Justin bought me lovely presents again this year, so I thought I’d sing his praises and share a few pics of my Christmas haul.
My presents were marked with this huge lovely old letter A – just in case I couldn’t find the large pile of gifts when I awoke on Christmas morning!
The first thing I opened was this gorgeous coat in Burren tweed. It’s made by Jack Murphy and has a modern country look. It’s perfect for all kinds of occasion – walking the dog on a sunny, crisp winters morning; browsing the shops in one of our Yorkshire market towns – or a day at the races all spring to mind!
As Justin knows, the shade of purple in this tweed is just about my favourite colour. He also bought me some cosy, fleecy pyjamas which carried on the theme. The purple ones have a sweet little heart design and the grey ones have festive snowflakes!
Justin usually buys me a piece of jewellery at Christmas. This year he chose something from Element in Hebden Bridge. The stone is polished flint with a silver mount. I love the simple Scandinavian style and the fact that something beautiful has been created from such a humble material.
Next came some vintage fashion! Justin spends a lot of his time trawling for vintage loveliness, so I do quite well for handbags and the like. These two pieces date from the 1970s – a lovely pale blue, soft leather handbag and a roomy vanity case in yellow ochre.
And what about this gorgeous little man! Well, he’s not so little – standing 16 inches tall. The robin’s breast is covered in Wiltshire Berry R Tana Lawn patterned fabric from the Liberty Art Fabrics Collection. I’d mentioned how gorgeous I thought he was when I was sourcing gift ideas for our blog. Then lo & behold – this wonderful splash of colour emerged from a simple brown paper package. He’s making me smile just looking at this photograph!
There were more charming birds in the form of this little books. They’re produced by a favourite illustrator of ours, Matt Sewell. They’re entitled Our Garden Birds and Our Woodland Birds, so they’ll cover many of the birds I’ll see on our walks.
And Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a chocolatey treat! He bought me some luxury chocolate spread – perfect for the morning croissants.
I think this girl done good!
It’s the 22nd of December and you’ve suddenly realised that there’s a gaping hole in your Christmas present list. What do you do? Where can you go for those last minute gifts… you know, ones that don’t look as though they’re last minute gifts?
Don’t panic, we’ve got a few recommendations. Some of these are ‘virtual’ gifts such as the charity support and activity days. You can simply email your gift to the recipient on Christmas day. The others such as the chocolates and the flowers can be ordered as late as the afternoon of the 23rd for delivery before Christmas Day.
- Tasting for two choice voucher: £30, Buyagift
- Adopt the snow pack: from £10 per month, WWF
- Contribute towards building 3 maternity wards in a rural hospital in Kenya: £20, Present Aid
- The Christmas luxe: £32, Hotel Chocolat
- Christmas rose gift bag with truffles: £20, Moonpig
- 2 for 1 pamper day at Bannatyne’s Health Club: £79, Prezzybox
- One night glamping break collection: £59, Virgin Experience Days
We’re all busy buying presents for each other at this time of year. Spare a thought for your home – it has feelings too! 🙂
- Red Liberty print felt stocking: £39.95, Liberty
- FÉE DES NEIGES duvet cover: £35-£75, La Redoute
- Macedonia coasters: £8 each, Anthropologie
- Stem Jacquard clementine towels: £4-£38, Orla Kiely
- Marimekko Kukkuluuruu tin: £15, John Lewis
- Country Living – Modern Rustic: £9.99, Hearst Magazines
- Zigzag tiles long matchbox: £10, The Conran Shop
- Bugatti Vera kettle in orange: £189, Amara
- Three white & copper leaf tea light holders: £20, Cox & Cox
Having both been chefs for a number of years we like our food… and drink. We’ve lined up a number of gifts for epicureans in your life.
They may be big on doing a spot of cooking, baking or culinary wizardry. Or they may prefer to just do the tasting, leaving the business of preparation to others. Whichever camp they fall into, there’s something here for them!
- Due Vittorie balsamic vinegar 12 year old tradizionale: £37.49, Ocado
- Peanut butter maker: £44.95, Prezzybox
- Rubis chocolate wine: £9.95, The Whisky Exchange
- Penneli garlic peeler: £7.99, IWOOT
- Pack of six stainless steel straws: £7.99, IWOOT
- De’Longhi KG79 coffee grinder: £34.99, Argos
- Mozzarella & ricotta cheese making kit: £28, Culture Vulture
- Cuisinart® gelato and ice cream maker: £199.99, Lakeland
- Monthly tea club subscription by Charbrew: £24.99, Notonthehighstreet
I’m a self-confessed gadget freak. If money was no object, the latest MacBook and iPhone would arrive by courier with each new release. No basic models for me either, I love all the bells & whistles!
Justin is much less of a computer geek, but he does love his hi-fi gear; he’s a vinyl junkie and Spotify addict. A quality music system, wifi speakers and pair of wireless headphones to match would make him a very happy bunny on Christmas Day.
Gifts for techies don’t have to look geeky. I love the USB stick masquerading as a Chanel lipstick (#2) and the ‘rubber duck’ wireless speaker for the bath (#6) tickles me!
The one item I’d be most happy to find under the Christmas tree this year though, is the Xperia™ Z2 Tablet (#1). It’s completely waterproof so I’d be able to use it in the bath to read, surf the net or watch the latest Scandi Noir offering!
- Xperia™ Z2 Tablet: from £369, Sony
- Chanel lipstick USB / flash drive: £67.13, Etsy
- Native Union Pop Phone soft touch retro handset – red: £9.99, Amazon
- Beats by Dre portable Bluetooth® Pill speaker, Nicki Minaj pink: £169.99, Selfridges
- Beats by Dre Pill speaker stand: £39.99, Selfridges
- iDuck wireless speaker: £21.95, Prezzybox
- Pebble smartwatch: £99.99, Currys
- Lomo’Instant Sanremo + 3 lenses: £129, Lomography
- Bose® SoundLink® around-ear Bluetooth® headphones: £199.95, Bose
- Slate essential lapdesk: £64.03, Etsy