Now more than ever, people from both sides of the gender aisle are paying closer attention to quality homewares and interior design. That’s why we’ve compiled a 2017 Christmas Gift Guide just for the special homemaker in your life. Each entry on the list will all but guarantee your friend or loved one is living in true style. Plus, whenever you go over to visit you’ll have some premium products at your disposal, which is always a plus. From robot vacuums to streamlined espresso machines, we’ve got you covered this holiday season. Presenting our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide, Homemaker edition.
Misen Essentials Knife Set
No kitchen warrior is complete without a trusty set of dependable knives. For that, look no further than the Misen Essentials Knife Set. Equipped with Hybrid Blade Geometry and made of premium AICHI AUS-8 Japanese steel, these knives are the quintessence of sharp and sturdy. The icing on the cake? Misen markets their products straight to consumers and thereby offers unbeatable prices.
Star Wars Rogue One Lightsaber Immersion Blender
If you know a homemaker who’s also a Star Wars fanatic, then we’ve found you the perfect gift. Indeed, the Star Wars Rogue One Lightsaber Immersion Blender is a surefire way to live out childhood fantasies and whip up something delicious at the very same time. Featuring a powerful motor, a stainless steel shaft, and an ABS handle that looks like Darth Vader’s lightsaber, the immersion blender is as efficient as it is entertaining.
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
What are true homemakers doing when not sprucing up their decors? Reading about other homes, of course. Indulge the homemaker in your life by getting them Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere. Compiled by a group of people who own 55 acres of forest in Upstate New York and maintain an insanely popular Tumblr account, the book is a veritable smorgasborg of inspiring landscapes, architectural pointers and interior designs.
Nest Cam IQ
The world’s smartest and simplest home security device is now even smarter. Presenting Nest Cam IQ, a state of the art security camera bolstered by steadfast 21st century technology. Not only does the Nest Cam IQ offer 4K streaming video and a supremely powerful speaker, but the handy device can even recognise faces. Sync it with the Nest app and gain 24/7 access to your home from both near and afar.
Philips Hue Smart Lighting Systems
The great thing about innovation is that it allows you to see old products in a new light. Speaking of light, the Philips Hue Smart Lighting Systems is a downright brilliant upgrade to the ubiquitous homemaking essential. Adjust each light setting using a Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer, or connect it with a smart assistant like Amazon Echo to use your voice as a control.
Milli Dent Design Dango Gem Dusty Pink
If for no other reason, you should buy someone this gorgeous porcelain bowl just so you can say the words “Milli Dent Design Dango Gem Dusty Pink” out loud. Of course, it helps that the limited edition homeware is a thing of spectacular beauty. Made by sandblasting large gems to produce a soft, textural surface, the exclusive bowl packs serious visual power into an otherwise small place.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Shape
Bang & Olufsen was already a premier name in audio performance and design, but the brand might very well have outdone itself with the BeoSound Shape. Consisting of a series of customisable hexagonal tiles–each one equipped with its own hi-fi module–the wireless speaker system is a true sight and sound to behold. If your friend or loved one has a penchant for high fidelity and brilliant aesthetics, consider this the gift he or she will remember for a lifetime.
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity
As the foremost name in autonomous vacuum cleaners, iRobot keeps the innovations coming strong. Accordingly, the iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum makes an easy thing that much easier. Equipped with an array of intelligent sensors, and compatible with the iRobot app as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the iRobot Roomba spares you from chores with near surgical precision.
June Oven Pro
In case it’s not yet obvious, our homewares and appliances are getting much smarter these days. Ovens are naturally no exception to the rule, and the June Oven Pro is in particular one smart and savvy piece of cooking equipment. Backed by HD cameras with their own artificially intelligent sensors, the oven features C6 convection technology, optimised presets, streamlined airflow systems and compatibility with a mobile app. Expect painstakingly even temperatures, a range of cooking modes, and unprecedented levels of control.
Show the homemaker in your life that you’ve got his back by getting him a Nest Secure. Included in the package is a keypad alarm, a sensor that detects when windows or doors open, and a tag that makes arming and disarming a breeze. That’s joined by compatibility with the Nest app, naturally. This is as simple and efficient as home security can get.
Nespresso Creatista Plus
There’s nothing better than a delicious, caffeinated beverage to start the day, and the Nespresso Creatista Plus will deliver that beverage with the utmost efficiency. Touting a heat up time of 3 seconds, the beautiful machine offers a stellar range of coffee drinks, volume settings and milk temperatures. Get it while it’s hot!
Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum
When it comes to vacuuming manually, Dyson unleashed an animal–the Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum, that is. This lean and powerful beast uses 15 Radial cyclones and a digital V8 motor to get more suck for your buck. That’s joined by a long-lasting, lithium-ion battery and a whole machine HEPA filtration system. This wireless appliance doesn’t just eat dust, it devours it.
Microsoft Surface Studio
Stunning in design and performance alike, Microsoft Surface Studio is everything a 21st century computer should be and more. With a 28-inch PixelSense Display touchscreen that floats atop a Zero Gravity Hinge, the desktop computer delivers next level immersion and interaction. Should you buy one of these beauties for the homemaker in your life, expect him to say “thank you” every time he sees you for at least a few months.
Philips Wake-up Light with Sunrise Stimulation
Get your glow on with the Philips Wake-up Light with Sunrise Stimulation. The light therapy lamp and alarm clock has been clinically proven to improve personal energy and functionality. Whether it’s helping you sleep at night or refreshing you first thing in the morning, there’s no wrong way to use this handy product.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
No appliance in the home gets more action than the fridge, but the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator is about so much more than mere food storage. It functions more or less like a smart home assistant, able to shop for food, organise schedules and even play music or films. Make it part of the family this holiday season.
Bissell Pet Stain Eraser
No one argues with an adorable house pet, but when that same pet messes the rug it does raise some potential doubts. Thankfully, products like the Bissell Pet Stain Eraser exist so that we can clean up and move on. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the lightweight vacuum comes pre-loaded with effective cleaning formula. Watch in awe as the product sprays, scrubs and sucks the stain away from carpets, rugs, upholstery, stairs and more.
Aarke Premium Carbonator
Turn regular water into refreshing sparkling water using the Aarke Premium Carbonator. Included in the set is the carbonator and a water bottle made of nontoxic PET plastic. The sturdy, compact machine requires no batteries or even electricity. A 60L carbonator cartridge is sold separately and good for 120 water bottles. File this one under cool gifts that will render your homemaker friend pleasantly surprised.
No proper home is truly complete without some inviting art up on the walls or atop the shelves. Enter Eggpicnic Art, an easy and affordable way to spruce up an interior for a good cause. Created by a team of birdwatchers and designers, Eggpicnic offers a range of iconic art prints and toys, with a percentage of every sale going toward wildlife conservation.
Stone Drink Dispenser
Add some eye-catching flair, and no shortage of convenience, to your friend or loved one’s bar setup with the Stone Drink Dispenser. Made from cobbled granite and equipped with a stainless steel tap, the dispenser duly elevates the space while distributing booze in style. This baby takes “on the rocks” to the extreme.
Beer Cap Map
Some men collect hunting trophies, others collect beer caps. If the homemaker in your life likes to sample various brews from across the country, give them a decorative trophy case all their own with the Beer Cap Map. Forged from Baltic birch plywood, the map has perfect-sized holes to securely fit each cap, and then additional holes for hanging.
Avalon Bean Armchair
Put your favourite homemaker in the lap of luxury by getting him the Avalon Bean Armchair. Touting an overlocked edge detail, and available in either blue denim, soft grey denim, or charcoal denim, the armchair is as cosy as it is functional. It’s also far more stylish than your average bean bag chair. We’re getting more comfortable just looking at this thing.
Futagami Utensil Holder
Hand cast in Japan using solid brass and a silicone base, the Futagami Utensil Holder provides a resoundingly sturdy and eye-catching home for your trusty kitchen tools. Meanwhile, the casting surface gains in character as it ages and oxidises, even changing in colour and lustre over time. This is subtlety at its finest.
Leather Mirror and Hanging Puck
The Leather Mirror and Hanging Puck just goes to show that there’s always room for more leather in your life. Designed by Taylor Hayes, the piece makes for a breathtaking decorative and a functioning mirror alike. Caress the smooth leather if you must, but keep your hands off the glass.
Seasons to Share
Aussie nutritionist and cook Jacqueline Alwill loves that food brings people together, especially during the holidays. In Seasons to Share, she offers 130 simple, satisfying, and nutritious recipes for essentially every seasonal gathering. Each dish can be enjoyed as a single serving or as part of a family meal. The result is cuisine so good that your friends and loved ones won’t even know they’re eating healthy. Get it for your favourite chef and have him whip something delicious on Christmas day.