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Maria’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide for the Decorator

By 11/06/2023November 8th, 202310 Comments

Looking for the perfect gift for your friend, partner, mother or sister who has an eye for design and a passion for creating beautiful spaces?

Today I’m sharing my Holiday Gift List for the inner decorator in your life. You know, that special person in your life who  loves to make their home beautiful every chance they get!

Maybe you fit into that category yourself? Feel free to send this list to whomever is shopping for you too. #yourwelcome

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Maria Killam Holiday Gift GuideShop My Amazon Storefront Here

The Neutral Colour Wheel

At the top of my list, is of course, the neutral colour wheel (bundled with the eBooks). I promise this is the only item on the list that I sell. 😉

But the Neutral Colour Wheel is a game-changer for anyone who’s getting ready to renovate a kitchen or bathroom, or who might be planning a new build.

And since you already know how powerful it is, why not share it with your favorite inner decorator?

understanding undertones colour wheel

Get Your Colour Wheel Here

Shop eBook Bundles Here

Not only are my eBooks are a treasure trove of design wisdom, they also contain invaluable insights, tips, and step-by-step processes for selecting the right colours and creating a timeless look. You’ll be giving them the tools they need to elevate their decorating skills to a whole new level.

I also have eGift cards you can send instead, just in case you want to give the gift of colour, but let them pick it out. Gift cards can be used on online courses, in-person events, colour boards, wheels, eBooks and more. 

Elegant Pocket Tape Measure

When I was a new decorator, I had a small tape measure in a leather case. Having that special tape measure with me always made me feel like a real decorator. If I was shopping with a client I was sure to whip it our every chance I got!

Elegant Pocket Tape Measure Here 

A tape measure that is also pretty to look at, is a perfect stocking stuffer for the colour enthusiast/decorator in your life.

Beautiful Drinking Glasses

Many of you know I have Finnish heritage. Both my parents came to Canada many years ago. But our Finnish traditions as well as Finnish design are always still so close to my heart.


Take a look at the Iittala Glasses Here

Iittala has been making beautiful glass in Finland for almost 150 years. This gorgeous tall glass holds a perfect glass of water that keeps me hydrated all day. Isn’t this glass beautiful? 

Pretty Finnish Coffee Mugs

You know how much I love my coffee. I have a set of four Marimekko coffee cups with the famous Unikko (the Finnish word for poppy) design. Now that I have a matching set it’s the only cup we drink out of when I’m having coffee with my sisters in the mornings. 


Get Your Marimekko Mugs Here

Cozy Fur Throw

I have these cozy faux fur throws all over my house! My dog Lucy loves to snuggle in, making them perfect for covering the sofa or other spots she likes to lay. It’s a great way to make your furniture pet friendly, since they can be washed easily.

They’re also perfect for those cold winter nights when we’re cozied up with popcorn and a Holiday movie.

You can See the Cozy Fur Throw Here

Super Soft Cashmere Scarf/Shawl

Whenever I travel I don’t leave home without my cashmere scarf. I often need a scarf to wrap around my shoulders to stay warm. Sometimes I will even roll the soft scarf up for the perfect pillow if I’m having a little nap on my flight. This one is so pretty and can be dressed up or down with your outfit – no matter what the weather looks like.

Super Soft Scarf/Shawl Here

Timeless Jenny Bird Earrings

Here’s one of my favourite go-to earrings by Jenny Bird. She is a Canadian jewelry designer famous for her innovative designs and her use of sustainable materials. I love this simple design and I wear this pair all the time. 

Here are the Jenny Bird Earrings

These earrings are a wardrobe classic. 

Glam Swarovski Crystal Ring

I always love to complete my outfit of the day with a little glam. And this Swarovski ring is so sparkly in the light, which makes me happy. My fingers are especially pretty when I wear this. 

Sparkly Swarovski Ring Here

Holiday Lamp Glow

My list cannot be complete without a set of lamps. Because most people simply don’t have enough. These small table lamps with metal shades are so easy to place anywhere you need a little glow.

Glowy Lamps Here

The simple design goes with any decor and the size is perfect for adding intimate lighting for dinner parties this holiday season. They have a sturdy base that will keep the lamp upright and a single charge will give you hours of light. 

You may want multiple sets of these to tuck into every dark corner this winter!

Decorating for the holidays!

How many of you have your tree up already?

So far I’ve had so much fun putting up wreaths and adding a little sparkle all over the house, but no tree yet.  We’re traveling to Dallas for a few weeks, then I’ll get my house in full holiday spirit. Stay tuned for my Christmas decor reveal coming soon. 

In the meantime, if you’re looking to take your holiday decorating to the next level and make your home look more expensive, I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Shop my Holiday Styling Guide: 50 Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive.

holiday bundle imageWith over 40 pages of styling inspiration and expert tips, you’ll have everything you need to create a festive “look and feel” in your home.

You’ll find an abundance of photo examples from my Christmases past, as well as tips and colourful inspiration to ignite your holiday imagination. From coffee table displays to cozy family rooms, this guide covers it all.

Let the holiday magic begin!


PS. Here are the 15 Anniversary gift winners from last week’s post. Be sure to check your email (from shop@mariakillam) to redeem your prize!

Sara Fehr 
Kirsten Ancona 
Kim Williams (Kitty)
Barbara Pastuch 
Vivien Wulff 
Jean Rowett 
Ann Ryan
Sheree Liddiard 
Robin Stanley
Melissa Deaton 
Rebecca Dougherty 
Brooke Odegard 
Beth Boyd 
Kim Kovacs

Related Posts: 

Christmas 2020 and My New Leopard Rug

The Easiest Tree Decorating Idea (when you move in December) 

The Best Faux Flocked Tree of 2019 is in my House


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