Feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of Christmas shopping? Don’t worry, I’ll be your personal shopper with the blog’s first-ever Christmas present guide. Years of experience as a stylist means that I know where the great and the good get their presents … and I like shopping!
(wonderful vintage car image was styled by Hannele who lives 500KM north of Helsinki in Finland and is an interior designer and blogger).
There are several items that you really won’t find on the high street in my one-stop blog guide – homemade is much my preferred option – so personal and individual. Recycled, antique, charity shop all the better – but sometimes only new will do too …
Cambridge Imprint is a small design partnership who specialise in (too delicious) printed notebooks, photo albums, wrapping papers, Christmas cards, crackers and smart box file/document holders. They make the art of wrapping a hole lot easier with their scrummy papers. Prices start from £2.50.
Jelly (IG thejellyreading) is an energetic charity championing the creative arts in Reading – with studio space for artists which has a gallery, runs courses that includes knit nights and art clubs for children. There is even room in their cavernous and creative new location for innovative art installations. Here is a small selection of great gift ideas for sale this Christmas in the Jelly gallery:
Emma Bradbury, knitwear designer’s coloured scarves, £70 – 100; Julie Simmonds‘ ‘Reading’ ceramic dish (doing for Reading what Timorous Beasties have done for Glasgow!), £50; Kate Powell’s (IG @katelovesstuff) screen printed Christmas tree decoration on British Linen and Bute Tweed with neon ribbon, £5;
Fire and Felt
Bronwen is a favourite of mine on Instagram – I love her eye and and her jewellery making. This is an extract from Bronwen’s inspirational artist statement:
“I make wearable, sculptural jewellery from industrial materials such as concrete, steel, plastic and mdf. I try to imbue these soulless materials with character by working their surfaces till their colours soften and they feel natural in the hand. The shapes I use reference those worn by the sea and allude to the fact that these ubiquitous and non-biodegradable materials will be sadly washing up on our beaches for many years to come”.
Please note that Bronwen’s jewellery are one-offs, but she is making all the time. Contact Bronwen by email at Bronwengwillim@aol.com or on Instagram @bronwengwillim. Bronwen’s work is also included in the These Things I Love exhibition at the Atrium Gallery in Truro 4 November – 10 January 2018.
Haute Bohemians is one of the books this Christmas. Perfect for any interior lovers or would make a good gift if you are guests at a house party over Christmas. It is photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna and features the homes from four continents of fashion designers, landscape artists, art historians, potters and interior designers. Some grand spaces, some more modest.
A pair of Mid Century vintage wooden painted Rugby player bookends. Perfect for rugby fans – young and old alike! £25 the pair (inc p&p), White Vintage.
Griggs & Mackay
Griggs & Mackay specialise in luxury kitchens who have also made a name for themselves with interior designers selling home accessories from lighting to china and glass. They know about the importance of scale and symmetry – the shop is always a treat. Gifts include jewellery from N.Y., glass display boxes, fab (wobbly) ceramic bowls as here, £49, candlesticks, linen napkins, decorative glass jars and super huge glass decorations which make wonderful presents too. Loved the copper garlands at £25.
Perfect for grandparents or friends are these very smart Harrison linen/chrome look photo frames from Laura Ashley. They come in various sizes and colours and are a very good take on the sort of thing you might find in Ralph Lauren Home or Bentley’s luxury gift collection. Just at a fraction of the price. Two sizes: 4 x 6″ aperture, £14.40.
Kate Garwood is a studio potter based in Shiplake in South Oxfordshire. Her work is described as contemporary utility ware in stoneware and porcelain. The ceramics are handmade on a potter’s wheel and reduction fired in a gas kiln in Kate’s studio in her garden. Kate says even though yellow has been a popular trend this year it is quite simply her favourite colour and that it, along with white, sells well for her. The porcelain is dishwasher safe and the stoneware is both dishwasher and oven proof. Prices from £8 for a small jug.
The Corner Shop, Woolhampton
The Corner Shop has a loyal following who do their whole Christmas shop in one swoop! Owners Nina Peddie and Claire Dibbles have got it sussed so you’ll find something for every member of the family. They don’t have an online service but if you aren’t able to visit the Berkshire shop and you see something here you fancy, they can post out items first class.
The Vintage Entertainer
Christmas isn’t Christmas without entertainment and with the whole home bar/drinks trolly trend continuing, there are so many options of gifts to buy. The Vintage Entertainer specialises in beautiful vintage and antique barware from cocktail shakers to glasses, decanters and silver serving dishes and domes. They also sell these glam 1950s box bags which are £150 each.
Shelter make it nice and easy for you to donate and to make a difference at Christmas. One year, as a family, we all bought each other Christmas presents from charity shops which was a lot of fun and made us feel good as the money went to good causes.
I hope you have found this useful – but if you have a more extensive list to buy and could do with some help, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Shopping is a stylist’s thing, we love it! Oh and don’t forget to follow the blog if you aren’t already. Just press the blue ‘Follow’ button either at the beginning or end of a post to receive email alerts of future posts. With many thanks, Charis x