Christmas Gift Guide 2017

After the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness, I’m so excited November has finally ended and it's December – and that can only mean one thing: Christmas is upon us! As a self-confessed lover of all things festive, I am itching to finally get out my decorations and get myself and everyone in my surroundings in the spirit. Now, I know we’re all being bombarded by gift guides left right and centre, but instead of turning my nose up and rolling my eyes, this year, I’ll throw my hat in the mix again. After all, it’s somewhat a tradition (see my gift guides for 2014 and 2015).

Spending most of my day on a computer, I have used my investigative skills to compile a list of fifteen items – from apparel and accessories to interiors and literature – to fit different budgets and characters.

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Below, you’ll find 15 items for just about anyone and any budget, sorted by corny character attributes:

  1. For the interior connoisseur: Menu JWDA Concrete Lamp.
    While the price tag is not for the faint-hearted, this lamp by Scandinavian brand Menu, designed by Jonas Wagell is an eye-catcher turned on or off. The dimmer switch enables you to create the perfect light for any situation. Need I say more?!
  2. For the outdoors lover: A.P.C. Forest Wool Hat
    You can never have too many woolly hats! This simple version by A.P.C. comes in three colours, is made of Scottish Geelong wool and will keep your head warm during brisk walks in the countryside or to and from work.
  3. For the astrology geek: Mejuri Zodiac Necklace
    What at first glance looks like simple gold necklace with white sapphires is in fact a star-sign necklace. I like its pared back individuality and long chain, which will make it a great piece to wear over knitwear.
  4. For the minimalist with a twist: A.P.C. Ethan Houndstooth Scarf
    A good scarf is a precious thing indeed: Soft enough without pilling, eye-catching without looking garish and wide enough without drowning. This one by A.P.C. with fetching houndstooth pattern ticks all the boxes.

  5. For the small business champion: Community Clothing Crewneck Lambswool Jumper
    Community Clothing is a manufacturers collective championing the British textile industry. It is based in Blackburn and creates jobs for skilled workers in the UK by creating simple, high quality clothing at affordable prices. This lambswool jumper, made in Scotland is the perfect basic for the colder months. 

  6. For the book club member: Ali Smith Winter 
    The second novel of the celebrated writer’s Seasonal Quartet. The follow-up to her acclaimed novel Autumn, Winter casts an eye over a bleak post-truth era and tells the story of Sophia Cleves, a retired businesswoman and a Scrooge for our time.

  7. For the normcore fashionista: A.P.C. Jerrie Leather Belt
    Great basics are truly irreplaceable, but finding the right ones can be a long and winding road. A good belt will most likely last a lifetime, and this one by A.P.C. with beautiful details and golden buckle really stands out.

  8. For the Bauhaus lover: Ulmer Hocker
    Designed by Bauhaus alumni Max Bill in 1954, the Ulmer Hocker was intended to be used by students on a budget as a stool, table and carrying device. The design classic is pared back and ideal for small flats and homes, where multitasking items are a necessity rather than a luxury.

  9. For the holey sock victim: Community Clothing Marl-Pattern Cotton-Blend Socks
    We all know at least one person who always has socks with more holes than material. Make them feel special this Christmas by buying them a pair of soft, warm woolly socks by UK fair fashion collective Community Clothing.

  10. For the one who already has everything: Jo Malone Pine & Eucalyptus Candle
    Buying presents for certain people can be a challenge. So instead of worrying too much about what they might need, why not buy something that is totally unnecessary yet all the more welcome. This Jo Malone candle is a blend of pine and eucalyptus and therefore has the perfect crisp winter scent.

  11. For the creative whizz on-the-go: Winsor & Newton Watercolour Sketchers’ Pocket Box
    I swear by Winsor & Newton watercolours and this little set is small enough to carry with you wherever you go, while the pans remain large enough to be used daily. It comes with a tiny brush that is of great quality, too.

  12. For the truly special someone: J.Hannah Form Ring II
    Sometimes, it’s the simple things that are the most precious. This 14K solid gold ring by independent California brand J.Hannah is basic at its best. The fuss-free design is simple and classic and will make anyone’s Christmas all the more special.

  13. For the music aficionado: B&O Beoplay E8 Earphones
    Bluetooth earphones have just received an upgrade with this pair by B&O. Housed in a sleek leather case, they deliver both on design and audio quality.

  14. For the frequent traveller/beauty addict: Charlotte Tilbury Look in a Palette in Beauty Glow
    Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup brand doesn’t need to be introduced – her luxurious beauty products have fans all over the world. This palette, featuring eyeshadows, blushes, bronzer and highlighter, is ideal for frequent travellers who like to carry the bare minimum of beauty items with them – or for the makeup maven who already owns everything yet really needs it. Trust me.

  15. For the kitchen gardener: The Great Dixter Cookbook
    Great Dixter, the historic home of gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd, is a British institution. This cookbook features contemporary recipes, as well as recipes taken from the Lloyd family’s personal kitchen notebooks. Additionally, it contains growing guides to a variety of vegetables and fruit to accompany the recipes.