Somehow, god knows where the time’s gone, it’s that time of year again. We await the Coca-Cola advert with childish anticipation and have been looking forward to showing off those one-off sparkly numbers (Christmas parties are mainly necessary to wear the one sequinned number in your wardrobe). What with all the parties and frantic pre-holiday workload leaves one with little time to go shopping so our handy Christmas gift ;lkjguide is there to inspire you and take the pressure off.
For the green-fingered cider lovers, how about Garden Trading’s Apple Press for Dad to make his own homebrew (£135). Once made he can store his wares in a personalised SWIG hip flask (69) which can be engraved in time for Christmas and comes beautifully presented in this Spanish-made leather case. Smarten up the man who likes to spend most of his day outdoors with Simon Carter’s brass Trowel and Fork cufflinks on Christmas Day for an affordable £50. Perfect to clean up any world traveller, treat him to this personalised toiletry bag from British label Accha (£55) showing off his initials in a handy, waterproof case. He can fill it up with Aesop’s Supple Gentleman Kit for £60 which includes a fabulous face cleanser and Neroli aftershave balm with notes of sea salt and lavender.
Busy Mums need all the help they can get. Get their morning going with a cup of coffee from Tom Dixon’s copper-toned cafetière with its heat-resistant handle. It’s more expensive than most at £140 but is a bit of a showstopper. Running about town with one of Rae Feather’s monogrammed, handmade baskets will cement her as ‘Cool Mum’, perfect for all the essentials whether it’s muslins for the babe or her bridge paraphernalia. With its sturdy, leather handles it’s worth every penny of £150. She can pop in her 22-carat rose gold-plated Latelia London’s Lucky Four Leaf Clover sterling silver earrings (£65) and spritz Jo Malone’s Mimosa & Cardamom cologne to finish off her outfit (£42 and handbag-sized). A snip at £65. When home, she can rest those weary feet with the gorgeous aroma of Feu de Beaumont’s Glass Vessel, 100% natural soy candles (£59) that burn for up to 50 hours. Their 22 carat gold plate lids can be personalised from £25, available in rose, jasmine, oudh, wild fig or verbena. Finish the day working through Paul A Young’s Christmas collection which features port, stilton and water biscuit truffles (£7 for a box of 4 – they’re worth it).
Treat your man this Christmas and transform his bathroom cabinet with Margate’s #No1 seaweed fan Haeckels sourcing Kent’s finest ingredients for its botanical skincare line. We’d recommend the Seaweed Facial Masque (£34) and Sailors’ Beard Oil for £34 for your hairier loved ones. Smelling good, pack him off with the enviably chic Porter Yoshida black tanker boston bag perfect for weekends away and under £400, whilst wearing Peregrine’s 100% wool crew neck jumper with contrast Harris Tweed shoulder patches (£100), completing the look with Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ noise cancelling headphones, the perfect gift for any music lover at £269. If he’s a dab hand in the kitchen already, hone his skills with cocktail supremo Mr Lyan (of White Lyan) and his guide to ‘Good Things to Drink’ with cocktails to make at home which he can stir with his monkey and palm silver swizzle stick from African silver-supremo Patrick Mavros. They also have flying grouse or cobra options for £220.
It’s tricky to buy for the lady in your life, however you can’t go wrong with House of Hackney’s Tamar Dress Vreeland Stripe at an affordable £215 (it’s a William Morris collaboration) keeping her toasty warm and ever stylish in the winter months. Wear this Christmas with Tada & Toy’s silver star hoop earrings, a snip at £42, teamed with their £165 Victoria Falls Rose Gold ring which will make her hands the talk of the town. We’d love a personalised ipad case made by artisan leather maker, Meakers of Piccadilly, with each item hand-stitched from start to finish and leather sourced from the oldest tannery in the UK (from £250). If skiing is on the menu this winter, keep her warm on the slopes with TROY London’s cashmere mink pom-pom hat available in endless colours for £75 whilst donning Sweaty Betty’s Ski Trail Seamless Leggings. Worn under her ski suit, these sweat-wicking, quick drying leggings are only £60 and double up as workout gear when she’s home. When rushing out the door she can spritz herself in the sensational Santal 33 for £150, the smoky woody scent blends itself nicely with all the mince pies floating about. Le Labo is the coolest perfumer in town and you can even have the bottle personalised free of charge.