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Christmas Gift Guide


I could just have easily called this ‘My Christmas Wish List’ seeing as I’d love to find any one of the items under the tree and may already own a few of the things featured… Let’s call it market research o.k.

Still, in the spirit of being selfless at Christmas I thought I’d call it a gift guide. Plus, I always think when it comes t0 best friends, sisters, mums, cousins etc etc, you normally end up giving something you’d like to receive yourself and I always seem to start with this in mind. And as well as inspiring you to shop for others, there’s no harm in treating yourself to a festive prize or too (or subtly directing boyfriends/Father Christmas this way if you fear they’re struggling for inspiration!).

Little Things 

All under £30, these are stocking fillers, Secret Santa sorters and little tokens for deserving friends and family. From this Noel’s ‘it’ books to Hammamas cotton towels for globetrotters, I think there’ll be a little something for everyone in this lot.


Clockwise from bottom left…

Salted chocolate | Rococco
Book | Yes Please, Amy Poehler
Hairbrush | Tangleteazer
Scented candle | The White Company
Lip balm | Eve Lom
Beach Towel | Hammamas
Pillow Spray | This Works
Emma by Jane Austen | Anthropologie
Knickers | L’Agent by Agent Provocateur
Toothpaste | Marvis
Nail polish | Nars
iPhone 5 Case | Shopbop


Christmas is the time for a bit of indulgence and giving those things people might not normally buy for themselves.  Rich scrubs, bath salts, oils and beautiful makeup palettes that make getting ready in the morning feel that bit more exciting are the kinds of the things you want to find under the tree.


Clockwise from bottom left.

Eye Palette | Nars
Lip balm | Elemental Herbology
Body wash | Santal
Exfoliating scrub | Grown Alchemist
Bath Oil | This Works
Bath Salts | Ila
Hand Wash | Aesop
Blush compact | Laura Mercier
Inner Strength roll-on oil | Aromatherapy Associates (10% of proceeds go to Defence against Cancer charity)
Electric Toothbrush | Foreo



Following the indulgent theme, these are the slightly more spoiling things that will last way beyond Boxing Day. A neutral palette keeps things timeless (you all know my views on leopard print), while softer-than-soft cashmere, rose gold jewels and buttery black leather are the ultimate in want-not-need gifts that feel so good because of it.


Clockwise from bottom left.

Cashmere socks | Johnstons of Elgin
Luggage tag | Smythson
Leather clutch | Saint Laurent
Fedora | Rag & Bone
Cashmere robe | Donna Karan
Leather backpack | Mansur Gavriel
Jersey PJs | Eberjey
Hoop earrings | Davina Combe
Cashmere turban | Rosie Sugden
Cashmere travel set | Theory
Rose gold bangle | Jennifer Fisher
Leopard trainers | Isabel Marant
Star studs | Astley Clarke

Everything Else

Something for the homemakers, foodies and everyone in between, I can’t imagine many people not appreciating at least one of these things. These are the three books topping my wish list on Amazon right now while anything marble, copper or pineapple-shaped is almost impossible to walk away from.

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Clockwise from bottom left.

Copper tumbler | Target
Book | The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
Grey throw | John Lewis
Marble chopping board | H&M
Candle | Bella Freud
Cookbook | Hemsley Hemsley
Clock |
Makeup bag | Diane Von Furstenburg
Teapot | John Lewis
Book | Atlas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky
Blender | Nutribullet
Ceramic pineapple | Abode Living 
Gilded coasters | Shopbop