I wrote a gift guide last year and I had so much fun doing it, I thought I’d do another. It’s like window shopping for me and I hope it gives you a bit of gift inspiration.
I’m not being paid by any of these companies, they’re just things which I’ve come across over the year and had to share. I used to work in PR and I guess the habit is hard to shake……
One of my favourite things to do each Christmas is to make a ginger bread house. I’d love to say it’s a great family affair but in all honesty I get a bit control freakish about it, so Monty has to have his own house to decorate….bad Mummy! But then I stumbled across Vera Bukreeva, and now all I want to do is make gingerbread biscuits.
Vera comes from Astrakhan in Russia and hand carves these wonderful rolling pins and biscuit molds. I think they’re magical and wonderfully different! You could make some beautiful salt dough decorations with them too.
I couldn’t find a website for her (that doesn’t mean there isn’t one), but she does have an Etsy shop which you can find HERE.
Now, you might want to wash all those biscuits down with something, and there’s nothing better than tea to do the job. Introducing NovelTeas.
Puns, thoughtfully mixed teas and all packaged up in a useful and beautifully decorated tin that looks like a book. What’s not to love?!
The Picture of Earl Grey, War and Peach, Don Quixotea……a stroke of genius. They’re based in America, so make sure to get your order in, in plenty of time.
Oh, but then you’ll need something to put the tea in….. Doris & Co have got this one.
The shapes and designs are based on Georgian and early industrial shapes, and I just love the old feel they have. They’re a British company and from the best part, Somerset (I’m a bit biased on that one).
If you’d like something to do whilst drinking your tea, why not get arty. Just remember not to wash your brushes in the tea mug (I speak from experience). Craftsy has some brilliant courses for all things creative, all online, so it doesn’t matter where in the world you are. You can create an account and gift the courses.
If your loved one would prefer to look at something lovely rather than create it themselves, what about a beautiful watercolour painting or a fine art print from The Carpenter’s Wife? It’s a shameless self plug, but then it is my blog post…
There are greetings cards too, which would make lovely stocking fillers, you might need to point Father Christmas in the right direction.
If my designs aren’t to your taste, and you’d like something a little more bonkers, have a look at Graham And Green. It’s like an Aladdin’s Cave of quirky homeware. I have no idea how I came across them, but the link has been on my wish list for a while.
For those who like to decorate themselves, you can’t go wrong with gifting jewellery. Well, I guess it depends what you’re giving and to whom; Grandad probably wouldn’t thank you for a lovely pair of sparkly earrings, but then again, I could be wrong. At Theodora Gould, there are lots of lovely pieces, in a range of prices. Blowing my own trumpet is making my lips tingle….
Or maybe you’re loved person would like to try their hand at making their own? I don’t want to do myself out of business, but there’s this wonderful stuff called Silver Clay. It’s not the cheapest hobby to take up (the clay can become an expensive addiction), but with a few tools and lots of imagination, it’s possible to create your own silver jewellery at the kitchen table. Metal Clay Ltd have everything you need to get started.
But then, maybe the people you know don’t have time to make things….my next suggestion won’t help in the slightest, but it will at least make clock watching fun! Bramwell Brown‘s mechanically animated clocks are beautiful and sure to be a talking point. They tell the time and forecast the weather with unmistakable British charm.
On the subject of time, Christmas isn’t everyone’s favourite time of year, and for some it can be pretty tough. Courtesy of one of the many facebook business groups I frequent, I came across Brown Paper Packages. They have lovingly created ‘care packages’, filled with a selection of positive and inspiring gifts. I think it’s a lovely idea and am sure I’ll be using them throughout the year, not just at Christmas.
And then of course, there’s the special gift for someone you’ll probably never meet. You can reserve a place for a homeless person this Christmas. They get a good meal, somewhere warm and dry to sleep, advice and healthcare. I do this every year through Crisis. It’s just £26.08 and could change someone’s life.
I hope that’s given you a little inspiration. If you have any suggestions for anything else that could be added to the list, please leave a comment and I’ll have a look.