If there's someone that's ever present in each friend group, it's the Martha Stewart. Or the Monica from Friends. Or the Nigella Lawson. Or the makcik/auntie. Whichever character you prefer, we all know the type: Slightly neurotic, ever so anal about his or her nest, and someone who knows what he or she wants — and expects the best version of that.
For this hostess with the mostest, you can't get away with gifting an Ikea find (no matter how Instagram-friendly) or, God forbid, something that every other domestic goddess already has. No, this chick already possesses a KitchenAid, smoking gun and autographed recipe book in her arsenal. What she wants is character — in colour, in prints, and in material. The great thing about having an inner Martha Stewart as your bestie? The present you're about to give is the gift that keeps on giving — he or she'll probably make something out of it to either feed, clothe, or help you. Here's hoping.
1. Hermès Christmas ornaments in lacquered fibreglass and horn
Inspired by the brand's recent exhibition and the journeys of Buro The Horse? Adorn your tree with these luxe hangings. Your Christmas tree deserves this — it sacrificed itself for a reason.
2. Dunhill Bourdon leather bound backgammon set
What happens when Martha's man is distracting her perfectly planned New Year's Eve roast game? She hands him this set for a night in with the boys. Chances are, her home's already fitted out with a man cave.
3. Menu Hallgeir Chamber Light from Gallery & Co.
Keep hands off dangerous flames with this great cover. Suitable for candles, tea lights and aromatheraphy lights, the best thing about this baby is that it's portable, which means you can make this a substitute for your night light when you sneak out for an indulgent midnight read.
4. Menu Norm Architects Marble wall clock from Gallery & Co.
Unabashedly trendy, this clock is for the marble-obsessed. We've seen the material and its patterns on almost everything from sneakers to iPhone covers and notebooks — so why not clocks? It's a great display piece on the bare white walls that inevitably dominates Martha's home.
5. Phaidon set of three Italian Cookbooks
There's just something so charming about cookbooks. Sure, a YouTube cooking tutorial is probably more effective these days, but a well-curated recipe book peppered with beautiful images is a tactile treasure you can't refuse. Handy guide for the home chef.
6. Bodum Eileen copper coffee maker
If you know anyone whose woman crush is Irish architect Eileen Gray, present him or her with this. Made in honour of Gray, this copper French press is dishwasher-safe for easy entertaining.
7. Bottega Veneta sterling silver flatware
If giving a bag or wallet is too much, choose to give the Bottega-crazed fan some cutlery instead. Don't worry, the brand's signature intrecciatio weave is still evident — great for homebodies who favour discreet luxury.
8. The Laundress + Le Labo Santal 33 Signature detergent
Dynamo who? Did you know that stylish scent and body care favourite Le Labo makes detergent? We didn't — but now that we've got a whiff of this, we can't imagine washing our dirty laundry with anything else.
9. Tory Burch Oiseau set of 4 salad plate
Even if you choose to skip the starters (remember, a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips!) this plate still paints a pretty picture. Who cares about food art when the tableware has done the work for you?
10. Dolce & Gabbana double-sided printed canvas placemats
For those who bother with placemats (we warned you: This is for the inner Monica, after all), this bright collection packs a powerful punch. Perfect for large scale, themed parties. The theme? Something for attention-whores. And Italians.
To read all the other Buro Christmas Gift Guides, click here.
To read yesterday's 11 Days Till Christmas — Gifts for the Basic Bitch, click here.
Check back tomorrow for 9 Days Till Christmas — Gifts for the Boss.