Anyone else panicking about Christmas shopping?
We usually put together a handpicked Christmas gift guide but this year I failed – there was just too much going on.
However, while breastfeeding, I have been doing a lot of Google/ email research into presents and so, as I rock baby in his bouncy chair, and watch yet another episode of Lego Ninjago with his brothers, I thought I’d note down some suggestions for you.
Hopefully there’ll be some brands here you might not have thought of visiting.
I’ve checked them all out and at the time of this going live they are all still available.
I love Scribble & Daub. It’s a proper, old-fashioned stationary company for letterpress printed and hand-painted cards as well as handcrafted objects that are almost too beautiful to post.
This Christmas, Caroline Kent, the creator of the brand, has launched a range of pen and ink prints that you can buy framed or unframed.
Startrite is usually associated with school shoes I know but this Christmas they are the only place to go for children’s slippers. Aren’t these rhino moccasins adorable? There are dogs, too and sharks. If only they did them in adult sizes.
A friend tipped me off about this brand new company, Chuckle Soaps.
If anything will get your children to wash their hands it is these toy-filled vegan soaps. There’s super stylish, smell gorgeous and fit perfectly in a stocking.
I’ve only just discovered Fushi enzyme face wash but now I’m recommending it to everyone. I don’t use it every day – just a couple of times a week for a glow. While you’re at it get their radiance face cream, too.
I keep going back to Gone Rural tableware – it looks amazing, lasts for ages and is an ethical, sustainable company; a percentage of the purchase price of the products will go directly to the artisans as royalties.
As well as placemats and coasters, also see the bread baskets.
Who doesn’t love Babar the Elephant? Flora Howard’s new Babar fabric range is divine – perfect for a nursery, child’s bedroom or playroom.
Just for Christmas the company is selling Babar cushions – a perfect present for a little godchild. See Florahoward.co.uk for details.
Bird & Blend Tea Co is an independent, award-winning, tea company with more than 70 varieties of tea on offer including matcha blends and teas with whole pieces of fruit, spices, and herbs.
Aspinal leather luggage labels are chic, useful and hugely discounted at the moment; Beelicious honey is the best ever manuka honey from New Zealand – you can get it in Selfridge’s; Gail’s marmalade and granola is a safe choice, as is anything from Aesop and twinkly make up from By Terry
A cracking Christmas read
For picture books, Look Up! is a current favourite in our house, along with Arnie the Doughnut; for competent readers (year 1 to 2), Wimpy Kid (there’s a new one out this Christmas) and David Walliams’ Code Name Bananas and you’ll want your pre teen to read Philip Womack’s Arrow of Apollo. For adults: Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers; Just Like You by Nick Hornby; Autumn by Ali Smith.
I’m pretty certain Edgar needs a Forivor quilt this Christmas. They’re made of organic cotton and illustrated with gorgeous dreamscapes. The company also makes muslins, duvet covers and blankets.