It may come as no surprise that I am a festive enthusiast. December is, hands down, one of my favourite months. I love the run up to the big day: the infectious excitement emanating from my children; re-reading A Christmas Carol and weeping (Tiny Tim does not die! Scrooge finds the true meaning of Christmas); the music; the decorating; the tree; the mulled wine and Christmas cocktails; the finding, wrapping and hiding of presents. As I’ve got older, I do truly love the thought and process of giving what I hope are the right gifts. Here’s my Christmas gift guide: 50 presents for all manner of recipients.
This year, I’ve opted to do one post (because, you know, time. Hats off to those who manage several guides) and I’ve tried to suggest something for everyone. I’ve also elected to champion independent brands and shops. Sure there are some big boys on this list – but I’ve sought out some brilliant offerings from small-but-mighty brands, too. I’ve also – with a couple of star buy exceptions – tried to keep the price point down.
Some of these are tried and tested e.g. we have two of these radios and I LOVE them. My children have the marble run and the Pencil and Paper Games book is wonderful for keeping children entertained without devices. I have these Siân Esther pjs – and not only are they a thing of beauty, by buying them you help disadvantaged women have a safe night’s sleep: your purchase helps support their partner charities. My daughter told me, unprompted, the other day that she wanted to have “a very thoughtful Christmas” this year – and (once I had whisked the dust from my eye) I wholeheartedly agreed.
I’ll be shopping my own Christmas gift guide, of course. I’ve already snaffled the rainbow cushion and hairband for my daughter and ordered one of those terrific football prints for my son (available in the team of your choice – plus there’s a cricket option). Next up: these White Company pyjamas for my two on Christmas Eve. On my own list? A print from Hotel Magique for our snug. A new diary Some new slippers (mine have a hole in!). A bar cart would be nice – maybe this one.
1. Sparkle candle, £16-£34, Seven Seventeen; 2. Roberts Radio, £149.90, John Lewis; 3. Gold heart bag, £14, Cottage Toys; 4. Rattan mirror, £25, The Consortium; 5. Neom Perfect Night’s Sleep oil, £42, Neom Organics (currently on offer at John Lewis); 6.Pink scalloped napkin, £10, Sarah K; 7. Marble run, £12, John Lewis; 8. The Green Roasting Tin, £7, Amazon; 9. Barwell champagne coupe, £32, Soho Home; 10. Maileg Princess and the Pea Mouse, £37.95, Scandiborn; 11. Hairband, £2.99, H&M; 12. Velvet travel pouch, £28, Elizabeth Scarlett; 13. Football print (choose your team), £18, Etsy; 14. Personalised basket, £25 (order by 5th December), Edit 58; 15. Striped pyjamas, £95, Siân Esther; 16. Classic Cuvée Rosé, Hambledon £36.50, Berry Bros & Rudd; 17. Jewelled flats, £120, Boden; 18. Lightning bolt clutch, £65, The Alex Edit; 19. Zebra vase, £29.50, Tailor Made Living; 20. Pencil and Paper Games, £4.70; 21. Falcon Enamelware limited edition jug £34 at Amara; 22. Initial necklace, from £85, Harry Rocks; 23. Merino wool sweater, £49.99, Mango ; 24. Pillow Spray, £15, Bloom & Blossom; 25. Rainbow cushion, £8.99, H&M Home; 26. Giant New York colouring poster, £9, Smallable; 27. Chemix Slow Coffee maker, £33.90, Maxi Coffee; 28. Hoop earrings, £45, By Iris; 29. Sweatshirt, £50, Scamp and Dude; 30. Aesop resurrection handwash, £27 at Liberty; 31. Personalised diary, from £21.99, Papier; 32. Flower subscription – from £60 for three months, Bloom & Wild; 33. Mugs, £27 each, The Small Home; 34. Wake up, Maybe later print set, £30, Hotel Magique; 35. Cashmere scarf, £60, John Lewis; 36. Pom pom mittens, £7.99, Mango; 37. Cushion, £39.95, Bungalow at Trouva; 38. Telescope, £24, John Lewis; 39. Gingham PJs from £26, The White Company; 40. Set of 4 measuring cups, £28, Rifle Paper Co for Anthropologie; 41. Glitter and pom pom hair clips £4, Accessorize; 42. Christmas Wish candle, £46. Neom (currently 20% off at John Lewis); 43. Children’s slippers, £30, The Small House; 44. Burt rollneck jumper, £120, Iggy & Burt; 45. BB8 alarm clock, £22.99, John Lewis; 46. Kiipix smartphone photo printer, £55, Urban Outfitters; 47. Edie box bag, £255, Carloe London; 48. Italian days scarf in navy, £105, Lois Avery; 49. Panettone, £12.95, Liberty; 50. Djeco art brushes, £9.99, My Small World