Cottagecore is one of the hottest interior decorating trends at the moment, and we think it'll grow even bigger in 2021. It makes sense: Cottagecore celebrates quiet domesticity and rural lifestyles – since the pandemic, many of us have had a taste of a quieter, slower way of life even if we live in cities, so no wonder even younger people are getting into their tea cosies and patchwork quilts.
The great thing about Cottagrecore home decor is that it's so gift-worthy: all the soft fabrics, handmade things, and pretty prints are irresistible, and you have plenty of choices both vintage and new. We've selected our top Cottagecore gifts from our favourite retailers, and we think they're suitable for just about anyone, whether they have embraced rural life or have a tiny flat in the city.
1. Choose natural materials, especially linen
Table runner in natural | £32 at Garden Trading (opens in new tab)
There essentially are two ways to do Cottagecore: whimsical and colourful or minimalist and neutral. Linen gifts fall firmly into the latter category, and are perfect for blending in with more contemporary interiors or Cottagecore style that's more on the Scandi side. Natural linen goes especially well with wood and is the perfect material for table runners, place mats, and cushions.
Holkham utility basket | £30 at Garden Trading (opens in new tab)
Woven baskets also fit the Cottagecore bill perfectly, whether they're made from wicker, seagrass, or rattan. We advise sticking to natural, undyed baskets in a more open weave for that authentic rustic look.
2. Gift vintage floral ceramics
Antique French Limoges shabby chic violets porcelain teapot | £47.20 at Etsy (opens in new tab)
One of the staple feature of Cottagecore style is a collection of porcelain proudly displayed in the kitchen dresser, and a tea set or teapot with a floral motif is as cottage-y as it gets. The most traditional florals that are used in Cottagecore style are roses and violets, and they should be realistic and ideally hand painted.
3. Embrace embroidery
Decorative One Side Embroidered Pillow Cover, floral roses | £16.99+ at Etsy (opens in new tab)
Embroidery is another Cottagecore staple, and floral embroidery even more so. An embroidered cushion can go virtually anywhere in the house, from bedroom to dining room, so is a very easy and failsafe gift. Again, if you want to stay true to the Cottagecore style, opt for realistic flowers over abstract and soft, muted colours over something very bright.
4. Gift them a fabulous patchwork bed quilt
John Lewis & Partners Patchwork Quilted Bedspread | £160 at John Lewis & Partners (opens in new tab)
A quilted bedspread will instantly transform a neutral bedroom into a cosy cottage-style bedroom. Look for intricate patchwork in harmonising, soft colours; in our opinion, this bedspread from John Lewis is Cottagecore perfection – pretty, subtle prints that will go with most bedrooms.
5. Ready to splash? Gift them a Cottagecore rattan chair
Calamus Rattan Chair | £245 at La Redoute (opens in new tab)
If they already have every cushion, throw, and vintage plate they could possible need, and they have space in a conservatory or even living room, consider this gorgeous natural rattan chair from La Redoute. It has such a unique design that they're guaranteed to be impressed. And we really like that it's made from real rattan, which adds to the charm. It's a big splurge, so it will need to go with their existing decor.