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How to….buy a gift by Caroline Stanbury

20130122_s04-012fn-®venniIf there’s one person who should know about buying gifts, it’s Caroline Stanbury, founder of  Gift Library, both an online boutique and a bespoke gift buying service. With every piece carefully chosen by Caroline and her team, Gift Library is the place to go for niche, extra-special presents from the likes of Sophie Hulme, Acqua di Parma and Marie Chantal. It offers a brilliantly curated selection of items, with many wonderfully covetable things that are hard to find elsewhere. And with gifts for every budget (from under £50 to well, the sky’s the limit), it is, in theory, the perfect place to buy someone else a present. Although, with choices like this, I wouldn’t mind shopping for myself…

Caroline’s top five gift buying tips….

1) Choose luxury not necessity – nobody wants an ironing board or a bathroom set! Go for something frivolous or funny, something that they’d never usually buy for themselves.

2) Always consider the person you are buying for, and what they would like. Just because you love it doesn’t necessarily mean they will.

3) Stick to your budget and know what you want to spend – a great unique gift doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

4) Make sure the packaging is spectacular – how the gift is presented is almost as important as the gift itself.

5) Listen out for cheeky hints they’re sure to drop. Choosing something you know a loved one has been hankering after is a great way to show them they’re appreciated.

Our pick of great gifts for little people….

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T-Rex jigsaw, £15, Alphabet Jigsaws;  Bashful Bunny, from £6.75, Jellycat; Boys cloud print pyjamas, £40, Marie Chantal

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Bespoke rocking horse, £3,600, Stevenson Brothers; Percival the Dino backpack, £39, Beatrix New York; Metal and wood tricycle, £65, Vilac

 

Great gifts for the home…

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Luna spoons tray, £15, Ary Trays; Jewel vase, £38, Nina Campbell; Richard Nixon alpaca wool throw, £295, Jonathan Adler

 

Great gifts for him…

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Petanque set, £129, Skagerak; Large weekend bag, £699, Tusting; Bespoke two piece Savile Row suit, £3,930 , Norton & Sons

 

Great gifts for her…

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Coral soft buckle tote, now £375, Sophie Hulme; Gold-plated Love a Lot necklace, £135, Phoebe Coleman; Roi Soleil scented candle, £60, Cire Trudon;

 

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Suzani pomegranate cushion, £230, Yastik by Rifat Ozbek; Solar Eclipse bracelet in rose gold, £495, Lara Bohinc; ‘Lies I Told and Liked’ notebook, £10, Archie Grand

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    noelle
    June 18, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I’m dying to know what the bracelets are that she is wearing in this photo!!!!!!

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