1. NEW LEAF
If you’re thinking about buying a loved one jewellery this Christmas you might struggle to part ways with pieces from Daisy London. Its Nature’s Way collection features designs studded with vines, bark, feathers and sycamore leaves in 18ct gold plate.
2. TICKLED PINK
Marry ‘Christmas Day essential’ with ‘nifty little stocking filler’ and you get Alessi’s Noè wineand champagne bottle stopper, relaunched for the festiveseason in this soft and chicGolden Pink shade.
3. LIGHT MY FIRE
As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, it’s time to think about lighting the fire and snuggling up. Set the mood this season with a sleek and slender fire lighter to light up those candles and get that fireplace roaring.Available in six colours (our favourite is this brushed gold),The Wand from S.T. Dupont has a powerful blue torch flame – and comes with a refill. The perfect decorative object for lighting any candle in an instant, both indoors and out, The Wandmakes a seriously stylish Christmas gift (or keep it for yourself – we won't judge).
4. SMELLS GOOD
Sniph, sniph.co.uk, is a new subscription service that allowsyou to try a travel-size bottle of fragrance from six carefully curated collections from just £9 every month. All perfumes are from well-known brands so you can choose your scent according toyour mood or style. And if youfall in love with one, you can purchase a full-size bottle. Makesan ideal Christmas gift, too.
5. PLAYING FOOTSIE
When it comes to disappointing Christmas gifts, socks have long beenin a league of their own. But elevating the humble foot warmers to new heights, Desmond & Dempsey’s offerings are design-focused enough to command genuine ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as they’re dug out from a stocking.
6. WORK OF ART
A scented candle that also doubles up as a ceramic art piece? What's not to love?Abalon, the sustainable brand created by artist Ana Bridgewater, has released its new collection of eco-soya, hand-sculpted porcelain candles and we're just a little bit obsessed. Each pretty porcelain pot is filled with pure eco-soya wax which is infused with 100% natural, ethically-sourced essential oils. Available in three gorgeous spa-like scents(lemongrass, lavender and a cedarwood, rosemary, lavandin blend), and in a variety of gorgeous ceramic cases, they make a gorgeous Christmas gift.
The vegan candles burn clean so that once the wax has burned down, it can easily be replaced with a refill (with additional refills costing as little as £8), plus the candles typically last 30-50% longer than paraffin wax.
7. STOW AWAY
Boarding passes might be accessible from our smartphones, but no digital device is set to replace the paper passport any time soon. Stow’s First Class leather tech case offers the best of both worlds, with compartments for essential documents on one side, and pockets for chargers, cables and plugs on the other.No holidays booked to use them? New colours such as Provence Yellow should inspire some planning.
8. IN GOOD TASTE
Mention ‘legend’ and ‘chocolatier’ in the same sentence and chances are you are talking about John Cadbury, the great-great-great grandfather of Love Cocoa founder James. So that’s one reason to invest in these Salted Caramel,Gin & Tonic and, yes, Avocado-infused numbers. The other is the pretty packaging that’s almost too goodto be peeled away.
9. THREE OF THE BEST PLAYING CARDS
It’s wise to have a few cards upyour sleeve should a power-cut strike on 25th December,though these design-led numbers really do deserve to be on full display. Time to lock away the iPad, disconnect the TV and champion good, old-fashioned fun.
10. THREAD CAREFULLY
If you think material items lack sentiment, imagine being gifted a totally bespoke, intricately hand-embroidered map, stitched onto ivory matt silk and dotted with the parks, pubs and local landmarks visited by you and your beloved (or BFF). Pretty thoughtful, right? Working from her Cockpits Arts studio – home to some of Britain’s finest craft talent – Ekta Kaul’s bespoke StoryMaps are set to warm cockles far and wide over the festive season.
Forthe less mushy among us, commissioned pieces can be labelled with locations of architectural icons, favourite walks or simply your local area, all adding up to one-off pieces with exceptional charm and character.
Try your hand on one of Ekta’s embroidery workshops to master the art of the needle on a smaller-scale.Bespoke wall-hangings, price on request,and workshops, from £75, ektakaul.com.