Stuff we covet

Simple yet extravagant last-minute gifts for the home

Updated: 2013-12-22T03:33:14Z


The Kansas City Star

Chances are good there is a name or three left unchecked on your gift list. They’re probably relatives, friends and colleagues who are a little harder to buy for than everyone else because they seem to have everything. Or they invited you to a party at the last minute.

Whatever the case, here are simple things with an extravagant feel that we’d love to have for our own homes. We can’t quite justify buying things like $30 hand soap for ourselves but would definitely splurge on them as gifts.

Lavender Pillow Mist, $22

L’Occitane, 511 Nichols Road, Kansas City

This is especially nice for people who have a lot out-of-town guests staying with them. They can spray it on guest-room pillows.

Limited Edition Liquid Marseille soap, $30 for 16.9 ounces → 

George — A Lifestyle Store, 315 E. 55th St., Kansas City

Soap in a special collection of bottles with artsy labels inspired by a tattooed sailor from Marseille to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Compagnie de Provence, creator of fragrant products. Any of the three designs are perfect for the kitchen or guest bathroom.

Thalia Dishtowels, $24 for three

Anthropologie, 531 Nichols Road, Kansas City

These are almost too pretty to use for drying dishes. Perhaps your friend could use them to keep bread or dinner rolls warm in a basket?

Zum Whiff Sticks and Diffuser with frankincense & myrrh aroma blend oil, $25

Indigo Wild, 3125 Wyandotte St., Kansas City

The set includes 10 whiff sticks and a 4-ounce bottle of aroma blend — a nice reminder of the magi and the Nativity.

Botanical Measuring Spoons, $25

Powell Gardens, 1609 NW U.S. 50, Kingsville

Does one of those people, still unchecked on your list, love to garden and bake? Well, here you go. The garden gift shop carries several designs.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to

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