Last minute gift ideas that are home friendly

Published 6:01 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019

With Christmas less than a week away, many already have their Christmas lists checked off and checked twice. It’s often the case, however, that one gift may slip through the cracks — perhaps a little something to take to a friend’s party or a gift for the Christmas dinner host. For a go-to gift in this situation, look no further than home.

Home goods, décor and accessories can fill the gift gap easily and tend to be people-pleasers all around. Though larger retail stores may be packed with plenty of options in the home décor category, getting to them from Beaufort County may be a little too time-consuming, especially if it’s a same-day gift that’s needed. A tour of stores in downtown Washington, however, will provide just what’s needed and fit all kinds of budgets.


Sam Taylor’s booth in the Harbor District Market is a mix of the handmade and the found. Taylor’s footstools are made of fallen limbs he’s found on walks through the woods and complemented with tops of woven seagrass or repurposed planks. He also makes wall art — stars crafted from old tobacco sticks.

STAR STUDDED: Sam Taylor, pictured in the background, makes these seagrass and sassafras stools. They can be found at the Harbor District Market for $45.


No one can have too many Christmas decorations, and a new take on a holiday classic is always welcome. At Harbor District Market, wreathes by Coastal Flowers offset natural fibers such as burlap with sumptuous velvet, with a bit of nature to round them out. These wreathes could make a subtle nod to the season all year long.

SUBTLE CHRISTMAS: Make a gift of a wreath with these from Coastal Flowers, found at the Harbor District Market, $55.


There’s no need to settle on the utterly predictable gift of a bottle of wine for the wine lover when there’s wine-related art readily available. Where’s the Wine? at the Harbor District Market offers handmade reindeer ornaments and tabletop Christmas trees crafted from wine corks.


Throw pillows, whether for couch or bed, can define a style, especially when they include sayings that touch the heart or the funny bone. They can spruce up a room, provide a bit of conversation and add a little more cushion to any household. At Cottage Junkies, there are plenty of throw pillow options, celebrating life and family.

COMFORTABLE CHRISTMAS: Throw pillows can touch the heart or the funny bone with their unique messages. This one can be found at Cottage Junkies for $42.95.


Anyone who spends any time in the kitchen knows that dish towels come in handy — especially around the holidays when large crowds gather, and large numbers of dishes are left to clean. At Wander Co., handmade dish towels celebrate the home and the locally made.

WANDER NO MORE: Dishtowels are in great demand during the holidays — dishes don’t dry themselves. Wander Co. offer these handmade dishtowels for $18.


While the saying is “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” there’s also no place like shopping for the home at home for those last minute holiday gifts.

TINY TREASURES: These driftwood-anchored vases are magnets that make for a lovely gift. Prices vary at Bird in Hand Gifts at the Harbor District Market.