I do have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to holiday gifts, but I'm always impressed with what my design-savvy friends give each year. So, I decided to ask some interior design "tastemakers" for their favorite go-to presents. From designers and stylists to bloggers and shop-owners, some of the brightest stars in the design world have shared their favorite holiday gift ideas with me.
To kick things off, San Francisco-based Victoria Smith of the always-inspiring blog sfgirlbybay has shared her go-to gift ideas. But, she admits she's not a huge fan of the commercial side of Christmas: "I love the white twinkling lights, and the parties and dinner gatherings with friends — the celebrations. I do love that part."
- On gifts for friends: "Most of my friends and I for years have agreed to always make our gifts for each other. Even when they sometimes don't come out quite as well as you had envisioned, we give them anyway, and just have a good laugh. From homemade pillow cases, to miniature snow domes made from baby food jars, and knit scarves, we've gone through some good gifts and some good laughs."
Hear more of Victoria's favorite go-to gift ideas.
- On gifts for family: "I'm a big book giver. I love and cherish my books, and feel the same way about giving them as gifts. My family is fortunate and doesn't really 'need' much, so books always seem like the best and most lasting gifts. I also often give family members some of my photographs as well, ones I've taken of our special moments together."
- On her plans this season: "This year, as most of my friends are independent artists and have been feeling the economic crunch, we have a plan for a potluck dinner, and I expect I'll probably be doing some baking, and may attempt making some homemade preserves. Kind of old-fashioned I guess, but I am never a fan of mall shopping (even during the non-holiday season), and primarily shop on Etsy or at Mom-and-Pop shops in my neighborhood. I just find shopping local and handmade a lot more personal."