Christmas Gift Guide
When it comes to Christmas gift shopping, each year I aim for a good mix of small independent designers, locally made products and useful everyday items. Here's a list of some of my favourite things that I already own that I think would make for great gifts this holiday season and some things I wish I owned. Perhaps you'll discover a new brand or it will spark an idea when you do your Christmas shopping this month.
I made the transition back to the good old bar of soap. Feldspar Studio cold process soap in Moor is the current favourite. It's delicately scented and is made with poppy seeds to lightly exfoliate the skin. The perfect stocking filler for the whole fam.
I've been lusting after these guys ever since I laid my eyes and lips on them at Violet Cafe. These beakers have a smooth, speckled matt exterior and glazed inside and are really cosy to handle. I've found it a bit tricky to get hold of Sue's ceramics and when I saw that a limited number of these beakers are up on her web page I gasped.
Made from thick and durable organic cotton in a beautiful neutral warm grey tone, this is a very versatile piece. A great jacket choice to transition into sprig time, a must-have for the evenings during English summer and I would layer a light cashmere sweater going into autumn. Henrietta designs her shirt range with sustainability in mind and manufactures right here in London.
Christmas is the perfect time to refresh your underwear drawer and these are my absolute favourite choice. Made from supper soft organic cotton these high waist knickers feel like a sweet sweet hug around your tummy. What's more, is that they are made in a small fair trade factory in India, so you're doing good by your bum and by the people. Their multipacks are great value and have your undie needs sorted for a very good while.
If you're looking for a statement earring, look no further. ZM Jewellery is made right here in London using recycled brass and silver. Smooth, shiny finish on these earrings really brightens up the wearers face. I already own them in the Roundabout style and I collect compliments wherever I go! Fresh, contemporary designs made by the adventurous soul that is Zoe Morton.
Ottowin Fitted Boot in Sage £320
Buttery soft, feather light, exceptional quality is how I would describe these boots. Made in a slow and considered way in Bristol by the duo Lucy Lloyd and Oliver Cross. That's one handsome pair of boots to step into the new year with.
In a nutshell it's what the name says. It's a luxurious blend of oils to calm, cleanse and moisturise. It's not the easiest to get hold of, but they do list a few European stockist. If you have a friend State side, I suggest you get kindly ask to send you a bottle (go for the bigger size, you won't regret it). This shall go on every Christmas list.
This collaborative scarf is made from exceptional Scottish lambswool and is knit by Giannina Capitani in her Hackney Studio. As with all Giannina's knit pieces, this scarf is outrageously soft and luxurious. Already a massive fan of Giannina's winter woolies, this one is no doubt the next addition to my growing collection. You can't go wrong with a good quality wool scarf. Also, check out some of the more unisex styles for the gents in your life.
This little Anker battery charger has been invaluable this year. It's a very useful gift for anyone on the go. I take mine on business trips, train journeys, shopping events and markets. It's lightweight and has a long battery life. As useful gifts go, this is definitely at the top of the list.
This is a great alternative to plastic bottles. The Black + Blum water filter bottle uses traditional Japanese binchotan charcoal to purify tap water and make it taste great. It can be used for up to 6 months, after which you can recharge the charcoal by simply boiling it.