Mood-boosting gift ideas – introducing 8 favorite design gifts

The best gifts are full of emotion and thought: well-thought-of gifts bring joy to the recipient for years to come. We chose eight trending designs to make your gift shopping a bit easier – browse the ideas and find your favorites!

An image with HAY's Sobremesa Stripe cookie jar against a pink background.
HAY's Sobremesa Stripe cookie jar is an eye-catching addition to the kitchen or a table setting.

A colorful treat for the maximalist

The Sobremesa collection, launched by HAY in October 2022, truly has some swoon-worthy appeal. The cheerful colors and convivial details of the collection designed by chef and artist Laila Gomar are hard to resist – the collection is a true treasure trove, especially for those who love a maximalist style.

The hand-painted Sobremesa Stripe cookie jar brings a cheerful touch to the kitchen and festive table settings, and it also works great as a storage container. Fill with self-baked gingerbreads or your friend’s favorite treats!

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An image with Marimekko's burgundy Puteli candleholder and Plunta candleholder in a clay shade as part of the living room decor.
Marimekko's Puteli, dressed in a brand new burgundy hue, and Plunta candleholders can also be used as vases.

A more versatile vase

Marimekko's sympathetic Puteli and Plunta charm not only with their stripped yet impressive design but also with their versatility: the glass candleholders created by Carina Seth Andersson have a removable candle socket, which allows them to also be used as elegant vases.

Pair a candleholder with a few candles or complete the look with a refined candle snuffer.

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A product image with a ceramic Ildpot tableware piece, equipped with a lid.
The simple yet ingenious Ildpot tableware is made of an extremely durable ceramic material, that can also withstand drastic changes in temperature.

Best from the past

Avid gourmands are guaranteed to get excited about Ildpot, the ceramic tableware series very much in demand in the 70s. Reissued by Danish manufacturer FDB Møbler, the collection created by designer Grethe Meyer is the culmination of versatility, as the tableware is all suitable for cooking, serving, and storing food while the ceramic lids of the pans and bowls also serve as serving trays and plates.

FDB Møbler's Ildpot collection >
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An image with the Kissanpäivät blanket by Lapuan Kankurit on the bed, as part of the bedroom decor.
The character-packed Kissanpäivät blanket boosts the mood of the bedroom décor when incorporated into the bedding.


A high-quality blanket is a classic gift that is both fun and functional. The Kissanpäivät blanket, illustrated by Matti Pikkujämsä, is made of mulesing-free New Zealand wool – the soft and luxurious blanket is ideal for curling up for a little catnap with your furry friends. The Kissanpäivät collection also includes hand towels decorated with the same delightful motif.

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A product image with Cozy Publishing's Gateaux and the Fortress book.
Pair the Gateaux and the Fortress book with an elegant pouch of flour or decorate the package with, for example, ferm LIVING's Fein cake server – an invitation to afternoon tea is guaranteed!

Inspiration and ideas

A book is a top contender gift idea no matter who you're giving a gift to. In addition to being a cherished and inspirational item that will last a lifetime, it always offers something new and unforgettable – experiences and ideas.

Cozy Publishing's Gateaux and the Fortress – Sweet Pastries and Island Stories book offers a glimpse into life in the Suomenlinna archipelago landscapes right outside of Helsinki. In addition to the seasonal recipes and the breathtakingly beautiful images, the book stops you in your tracks to seize the moment, enticing you to live a little more; but more slowly.

Cozy Publishing's Gateaux and the Fortress – Sweet Pastries and Island Stories book >
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An image featuring applicant's wooden Blossom candleholders and candles in many bright hues, placed on the table, as part of the dining room decor.
Candles from the same series complete the look of applicata's Blossom candleholders – which hues would you go for?

Conquer with color

Refined candlesticks are a decoration element that you can enjoy all year round. The wooden candleholders in Anders Nørgaard's Blossom collection are simply elegant, and their timeless look is perfect for a variety of interiors. You can choose the recipient's favorite color from the wide selection of shades or create fun color pairs according to your taste.

applicata's Blossom collection >
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A product image of Vitra's wooden Chronopak table clock.
Vitra's Chronopak table clock by George Nelson's introduces a swanky mid-century modern spirit to the décor. If you're lucky, you might find it pre-loved at Franckly.

Opt for pre-loved

A sustainable gift brings joy to both the recipient and the giver. When choosing a gift, you can consider whether the same product could be bought pre-loved. Franckly, our second-hand design marketplace, has a wide selection of pre-loved treasures for every taste, whether you're looking for a sofa or a salad bowl.

Vitra's Chronopak table clock at Franckly >
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An image of Menu's dusty green Ray table lamp against a red background.
MENU's portable Ray table lamp is a modern, elegant interpretation of a traditional mining lamp.

Light up their life

Rechargeable lamps have revolutionized home decoration: you don't necessarily need to buy several light sources for each room, but with the help of portable lamps, you can dose the light exactly as needed!

Designed by Daniel Schofield for MENU, the portable Ray lamp is made of light and durable aluminum and is equipped with a convenient carrying handle, which can be used to move the lamp from one room to another – or you can even grab it with you on a late-night promenade.

MENUs Ray table lamp >
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More gift ideas

Slow Escapes
Stripe throw
Dot cushion
Tom Dixon
Swirl bookends
Sobremesa napkin
Alku pot
Sottsass grinder
Cairn cutting boards
Fritz Hansen
KN Slide table mirror
Waffle bathrobe
Unikko leather slippers
Ura scented candle

See also:

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Text: Mira Ahola Images: Manufacturers

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