In his book Nasty, Simon Doonan writes lovingly of the first decorative object he ever owned. I can't remember what that item was, but I remember the gist of the story: this was an item that changed his life. Not all interior decorating can achieve that level of sublimity, but for the decorator in your life, these pieces might at least bring some inspiration into the mix:
They're the epitome of decorative objects: they serve literally no purpose but to make the room look cool. The greatest thing about them is that you can personalize your gift--perhaps spell out your friend's name, your parents' initials, or your brother's favorite word. Or else you can start your loved one off with a single letter now and buy one for each subsequent holiday (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and so on).
Buy through Anthropologie for $18.00 each.
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