Holiday Gift Ideas

By Dan Gregory

Celebrate the season with home-oriented gifts, and why not throw in a house plan!

Here's a quick round-up of architecturally oriented gifts for the home in time for holiday shopping -- as a way to whet the appetite for building your new house. 

For the Birds. This Craftsman style "Bungalow Birdhouse" will add an attractive architectural focal point to your garden or patio; from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Shop.


Natural Ornaments: Glass globes with plants inside make a memorable addition to the tree or as a hostess gift. Each "Forest Floor"-inspired ornaments contains a tillandsia (air) plant and lichen. From Flora Grubb Gardens.


Door Danglers. A huge array of oval, round, and irregular photo-style ornaments are available from Cafe Press.com, like this images of colorful doors from India.


Welcome Home Tile. Every home could use a word of welcome, like this Fay Jones wall tile, inspired by Arts & Crafts ceramics and available from The Gamble House Bookstsore.


Coffee Break. Savor the plans for your dream house as you sip from an architectural mug like these examples from Zazzle.com, which you can customize.


Apartment on a plate: you can eat off the floor-- plan! From FishsEddy.com


And don't forget the plans themselves -- the ultimate holiday gift! This is one of our newest:  four bedroom, three and a half bath Plan 120-184, appropriately shown below in a holiday mood.













12/03/2013