Home Style Wish List
As you're making your list and checking it twice, you'll probably notice at least one name that belongs to a home improvement or design enthusiast. You know the one – your sister whose home is always perfect or your brother-in-law who's always delving into another project. This year, why not give them a gift that reflects their passion?
Whether it's home improvement or interior design, tools can make or break the project. That's why Black & Decker's GelMax 14.4 Volt Drill/Studfinder/Flashlight is the perfect gift. The item retails for approximately $80. Black & Decker products are available at retailers like Home Depot, Lowe's, Sears and Wal-Mart.
Another must-have for the decorating or design enthusiast is a power roller. Painting becomes much simpler when using a product like Wagner's Power Roller Quicktouch. Just plug the entire gallon paint can into the base, and you're ready to roll – no pouring, no mess. Paint flows up to 12 ounces per minute, and you control the flow. The Quicktouch retails for around $70 and can be purchased at major home improvement stores throughout the United States.
Stylish storage is big on every home decorator's list. This can certainly be accomplished with accessories from RGI. The Honey S3 Open Weave Rattan baskets with sage canvas liners are the perfect choice. Three storage baskets are included for the $50 price tag. RGI storage accessories can be purchased at Home Depot.
You can give a gift that gives its recipient something to look forward to – like warmer weather. The Pawley's Island 100 percent cotton rope swing can do that. Just like their famous hammocks, this swing is hand-woven for ultimate comfort and relaxation. The rope swing retails for about $49. To find a retailer near you, visit The Original Pawley's Island Rope Hammock site.
When you give a book, you give a gift that inspires more projects in the coming year. Home Improvement 1-2-3 by The Home Depot (Home Depot Publishing, 2003) is one such book. With 340 projects covering painting, wallpaper, plumbing, electrical system, walls and ceilings, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, shelves, countertops, insulation, weatherproofing, exterior maintenance, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, there's more than enough to keep the recipient busy until next year!
Stained-glass windows are a home decorating luxury, but you can give the next best thing. Artscape, Inc. offers thin, flexible film that adheres to the inside of your windows, giving a stained-glass effect. A 24 in. x 36 in. covering retails for under $20 and can be purchased at Home Depot, Fred Meyers or Solutions catalog.
Woolie Decorative Painting Cloud Kit is the perfect gift for the friend or relative who's always "sprucing up" their walls. Now they can easily create the perfect cloud-filled sky. The kit includes a 100 percent natural sheepskin applicator, one large polyester brush, two small brushes, a three-compartment tray and a detailed instructional video. Retail price is about $25. Visit Woolie.com for a list of retailers near you.
While it's often frowned upon as being uncreative and just plain boring, the gift certificate has been making a comeback since its evolution into the gift card. Almost every large retailer offers gift cards in various denominations. The home improvement enthusiast could hardly deny the thrill of opening a Home Depot or Lowe's gift card. Much more than an extra $50 or $100 for whatever project is currently on his or her plate, you are giving the enthusiast permission to browse through aisles upon aisles of home improvement items – that's a gift all on its own!