I’m the biggest Christmas fan ever and can’t help but act like a big kid once I spot the Christmas ads on the tele and hear the inevitable sound of Maria Carey warbling on the radio. Whilst this year we won’t have much of a cosy home to be inviting friends and family to on Christmas day, I do hope that in 12 months time our abode will at least have some sort of space, that’s warm and cosy and just perfect for displaying some of my favourite Christmas decorations . We had angel chimes like this when I was a little girl in our house and you never know I might even have a new front door to display this absolute cracker of a wreath .
We’ll be heading out for lunch on Christmas day, not something we normally do but our 1960s rickety old cooker doesn’t give me confidence that it’d cook a Turkey properly so I’m already planning on making up for it with a feast for Kings in December 2019. In the meantime I’ve been keeping an eye on presents for family and wanted to share with you my ideas for gifts, especially aimed at those interior lovers of you out there:
- A magazine subscription to ’25 Beautiful Homes’. Showcasing the best of British homes and always good for inspiration, this is one to read with a brew in bed – grab yourself some precious me time.
- A home doesn’t feel right without plants in it and these ‘old rose’ pots from Neptune will look just gorgeous when teamed with a succulent or some English Ivy. A reasonable price at £10 for the small and £15 for the large too. I also really love this Gold dipped concrete plant pot by Albert & Moo, it makes a real statement.
- When it’s cold outside and you want to cosy up on your sofa then you need a throw. This grey herringbone throw by Hudson Home is pure wool and made in the UK, really soft and super stylish.
- I think mugs are always a fail safe present, most of our mugs are old and mismatched so I’m definitely after a set of lovely ones. My faves are these grey, personalised dipped ones. If you prefer a cup & saucer then this set from M&S is my favourite, really nice pastel colours. Coffee lovers would be happy with these Oliver Bonas espresso cups.
- Now for a stocking filler I think this personalised tea towel is very cute. Makes washing up mildly exciting!
- Us Brits love our cushions and these grey star cushions by Cox & Cox are lovely, grey wool and very soft. ALSO Home also sell a lovely blush pink cushion which is a the top of my Christmas list, along with this absolute cracker from Anthropologie. If you want to buy cushions for a child’s bedroom then Marks & Spencer have these ace monogramed cushions, a great price at £12 too.
- I’m candle mad and love ones with lovely fragrances, I’m not loyal to any one brand and have three favourites – all of which smell great. To really make the house smell good I tend to have three or four burning in different rooms so the scent fills the house. My favourites are the Plum & Ashby Wild Fig & Saffron, the Hudson Home Black Pomegranate and Cowshed’s Grumpy Cow candle.
- This isn’t strictly an interior gift but I figure that those of you renovating a property will be pretty tired and if thats the case then self-care is important, so this hot water bottle from Mint Velvet is what you need, along with luxurious soft cashmere socks by White Company.
- I need this – it feels too grown up to by it for myself but if you want to buy it for me, hiya! I can think of some many occasions when I’d need it and it would look super stylish on my dining table. It’d be handy for – including milk or wine! And it’s in the sale, so quickkkkkk pop over to Coates & Warner to nab this cute fennel carafe.
- For stocking fillers I always include a chunky big bar of soap, they smell great and look nice, Brissi have a few varieties and this is my favourite scent, Bergamot & Cedar Wood.
- To keep your new candles free from dust and to add some style then this large, hand blown Cloche is one to get.
- Layer the scent in your home with a room diffuser, Jo Malone’s are my favourite and I’d opt for the classic, Lime, Basil & Mandarin. It smells fresh and clean, with thyme and basil diffusing gently in any room.
- For your bedroom, these white, pink and grey marble trinket pots from Oliver Bonas are a stylish way to store your jewellery.
- Rockett St George lead the way with their selection of art prints for under £50, my favourite is this lovely ol’ Lion.
- Etched glass flute’s – perfect for Christmas day fizz by Emma Britton, I think these are lovely.
And after all that shopping for the house, if you want to spoil you or the love of your life here’s some little indulgent treats to ask Santa to bring you:
Firstly for little people, my favourite (but pricey) treat is this Little Liberty Christmas Stocking.
We are a nation of stationery lovers and notebooks are a must for remembering to jot down notes and ideas. Transport yourself back to being little with this magical rabbit snow globe. Silver star earrings, only £12 by Attic – great for Secret Santa’s or stocking fillers. Paperweights, something you’d never buy yourself but how can you resist these painted butterfly stones? An everyday clutch bag in soft blush pink from ALSO Home, complete with cute pom-pom detail (and 10% off your first order when visiting this website for the first time.
Finally, one thing I’ll be gifting my family – which is totally cheese-on-toast is matching PJs! We’ll open them on Christmas Eve, have a giggle and then all chill out at home, hygge style with candles and blankets, mulled wine on the hob as we all settle down for the arrival of the man in red!
I hope my suggestions have given you plenty of inspiration – you can discreetly or subtly (depends on your style ya know!) leave this web page open as a subtle hint for those who need to treat you 🙂
So what’s on your list? Tell me what I might have missed or are you asking for some of the above? Whatever you want Santa to bring you, remember to have fun and is it too early to say Merry Christmas?