Christmas is a big deal in our house. Firstly, it’s my birthday (yep, on actual Christmas day!) Secondly, this year it’s going to be my son’s very first Christmas and that fills me with so much excitement I could burst! I can’t wait to see the wonder and amazement on his face and while I’m fully prepared for him to bypass all his presents for hours of fun with the wrapping paper, string and packaging (boxes, it’s always the boxes!) I’m a firm believer that having kids around just makes the whole thing truly magical.
So who’s got all their Christmas shopping sorted then? Nope, I haven’t either guys! But I do have some rather brilliant and magical gifting ideas to share with you. One of the best parts of my job is getting to see all of the Christmas collections early. This usually happens during preview launches in July – I know, SO early! Wading through the good, really good and outright brilliant is definitely something I’ve learnt to embrace over the years. I’m always on the hunt for the quirkier, the cuter and utterly unique. If it’s oozing luxe, it’s made it onto my list.
Everything here has won a spot because I truly believe it’s a fantastic product or magical gift. I really hope you get some inspo and enjoy it! Let me know what you think and if you’ve discovered a unique gifting label or brand, leave me a comment below so I can check them out too.
You’ll find everything from cult beauty products to fashion finds, heart-warming candles and bits for the kids.
Seasons greetings, one and all!
The Style Savvy Wish List
Because celebrating with champagne and cashmere is the only way to do Christmas…
It doesn’t get much more indulgent than super soft cashmere by knitwear pros Les 100 Ciels (£249). While on the handbag front, making an offering of The Cambridge Satchel Company’s Mini Tassel in Gold Star Haze print (£90) or Jigsaw’s golden coin purse (£30) will soon put the twinkle in anyone’s wardrobe. Oh and don’t forget the frosting, by way of cool and directional label Sif Jakobs. Pick a special number in the Novoli Cinque collection for a thoughtful and statement necklace addition (£149). Finish with a spritz of new-on-the-scent-block Floral Street in Neon Rose (£54) – already making huge waves in the beauty biz – a slick of Lipstick Queen lippie (from £20) and a few good glugs of bubbles served up in Cath Kidston’s ever chic and jolly champagne flutes (£10 for two).
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The Beauty Insider Wish List
Whether they’re a mum who deserves some pampering or a full blown beauty junkie, look no further than these extra special treats…
Show off your beauty know-how with the abundance of totally luxurious and head-turning gift boxes, baubles and crackers on offer. Filled with cult items and game changing products, these will earn the gifter max brownie points! First up, is Rituals go-big-or-go-home The Ritual of Sakura Relaxing Ceremony Gift Box (£65). From body scrub to mini fragrance sticks, it’s a whole load of R&R in one very swish (and reusable) pink keepsake box. Skincare-devotees will love Eve Lom’s Rescue Ritual set (£75) of the cult cleanser, rescue mask and muslin cloth. Or, why not give an alternative Christmas cracker? This gorgeous golden Eve Lom one is crammed with the brand’s famed Kiss Mix Duo (£25). You’ll find lots more beauty treats below too, there’s so many great picks out there this year, I just wish my entire tree could be filled with all these lovely beauty baubles and trinkets!
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The Cosy Home Wish List
Christmas? Well it’s got to be a swanky candle then!
A decadent scented candle transcends age and is the epitome of chic when it comes to home styling. Get ready to become addicted to Rituals XL Goji Berry triple wick hit (£47.50). Dark fruits and crisp grapefruit notes are all wrapped up in a mega heavyweight finish. While newcomer Lavender and Lillie takes us on a journey around London, Venice, India and the Seychelles with a candle catalogue inspired by the founder’s travels. This Dover Street, London candle (£42) is divine and the intricate art work of London landmarks makes the perfect cherish-forever gift. The House of Byredo’s Bibliotheque (£54) will transport you to an old, cosy library, think books topped with peach, plum and vanilla. Stationery pro Caroline Gardner offers more than just cards and wrapping these days you know, with the Cinnamon and Orange candle (£24) just one of an array of many enticing home additions in the collection. Well worth a browse. Spoil your favourites with one of these winter wonders. Powerfully pungent and let’s face it… really blooming pretty too!
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The Little People Wish List
No coal here! It’ll be screams all round when they find this lot in their stocking…
Want a one-stop destination for all things kids? Look no further than Alex and Alexa. You’ll find classic wooden toys like this Le Toy Van Barbarossa pirate ship alongside quirky and punchy clothing, nursery kit and more. Tao and Friends green velvet bomber (£59) is the ultimate mini trophy jacket perfect for party and beyond. You’ll also spy cool exclusive collabs from Maison Labiche, who’ve teamed up with A&A to bring us a cute Paddington Bear capsule line. Bobo Choses is always a hit for conscious, ethical clothing with a seafaring twist. Check out the organic cotton seal print sweatshirt from the Dear World collection (£42). On the subject of tiny but mighty wardrobes, head over to Cath Kidston for adorable prints and cool cuts – the duffle coat with dragon print lining (£35) and construction site pram suit (£28) are more than little bit feel-good. While over at Joules the latest mini me patterns starring animals in sports gear makes an adorable seasonal gift for tots. The zip up jacket (£29.95) and all-in-one (£19.95) are both top picks. For your very own bundle, or family and friend’s kiddies, now the prezzies are sorted all that’s left to do is leave out the mince pies and carrots for Santa and his reindeers!
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So that’s over and out from the Christmas Gift Guide, I really shop you’ve enjoyed my The Big Day Wish List and find some inspiration along the way for your gift list. Just be sure to take some time out from all the Christmas madness to enjoy the festive fun. I’m starting with a trip to Knightsbridge to see all the sparkly lights and Christmas windows at Harrods and Harvey Nichols, followed by ice skating and mulled wine. What are you all getting up to?