One of the real pleasures of Christmas is the foodstuffs that are once a year treats or distinctive to the season. Sometimes you pop them into your own festive shopping basket, and other times (even better) you’re given gifts that make your mouth water. Chocolates, cakes, relishes and the like… we’re getting excited! Here are a few favourite Christmas foodie gifts we found on Etsy.
If you’ve been invited to a party or other kind of event which requires the giving of gifts, and you’re short of ideas and don’t know how to amaze people who’ve probably seen and got everything, then we can recommend where to look for the coolest and best vintage-inspired gifts which will create unique atmosphere and sentimental value in every home.
Visit your local second hand and charity shops or shop at bigger retail stores. No matter where you choose to find it, you’ll be sure that it will be a great, one-of-a-kind gift. Moreover, if you choose to shop at the bigger name stores, definitely make a first visit to Neiman Marcus. You can shop online from the UK at Neiman Marcus too. Actually, if you shop online you’ll be able to use online offer codes for Neiman Marcus and make great savings! Here’s a list of ideas for gifts that can be unique and vintage.
What home has no furniture? For new home-owners or for people who like to collect unique items, consider a house-warming gift of a great piece of furniture; let your budget and their need be your guide. It could be anything from a full living room set to a single, statement chair. Just ensure that the item you give doesn’t require a lot of renovation (unless you know that this is their forte!). If not, your well-meaning present could become a a time-consuming and expensive project. But, if your friend loves to bring new live to items like that, than it makes the ideal gift!
If a birthday boy or girl or newly-wed couple loves vintage, you can consider buying & framing a vintage-inspired or genuine vintage poster. Think vintage ads and travel, film or art exhibition posters. Something to do with their favourite film, artist or reminds them of that favourite they visited on holiday. Give them something that will demonstrate that it was chosen with thought and love.
For the kitchen & dining room, don’t be afraid to give vintage fine china dishes or simple metal rustic set. It might not be used by how they suppose to be, but it can be just a décor element too. Or if you want future owners to use it, then consider buying a better quality full set of such dishes and gift it wrapped in some nice box. But be careful, this kind of gift can sometimes be expensive and just a bit fragile. So keep a good eye of items you are going to buy and maybe even invest a little bit more too. It will definitely bring some old memories back and create some nostalgia as well.
Bedding should be only vintage-inspired because it is rare to find authentic items in mint or excellent condition. So just search for some nice and classic beddings for a bedroom and create cosy atmosphere there. You can also add some decorative pillows or throw cushions and help your friends to create a new type of bedroom easily. But if you manage to find genuine vintage and great quality bedding, then it can make the most amazing gift ever!
So that’s it; this short list that we’ve given you is definitely not exhaustive. Share some other ideas what specific items are good gifts for vintage lovers and let’s get inspired while shopping. Gift some nostalgia and memories of good old times and be confident that your gift is unique and one of a kind.
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