advent calendar 2021

Gift of the Day: An Especially Versatile Wicker Tray

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Welcome to Curbed’s advent calendar gift guide. Over the course of the next 25 days, we will be doling out, one by one, the gifts recommended by dozens of design bigwigs with extremely good taste. So keep checking in daily for new drops.

Megan Hopp, an NYC-based interior designer, believes trays and bowls are “the new candles: the type of gift that no one ever has enough of and everyone is always happy to receive.”

In particular, Hopp recommends this “classic, charming” scalloped pick made of wicker, which she says “works great in all sorts of rooms and with all sorts of design style. It’s the perfect combination of natural texture and timeless tailored style, and is incredibly durable and affordable, besides.”

In the medium size, she says, it can be used as a “centerpiece, coffee-table tray, kitchen vessel, or entry catchall.” In her own home, Hopp says she’d put the tray atop her favorite coffee-table books “and fill it with some of my favorite things, like a collection of matchbooks, vintage holiday ornaments. Or even some fresh fruit.”

Gift of the Day: An Especially Versatile Wicker Tray