Christmas gift ideas 2020

This year is certainly going to be different in terms of how we celebrate Christmas but I hope that whatever size our celebrations are, they bring a welcome distraction and boost to everyone’s spirits. As a freelance shopping editor, I thought I would share with you a few Christmas gift ideas which have caught my eye this year. The humorous, handmade, repurposed and charitable are always top of the list.

Perfect for both children and adults alike, Cinderella Pantomime kit, £20, Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop
Organic lavender cushion made from 18th Century silk, 20 x 20 cm, from £90 each, by Suffolk-based Cherry Harrison @thelacquercabinet5. You can contact Cherry by sending her a direct message via her Instagram.
60 x 40 cm cushion with rare vintage ballet woven fabric (front) backed with pale pink silk satin, edged with jumbo pale pink ric rac, £72.95, Charis White online shop
Fiona Petheram (ex Country Living magazine) uses found sea glass from the coasts of Suffolk, Spain and the Isles of Scilly and combines with semi-precious stones. Pair of baroque pearl and seaglass drop earrings in 14K gold filled claws, £235 (or £195 for Sterling Silver). Made to order with similar pieces from Drift Jewellery
Glass candlestick, from a selection at White Door Antiques; vintage wine carafe as candlestick, from selection at Fanny’s Antiques; antique coffee cup from a selection at The Lamb Arcade; New Pinewood Moray Forest candle, £40, from favourite Yorkshire-based Noble Isle.
When a linen union tea towel by Laura Stoddart makes good wall art … £9.

The Trussell Trust support over 1,200 food bank centres across the UK. The Trussell Trust provides emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, while also campaigning to end the need for food banks in the future.

Packed full of easy, inspiring recipes along with commonsense tips for the home, health and beauty by Emma Marsden and Aggie Mackenzie (both ex Good Housekeeping magazine), £7.78, hardback, Amazon.
Horizon handcrafted wrap in Apple Green from ethically sourced lambs wool and angora, £110 by Reading knitwear designer Jules Hogan.
Trays, 32 x 15 cm, £19.95 each, The Corner Shop, Woolhampton, Berkshire. Not available online but all the while the shop is shut due to restrictions, you can book a 30-minute video call for personal shopping by emailing
Handthrown candle pot by Fiona Adam Ceramics on Charis White Interiors blog
3 wick scented candle bowl, £23, handthrown in South West London by Fiona Adam Ceramics.
Movie Buff quiz, £9, Graham and Green
Rachel Winsper is a Worcester-based block printer of wallpaper, fabrics and these beautiful A5 note books, £4 each.
Leader of the ‘oppawsition’, Sir Keir Starmer new dog toy, £17.99 by Pet Hates Toys. Joining Biden, Govey, Vladimir and Priti Pawtel along with Boris, Donald, Jeremy and Theresa. Also available as cat toys.
Canadian cat nip or Valerian root sardine cat toy, 20 x 4 cm, £6, Freak Meowt at Notonthehighstreet

Along with many other organisations, charity shops have been losing a lot of money due to lockdown. However, I am hoping that after 2 December they will be able to reopen again in time for Christmas. When budgets are tight and even if they aren’t, charity shops make great present hunting grounds. Especially if you set a limit of say £10 per person and then see what you can find!

Botanical alphabet embroidery kit, finished size: 52 (w) x 60 (h) cm, £25, Loop Knitting Shop
Rockett St George Extraordinary Interiors in Colour by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George with stunning photography by Catherine Gratwicke, published by Ryland, Peters and Small, hardback, £13.59, Amazon
Interchangeable straps and a selection of coloured leather bags: £45, strap £14.95, The Corner Shop, Woolhampton, Berkshire. 
Monogrammed leather golf glove, on Charis White Interiors blog
Personalised leather men’s golf glove (women’s also available), £25, Notonthehighstreet
Organic chocolate bars, £5 each, they make the perfect present either individually as stocking fillers or as the whole selection which you can then tie together with ribbon. Shelter.
Framed cyanotype prints, £145 each by Oxfordshire designer and artist Jaine McCormack
Cricket watcher’s dress, with ginko leaf embroidered/appliqued design on organdie with velvet trim and mother of pearl buttons, £160 designed by Ruth Eaton. Photography: Tamsyn Morgans.
Rare aqua sea glass drop on a 30″ long 14K gold filled satellite chain, £140. Made to order with similar pieces from Drift Jewellery
Hand thrown in Oxfordshire, stoneware mugs, £30 plus £5.95 p&p, Kate Garwood who is sister to Joanna Oliver Ceramics …
Hand thrown in Oxfordshire, ceramic soap dishes, £20 each by Joanna Oliver Ceramics (sister of Kate Garwood above!)
Monsieur Moreau 30 cm wall plate, £107 plus VAT, Kinkatou Studio, London.
Give the gift of a Charis White Interiors Styling Box gift voucher, £160 to redesign a room. The remote design service complete with samples in a beautiful and useful storage box has really come into its own this year!

Thank you

Thank you so much for reading, I hope these ideas might have given you a little inspiration! If you would like to receive email alerts for future posts, please press the large ‘follow’ button either at the beginning or end of a post.

With best wishes,

Charis x

Charis White, Interior stylist/writer. Photo: Fiona McLean Photography


6 thoughts on “Christmas gift ideas 2020

  1. Inspiring as ever, Charis! The Corner Shop is very much on my list. I hope you’re all well – look forward to seeing you face to face soon.


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