Livingetc's Christmas gift guide 2021 - chosen by top interior designers

Athena Calderone, Jonathan Adler, Matthew Williamson and more have picked the perfect presents to give this year

Traditional christmas tree with red and green scheme
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We run a Christmas gift guide every year in Livingetc, and it's always an edit of the very best to buy. But this time instead of asking the team to compile it, I reached out to my some of my very favorite interior designers, the people whose taste I trust impeccably, and whose style has been setting the agenda all year.

Athena Calderone, Jonathan Adler, Eva Sonaike, Nicola Harding, Matthew Williamson (and myself) all chose the gifts we'll be giving this year, along with a few we'd like ourselves. So settle back and put your feet up, because just like we've done all our Christmas decorating ideas, we're making your Christmas very easy. 

Christmas gift guide 2021 - as chosen by the world's best tastemakers

Athena Calderone

(Image credit: Athena Calderone)

Designer and author Athena Calderone's edit of the best Christmas gifts

Jo Malone London candle

(Image credit: Jo Malone London)

Wild Berry and Bramble Townhouse candle, £90, Jo Malone London (opens in new tab)

Gjusta oil

(Image credit: Gjusta)

Marinated Olive Oil, $16/£11.50, Gjusta (opens in new tab)

silk pyjamas olivia von halle

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Coco silk satin pyjama set by Olivia von Halle, £445, Selfridges (opens in new tab)

green bowl

(Image credit: Jayson Home)

Osaka bowl, £13, Jayson Home (opens in new tab)

colorful taper candles


(Image credit: The Floral Society)

Taper Candles, $15/£12.30, The Floral Society (opens in new tab)

Hand Forged Wiggle Candlesticks

(Image credit: Maud Vaughn)

Hand Forged Wiggle Candlesticks, POA, Maud Vaughn (opens in new tab)

travertine coaster

(Image credit: Etsy)

Travertine coasters by Acorn Hill Collective, £23.27, Etsy (opens in new tab)

MyTheresa boots

(Image credit: MyTheresa)

Leather ankle boots by The Row, £1290, MyTheresa (opens in new tab)

Claude Home candle holders

(Image credit: Claude Home)

Bloom Ceramic Sculptural Candle Holders by Common Body, £61.50, Claude Home (opens in new tab)

Athena Calderone book

(Image credit: Athena Calderone)

Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone (Abams), £18.99, Amazon (opens in new tab)

Jonathan Adler

(Image credit: Jonathan Adler)

Designer, potter and TV presenter Jonathan Adler's edit of the best Christmas gifts

Cowshed shower gel

(Image credit: Soho Home)

Blissful bath and shower gel, £30 for 500ml, Cowshed at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Le Creuset blue lasagne dish

(Image credit: Le Creuset)

Le Creuset deep oven dish, from £30, Amazon (opens in new tab)

Jonathan Adler mugs

(Image credit: Jonathan Adler)

Macho Macho mug, £32, Jonathan Adler (opens in new tab)

Livingetc. cover

(Image credit: Future)

Subscription to Livingetc, from £7.75 (saving 61%), Magazines Direct (opens in new tab)

Alessi coffee pot

(Image credit: Alessi)

Plisse kettle, from £80, Alessi at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Reading glasses Izipizi

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Reading glasses, £30, Izipizi (opens in new tab)

Paul Smith socks

(Image credit: Paul Smith)

Sock subscription, £180, Paul Smith (opens in new tab)

Vice Lust candle, £78, Jonathan Adler

(Image credit: Jonathan Adler)

Vice Lust candle, £78, Jonathan Adler at Amara (opens in new tab)

Pip Rich

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Livingetc Editor Pip Rich's edit of the best Christmas gifts

Hamden cake stand, £55, Hunter and Co

(Image credit: Hunter and Co)

Hamden cake stand, £55, Hunter and Co (opens in new tab)

Ottolenghi spices

(Image credit: Ottolenghi)

Hot and Sharp spice collection, £15, Ottolenghi (opens in new tab)

Ettinger box

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Large jewllery box, £195, Ettinger (opens in new tab)

Stack candles, from £15 each, Yod and Co

(Image credit: Yod and Co)

Stack candles, from £15 each, Yod and Co (opens in new tab)

Enamel frying pan, £27.99, Sous Chef

(Image credit: Sous Chef)

Enamel frying pan, £27.99, Sous Chef (opens in new tab)

Rope basket, £69, La Basketry

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Rope basket, £69, La Basketry (opens in new tab) 

Terry towelling polo shirt, €75, Aurelien

(Image credit: Aurelien)

Terry towelling polo shirt, €75, Aurelien (opens in new tab)

Eva Sonaike

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Interior and product designer Eva Sonaike's edit of the best Christmas gifts

Reiko Kaneko breakfast set

(Image credit: Reiko Kaneko)

Breakfast express set, £17.50 for three pieces, Reiko Kaneko (opens in new tab)

Poster, £12, The Cornrow

(Image credit: The Cornrow)

Poster, £12, The Cornrow (opens in new tab)

Royal Check tea kettle by MacKenzie Childs, £175, Amara

(Image credit: Amara)

Royal Check tea kettle by MacKenzie Childs, £175, Amara (opens in new tab)

Eva Sonaike blue footstool

(Image credit: Eva Sonaike)

Asa pouffe in indigo, £399, Eva Sonaike (opens in new tab)

Full Moon earrings, £250, Rokus

(Image credit: Rokus)

Full Moon earrings, £250, Rokus (opens in new tab)

matthew williamson

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Interior and product designer Matthew Williamson's edit of the best Christmas gifts

Handmade leather lampshade, €179.95, Anna + Nina

(Image credit: Anna + Nina)

Handmade leather lampshade, €179.95, Anna + Nina (opens in new tab)

Agua de Jardin candle by Boy Smell, £45, SpaceNK

(Image credit: SpaceNK)

Berry robe, €150, OAS

(Image credit: OAS)

Berry robe, €150, OAS (opens in new tab)

Rechargeable Phileas table lamp designed by Matthew Williamson, £98, Pooky

(Image credit: Pooky)

Rechargeable Phileas table lamp designed by Matthew Williamson, £98, Pooky (opens in new tab)

La Palma Tranquila artwork, €129, Enkel Art Studio

(Image credit: Enkel Art Studio)

La Palma Tranquila artwork, €129, Enkel Art Studio (opens in new tab)

Pip Rich
Pip Rich

The editor of Livingetc, Pip Rich (formerly Pip McCormac) is a lifestyle journalist of almost 20 years experience working for some of the UK's biggest titles. As well as holding staff positions at Sunday Times Style, Red and Grazia he has written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and ES Magazine. The host of Livingetc's podcast Home Truths, Pip has also published three books - his most recent, A New Leaf, was released in December 2021 and is about the homes of architects who have filled their spaces with houseplants.  He has recently moved out of London - and a home that ELLE Decoration called one of the ten best small spaces in the world - to start a new renovation project in Somerset.