Since having kids I have become an increasingly big fan of Christmas. One thing I have always enjoyed about it though is the giving (and wrapping!) of gifts. I have put together a little list of things that have caught my eye hoping it provides useful inspiration. I haven’t included books because I think they are pretty person specific. The things on my list tend towards the luxury.
There are some very beautiful things on this site-blog nonesuch things. I have ordered some of the tapes including the vine print and the skyline for adding a London touch to the presents I am sending back to Italy.
Cox and Cox have some beautiful Christmas paper and decorations. I am going to put a sheet of this Midwinter Streets wrapping paper in a frame on the fireplace and use the rest for wrapping.
I love these window stickers from the same range and will be sticking them on the windows that my eldest hasn’t already decorated with her (equally beautiful!) school made snowflakes.
I always have a large roll of plain brown paper from the Post Office at home that I use for wrapping up. This ribbon selection is great and I use my kid’s letter stamps to personalise them. We made all our gift tags last year using basic craft tags like these (£1 for 10) and stuck on a whole variety of
sparkly tat beautiful things.
Basic craft tags to decorate with your kids £1 for 10
Cardboard People – Woman with a bag from nonesuch things £9.50
I like quirky presents for my friends and have a box of beautiful things I’ve collected over the months that I then chose from. This cardboard woman is on her way to me from nonesuch things and this London Cityscape and Wooden Solar System mobile from Muji are already in there (I hope none of my friends are reading this!) I am actually very tempted to keep the Solar System – it is beautiful.
I have mentioned these Cos cashmere scarves many times before but they make a great Christmas gift (and did I say how much I love Cos’ wrapping?)
Were money no object I would be asking for this grey Chloe Parity, possibly the most beautiful bag ever made. I will not be getting it, but surely Christmas is all about dreaming!
This Marc by Marc Jacobs Spotless Lizzie is on my Christmas list. I am hoping one of my constant emails with discount codes will pay off and it might be waiting under the tree for me.
I took Gina’s advice and tried L’Occitane’s Divine range. It works. This set is high up on my Christmas list.
Another two cult products, this time from By Terry via Space NK. I ask for a pot of this Baume de Rose every Christmas and it lasts all year. It has a slight sheen to it and I wear it day to day instead of lipstick. This mascara is brilliant and really does make lashes thicker and more lustrous with a few weeks wear (I rate the whole By Terry range – this foundation works miracles)
I have mentioned the Cos cashmere scarves further up in the page and their clutch is definitely on my list. It is made from a raw cut metallic leather and will be great for day and night use. I find a clutch an easy way of carrying my cards and phone when I am out with La Bambina and can pop it in the bottom of the pram.
Meet Bernard – I am a big fan of this lovely shop which originally just for men but now has a large new women’s wear store too. These black Adidas Nizza are fur lined and the kind of shoe every dad needs – warm, stylish and easy to chase cheeky monkeys in.
I really rate Nudie jeans and like their take on the Christmas cardi with the Lenny zip cardigan.
Mr Porter, the men’s version of Net-a-Porter, is a great site for ordering luxury menswear and presents. If you choose their gift wrapping service the present comes wrapped in tissue paper secured with a sticker with the recipient’s name in the Mr Porter font. I like that.
Knomo do lovely bags, especially in their range for men. I like their iphone cases for £35 too.
Everything from Smythson feels so luxe. Their stationery comes wrapped in lovely tissue paper and in one of their famous blue boxes. These pocket memos slip easily inside a jacket pocket and are a great choice for the person who has everything.
I like this iphone-wallet too and am going to investigate if it comes in any of the other lovely colours their regular phone covers are available in like the gorgeous magenta one below.
Luckily my children are too young to read our WornOut blog so I am spoiling no surprises saying this Scotty Dog Noughts & Crosses will be wrapped and waiting under the tree for one of my little loves.
These bear dungarees are a bit pricey at £41 but wow, how cute!
These lovely Ubang Babblechat ballerina tights from Nordic Kids sit on the side of cool rather than overly cutesy and are in my shopping bag.
This cape from H&M’s “All for Children” range is already in my possesion and ready to be wrapped. I like their £1.99 masks too – great stocking presents. For £4.99 this gold bag feels surprisingly good in real life and I love the design.
H&M Fox Mask £1.99
H&M bag £4.99
These Automoblox cars from Toys of Essence are fantastic quality and are actually a kind of jigsaw. My eldest loves hers and they make a great gift. Keep an eye out for their wooden dress up dolls and pull along duck for younger kids.
We like Russian dolls in this house and our love of all things Apple hasn’t diminished our avid letter writing. I am pleased that it is a joy I’ve shared with my eldest. She will be rewarded with this letter writing set this Christmas.
And these lovely baubles for her own um, tasteful, little tree.
La Bambina will be happy to look at these Japanese paper balloons which arrive flat packed and make a great gift for sending abroad.
There are some very lovely hampers out that would suit all tastes and budgets. I love the whole range from Luigis’s and am going to be ordering one of these for a faraway friend.
Once all my Christmas shopping is done and the pressure is off, I will be heading up town to Selfridges Food Hall to make my favourite Christmas purchase (macaroons!)
Luckily for non Londoners you can order most of their treats on line.
For now that is it! I am going to crack on and tick some presents off my list.
Just a note to say that this post isn’t sponsored.