It’s beginning to look a lot like..
that time of year again!
I’ve written before about the pressures of the holiday season to find the perfect gift for all the important – and sometimes not so important – people in our life, and often end up spending money we can’t really spare but, ’tis the season and all that.
My close friends and I long ago gave up the tradition of gift giving this time of year, and instead give the gift of time spent together – usually shared over a festive meal – catching up on all the goings-on from the past year since we all live in different corners of the country now and rarely have the chance to all be in the same room at the same time. That’s the true meaning of christmas, in my opinion: being able to spend time being merry with those you love. Far more valuable than any physical gift you could give, don’t you agree?
But of course, gift giving has it’s merits too – especially when you’ve taken the time to truly consider the recipient and the things they would appreciate receiving. Gifts that encourage them to spend time nurturing themselves – whether it be their physical wellbeing, their creative or emotional skills – as well as indulgent gifts like luxury candles or artisan chocolate, that they would never normally treat themselves too.
That last notion is crucial too: treating yourself. At a time where so much emphasis is spent on showing your loved ones you care, its important to remember to send a little bit of that care your way too.
I’ve split this year’s gift guides into three sections – with a heavy emphasis on independent businesses and local makers – and plenty of inspiration not just for the stylish loved ones in your life, but yourself also – happy holidays!
1. NOLA 2 hills no. 2 earrings 2. IDAHO booby keyring 3. ARCTIC FOX Reykavik scarf 4. IDAHO third eye ring 5. NORDIC MUSE resin oval earrings 6. OBJECT small mint leather zip purse 7. LIFE STORE LONDON Miro pendant necklace 8. OBJECT gold envelope leather purse 9. BEAUMONT ORGANIC Keely fingerless sheepskin mittens 10. NOLA Oural Pawnee bag 11. BEAUMONT ORGANIC gold leaf bee dish
1. EXPERIMENTAL PERFUME CLUB Layers 01 blending collection 2. BONDS Maya Njie eau de parfum 3. PENGUIN MODERN box set 4. BEAUMONT ORGANIC DIY macrame wall hanging kit 5. QUILL LONDON luxury stationery gift set 6. COCO CHOCOLATIER cold brew coffee chocolate 7. LIFE STORE LONDON Disciple discovery set, 8. PRESENT & CORRECT 2019 Les Agenda de L’Année 9. SUN.DAY OF LONDON mini candle 10. THAMES & HUDSON The Flower Expert 11. HOBO essential oil candle
1. SOHO HOUSE x MARSHALL acton speaker 2. ANNA-LISA SMITH Brick cushion 3. INSIDESTORE Yuzu organic liquid soap 4. NABO SHOP Rooster cafetiére 5. FORM LIFESTYLE STORE stoneware splash mug 6. THAMES & HUDSON Mr & Mrs Smith presents The World’s Sexiest Bedrooms 7. RICHARD BRENDON x JANCIS ROBINSON wine glass 8. FORM LIFESTYLE STORE Nude with Oranges print 9. POMME POMME chunky knit blanket, 10. URBAN OUTFITTERS Crosley Cruiser record player 11. REN LONDON Noah cushion