviously hasn't found the perfect throw.  Give the gift of comfort with one of West Elm's faux-fur throws.  The best part?  It isn't real fur! 

Faux Fur Ombre Throw $62 on Sale

3. Succulents 

Shopping for a plant lover?  Luckily, West Elm has dozens of decorative succulents and planters to choose from, ranging in prices.  This gift is both thoughtful and affordable!

Mid-Century Turned Leg Tabletop Planters $24-$49
Roar+Rabbit Freeform Terrariums $34-48 on Sale

4. Candles

Okay, we know that giving candles to someone isn't the most thought-out of presents, but sometimes you need to find something fast for that distant relative or third cousin with interesting design taste.  That's why we found you this nature-inspired candle set that also includes a diffuser and room spray.  This set has a chic look and also smells amazing!

Naturalist Homescent Collection $32 Set

Gifts for Him

5. Stainless Steel Ice Cubes 

If you're shopping for a guy who is serious about his liquor, then you can't go wrong with West Elm's stainless steel ice cube set.  We're sure whoever receives this gift will want to test them out right away!

Essential Barware Stainless Steel Ice Cubes $29

6. Bamboo Desk Speakers

What man doesn't love the gift of technology during the holidays?  These bamboo speakers are stylish, portable and affordable.  

Bamboo USB Desk Speakers $41 on Sale

Gifts For Anyone

7. Coffee Kit

Now that the open shelved look in kitchens is becoming very popular, it is important to have kitchen accessories that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Luckily, West Elm has got that covered.  Impress your interior design and coffee-obsessed friend with this timeless collection.

Bodum Copper Coffee Collection $30

8. Knife Set

 Want to impress the couple that loves to throw dinner parties?  Surprise them with this set of modern, stainless steel knives!  This gift is perfect for anyone who likes to get serious in the kitchen.  

Hampton Forge Knife Set $69

We hope we helped relieve your stress a little-or at least helped give you some good holiday gift ideas for those tricky relatives and friends!  If you don't see anything on this list, make sure to check out the West Elm Website to look at their gift guides, there are countless ideas.

**Also, make sure to start looking for those great install shots to enter for our first ever Giveaway (we will be judging the quality of the image and overall design).  We cannot wait to see what you have for us.  If you have any questions about the guidelines for this contest, please email  

Feel free to start sending in those shots!  

{All images courtesy of West Elm}