If you’re still baffled by what to buy your friends and family this year, why not try the independent makers, shops and crafters out there? I am a big supporter of the independent business and often find that this is where the most unique gifts for friends and family are waiting to be discovered. Read on for my little gift guide to help you get back on track with your Christmas gift list this year.
With those dark evenings drawing ever in, a warming night light can be of the highest luxury and comfort. Even more so when they hold earthy scents of yuletide. This year, I have so far enjoyed the warming scent of the Soy Wax Melts in Clementine and Clove by The Botanical Candle Co. and can attest to the fact that these are sure to bring the Christmas spirit into any home. I also have my eye on candles from The Smallest Light, especially the Comfort and Joy Soy Aromatherapy Candle with has festive notes of cinnamon, ginger and majoram.
Books to curl up and read
A wintertime read has been a rediscovery for me this year and I still have so many more that I am planning to get through before the season is through. Currently on my wish list is Oonagh Moon’s novelette The Bone-Men, described as a ‘dark tale for lovers of folklore, fantasy and grim fairytales’. I am also dreaming of Hannah Bullivant’s beautifully styled A Soulful Gathering: Simple ideas to host 2 or 200. Not do the images look stunning but Hannah’s interior styling tips are bountiful so you know that there will be a wealth of knowledge shared within these pages. Lastly, although you will have to wait for this one a little longer, is Sara Tasker’s first book which is now available to pre-order; Hashtag Authentic: Finding creativity and building a community on Instagram and beyond and will be out in February 2019.
If you are looking for something a little special this year, these delicate pieces could be what you’re after. Grace & Flora has a stunning selection of nature-inspired jewellery to suit lovers of all kinds of flora and fauna. This sterling silver bird on a branch necklace is absolutely enchanting and would make a thoughtful gift. Flower & Fable also has an array of botanical keepsake jewellery. Each piece is cast from real flowers and the ethos of the brand is centred around floriography; the language and meaning of flowers. I am especially drawn to this Motherhood Charm Bracelet of gypsophila, forget-me-not and allium which I am sure any Mum would love to receive on Christmas day.
Art, ceramics and pottery are rarely pieces that we let ourselves indulge in so they can be luxurious choices for those special people in your life. This sweet Flowers print by Mannon de Jong would be a lovely framed gift. I also adore this At the Beach mug by potter; Kara Leigh Ford which would be a thoughtful keepsake for any loved one.
Santa’s little helper
Providing it is not left until the last possible moment (ahem) the wrapping of your selected gifts can be all part of the fun and get you merrily into the Christmas spirit. I often opt for recycled kraft paper, then for the little flourishes, this lichen hand-dyed habotai silk ribbon by Kate Cullen would make your gifts extra special this year. And for paper goods, the Wildflower Illustration Co. has a sweet array of Christmas cards including personalised and bespoke options.
There is so much to choose from on the independent market, so do share your findings so we can spread the word of all of the wonderful makers, designers and independents this Christmas.