Christmas gift guide - part two
As we head in to December this week we're in full Christmas swing. Both Wendy and I can be fairly tricky to buy for so we start mentally planning what we'd like fairly early on to give our other halves a slight head start. Below is a compilation of some of the best gifts we've already received and loved and what we still have on our ultimate wish lists. Hope you're reading boys!
1. THE WHITE COMPANY cashmere blanket £325
Treat a cashmere lover in your life to the ultimate in indulgence with this luxury throw. Sourced from Italy, one of the world’s finest producers of these supremely soft woollen yarns, this is an investment piece she’ll treasure forever.
2. LINGUA FRANCA embroidered cashmere sweater £305
Lingua Franca combine cozy cashmere sweaters and catchy hip-hop lyrics. This camel sweater is scripted with the words 'I've Got This' in royal-blue embroidery. The perfect mantra for cooking the Christmas lunch!
3. ANYA HINDMARCH jewellery case £255
Anya Hindmarch's 'Keepsake' jewelry case is sized to fit necklaces, bracelets and rings, yet small enough to slide into your suitcase or carry-on. The perfect gift for a jewellery lover in your life.
4. LE CREUSET rainbow breakfast set £256
Start the day with a vibrant breakfast, this set is ideal for family breakfasts or when serving brunch to guests at the weekend, a colour per person or simply mix and match as desired. It's the ultimate set for a kitchenalia fan.
5. THE PIG IN THE FOREST Brockenhurst weekend break from £250
I recently visited this hotel for lunch and completely fell in love. The Pig hotel in the New Forest has upped the bar on the country-house hotel: gone are the stuffy uniforms, paisley carpets and mismatched furniture, in is incredible local food, a relaxed, laid-back feel and effortless grandeur. This is definitely the perfect mini break to recover from the Christmas rush.
1. LUXURY SPA DAY AT THE BERKELEY HOTEL £220
The Berkley is one of our favourite spas in London and their day package is something dreams are made from. This is the perfect year-round treat: included is a full day’s pass to the Bamford Haybarn Spa and pool, a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage, an Oskia facial and a manicure or pedicure. During the afternoon, you’ll make your way from the seventh floor down to the beautiful Collins Room for a delicious afternoon tea. The ultimate gift for a lady that likes to be pampered!
2. VEJA trainers £89
These have been on both of our wish lists for a while now and they are still our favourite trainers bar none. Wendy has succumbed to a gorgeous tan suede pair but these burgundy beauties had me at hello. Working with cooperatives in Brazil since 2006, Veja is socially and environmentally conscious. The label sources fairly traded materials like cotton and rubber to create simple sneakers branded with their signature 'V' logo.
3. CLEAN RESERVE fragrance £79
These unisex fragrances have become quite a favourite of ours. We loved every one of the 10 different scents we tried and really feel they would work for anyone. All of their fragrances are both familiar and luxurious whilst remaining fresh, created for easy layering and blending. The Clean Reserve brand is also eco-friendly, with the benzoin harvested without damage to trees.
4. FLEUR OF ENGLAND muse set £190
The ultimate in luxurious lingerie Fleur Of England are at the top of their game. Also catering for ladies with a fuller bust they go up to G cup whilst maintaining ultimate sex appeal and never feeling frumpy. The fit is the best we've experienced and the quality silk an lace really stand the test of time.
5. MISSOMA mini fang choker £95
This gorgeous gold choker is the ultimate layering piece. Sitting just on the collar bone it looks gorgeous when matched with longer chains. We're hoping and praying it will be waiting under the tree for us on Christmas morning.
1. WOLF & BEAR face oil £20
A fantastic new brand set up by a dear friend of ours, Wolf & Bear was born after it's creator wanted to find affordable organic skincare without chemicals that actually works, and that was kind to nature. The result is seasonal face oils that are quick-absorbing, unisex, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and packed full of antioxidants and all just using botanicals. Kind to your skin and the environment.
2. FINERY LONDON gold earrings £25
Our love for gold statement earrings knows no bounds and this gorgeous set from Finery London would make the perfect Christmas gift. Giving you the option of mixing and matching your earrings with a set of three, they feature two earrings with triangular detailing and one with circles.
3. PUR quick pro lip kit £18
Pur is a brand we've been using more and more recently and we've really been enjoying their products. This berry lip kit is all you need to create the perfect pout for Christmas and New Year, featuring a lip liner, lipstick and gloss. Available in store at M&S or online here.
4. SOCIETY 6 Positano framed print £45
A wonderful friend recently bought me this print as a wedding gift and also helped me to discover the amazing website that is Society 6. Based in the US they have the most incredible selection of art prints that come framed for just £45! You do have to pay import tax on delivery but still a great bargain and a wonderful selection of artwork to choose from.
5. THE HANDMADE APOTHECARY book £18.99
The ultimate coffee table book for any beauty, health or wellbeing fan. "Herbs are quite literally everywhere; it is only our ability to recognise their value that has been lost." In this amazing hardback, writers Vicky and Kim explore the traditional uses of herbs combined with a modern and scientific understanding of a truly holistic approach so that you can use herbs to treat ailments and improve your general wellbeing.