Buying Home Decor & Accesories

Today’s gift buying guide is about home decor and accessories, quite a ‘risqué’ gift I think. Find below my top picks for 2011 plus the latest coupons to enjoy discounts on home decor and accessories and don’t forget to enter our competition.

Congratulations to Lynda Kollybaba! You just won a $100 of Crate & Barrel products and you’re still eligible for the other giveaways. Thanks to all the participants and don’t forget to enter the competition for today’s giveaway!

Home Decor Gift Ideas for 2011

When you get the right home decor gift for someone, it makes an awesome gift as everyone likes to get new accessories for their house (even men, come on admit it), if done right it can make you feel house proud and feeling like it’s a new place all over again. But when you get it wrong, you can be sure to never see it anywhere in that person’s place, unless they take it out only when they know you’re coming, which means you paid good money for clutter.

That being said, here are a few home decor ideas that I’ve found at two of my favorite home decor stores: Crate & Barrel and CB2. There are a bunch of other stores that also have nice home decor and accessories: Sears.ca, Ikea.ca, Villeroy & Boch, etc but the aforementioned are really some of my favourites and a re pretty unique up and coming stores.

Under $20

CB2 Go Cups

Double wall to go cups set of two, $13.90 at CB2.com, Buy it Now

CB2 Lotus Candleholder

3-piece lotus candleholder, $16.95 at CB2.com, Buy it Now

Under $50

CB2 Snack Bowls

Stainless steel snack bowls, $12.95 and $24.95 at CB2.com, Buy it Now

Crate & Barrel Acacia Bowl

3-piece Acacia bowl and servers set, $39.95 at Crateandbarrel.com, Buy it Now

Under $100

Crate & Barrel Candlesticks

3-piece astoria candleholder set, $59.95 at Crateandbarrel.com, Buy it Now

Crate & Barrel Butari Vase

Butari grand vase, $79.95 at Crateandbarrel.com, Buy it Now

What to Consider when Buying Home Decor?

Here are a few suggestions about things to consider before buying home decor and accessories as a gift. First, I’m a firm believer that the best gifts are the ones that look nice but are also useful/funtional, as you can probably see from my selection above. For example, I would rather buy someone serving plates and bowls than wall decor because even though they don’t really like the gift, it can still be useful. Plus they can hide it in a kitchen cabinet! My boyfriend got a painting from his dad last year and unfortunately he feels like he needs to hang it on the wall.

Secondly, I also think that just like for any other gifts, it is important to consider the age of the person for which you’re buying the gift for. For example, if looking for a gift for my grandma, I’m probably going to check more wood things than the fancy stuff in stainless steel. This goes with the fact that you need to make a real effort to knuckle don the persons style and get a gift within that range not your taste (something that we all challenge with unfortunately).

Home Decor Coupons

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Giveaway

Today, leave us a comment on this article and get a chance to win $100 to spend at Crateandbarrel.com. I know exactly what I would buy if I would be allowed to participate in this contest, but I’m not so good luck to everyone.

67 Comments

  1. Anne says:

    Congratulations to Lynda Kollybaba! You just won today’s giveaway. We’ll contact you shortly so that you can receive your gift. Thanks to all the participants and don’t miss today’s giveaway.

  2. Ariane says:

    Carate & Barrel is heaven! I’d like to win that.

  3. Donnas says:

    I agree you have to consider the person and their age rather than just buying them a gift because you like it.

  4. FOKXXY says:

    Count me in too! This would be awesome!

  5. Ryan Betesta says:

    ummmm, crate and barrel

  6. Anna G says:

    this would be a great prize that I would love to win

  7. Victoria says:

    I would love to win the Crate and Barrel gift certificate!

  8. Bob Grier says:

    Hi, my household is very dull.decor wise. I would like to spruce it up a bit

  9. Bettina says:

    My house sure needs an upgrade! I would love to get candles and candleholders!!

  10. Corinne says:

    I agree about buying practical, useful gifts that can be put out of sight as opposed to things that are to be displayed. My sister had a peice of art hanging on her wall for years that she absolutely hated…her father -in-law gifted it to them. And I had a wall plaque that I also felt obligated to display! I vote for vases or serving platters! Or music like Day 2!

    • Stephen says:

      That’s a good story corinne, lol I’ll see if anne wants to do another music one as I think music is always a classic. However as a guy, I love receiving games (of any description), my girlfriend however is all about hand made stuff (she goes crazy for paintings).

  11. Bev says:

    I would consider 3-piece lotus candleholder as a gift for the holidays.

  12. Gabriel Chow says:

    Count me in! Could sure use some new swags at my place.

  13. Nicole J says:

    I love the snack bowls. Very classy and would go with any decor. Could also find many uses for them other than for snacks. A great gift idea!

  14. Rebby says:

    Thank you for the great home decor tips!! And the great giveaway! Love Crate & Barrel!

  15. angela b says:

    I LOVE Crate and Barrel!! They have gorgeous things to buy. I NEED to update my bedroom and this giftcard would sure help!!!

  16. Kristen says:

    Love the 3-piece Acacia bowl and servers set. They have some neat stuff!

  17. Kevin L says:

    That lotus candle holder lights a fire in my designer eyes!

  18. Alison B says:

    This would be a fab prize. Christmas presents!

  19. Beatrice Lawson says:

    Love Crate and Barrel! We are hoping to get a media cabinet from them – this would really help. I agree with the useful gift idea – but it’s still hard to buy for parents who have everything… sigh….

  20. JR says:

    this would be an awesome win! thanks for the chance!!!!!

  21. Jo says:

    Crate and Barrel is a wonderful place to shop. Would love to win a gift certificate so I could get some really cool stuff.

  22. Kaye McMahon says:

    I love Crate and Barrel

  23. Ernie M. says:

    I would have no trouble spending this giftcard quickly !

  24. Judy says:

    I love this site.

  25. Karyn says:

    I’m a home decor freak and would love to add to my “home sweet home” with this giftcard!

  26. Huguette English says:

    Oh I would have no problem making a list!

  27. Colleen C says:

    I’d love to win this Crate and Barrel have such great home deco items!

  28. Kitsa Tsivoulas says:

    Great store! Would love to win!

  29. Caroline M says:

    They have such a lovely and varied selection of products. Thank you for this opportunity.

  30. Meek says:

    I would love to win this prize.

  31. Susie says:

    I want to win this please!! :)

  32. Mimi H. says:

    I would like to win!

  33. JJ says:

    love some bowls

  34. Alexa Nernberg says:

    I love going to Crate & Barrel. Even if I don’t plan to buy something, I still enjoy just browsing. They have some very unique items that are reasonably priced. I am so glad they came to the Southcentre Mall. I would be thrilled to win this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

  35. Onika Thornhill says:

    I’d love to win this giveaway!

  36. Torrance Ho says:

    I would like to win!

  37. Let me loose in Crate and Barrel and let the creativity begin !

  38. Kate says:

    Oh I love those candle holders! Those would be on the top of my list :)

  39. John Mah says:

    great contest you’re running!

  40. Holly says:

    This contest is so exciting! My friend has a bunch of Crate & Barrel stuff and I’m always jealous of her place. I totally agree with you that the best gifts are both stylish and functional, and should fit the person you buy it for. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  41. JoKing says:

    What a great chance thanks for the contest.

  42. Aliya D. says:

    Crate & Barrel has some wonderful, stylish home decor at great prices! For every persons taste in interior decor, they seem to have niche style and item for that fit; its awesome! I would LOVE to win this. Thanks!

    Aliya D.
    aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

  43. Shirley says:

    Crate and Barrel has unique items. I’d love to win!

  44. Wonn says:

    I like Crate & Barrel store

  45. Cathy M says:

    I would love to win this!!!

  46. nicole aben says:

    Oh I LOVE Crate and Barrel, this would be an amazing win!

  47. Amy M says:

    I’ve never been to a Crate & Barrel store but it looks like they sell some great items that are unique and competitively priced.

  48. Donnas says:

    There is a Crate and Barrel store near my home; I love it.

  49. Tanya S. says:

    I would love to win this. I think giving a giftcard to a home decor store is a great gift. People are always buying accessories to spruce up their homes, why not help them with a giftcard?
    Hope I win. :)

  50. Linda Kollybaba says:

    GLA Love Crate and Barrel

  51. onlybellgirl says:

    Love this place, looks like they have a lot of great stuff. Like the fact that price includes duty for Canada.

  52. Hope says:

    I agree.It is very important not to buy home decor that is in your taste or what you wish the person’s style is. Look to what their taste is now and any comments they may have made to what they like ( if your lucky to get a hint). Of course a room “central focus” huge painting is assuming too much. A neutral beautiful throw, some candles and a Home decor GC would probibly be more appreciated. Slowly but surely my family is sending me less heartfelt but space taking knick knacks!

  53. Kari McElrea says:

    I absolutely love updating my home decor. Crate and Barrel is a wonderful place to shop. Can’t wait :)

  54. LOLO says:

    Wow, just checked out their website. They have some funky stuff. Love it!

  55. angela m says:

    I didn’t realize they shipped to Canada. I was waiting for them to open up a store in the Vancouver area. I would love to win the gift card:)

  56. Zak says:

    good advice, thanks

  57. Leslie says:

    when buying home decor as gifts i think gift certificates are perfect
    like say from crate & barrel
    the recipient can choose exactly what they want.

  58. belinda m says:

    I have never been to crate and barrel but checked out the site and they now ship to canada. Love the selection they offer and I would love to win this to do some online shopping

    • Stephen says:

      Yeah, I really like the store and we have been talking to them via email the last few weeks and they seems super nice, and they really wan to make Canada thee new home, and we think their website should attract a decent crowd, their stuff if lovely

  59. spamgirl says:

    I love those ceramic cups, I won one and it’s great!

  60. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I don’t have a Crate and Barrel near to me without a long drive but a friend of mine does, and she loves it! She begs me to come visit regularly and to win this it would be a great reason to visit and SHOP! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

  61. Andrej says:

    It’d be pretty sweet to win this.