From Turkish linens to an eccentric Vancouver Island getaway, here's what the design maven recommends for the hard-to-shop-for names on your list.
Wouldn't it be nice if people just told you want they wanted for Christmas? Trust me, friend, we'd both be a lot better off if you just confessed it's a 10-pack of Hanes crew socks you're eyeing for the holidays. Until mind-reading becomes a thing, however, we have the experts to turn to. In this case, Vancouver-based designer Angela Robinson—master of cozy condos and airy below-ground bedrooms, among other spaces—has graciously offered to share with us her top gift picks for this holiday season. From Australian dishware to an eccentric Vancouver Island getaway, here's what the designer recommends for the names on your wish list that are leaving you stumped. For the Diehard Entertainer—Or Wannabe Entertainer "Provide Home carries a line of French porcelain called Mud Australia and it’s perfection. The minimal, clean-lined designs are so elegant, yet the dishes are surprisingly functional. Being that they’re both decorative and useful, I’m sure this is a gift that anyone would like to receive." For the Friend in Desperate Need of a Getaway "Nothing beats the gift of relaxation. My interior-designer friend, Jennifer Scott, has created a private oceanfront sanctuary in Sooke, B.C. Expect all the comforts of home in this two-bedroom bohemian bungalow, which is decorated in Jen’s signature worldly and eclectic style. Make sure to have your recipient bring along some friends along—in other yours, you—to enjoy the fully renovated (plumbed and powered) 1976 Airstream trailer, too. Gift certificates are available online." For the Loved One Who Enjoys the Little Luxuries in Life "I believe we should invest in quality when it comes to the things we use most in our homes—and linens are no exception! I’m a big fan of Pamuk & Co., a Canadian company focused on designing and producing beautiful Turkish-cotton linens. Its towels, blankets and robes add pattern, texture and luxury to any space."