Welcome to our Christmas gift guides 2018. We’ve kept it simple this year: no blowing-the-budget, no excessive choice. Instead, you’ll find some smaller brands and retailers and a carefully edited selection of our favourite gifts for your favourite people. Or yourselves (if you’re one of those people who manage to complete your Christmas shopping before December. Who are you? And how do you do it?).
First up: gifts for your home (with a nod to the cooks in your life). I tend to think that – unless you know the person really well – and know they would love a bread maker/set of expensive saucepans/watering can – then it’s wise to err on the side of caution and buy something indulgent or perhaps a frippery they wouldn’t buy themselves.
Note: some of these would make excellent hostess gifts. (Is that what they’re called? The gift you take when someone invites you to supper). As would panettone or a fancy balsamic vinegar or olive oil. Or perhaps some very pretty truffles (or whichever sweet treat floats your host’s boat). A scented cook’s candle makes a nice gift for a foodie-inclined type.
P.S. We’ll also be updating our Shop section as and when we find things we really, really want to give for Christmas.
- Stackable alphabet mugs, £10 each, Oliver Bonas
- Ikat cushion cover, £55, Polkra
- Vase, £25,50, Design Vintage
- Alice in Wonderland ornament, £16, Anthropologie
- 4 piece measuring set, £6.99, H&H Home
- Matches,£6, Trouva
- Believe wire word, £25, Edit 58
- Faux anenome stem, £4, Oka
- Bia elephant teapot, £12.50, John Lewis
- Travel posterf, from £7.29, Etsy