There are few things better on Winter holidays than gift giving. Sure, receiving them might be on the list, but for some of us, the moment when those we want to surprise open their presents is priceless. It’s a moment of pure honesty and excitement. First, the anticipation. Waiting to get past the layers and covers and boxes and wrappings perfectly meant to feel like we actually hired somebody to stall the time and prolong the agonizing curiosity and excitement. Then, the reveal.
The best part. Their reaction. Maybe you’ve noticed, but it’s almost impossible to fake a credible positive reaction when faced with a gift you don’t actually like. It’s hard to shift from the honest excitement of waiting to a less genuine response. Only a few of us have the capacity to do this without others noticing. So if you ever want to see a social experiment, just use slow motion on those Secret Santa images at the office.
Sure, we don’t want to be in that league, even though every reaction, even a negative one, is worth savouring if we sprinkle a little humour. Because people are actually amazing and what they value most are memories, not objects. The perfect gift is in fact the one that serves as a reference point, creates long lasting memories and makes your loved ones say "yes, I remember that Christmas, you gave me that beautiful …. “. It’s almost time to fill in your response on the dotted line. So apart from knowing the preferences of those we love, who they are, what they care about and wish for, it would be great to add some creativity to our gifts. This is the key to long lasting memories.
Type: Homeware: Mugs / Prints / Cushions / Lampshades / Candles / Candelabra / Plates / Cups / Notebooks / Sketchbooks / Throws / Teaspoons
For: Gifts for Her / Him
British designers / British brands: Harley Boden / Eleanor Stuart / Emily Humphrey / Katie & The Wolf / Sloane Stationery / The Cutlery Commission / Monde Mosaic / Mountain And Molehill / Kristjana S Williams Studio / Pure Lana / Bella Freud / Nick Fraser
1 / Harley Boden - Dartmoor Mug, £15 2 / Eleanor Stuart - Girl With A Hot Air Balloon Print, £20 3 / Eleanor Stuart - Girl With A Hot Air Balloon Plates, £65 4 / Eleanor Stuart - The Balloon People Print, £30 5 / Emily Humphrey - Character Polka Print Cushion, £72 6 / Katie & The Wolf - Moths Lampshade, £57 7 / Eleanor Stuart - Octopus Plate, £45 8 / Sloane Stationery - Big Ideas Notebook, £39 9 / The Cutlery Commission - Silver-Plated His And Hers Teaspoon Set, £28 10 / Eleanor Stuart - Lobster Apron, £23 11 / Monde Mosaic - Mustache Mania Art Print, £50 12 / Mountain And Molehill - Sleepy Owl Lampshade Large, £115 13 / Kristjana S Williams Studio - Multicolour Andy Palmar Cotton Cushion, £135 14 / Pure Lana - Clouds Throw, £590 15 / Pure Lana - Clouds Pillow, £258 16 / Eleanor Stuart - Raining Mug, £12 17 / Eleanor Stuart - The British Bicycle Dog Print, £20 18 / Eleanor Stuart - The Painting People Print, £30 19 / Bella Freud - Je T'aime Jane Candle, £40 20 / Nick Fraser - Pipework Candelabra Three Black, £65 21 / Louise Wilkinson - Trees Jug, £28 22 / Louise Wilkinson - Trees Side Plate, £15 23 / Louise Wilkinson - Trees Cup & Saucer, £20 24 / Lampara - Tulips Lampshade, £129 25 / Sloane Stationery - Masterful Inactivity Notebook, £39 26 / Katie & The Wolf - Owls Lampshade Small, £57 27 / Emily Humphrey - Tonal Character Polka Print Cushion, £72 28 / Sloane Stationery - Little Miss Organised Notebook, £29 29 / The Vivid Collection - Honey Silk Cushion, £69 30 / Claire Gaudion - Trio Of Sketchbooks Coupee Gouliot Rocquaine, £13 31 / Jimbob Art - Mr Penguin Coffee Cup Set, £49.95 32 / Jimbob Art - Mr Fox Coffee Cup Set, £49.95 33 / Jimbobart - What You Leave I Eat Side Plate, £25 34 / Rory Dobner - Circus Cat Side Plate, £36
Gifts 35 - 67
Type: Women Clothing / Women Accessories / Jewellery / Earrings / Rings / Bracelets / Necklaces / Brooches / Dresses / Jackets / Bags / Scarves / Perfumes
For: Gifts for Her
British designers / British brands: Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Liberty London, Bella Freud, Penhaligon’s, Creed, Kojis, Kasun, Anfray & Anfray, Catherine Zoraida, Maya Magal London, Jessica Choay, Alise Aleksandra, Xenab Lone, Dorota Todd, Edge Only, Katie Rowland, Cf Concept, Jayce Wong, Ellie Lines, Lestie Lee
35 / Alexander McQueen Black Dress, £1,980 36 / Kasun Drop Pearl Earrings, £135 37 / Anfray & Anfray Gold Ring, £1,850 38 / Anfray & Anfray Line Of Bubble Ring, £1,700 39 / Alexander McQueen Army Green Jacket, £1,475 40 / Catherine Zoraida Gold Plated Conch Cuff, £658 41 / Catherine Zoraida Dragonfly Pendant Necklace, £190 42 / Catherine Zoraida Gold Plated Silver Dragonfly Ring, £200 43 / Maya Magal London Ring, £92 44 / Maya Magal London Pendant, £165 45 / Jessica Choay Long Coat With Satin Lining , £900 46 / Alexander McQueen Clutch, £355 47 / Stella McCartney Midi Dress, £910 48 / Alise Aleksandra Handmade Leather Handbag, £255 49 / Victoria Beckham Printed Dress, £535 50 / Xenab Lone Black Shopper, £238 51 / Liberty London Red Silk Scarf, £375 52 / Penhaligon's London Iris Prima Eau De Parfum 50ml, £88 53 / Creed Fleurs De Bulgarie Eau De Parfum 75ml, £165 54 / Bella Freud Je T'aime Jane Eau De Parfum 50ml, £75 55 / Dorota Todd Bangle, £230 56 / Dorota Todd Earrings, £145 57 / Edge Only Gold Ladder Pendant, £379 58 / Edge Only Gold Ladder Earrings, £365 59 / Katie Rowland Rose Gold Vermeil Ring, £150 60 / Cf Concept Ring, £1,340 61 / Cf Concept Pendant, £130 62 / Jayce Wong Ring, £360 63 / Kojis Silver Dragonfly Brooch, £225 64 / Ellie Lines Scarf, £112 65 / Cf Concept Ring, £90.00 66 / Lestie Lee Diamond Charms Cuff Rhodium, £860 67/ Mcq Alexander McQueen Scarf, £170
68 - 100
Type: Men Clothing / Men Accessories / Jewellery / Rings / Bags / Coats / Jackets / Trousers / Shoes / Blouses / Scarves / Perfumes / Watches / Umbrellas / Tech Accessories / Glasses / T-Shirts / Pocket Squares
For: Gifts for Him
British designers / British brands: Alexander McQueen, Belstaff, Jimmy Choo, Pello London, Creed, Raddar7, Ocha & Garth, Areion Watches, Mark Giusti, Marcus De, Paulin Watches, Lee Renee, Ballanby, Finlay & Co, Alysia Thomas, Emily Carter, Sheeva
68 / Belstaff Southcote Peacoat Navy, £795 69 / Belstaff Southcote Peacoat Heater Grey Melange, £795 70 / Belstaff Woodhurst Jumper, £280 71 / Jimmy Choo Leather Ankle Boots, £675 72 / Pello London Pocket Square, £35 73 / Belstaff Deveron Sweatshirt, £295 74 / Belstaff Ashworth Jacket Black, £1,395 75 / Belstaff Milford Coat Black/Charcoal, £1,350 76 / Belstaff Earlham Jeans Black, £175 77 / Belstaff Elmbridge Regular Fit Jeans Black, £195 78 / Creed Aventus Eau De Parfum 120ml, £215 79 / Creed - Green Irish Tweed 75ml, £160 80 / Creed - Royal Oud Eau De Parfum 75ml, £210 81 / Raddar7 Rocker Leather Bomber Jacket, £210.00 82 / Belstaff Cairnwell Blouson Black, £450 83 / Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf, £195 84 / Ocha & Garth Alexander Melton Coat, £299 85 / Alexander Mcqueen Claw-Handle Umbrella, £360 86 / Areion Watches, Areion White, £250 87 / Mark Giusti Pocket Square Ldv, £65 88/ Marcus De, Brogue Boot, £395 89 / Mark Giusti Leather Briefcase, £800 90 / Paulin Watches Chronograph Navy & Rose Gold Watch, £195 91 / Mark Giusti Leather Weekend Bag, £875 92 / Lee Renee All At Sea Ring Silver, £79 93 / Mcq Alexander McQueen Cotton T-Shirt, £110 94 / Mark Giusti Ipad Cover Navy, £200 95 / Ballanby Harris Tweed Pocket Square, £25 96 / Finlay & Co Carnaby Red, £120 97 / Alysia Thomas The Surfer Pocket Square, £40 98 / Mark Giusti Weekend Bag, £570 99 / Emily Carter Rose Garden Pocket Square Viridian, £35 100 / Sheeva Men's Snake Skin Ring, £230
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