Taking the time to find just the right gift for each person on your list is one of the most joyful parts of Christmas. But, searching out the perfect present – the one that says, ‘I know you’ – isn’t always easy once December’s festivities begin. So, to help you along, we’ve gathered together a handful of considered picks – including pieces from some of our favourite makers and independent stores – for all the different home-lovers in your life.
For the homebody
This is the friend who would always rather spend their winter evenings tucked up at home. Surround them with cossetting textures – our Eira wool throw or Egos Copenhagen’s pure wool slippers. And make sure they always have something warming to wrap their hands around, whether that’s a linen and wool hot water bottle from German brand HETTI., or our soup-sized Croxton mug. Or, help them hunker down with a cosy read (The Little Library Year by Kate Young and The Golden Fleece by Esther Rutter are both on our list this year), and light their way to bed with our Heddon candlestick.
For the garden-proud
Winter’s the time when gardeners take stock, settle in with their seed catalogues and prepare for the year ahead. So, to help your green-fingered friend get ready, fill their stocking with seed packets that look as lovely as the flowers themselves from Grace Alexander, wrap up (carefully) the very-best Japanese tools from Niwaki, and be sure to include an ever-useful tin of twine. Then, tide them over until spring with hyacinths, paperwhites and cyclamen planted in one of our terracotta pots or lined baskets.
For the home cook
If you know someone whose favourite room in the house is the kitchen, then oven-to-table pieces will always be a welcome gift to find under the tree. Our Whitby dish is a classic option for bakes and crumbles, while Falcon Enamelware’s pie set will appeal to those with a contemporary-meets-vintage sense of style. Proper chef’s knives (like Opinel’s beech-handled set) are also always on every cook’s wishlist, while bakers can never have enough mixing bowls.
For the hard-to-buy-for
There’s always someone on your list whose gift is more of a puzzle. Which is where a gift card comes in. Whether they’re too far away to post a present or they’re well-known for being a little more choosy, it won’t feel like an afterthought, and rather, will give them the chance to choose something they’ll really love. If you’re worried though, be sure to send along a handwritten letter too, tucked inside a card that’s anything but run-of-the-mill – like Choosing Keeping’s traditionally-printed designs or Mark Hearld’s three-dimensional hedgerow scene.