Karl Lohnes: practical designer gifts for everyone on your holiday list

Here are some kitchen, living room, and bedroom home-related gift suggestions that are sure to be well received by everyone.

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Holiday shopping is officially upon us. Knowing what to buy can be tricky, but if you know someone who has recently remodeled their home or moved, I’m here to help.


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The secret is to give them something that they can really use in their new space, or that can really benefit anyone. I did some shopping for you (you’re welcome!) And I have a list of home-related gift suggestions for the kitchen, living room, and bedroom that are sure to be welcomed on Christmas morning and used well throughout the year. anus. Let the shopping begin.

The 2-in-1 gift

I always say that to make a gift for the kitchen, you have to meet the chef!

One of the biggest trends in home appliances this year has been deep fryers. They allow cooks to create healthier, crunchy food options using less oil. The problem is finding space for another countertop appliance.

I have the perfect solution: two appliances in one! The Black & Decker Crisp n ‘Bake Air Fryer Toaster Oven (best price is $ 90 at Walmart) is, as its name attests, a toaster oven and deep fryer, it can hold a 12-inch pizza or toast six slices of bread. It is the perfect small appliance (and the ideal price) for the home, cabin or cabin kitchen, as it has many cooking options but works only with a standard plug.


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Tip: If you want to add an extra treat along with the oven, look for smaller baking sheets, pizza pans, and baking sheets that will fit in this smart little oven.

A multi-purpose countertop appliance helps save space in the kitchen.  Black & Decker Crisp n 'Bake Air Fryer Toaster Oven, $ 90, Walmart.ca
A multi-purpose countertop appliance helps save space in the kitchen. Black & Decker Crisp n ‘Bake Air Fryer Toaster Oven, $ 90, Walmart.ca

The gift of the “sleeper”

There have been a lot of rumors about getting a good night’s sleep over the past two years. Maybe it’s the stress of the pandemic, different work schedules, less travel (and more sleeping at home in our own beds) that have combined to make us a bit obsessed with how to get a good night’s sleep.

Investing in the right pillow could be the thing that soothes you (not to mention your head). Of course, giving someone a pillow is a very personal thing, but I found one that suits everyone who sleeps.

The customizable pillow ($ 120, Polysleep) has a super soft cotton cover that can be removed and washable, and it also allows the user to remove multiple layers of memory foam so they can adjust the pillow to fit perfectly (very Goldilocks! gold!). , hard, thick, thin – whatever you want you can with one of these babies. It’s a cool evolution that makes giving a pillow as a gift finally doable – you can’t go wrong.


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Hint: Add a stylish silk pillowcase for the fashionista, a protective pillowcase for kids, or a cozy flannel cover for those who like extra warmth while they sleep.

A good night's sleep is one of the most precious gifts to give this holiday season.  The customizable pillow, $ 120, polysleep.ca
A good night’s sleep is one of the most precious gifts to give this holiday season. The customizable pillow, $ 120, polysleep.ca Photo for PolySleep

The gift of comfort

A toss is a gift that everyone would appreciate. It can be used to soften the appearance of a chair or sofa, spread out at the foot of a bed, worn by passengers in the car, or draped over the shoulders when spending time outside on a cool night. With such versatility and so many great styles available at different prices, a blanket is one of the most perfect gifts to give, especially with winter on the horizon.

I found a great selection of woven, quilted, and faux fur blankets on HomeSense. My favorite was a large, chunky knit ($ 40) that would add a cozy sweater look to any corner of the couch. Choose a neutral color to ensure it will look great almost anywhere. Or look for blankets that offer beautiful patterns or different fabrics that help put interesting textures or patterns in a room.

Tip: Matching pillows are often found with blankets, but my advice is to stay away from them as it will look too matching.

Do you have a decorating dilemma or want to give your opinion? You can contact Karl on Instagram at Karl Lohnes.



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