Array
Shopping Guide

5 Important Things to Consider When Buying Home Decor As Gift

Give something well-thought-out and useful

Shares
Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo) and Pat Martires

Buying the perfect gift for friends and relatives can be challenging and exciting. Since we all want to give something pretty and functional, we tend to overthink and end up buying items that they don't really need. Don't worry—we've got a list of questions that can help make buying gifts an easy and fruitful experience: 

1. Determine the receiver's style

Buying an item just because you like it is a no-no—unless you and your friend like the same things always. Since this is rare, it's best that you pay her a visit at home and see what kind of decor she likes. Is she more of a minimalist or a maximalist? Does she like Asian-inspired pieces?

2. Find out where she shops

During one of your get-togethers, ask her about her favorite stores or if she can recommend a trusted brand to you. Chances are, her choices are her go-to stops, too!

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

 

3. Can she use the gift all year round?

To make the most of your gift and to make sure that she'll remember you always, give her something that's practical and functional. How about a pretty catchall or a wall accent? Avoid themed or seasonal decor as these might simply gather dust in the cabinet.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

 

4. Will it serve more than one purpose?

Investing in dual-purpose must-haves can be a bit pricey. If you're keeping within a certain budget, see how your chosen gift can be maximized all over the house! A potted plant or an indoor plant can add a refreshing feel while purifying the air at home. A woven basket can be an accent piece in the living area or lanai, too.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

6. Are you willing to spend?

Before heading out to visit stores and look for the right gift, make sure you have a budget in mind. Determine how much you're willing to spend and the maximum price you can afford. Remember, you don't need to spend thousands on one item—it's the thought that counts.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares
Recommended Videos

Latest Stories

Maggie Wilson's Casa Consunji Will Make Your Tropical Dream Home Possible

The store boasts of modern signature pieces made from natural elements.

5 Steps to Starting Your Own Organic Container Garden of Herbs and Vegetables

You don't need a green thumb to grow your own veggies and herbs at home.

7 Ideas to Make Your Small Bathroom Look Big

It's important to be smart about how you decorate and organize.

5 Reasons Child-Sized Furniture Is a Worthy Investment for Your Home

For one, smaller furniture is much safer for young kids to use.

7 Stores to Shop for Kids and Child-Sized Furniture (Beds, Chairs and Tables, and More)

Let your child's personality shine by choosing unique pieces for her room!

The Favorite Furniture Stores of Manila's Most Discerning

If luxe and exceedingly stylish furniture is what you're after, check this list out.

Porcelain vs Ceramic for Bathroom Tiles: Here's How and What to Choose

Should you go for porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles? A licensed interior designer gives her advice

10 Cute Pots for Your Plant Babies

Give your little green friends the home they deserve!

Andi Manzano Offers a Peek at Her Line of Child-Sized Furniture (Available in October!)

The actress collaborated with a home store that specializes in furniture for babies and kids.

Where to Find Wall Stickers for Your Child's Bedroom (No Need for a New Paint Job!)

You can get wall stickers in lots of unique colors and designs.

'Walang Trabahong Pang-Forever': 5 Lessons on Investing from Dimples Romana

Dimples and her husband have been investing in real estate properties since 16 years ago when they got married.

Take Note: Here's How Often You Should Wash Your Bed Sheets

There's a recommended general rule of thumb you should remember.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!