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.
Yes, I’m totally going there! These fluffy and fabulous Emu Sheepskins slides are top of my wish list this year – perfect for sipping G&Ts in after the Christmas feast. Less poolside, more fireside, they take summer’s hottest sandal trend into winter. I discovered these open-toed beauties at the brand new, online emporium of cosiness, Slipper Shop and there are plenty more stylish options, from cool clogs to plaid mules.
Feel the love
I’m a massive fan of Orwell & Austen’s bright, graphic, fun cashmere knits, and this fluro pink cashmere blend version is exclusive to The Dressing Room, the multi-award winning St Albans boutique.
Silver Statement Maker
Warwickshire jewellery designer Tara Osborne crafts each of her chic, contemporary designs by hand in her rural studio just outside Stratford-upon-Avon. A Muddy Award winner in 2018, her beautiful minimalist designs include delicate necklaces, silver circle gemstone pendants, candy gem bracelets and stack rings in sterling silver, rose gold plate and gold-plated sterling silver.
Slinky, sexy and elegant enough to wear in the boudoir or as outerwear, this Meadow kimono is just one of dozens of beautiful nightgowns by One Hundred Stars. A dead cert winner of a Christmas gift.
How beautiful is this contemporary smooth grey vase? Ideal as a gift and a sensible price point too, this Scandi-inspired ceramic from Layered Lounge looks stunning either on its own or teamed with contrasting white vases. The wide base and narrow neck will support flowers perfectly and you can win extra points next year when you fill it with birthday blooms…
Every Christmas I dream of new cashmere bed socks – and this is the pair I’m coveting most! These long colour block socks by Johnstons of Elgin are made in Scotland, and are 85% cashmere and 15% nylon. I love the camel and pink but you can also get them in black and claret or blue and grey.
Let me count the ways I love this sheepskin aviator jacket from Pelle London. Hmm maybe not, we'll be here for hours. Never mind the price (you’re keeping it for yourself, right?), this flattering, timeless design makes it a ‘forever’ coat.
A beautifully-presented super soft luxury scarf & glove set in a berry red and cream, handmade from merino lambs wool from Artisan Lane Gifts in Herts. The berry gloves are extra long for warmth but fingerless for practicality, and come in a gorgeous keepsake box.
Birdy meets Banksy
Calling all twitchers! These quirky and cool garden artworks started life as a guerrilla art project before demand turned Metalbird into a business. Choose from 9 birds to jazz up your jardin.The brand is totally new to the UK too, so bonus cool points for you as the present-giver.
Breathe it in! Gorgeous hygge-inspired packaging and six evocative scents from world travels from this lovely Herts-based luxury candle brand, available for the home or in travel sizes. Our favourites? Spiced Noir with its Malaysian influences, and Summer Haze’s cool coastal inspiration.
Gift Pop Cuff
On the prowl for cool arm candy? Gift Pop's cuffs add a hint of urban edge to an outfit whether you're wearing it for day or night. We're obsessed with the wide leopard, but it's also available in silver, gold, and a skinnier sparkly navy, gold and silver. Made in the UK, with adjustable poppers, it'll arrive beautifully packaged with an explosion of mini pom poms… just because.
WATCH THE BIRDIE
How cute is this little tweetie pie? We're lusting after the Robin range of jewellery, which comes with a 14ct rose gold vermeil breasted bird. Choose from the the necklace or bracelet. Alex Monroe fans, take note.
It's a wrap
Gabrielle Vary’s geometric designs may be bang up to date but they’re created by hand on vintage knitting machines in softest lambswool. Buy this striking scarf, or browse her wraps, cardigans, ponchos, cushions, throws and baby blankets in multiple pattern and colour choices.
This handmade cowhide tote from The Jambo Collection is a stylish alternative to fashion’s current obsession with leopard print. The perfect size for everyday use, it’s also handily laptop shaped! The reverse comes in a choice of coloured leather.
Feeling angelic? This stunning oversized 100% grey super-soft cashmere from Arkell & Wills has gorgeous sequin-embellished wings to help your Christmas take flight.
Weekend cookery and wellbeing retreat anyone? Er, yes! At this Mindful Cook Retreat (17-19 May) in Norfolk you’ll learn a few culinary tricks, get away from everything (and everyone), eat like a queen and do morning yoga and evening meditation.
Channel your inner Kate Moss with a Malene Birger Sinera Long Scarf in Hyper Blue. Lightweight and soft with an eyelash trim, this can be used to dress an outfit up or down, and fits whether you’ve been at the mince pies or not.
Eco-friendly brand Elvis & Kresse designs luxury bags and accessories from rescued materials. This clutch bag is part rubber from decommissioned fire hoses (a percentage from each bag made goes to the Fire Fighters Charity) and part leather from the leftover scraps from Burberry fashion house. Ethical and elegant? OMGenius!
TOP OF THE CHOCS
The Ultimate Chocolate Hamper is chock full of – yep, you’ve guessed it - chocolicious treats. Nuts, honeycomb, candied orange lemon and ginger popping candy and biscuit pearls (not sure but bring ‘em on) all feature, alongside a trio of hot chocolates. Every morsel is made with top-notch Valrhona by Somerset's gold medal-winning artisans, The Chocolate Society. And, no, I’m not sharing
Reeding the room
You can’t go wrong with a reed diffuser, I say – who doesn’t want their house to smell delicious? And you can’t get more local than this new range from NC Candles, many of which have pleasingly Oxford-esque names such as Dreaming Spires, Port Meadow and The Boat House (a dreamy mix of rose, hawthorne, oak moss and violet, all of which grow along the River Cherwell). Or for appropriately wintry vibe, there’s one called Strudel, containing apple, vanilla and warming spices. Yum.