Christmas season is swiftly approaching, bringing with it not only the big day but catch up drinks, festive soirees and office parties – all tied up with the excitement of the obligatory Secret Santa, gift exchanges with friends and hastily wrapped last minute buys to add to the pile under the tree.
We all want to treat our friends and family, but the treats sure do add up. Our 2014 gift guide celebrates creative and beautiful gifts which I hope will fit all your gifting needs – all available to buy online for under £20.
Happy shopping! x
GIFTS FOR HIM
Paperclip Letter Holder £10, Anthropologie. Multi Spot Hankerchief £5 each, Labour and Wait. Retro Enamel Mugs, £5.95 each, Rose and Grey. Full English Biscuits £10, Not On The High Street.
This beautifully crafted Rope Key Ring £12, from Labour and Wait is based on a ‘Monkey’s Fist’ knot, which was traditionally used to throw the mooring rope from ship to shore. Adding a touch of nautical charm to everyday items it is individually crafted by a knotting enthusiast in Suffolk.
For the intrepid traveller or dreamer in your life, this super cool Scratch Off World Map £15.95, features a gold foil top layer which means that once a country has been visited, the globe trotter gets to scratch it off to reveal beautifully vibrant details and amazing facts about the world beneath.
Men’s Lunch Tin £15, Rose and Grey. Bicycle Tool and Puncture Repair Kit £18.95, Lilac Coast. Pocket Fountain Pen £20, Labour and Wait. Initial iPhone Case £10, Alphabet Bags.
GIFTS FOR HER
Half Moon Leather Coin Purse £17, & Other Stories. Swimming Swans Trinket Dish £12, Anthropologie. Shibori Journal £16, Anthropologie. Silver Stars Earring Studs £12, Not On The High Street.
These beautiful Pink Ombre Tealights £4.95, from Lime Lace are made from fine ceramic and are finished with an on trend dip dye effect creating a beautiful and gentle glow when lit. They look fantastic grouped together in the center of a table or placed along a window-sill.
This sweet and elegant A3 French Love Print £9.95, from the Old English Co is the perfect romantic gift to add a touch of monochrome whimsy to a bedroom.
Lovely Large Canvas Pouch £18, Alphabet Bags. Copper and Glass Sectioned Box £16, Rockett St George. Brass Ring £17 & Other Stories. Initial Pocket Mirror £13, Alphabet Bags.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
Little Sister Mouse in a Box £15, Rose and Grey. Spironauts Fox Wash Bag £12, Paperchase. Princess Bathtime Sponges £9.95 [also available in Pirate], Rockett St George. Woodland Animal Light £4.50 each, Rose and Grey.
This covetable collection of children’s classics, Little Women, Heidi, A Little Princess and Anne of Green Gables features beautiful floral cover art by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co. Each book includes gorgeous endpapers and matching bookmarks. Puffin In Bloom Book Collection, £9.99 each, Amazon
This enchanting Mini Sleeping Fox Wall Sticker Scene £19 from Not On The High Street is made of beautiful hand drawn and water coloured fabric decals. The set includes pinecones, arrows, stars, moon, a campfire, an axe and stump as well as a sweet sleeping fox to create a peaceful campfire setting in a little one’s room.
Numero 74 Soft Toy Dinosaurs £3.50 each Molly Meg. Gold Ceramic Sundae Dish £14.50, Rockett St George. Corby Tindersticks Happy Banner £17.50, Archie’s Boutique. Children’s Coat Hook £15, Red Hand Gang.
GIFTS FOR YOUR HOST/HOSTESS
Set of 4 Dip Dye Dining Candles £12, Rockett St George. Molly Hatch Crowned Leaf Cake Server £12, Anthropologie. Recycled Glass Vase £8.50, Rose and Grey Save Water Drink Champagne Tea Towel £9.99, Not On The High Street.
A beautifully soft monogrammed Linen Tea Towel £14, from Mia Fleur would make a super special but affordable gift for any host or hostess you may be visiting this Christmas. The 100% linen tea towel in a soft ecru colour with red stripes can be personalised with one initial or two sets for a couple.
These kitsch and cute Heart Straws £4.50, from Rose and Grey are perfect to bring along to a gathering to add an extra element of festivity to drinks and cocktails.
Mihka Handcrafted Jug and Beakers £14, Rowan and Wren. Wishbone Bottle Opener £12, Anthropologie. Olive Wood Board £15, Sparrow and Co. Colour Connections 2015 Calender, Labour and Wait.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org