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Holiday Gift Guide

D Home Editors Pick 100 Must-Have Presents and Stocking Stuffers

The staff shares everything on their lists to give—and receive—this year.
Get it: (from top) Safe-T fire extinguishers (from $99/Madison); “Folklore” candle ($44/Society); Gränsfors Bruk hatchet ($185/Sid and Ann Mashburn) Elizabeth Lavin

The giving and receiving of gifts is an inherently personal practice. Aside from the various schools of thought on wrapping (Just say no to stick-on bows!) and opening (One at a time? Shudder…), there’s the topic of your buying philosophy. Do you like to give extravagantly? Prefer to err on the side of practicality? Or are you of the experiences-over-things mentality? No matter your stance, the D Home staff has 100 great gifts—from stocking stuffers to fine jewelry—to delight everyone on your list. (The thought-that-counts camp will have to look elsewhere.) 

Jamie Laubhaun-Oliver

Editorial and Creative director

My mantra is to give beautiful or elegant versions of things you use every day. They bring a smile to your face each time you use them and make mundane tasks special.

  1. Brenda Holzke Vase. Pottery adds an artisanal touch to a home. ($1,245/ Grange Hall)
  2. 1962 Bill Komodore Art. Vintage art is always a good idea. ($3,500/Sputnik Modern)
  3. Everlasting Candle Co. “Neva” Set. This candle never burns out or makes a waxy mess. ($80/Talulah & Hess)
  4. FranÇois Halard 3: New Vision. Books are the ultimate gift of inspiration. ($115/The Conservatory)
  5. Glaze Studio Matchbox. A matchbox beautiful enough to be on display. ($150/The Conservatory)
  6. Riedell 120 Skates. Skating buddy (me) sold separately. ($369/Good Foot Skates)
  7. Sang Geun Jeon Ceramic Diffuser. A functional work of art. ($190/The Conservatory)
  8. Bati Goods Leather-wrapped Measuring TapeHelp your designer friend look sharp on the job-site. ($135/St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange)
  9. Footed Compote. This bowl elevates anything you put in it. Literally. ($475/Laura Lee Clark)
  10. Neiman Marcus Spiced Tea Mix. My favorite tea is now available to make at home. It’s Christmas in a glass. (Tea: $30/Mermaid Bar; Shuttlecock glass: Blue Print/$22) 
  11. L’avant Laundry Detergent. Luxe soap makes doing laundry a little more tolerable. ($26/All Good Things)
  12. Antique Tortoise Tea Caddy. Antiques make great gifts that no one else will have. ($3,950/Nick Brock & Company)
  13. Serving Bowl. Buy a piece premade or take a class with Oak Cliff ceramist Stephen Salter. ($220/Salter Pottery) 
  14. Matthew fisher incense burnerPretty and practical. Win-win. ($160/Garde)

Stocking Stuffers

  1. Farfalle pasta ($10/Eataly) 
  2. L’Objet snake letter opener ($185/Madison) 
  3. Oakywood airpod case ($40/Favor the Kind) 
  4. Shampoo and conditioner (from $16/Le Labo) 
  5. Mason Pearson boar bristle brush ($375/Madison) 
  6. Creative Co-Op horn server ($24/Favor the Kind) 
  7. Therese Kuempel lightening lighter case ($202/Commerce Goods + Supply)
  8. Incense Stick Holder ($18/Society)

Noelle Leveaux


I’m into meaningful gifts—things with a positive message that people will remember. Like me, most of my friends are nearly-empty nesters, so it’s about extravagances and enjoyment for us.

  1. Jeremy Biggers “July Oil Study 001.” Art is always a worthy splurge, especially from this gallery, which reps BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and artists with disabilities. ($500/Daisha Board Gallery)
  2. L’Objet “Lito”  Bookends. A beautiful gift for my bookish pals. ($250 each/Laura Lee Clark)
  3. Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History. A retrospective told through jewelry. ($100/Taschen Library)
  4. Simon Pearce Glass TREES. Holiday classics that match any style. (from $235/The Ivy House)
  5. Georg Jensen “Henning Koppel” Pitcher. Form meets function. ($239/The Conservatory)
  6. Custom Jewelry BoxIt’s called “manifesting.” ($850/Blue Print)
  7. L-o-v-e Tumblers. These glasses make clear their message—and whose drink is whose. ($75 for 4/Blue Print)
  8. The Best of Sade LP. I love sharing my favorite artists with my daughter. ($26/Spinster Records)
  9. “Odette” Bracelet. This Dallas brand promotes intentionality. ($185/BuDhaGirl)
  10. Sabre “Honorine” Salad Set. Everything tastes better with stylish serveware. ($40/Talulah & Hess)
  11. “Marin” Carafe. Give with your favorite bottle of red. ($50/Crate & Barrel)
  12. Michael Aram “Love Knot” Bowl. Fact: You can never have too many pretty bowls. ($120/St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange)
  13. “Love” Belt BuckleA stylish subliminal message. ($75/Sid and Ann Mashburn)
  14. Laurent Match StrikerFor whenever the mood strikes. ($45/Dunbar Road)
  15. Estelle Cake Stand. For the host with the most in your life. ($225/Talulah & Hess)
  16. “Smooth Operator” PieSalty and sweet, and best of all—shippable! ($48/Emporium Pies)

Stocking Stuffers

  1. Butterfly Hair Clip ($24/DLM)
  2. Dallas Playing Cards ($30/All Good Things) 
  3. Rogue Paq “Yes We Cann Cann” Matches ($4/Favor the Kind)
  4. Versace Alphabet Tray ($80/Talulah & Hess)
  5. Love Beaded Bracelet ($28/Blue Print)
  6. Areaware Pizza Puzzle ($15/Hotel Shop at The Joule)
  7. Bangles ($100/BuDhaGirl) 
  8. Coaster Set ($18/Favor the Kind) 
  9. Iradj Moini Bug Brooch ($1,790/Grange Hall)
  10. She’s Birdie Personal Alarm ($30/DLM)

Jessica Otte

Executive Editor

With three young kids, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with stuff. I try to focus on experiences and quality pieces while also supporting local makers and causes we believe in.

  1. “Maggie” BootsI’d love to twin—or would it be “triplet”?—with my twin daughters in matching adult and “mini” styles. ($275–$1,195/Miron Crosby)
  2. Le Toy Van “Gardenia Street” Dollhouse. It’s the working windows and shutters for me. ($330/Caitlin Wilson)
  3. Once Kids Action Figure. This color-your-own action figure lets your kids’ imaginations run wild. (from $25/once-kids.com)
  4. Silicone Stemware. Kid-tested, parent-approved. (from $16/Favor the Kind)
  5. Mindware “Playful Chef” Knives. My chefs in training love helping me in the kitchen with these kid-safe knives. ($17/Camp)
  6. Ws Game Company Vintage Board Games. Classic games in bookshelf-worthy form. ($44/Favor the Kind)
  7. HourglassA beautiful way to track your young ones’ screen time. ($44/Favor the Kind)
  8. Sprinkle Bear. What kid wouldn’t love to have this in their room? ($350/Scout Design Studio)
  9. Once Kids Eco-Bricks. This local brand’s interlocking blocks are like Legos but better for the planet. Available in natural and colored versions, they’re made from biodegradable wood. (from $50/Once Kids)
  10. Locust cider. Proceeds from this Fort Worth cidery go to the Hydrocephalus Association—a cause near and dear to my heart, as my daughter suffers from the condition. (from $13 for 6/Locust Cider)
  11. Dallas Mavericks tickets. My son is a sports fanatic—so tickets to see Luka play would be a slam dunk. (prices vary/Dallas Mavericks)
  12. Nike Attack QS SP shoes. My husband will be the best-dressed dad at the birthday party in these kicks. ($120/Centre)
  13. Swap Top hats. Kids can customize these locally made hats with interchangeable charms. (from $30/The Swap Top)

Stocking Stuffers

  1. Klee Kids nail polish ($9/The Toy Maven)
  2. Personalized stationery (from $25/Joy Creative Shop) 
  3. Le Pens ($3/Talulah & Hess)
  4. Oventure key rings (from $25/Swoozie’s)
  5. Let’s Get Closer: Family Edition cards ($30/All Good Things)
  6. Monica Rich Kosann locket ($5,475/The Conservatory)  
  7. Luggage tag ($30/Leatherology) 
  8. Shave bars ($10/Buff City Soap)
  9. Kids signature ornaments ($44/Basically Brittany Designs)      

Lydia Brooks

Associate Editor

Do you have a pilates princess in your life or a friend who’s always trying the latest wellness trend? (Hi, it’s me.) I’m giving gifts that will make 2024 our happiest and healthiest new year yet.

  1. Beast BlenderAesthetically pleasing and powerful. ($165/Nordstrom)
  2. Oncept “Tokyo” sneaker. Retro-inspired new kicks. ($250/Saint Bernard)
  3. Embr Labs bracelet. Regulate your body temp and look cute doing it. ($349/Anthropologie)
  4. Shay Fox jewelry squiggle cuff. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. ($4,850/Shay Fox Jewelry)
  5. Alo yoga block. A must-have for any meditative practice. ($23/Alo Yoga)
  6. Espa body oil. Pairs nicely with a Texas Eight-Hand Massage. ($73/The Ritz-Carlton Spa) 
  7. Dyson airwrap. Say hello to smooth, shiny hair! ($600/Neiman Marcus)
  8. Lele Sadoughi earmuffs. Faux fur and pearl details for the win. ($125/Lele Sadoughi)
  9. Katie Kime pickleball paddle. Guaranteed to up their game. ($85/Scout Design Studio)
  10. TÖst rosé. My favorite nonalcoholic hostess gift. ($48 for 6/Töst Beverages)
  11. Pols Potten teacups. A glam set to fill her cup. ($165 for 4/Scout Design Studio)
  12. Simpleveda Bliss Tea. Chock-full of stress-relieving herbs. ($18/Simpleveda)
  13. Merriment Tray. The gift of organization. ($395/St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange) 
  14. Poppi Soda. “Healthy soda” isn’t an oxymoron! ($30 for 12/Whole Foods)
  15. WanderFull hydrobag. Keep your water—or rosé—at the ready. ($59/Favor the Kind)
  16. Cactus glass. A wine glass with a Western twist. ($33/Blue Print)
  17. Cocktail mixers. Cold-pressed juice makes a cocktail practically health food. (Mixers: $7/The Juice Bar; Vietri rainbow glasses: $60 for 4/Talulah & Hess)
  18. L’Objet “lito” eye mirror. Say eye love you. ($850/Laura Lee Clark)
  19. Katie Kime Ice Bucket. Doubles and drinks—love, love. ($98/Scout Design Studio) 

Stocking Stuffers

  1. Rupi Kaur Self-Love writing prompts ($25/Favor the Kind) 
  2. Intelligent Change “The Five Minute Journal” ($30/All Good Things)
  3. The Tox detox gummies ($48/The Tox)
  4. Mount Lai gua sha comb ($52/Credo) 
  5. BeautyBio eye gels ($40/BeautyBio)
  6. The Korean Skincare Bible ($13/Interabang Books)
  7. Jenny Patinkin cryo globes ($70/Credo)


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