Christmas is upon us – and our annual Handpicked Christmas Gift Guide is back and bigger than ever!
Our list will make the whole shopping experience so much easier with present ideas (and exclusive discounts) for every member of the family, including the dog.
We like to think we are in the know, here at Mumfidential HQ, and we hope you will find our recommendations beautiful, original, fun and interesting.
Some of them we have received ourselves, others we have envied at other people’s houses.
Everything mentioned has come to us by word of mouth or we have stumbled upon it.
Most of the companies have also kindly given our readers a discount – even though many of them are tiny brands.
So get shopping, from the peace of your home, and we hope you will not be disappointed, and most importantly, not stressed!
Classic pyjamas from Bumble and Ava (£39)
Sleep well in the knowledge that you are supporting World Fair Trade factories and community-based workshops in Kenya when buying Bumble and Ava’s super soft and cosy cotton PJs (£39; ages 2-6y).
Started by mother and daughter, Alexandra and Natasha, we love the Victorian Fairground inspired fabrics and classic designs. Bumble and Ava is offering you a special deal: Buy a pair of PJs and get 20% off the second pair.
Just enter MUMPJ18 when ordering before Christmas Eve. We also love the children’s overnight bag (£65), which comes in the same four prints as the pyjamas.
For Your Godchildren
Illustrated Wicker Children’s Chair (£139)
We love this idea for an original gift – maybe for a new baby or godchild: a wicker children’s chair (£135 plus P&P) personalised and decorated by illustrator Camilla Vickers.
Camilla’s quirky, fun illustrations are also available as Alphabet prints (£25 unframed: £40 framed) or you can commission a child’s name.
Our lucky readers are being offered a 10% discount on any of her products – just quote Mumfidential when ordering before Christmas Eve.
For The Arty
Colour and Learn World Map tablecloth (£22.95) by eatsleepdoodle
Mealtimes (in my house at least) can be painful, with food thrown and refused.
To lighten the mood, a table mat or table cloth that you can draw, colour and doodle on sounds promising. Step forward eatsleepdoodle: an ingenious idea; these textile gifts include a World Map table cloth (£22.95), a Butterflies of the World ‘placemat to go’ (£13.95) and a Dinosaur pillowcase (£14.95). What’s more all these gifts include a set of fabric pens (machine washable) so the fun never has to stop. Simply pop the product in the wash and the ink washes out completely, ready for a new design! For a stocking filler, the blank canvas pencil case (£12.50) fits the bill. To get your 10% discount enter MUMFIDENTIAL10 when ordering before Christmas Eve.
Tielle Love Luxury Children’s Hotel Velour Robe (£30/35)
Give your child the 5* treatment with these cotton and towelling bathrobes, used by clients at The Dorchester, no less. For an extra £7.50 you can get your child’s name embroidered on the back. Great for drying after a bath or swim, or worn over PJs for warmth and cosiness!
A generous 15% discount is being offered to our readers, just enter SLEEP15 when ordering before Christmas Eve.
For A Young Collector
Good Golly Miss Dolly doll and dressing room set (£75)
We came across this delightful doll emporium, started by Lorraine Rosner in her home in Clapham, and we are hooked.
Start by choosing a doll and her wallpapered dressing room (including a chair, a wardrobe and three outfits; £75) and keep adding to it until you have a fully furnished doll’s house.
Lorraine amasses vintage dolls dating from the 1950s-1990s, their clothes and antique dolls furniture and restores them to immaculate condition, before selling them through her website and on Etsy (GoodGollyMissDollyUK).
The dolls are realistically shaped, none of the skinny Barbie nonsense (they measure between 18-26cm); a perfect present for little girls.
You can get 10% off by quoting Mumfidential when you place your order.
For Cosy Evenings
Cashmere jumpers from Wyse London
Who doesn’t love a bit of cashmere and top of our wish list is a jumper from Wyse London.
Perfect for the party season or for everyday casual, each jumper has a detail that commands a second look. Choose from sequin elbow patches, neon rainbows and bright stripes – boring, plain cashmere this is not!
For a 10% discount quote FIRST10 when you place your order.
Pictured jumpers (£220)
For Cold Days
Knitted hat with blue scarf by Pepa and Co (£32)
We love Spanish label Pepa and Co and this all-in-one hat and scarf is the cosiest head/neck gear around. The smallest size is for babies aged 3-6 months and it goes up to 12-18 months; we just wish it came in an adult size, too.
For Messing About Outside
Dotty Dungarees (from £39)
Not only do dungarees look very cute on children, they are also incredibly practical.
We have mentioned Dotty Dungarees before and they remain our go-to when it comes to dungarees! Whether you are after winter shorts, trousers or a dress in denim, cord, stripes, pink or blue, they have got it covered.
You can currently get 20% off via their website.
For New Mums
Em and Lu’s nappy wallet come wash bag (£14)
This is a very useful present for new mothers/babies: a wash bag that can be used as a nappy wallet.
Keep it inside your nappy bag and whip it out for a speedy, uncluttered nappy change (you don’t want to always have to lug your entire nappy bag). Em and Lu sell the prettiest we have come across. Choose from the Circus (pictured), tractor, dinosaur or safari print. We recommend the large size (30x20cm) to fit the wet wipes alongside a few nappies.
For A Tea Drinker
Good and Proper Tea
“I wanted to offer fellow tea-drinkers the same quality experience that my coffee-junkie friends currently enjoy,” says Emilie, the founder of Good and Proper Tea.
She started selling tea from the back of a Citroen van in Shoreditch in 2012 and it now sells voraciously online (so much so that some of her Gift Sets are sold out). You can still get the Breakfast Tea or Afternoon Tea Gift Set, which include a glass teapot and three types of tea (£26); or go off piste (what we recommend) and choose a selection of loose teas (black, oolong, green, white or herbal tea in their various guises) and team with the Good and Proper teapot. A cup of tea just got a whole lot more interesting!
For Granny (or anyone really)
Alice Peto hand drawn designs
We adore Alice Peto’s tableware. An accomplished artist, Alice’s hand drawn designs for mugs, jugs, plates as well as ovenware, are delightful. This Penguin jug (£28) floats our boat but there are many more to choose from. Her large children’s placemats, featuring a World Map, the Alphabet and Times Tables (£22 each) are also great fun. And don’t get us started on her prints (check them out for yourself at www.paintedbyalice.com) – fantastic presents for children!) But we are shopping for Granny now, so let’s stick with the Penguin jug!
For The Literati
John Sandoe book subscription (from £100 for six months)
Handover the choosing to the highly regarded Chelsea bookshop, John Sandoe, who will pick the best of recent arrivals in paperback or hardback (whichever you opt for), fiction or non-fiction (you specify) and send you a beautifully packaged book every month.
‘The best bookshop in London’, according to Alain de Botton, John Sandoe also tailors subscriptions for children, budding cooks and Wodehouse fanatics. A great way to support an independent bookshop, as well as to broaden the recipient’s reading scope.
For the Suave (Man)
Sir Plus Nehru Waistcoat (£169)
Sir Plus was started when its founder, Henry Hales, realised that shirt makers were leaving surplus (get it?) fabric that was going to waste.
He started making boxer shorts from the extra material, before moving to the formal waistcoats and other clothing, which he now sells from a shop in Camden Passage, as well as online.
The Indigo Herringbone Nehru waistcoat is our favourite piece – super stylish, it is a sure way to update your man’s look.
Made from 100% wool, it is also a warm addition to his wardrobe. Browse the website for socks, scarves, beanies and boxers (of course), all of which make great smaller present or stocking fillers.
For Tangled Manes
Rock and Ruddle children’s hairbrushes (from £20)
This is a hairbrush little ones will want to hang onto. It might even persuade them to brush their hair. Made using natural bristles, they come in beautiful designs for girls and boys: love birds, flamingoes, soldiers… take your pick. You can also personalise them with the child’s name. Shiny, healthy, brushed hair, here we come!
Oak and Rope Company
This is a one-stop shop – you will find something for almost anyone at the Kent-based Oak and Rope Company. A swing (from £195), a boot jack (£85), a phone stand (from £25); a gin and tonic board (£45)… you name it, they’ve got it!.
For A Bedroom Wall
ThisisNessie prints (and bespoke stationery)
Give a nudge in the right direction to your little ones with ThisisNessie’s sweet thank you cards (pack of 10 for £8.75). Started by mother-of-four Nessie at her kitchen table in Sussex, the designs are gorgeous. Choose from a pink owl, rainbow bunting, a tractor or a soldier and you can also personalise them with your child’s name. It is worth checking out Nessie’s prints and mugs too – these make great, personal presents. Nessie is the creator of the Original Welly Boot Print (pictured above) which features a line-up of different sized wellies representing each of your family members.
There is a generous 20% discount for our readers (new customers only). Just enter MUMFIDENTIAL when ordering before Christmas Eve or use this link to the website with discount already applied https://thisisnessie.com/
For Thank You Letters
Laura Stoddart Stationery and Prints
For the grateful adult, award-winning artist Laura Stoddart produces beautiful stationery featuring whimsical botanical drawings (pack of 8 for £10); as well as prints (from £30) and mugs (£14.50).
A third generation illustrator, Laura trained at the Royal College of Art. She is offering our readers a special deal: buy 4 x A4 prints for £100 (normally £120); 2x mugs for £25 (usually £29); and 3 x tea towels for £25 (normally £27).
For Gardeners and Nature Lovers
Horatio’s Garden oak bird feeder (£52) and Emma Bridgewater mugs (£20)
Horatio’s Garden is a fantastic charity that creates beautiful gardens at spinal injuries units. Research shows that patients thrive when they have access to the great outdoors and those who have experienced Horatio’s Garden say that spending time in nature helps them to forget they are in hospital. The charity’s online shop is a brilliant source of presents for anyone who loves gardens and nature. We love Emma Bridgewater’s special edition mugs and this beautiful bird feeder that would be great in both a town or country garden.
For the Nursery
Fine Cell Work Noah’s Ark Collection
Prisoner rehabilitation charity Fine Cell Work has teamed up with children’s illustrator and mural designer Marion Rhodes to create a delightful Noah’s Ark Collection of cushions and wall hangings. Beautifully hand-embroidered by prisoners in British prisons, the colourful designs depict Naughty Monkeys, Crocodiles and Noah’s Ark itself (our favourite; £125). A cot quilt is another fine present for a new baby/mother; Fine Cell Work’s hand-stitched and hand-pieced alphabet quilts are charming, and, as with all of these items, you will be investing a worthy charitable cause as well as an enchanting piece for the nursery.
For Creative Types
Fernsby Hall tapestries (from £40)
Quirky and amusing animal and bird paintings by Catriona Hall are now available as beautiful tapestries. Each kit contains the printed canvas, the correct quantity of Appleton tapestry wools, a needle and easy to follow instructions. Afterwards Fernsby Hall can transform it into a cushion or framed picture.
For Family Entertainment
Poppycock Board Game (£25)
Test your general knowledge, as well as your bluffing skills, with new board game, Poppycock. For 2 or more players, aged 10 +, start by rolling the dice and choosing a category; attempt to answer a question – if you’re not sure then bluff it. Your opponent will call Poppycock! if they’re not convinced!