Just a reminder, there are less than four weeks until Christmas! Freaking out? Nate Berkus has your back (and your gift list).
“A framed piece of art makes the best gift — especially when it has a story,” says the interior designer and star of TLC’s Nate & Jeremiah By Design.
But there’s no need to give a museum quality print or whip up a personal masterpiece. Art, he notes, can be almost anything. It’s the “meaningful things you choose to frame, and display.”
Take a peek at his recommendations below and check off your holiday shopping list.
“How about all that art your child has brought home throughout the year? Why not choose 2 or 3 of your favorite pieces and gift grandparents, aunts, etc.,” says Berkus, Creative Advisor for online framing service Framebridge. Dressed up in a frame, kids art feels precious.
“Why not frame your mother’s all-time favorite recipe?” Berkus suggests. “Nothing feels more special, or personalized — especially when it’s a go-to dish that is a part of a family tradition.”
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FOR PARTNERS OR TRAVEL BUDDIES:
“Let’s be honest, most people have no idea what to do with those travel mementoes we all bring back. Like textiles, menu cards, even hotel keys. Frame that special memory, it’ll make a great gift. Plus, it makes a fun conversation piece,” says the globe trotter, who recently visited Barcelona with husband Jeremiah Brent.
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:
“Who doesn’t appreciate a beautifully framed family photo. Pro-tip here: shift them to black and white, for a really elevated look. Especially if you’re thinking of creating a gallery wall,” he notes.
FOR A DEAR FRIEND (OR AN EMPLOYEE, IF YOU’RE OPRAH):
“I still have a framed note from Oprah, that I got years ago. I love seeing unexpected things – with a story – on the wall.” Sentimental writings of all kinds work too if you don’t happen to have Oprah around.
Thinking beyond photos will amp up any art display or gallery wall, and using online services that allow you to send in personal artifacts in the mail and get back a framed, giftable item, make them a no-fail (not to mention time-saving) holiday present.
“For me, the best rooms are ones that evolve over time, and where people truly live with the things they love.” says Berkus. “I want to walk into your home and immediately know something about you. The final layer in any room is always the art.”