Christmas Countdown: Fortnum and Mason

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selection of Christmas items from Fortnum and Mason

Fortnum and Mason is the byword (byphrase?) for classy Christmas Hampers. However, they do lots of other Christmas gifts and treats.

  1. Fortnum’s Christmas bag for life: £6.95 (A Christmas gift that will be used every day)
  2. 12 Days of Christmas mini crackers: £12 (Each contains a mini wooden Christmas decoration)
  3. Christmas mulling syrup: £12.95
 (Not just for mulled wine – use in Christmas pudding and festive cocktails)
  4. Fortnum’s orange pomander candle: £40 (Fill your home with the scent of cinnamon, cloves and orange)
  5. F&M black & cream chef’s hat: £16 (To be donned by the designated Christmas Dinner cook)
  6. The children’s Christmas hamper: £45 (For the budding epicurean)

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Christmas Countdown: Etsy

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selection of vintage and handmade Christmas items from Etsy

Etsy is one of the best places to shop for original, vintage and handmade Christmas presents for the home, the family, the friends… and the self! There’s so much choice, you’ll easily find anything and everything for everyone on your list. If you don’t there are lots of indie sellers that can whip you up something custom – so long as you give them enough notice!

  1. Set of 3 Christmas tree ornaments: £12.83
  2. Retro 60s holiday matches in fancy sleeve case: £6.42
  3. Father Christmas blue plaque: £25
  4. Screen-printed Christmas stockings: £9 each
  5. Swedish vintage 1970s printed cotton tablecloth: £16.04
  6. Crocheted snowflake garland – white linen – 16 snowflakes: £24.38

Christmas Countdown: Designers Guild

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Selection of Christmas items from Designers Guild

We share a love of bold, bright colour & pattern in interior decor with London-based designer, Tricia Guild. We weren’t aware until now that her shop, Designers Guild, did a Christmas range. But needless to say the all these festive wares are swathed in jewel-like flashes of colour. We love the bright pink baubles best!

  1. Indigo Spice – amber & frankincense fragranced diffuser: £32
  2. Colourful yarn, ribbon & twine: from £10
  3. Winter Cashmere scented candle: £33
  4. Blue Christmas crackers – box of six: £50
  5. Bright pink tear – set of four baubles: £13

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Christmas Countdown: Debenhams

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Christmas selection from Debenhams

Debenhams claims to be “styling the nation”. With these very affordable bits & bobs you’ve no reason not to have a stylish Christmas!

Our favourite is the garbage sacks – and wouldn’t they be great for wrapping those difficult presents – beach balls, bean bags… space hoppers! 😉

  1. Red festive Christmas mug & coaster set: £6.40
  2. Gingerbread house kit: £10.40
  3. Christmas pudding garbage sacks: £8
  4. Figgy pudding jar candle: £12.80
  5. 12 red luxury crackers: £10

Christmas Countdown: Cath Kidston

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selection of Christmas items from Cath Kidston

Visit the Cath Kidston Christmas shop where the cute-ometer is turned up to the max! Most famous for her polka dotted and floral wares, there are lots of adorable Christmas gifts and decorations from which to choose. Sweet crocheted tree decorations, London Christmas PJs, Santa-emblazoned aprons and tablecloths. Here are our favourite five…

  1. Set of tea-light holders, holly & deer: £6
  2. Santa tea towel: £7
  3. Set of 3 crocheted decorations: £15
  4. Make your own Christmas decorations book: £15
  5. Stanley jacquard ribbon: £5

Cath Kidston (UK)