16 Extravagant Home Gifts That Are Totally Worth the Splurge

Aesop Brass Oil Burner
credit: Aesop

Check out the full Hunker Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas and inspo. Whether you're shopping for midcentury modern lovers, ceramic fiends, self-proclaimed foodies, or budding astrologers, we can help.

It's the splurge, splurge-iest time of the year! For the few elite, ultra-special people on your holiday gifting list for whom a regular gift just won't do, allow us to introduce: the Extravagant Gifts guide.

Maybe you're shopping for your BFF who deserves everything in the world (or, at least, a record cabinet to hold it all) or your significant other who has put up with more than her fair share of antics over the past twelve months (sorry, again!). Either way, these gifts are all but guaranteed to elicit that childlike look of Christmas morning joy when they're unwrapped. Expect plenty of "You shouldn't have!"s . . . but of course, they'll be glad you did.

Anthropologie Lightbearer Table Lamp
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For your glamorous friend who needs an extra hand around the house (and absolutely lives for mood lighting.)

A limited-edition piece by Hudson Valley furniture maker Ferm, this stool's unique proportions and solid brass crosspiece make it a modern heirloom.

Blackcreek Mercantile Ebonized Butcher Block
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Because rectangular butcher blocks are so last year. This deceptively sleek, ebonized walnut version is pretty enough to double as an art piece when not in use.

Slamp Moon Table Lamp
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Because your crystal-obsessed pal can't light her house with moon ritual candles alone. This ethereal, sculptural piece is the next best thing, emanating subtly witchy style with its marbleized base and dreamy orb.

ZigZagZurich Mythos Two Wool Blanket
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Who wouldn't appreciate a cozy woolen blanket at this time of year? With its artful jacquard motif, ZigZagZurich's all-natural New Zealand wool throw will look much better than that scratchy hand-me-down when draped over the back of the couch (and it'll feel better, too).

Echelon Fit bike
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If he already spends more than half his paycheck on SoulCycle, this will be the splurgey gift that keeps on giving. He can log into classes and sweat along with a network of professional instructors and riders around the world. Plus, right now, you can get a free iPad Air with any purchase with code AIR.

Aesop Brass Oil Burner
credit: Aesop

We all have someone in our circle who got really into essential oils this year. Upgrade their daily scent ritual with a solid brass oil diffuser from the pros at Aesop — a commonplace tea candle heats oil placed in the divot to spread the fragrance throughout the home. (Pair it with one of Aesop's signature oil blends to complete the gift.)

Backup Design Mudcloth Dog Bed
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You wouldn't know it to look at him, but Fido's been getting pretty into the mudcloth trend, too. Unlike most patterned dog beds, this one features the imported mudcloth fabric on all sides, has a fully removable washable cover, and is finished off with a heavy-duty YKK zipper — all the better to suit even the most design-conscious mutt.

Multimedia artist Cindy Zell has been garnering lots of attention this year — and it's only getting more and more difficult to snap up her distinctive, textile-driven wall hangings. Snag this one for the budding art collector in your life (or just the person who loves tassels).

Because she's undoubtedly going to have at least a few thank-you notes to write after this season, treat the Emily Post of your friend group to customized stationery (with matching lined envelopes, of course) in a chic pattern that fits her style. (You'll be the first one she writes to.)

Andrew O Hughes Octahedron Table Lighter
credit: Tetra

There's something very Mad Men about having a sculptural lighter at the ready on one's coffee table, but this hand-cast bollicine glass version is more David Bowie than Don Draper. A definite conversation-starter.

Chiara Andreatti for Mingardo Satin Trays
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These bold, geometric Italian designs in copper and brass are a stunning surface for cocktail party refreshments, candles, desk accessories, or really anything else you can imagine — so they'll suit discerning giftees of all stripes.

Lazy Susans are back in a big way, and we could not be more thrilled. The new class of revolving trays are a far cry from their 70s counterparts, in a bold crop of trippy concrete patterns that make us want to snag one for every room in the house.

For the retro revivalist who loves terrazzo but wasn't lucky enough to score a midcentury apartment already carpeted in the stuff. Maybe throw in a subscription to her favorite design magazine to add a little extra excitement?

Rollingin Trolley
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A little industrial, a little Scandi-minimalist, this handy bar cart can stand in for an occasional table anywhere and makes entertaining a breeze. We like the uniquely angular look of its shelves, too.

Komo Lab Noir Credenza
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Record collectors, rejoice. Give the gift of a serious (splurge-y) trade-up from those vinyl-stuffed KALLAX shelves with a handmade oak and brass record cabinet. Now maybe they'll finally stop talking about tube amps for a little while.


Emily Bihl

Emily Bihl

Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.