The best home Christmas gifts of 2023, selected by The Telegraph's interior decoration expert

From kitchen ornaments to scented candles, our interiors editor picks the perfect gifts for a new home (or any home) this Christmas

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We’ve all spent time agonising over housewarming gifts for friends and relatives. It can be hard to match the recipient’s tastes to your own idea of what makes a good new home gift. Most of us could do with help when it comes to choosing the best home Christmas gifts, too. 

Whether it’s kitchen ornaments, scented candles or gifts for the garden, this is the one Christmas present that, if you get it right, will keep on giving after the fairy lights come down. And who better to ask for advice than the Telegraph’s interiors editor Jessica Doyle? 

Below are Jessica’s top ideas for 2023, carefully chosen to be on trend and affordable. (Nearly all of them, anyway. There’s nothing wrong with being over-generous.) If you’re in a rush, here’s a quick look at Jessica’s top five:

Best home Christmas gifts of 2023, at a glance:

Best home Christmas gifts


1. Aglio garlic jar 

£34, Skye McAlpine Tavola 

Best gift for home overall

Skye McAlpine: a hand-painted ceramic pot

Jessica says: “For the cook who likes a decorative touch, this hand-painted pot will keep garlic fresh while looking sweet on the kitchen shelf.”

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2. Snow Leopard Tray

£26, Emma J Shipley

Best value home gift

Emma J Shipley: a hand drawn birchwood tray

Jessica says: “Perfect for the maximalist, this chic, illustrated birch-wood tray will cheer up teatime, cocktail hour or breakfast in bed.”

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3. Iridescent horoscope candle

£40, Koibird

Best scented candle gift

Koibird: sold in every star sign

Jessica says: “An astrologically inspired candle in a rainbow reusable pot; this one is scented with oriental florals mixed with ginger, black pepper and cinnamon.”

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4. Heddon candlestick

£50, Neptune

Best home ornament gift

Neptune: available in three different heights

Jessica says: “Its classical, antique-inspired design ensures this elegant candlestick will look good standing tall on the shelf when not in use at the table.”

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5. Wakey Wakey mug

£39, Richard Brendon x Print Club London

Best mug gift

Richard Brendon: made from bone China

Jessica says: “A collaboration between drinkware brand Richard Brendon and gallery Print Club London, this lively mug is decorated with a design by emerging artist Max Machen and made in Stoke on Trent.”

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6. Fridge Magnet

£3.50, Imperial War Museum Shop

Best budget gift

Imperial War Museum: channel Winston Churchill

Jessica says: “A motivational magnet makes a good stocking-filler – this Churchill-inspired one will elevate any fridge.”

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7. Blue Basketweave picture frame

£38.50, Daydress

Best housewarming gift

Daydress: made by hand in Jaipur

Jessica says: “Covered in hand-block-printed paper – with a contrasting pattern on the back – this pretty picture frame can stand on the shelf or hang on the wall.”

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8. Ruffle gingham linen napkin

£24, Rebecca Udall

Best home gift for the dinner table

Rebecca Udall: made from soft linen

Jessica says: “These cottagecore-style gingham napkins with a ruffle trim (also available in chocolate brown) will be on the wishlist of many a table-setting enthusiast.”

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9. Mila decanter

Currently £35, Nkuku

Best decanter gift

Nkuku: recycled glass

Jessica says: “Water, wine or whisky will instantly look more chic when poured into this emerald-green decanter.”

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10. Rust red herringbone blanket

From £47.99, The British Blanket Co

Best new home gift

The British Blanket Co: 100 per cent British wool

Jessica says: “A cosy blanket to warm up the bed or sofa on chilly evenings, in one of this season’s hottest shades.”

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11. Lemon and Limes framed print

From £40, East End Prints at John Lewis

Best print to gift

John Lewis: choose a black, oak or white frame

Jessica says: “For fans of a gallery wall, this cheerful framed print will add a pop of summery colour.”

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12. Ribbed glass champagne saucer

£28 for two, Glyndebourne Shop

Best drinks glasses to gift

Glyndebourne Shop: mouth-blown glass

Jessica says: “A pair of sophisticated saucers to bring a touch of glamour to champagne by the fire on Christmas morning.”

£28 for two
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13. Willen wireless speaker

£99.99, Marshall

Best tech home gift

Marshall: 15 hours on a single charge

Jessica says: “A good-looking portable speaker that you can move around the house with you, from office desk to kitchen counter.”

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14. La Dolce Vita aperitivo platter

£91.10 [€105], Laetitia Rouget x Malfy

Best home gift to add colour

Laetitia Rouget: dishwasher friendly

Jessica says: “The perfect gift for an Italophile host: a hand-painted stoneware platter with five dishes for pre-dinner snacks.”

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15. The Yellow Bird framed print

£90, King & McGaw

Best art gift for the home

King & McGaw: part of a set of six watercolour birds

Jessica says: “Edward Lear’s characterful bird prints will bring a dash of colour and humour to a gallery wall.”

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