Gift guide: for her
Aunts, mums, grandmas, sisters and your girl posse all covered for Crimbo, plus some spot-on suggestions for gifts to self. Ho ho ho.
Cool, comfy and sexy as hell. These stylish white leather trainers with metallic chevron detail, from Mint Velvet, have just the right amount of glam to look fabulous with a casual pair of jeans, or dressed up with a midi skirt.
light it up
Strike a light, enjoy a 3D literary experience with Literarti & Light's scented story gift boxes. Each set includes a posh copy of a classic, a scented candle expertly blended to create the story's fragrance and a box matches. There are six to choose from: Sherlock Holmes, Alice In Wonderland, Dorian Gray, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Just add a large Merlot.
Throw your gear into this super roomy weekend bag and you're ready to go. Made from heavy duty canvas, with leather handles and trim, zipped internal pocket, Dutch wax batik lining and a cow horn disc on the side, this English/African design combo is typical of Somerset-based Settlers Stores. The bag is available in different sizes and in slate grey and navy.
Green Stem sell a range of products made in the UK that use therapeutic amounts of active cannabidiol (CBD) from the hemp plant. This luxury bath bomb not only smells great - it's a heady mix of sandalwood, lavender and jasmine - but will leave you feeling totally chilled out.
Is there an interiors-obsessed lady in your life? She'll be very impressed that you've chosen this gorgeous 100% wool herringbone throw from heavenly East Anglia homewares store, Angela Reed, all by yourself (you can thank us later!). The colours go with pretty much any room scheme and it's perfect for snuggling up under on those cold winter days.
Want PJs that help you sleep better, do their bit towards saving the planet and look gorgeous too? Yes, there is such a thing! Sleepy Wilson is a brand new range of luxury pyjamas made from the highest grade silk, a renewable, biodegradable material, so they're not just easy on the eye but also an ethical and sustainable sleepwear collection too. Fabulouzzz.
Cold wet feet on the dog walk or school run are a thing of the past with these Trailback Rigger boots. Comfortable, waterproof and they look the part in the pub afterward. These bad boys are designed in Cornwall and built with sole and passion (geddit?) by specialist shoemakers in Spain using triple-stitched leather and underfoot insulation, with German waterproof membrane to keep your tootsies warm and dry but not sweaty.
A quirky gift for gin lovers (hey, or yourself) this turquoise, vintage-style glass bottle will make a fabulous centrepiece for a spirits collection or drinks trolley. Just add homemade gin, or a favourite tipple.
pretty in pink
A lovely bright gift for under the tree, we're loving this slouchy, relaxed-fit, 100% cotton knit jumper, with playful colour-blocking, from cool London-based brand Chinti & Parker (Alexa Chung, Gwyneth Paltrow and Poppy Delevingne are fans, btw).
These eco-friendly and bio-degradable natural soy wax candles and wax melts, from Muddy Award-winning Warks-based family business Twinings Home fragrance, are available in 10 fragrances, plus seasonal limited editions - Christmas, Festive Cranberry, Gingerbread and Autumn Crumble. All products use recycled and sustainable materials wherever possible.
These gorgeous hand-painted cocktail glasses with gold detail are sold exclusively at Anthropologie. They also come in dusky pink, plus there are gin, wine, tumbler and Champagne flutes if you want to complete the set.
We love the striking simplicity of these silver and pearl blade earrings by Claudia Bradby. You can remove the rhodium-coated blades to wear the pearls solo but it's the angular deco vibe that sets these beauties apart for us. Available at Biagio the Jeweller.
the it bag
Super-cool online French fashion brand Sézane's chic, minimal handbags are exquisitely made, with an emphasis on craftsmanship. This original Victor shoulder bag comes with two straps - classic leather or metal - and has the option to monogram for that added personal touch. Très bien!
Hertfordshire-based sustainable beauty and homewares brand Bramble and Blossom has been selected to partner with Joules, as one of hundreds of small local businesses selling contemporary country lifestyle products. As a 'friend of Joules', some of their top festive scents and gifts - like this diffuser, which smells of Christmas in a bottle! - will be available at Joules online, so you can get all your gifts in one fell swoop while ticking the 'shop local' box, too.
written in the stars
Anyone who's into star signs will love these Constellation necklaces from Bedfordshire-based artisan lifestyle store, épanoui. Founder Hannah is a jeweller and her creative eye shows through in her gorgeous collections. The 12 zodiac symbols have been engraved into sterling silver coin pendants which hang on a 14k gold chain.
You can't go wrong with Jo Malone so we're super excited for the brand's first foray onto the high street with a brand new collab with Zara just in time for Christmas (thanks, Jo!) The eight fragrances are unisex and, like all of Zara's perfume range, excellently priced.
£25.99 for 90ml
The gift of beautifully scented, silky skin. Yes please. New luxury beauty brand Londe uses 100% UK-grown and sourced botanical oils to create the most delicious body oil ever. Not only will you smell like a meadow – with oodles of English rosemary and lavender – but you'll glow like a goddess. Vegan friendly with no additives or synthetics. Suitable for all skin types.
How funky are these geometric gym leggings, a collaboration between lululemon and chic Serbian fashion brand Roksanda? They have a flattering high-rise, are made from stretchy sweat-wicking fabric and include a nifty phone pouch. For the less daring, they also come in black.
Catch the Light
Hand-formed to create Monolith standing stone inspired shapes, Lucy Spink textured the silver of these Synthesis earrings using her Granddad’s old workshop hammers creating unique patterns that catch the light beautifully. The stud based backs mean they are practical enough for everyday wear and yet have that essential festive sparkle too.
A cut above
Looking for something with a personal touch? How about a bespoke paper cut from Pieces of Art? Contact Hertfordshire-based artist Emma with your ideas and send some photos and she'll produce a gorgeous cut-out artwork that's completely unique, from silhouettes and family trees to house portraits.
A treat for her toes, these super-soft and chic ribbed slipper socks from COS have a flat leather sole and are 100% cashmere on the inside AND the outside for maximum cosiness.
These soft leather gloves from Danish label Becksöndergaard will keep female mitts warm and stylish - and they're compatible with screens, so super practical too.
Handcrafted in waxed leather and lined with a water-proof membrane, these super-comfy boots can be dressed up or down for every occasion - country walks, school runs, shopping marathons! Available in oak and mahogany leather, standard, narrow and sporting fit. Plus the coloured tassels (£30) make a great little stocking filler.
Help them add some boutique hotel-style va va voom to a room with this striking velvet cushion, inspired by summer trees and flowers. It part of a Nature’s Way range of designs available from funky gift and interiors store Kissed By Betty.