Something NEW today! Since Ask-Design-Mom questions have been coming in fast and furiously, I thought it would be fun to mix things up a bit and invite some big-name bloggers to post answers as Guest Experts. Our first Guest Expert: the always fabulous Hostess with the Mostess.

Ask-Design-Mom Question:
Hi! I love your blog and thought you’d be the perfect person to give me a house warming gift idea. My best friend just bought her first house and I’d love to get her something super cool and unique. She has great style, so I want to get something she’ll love. However, my budget is quite limited (around the 20 dollar range) any suggestions? — Veronica

Hostess with the Mostess Answer:
Hi Veronica. There are so many great modern home decor websites out there now that you can definitely find something cool and unique for your friend, even on a limited budget. A hip, out-of-the-ordinary vase or planter is always a smart choice because, in addition to looking great, it’s also a useful gift — and looks fantastic when presented with a few of your recipient’s favorite flowers (for a personal touch) or an chic, inexpensive house plant.

Other good housewarming gift ideas include modern coaster sets, unique wall art, decorative pillows, unique candle accessories, and fun serveware for entertaining. Of course, you’ll need to take your friend’s design taste and home color palettes into account when choosing these items, but with all the options out there and the fact that many products are available in multiple colors, you shouldn’t have a problem finding something that fits!

Here is a list of some cool gift ideas that should fit within your budget. Hope this helps! — Hostess with the Mostess

From top, left to right by row:
Cube Tube Vases -Set of 3 ($24)
Sculpt Planter ($16.95)
Black & Gray Angelica Floral Vase ($12 & $20)
Stilt Planter ($20)
Nekko Vase ($29)

From top, left to right by row:
Meadowettes Coaster Set ($12)
Stitched Felt Coaster Set ($16)
Floral Wall Art ($10)
cb2 Decorative Pillows ($20)
Celadon Twist Burner ($25)

From top, left to right by row:
Hug Salt & Pepper Shaker ($24)
Studio Platter ($12)
Studio Salad Plates ($6/each)

Note from Design Mom:
Thank you Hostess with the Mostess! So many great ideas and pretty things. By the way, the Hostess has two excellent Giveaways happening right now at her blog. I suggest paying her a visit right away so that you don’t miss out. Hooray for the Hostess!