Gifts for Her
...or to be more specific, gifts for the design conscious, Instagram loving woman in your life. I've picked out the items in this gift guide not only to appeal to those who appreciate good design but also because, as anyone who regularly posts interiors pics on Instagram will tell you, you can never have too many vases, teapots or pretty throws in your life. I've thrown in a few of the beauty products I've enjoyed using this year for good measure too.
So let's start with this exquisite glass teapot which I bought from My Cup of Tea on a recent visit to Ham Yard Village, along with a lovely grey linen napkin and wooden scoop - perfect for celebrating those everyday moments with your favourite tea blend. I'm currently enjoying this one.
And for cosy Netflix nights in I can regularly be found snuggling up under this gorgeous throw* from the COSxHAY collection which I featured a few months back. It reminds me a little of the traditional Welsh blankets which I've always loved, but with a cool modern Scandi edge. I've yet to discover anywhere in our home where this doesn't look good.
Speaking of Scandi if you haven't yet discovered Swedish brand Cooee Design, allow me to introduce you. You might have spotted their vases and candle holders over on Instagram (founder and creative director Catrine has the most gorgeous Instagram account - @catcooee). The ball vases are perfect for winter flowers like anemones or ranunculus which look great as single specimens. They are shown here in pink and white* but they also come in the most amazing shades of rust and plum as well as midnight blue. UK stockists include S220.
It can be fun to have a little knitting project on the go during these dark winter nights. Wool and the Gang have just released a new Home Collection, and it's really good. Banish any thoughts of twee, 'crafty' or old fashioned knits for the home - these are seriously cool designs. The collection includes cushions, throws, rugs, wall hangings, plant holders and even lamp shades. I'm currently knitting up this herringbone pattern cushion* which I'll share with you in another post.
I love receiving bath and beauty products at Christmas and there is no brand whose products I'd be happier to receive this Christmas than REN. I gave a couple of their products a 5 star review in the Bathroom Chemistry product round up I did for Heritage Bathrooms earlier in the year and I've since been trying out their Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial*. Formulated to instantly tone and firm the skin and banish urban grey it leaves my skin feeling renewed and radiant.
For dry winter skin I also highly recommend their Flash Hydro Boost. You apply it after cleansing and then massage it in with a small amount of water to give your skin a hydration boost before adding moisturiser. I've been using this daily for the past couple of months and it's really helped to keep my skin plump and soft at a time of year when it's usually prone to dry patches and dullness.
And who doesn't love to receive perfume at Christmas? My all time favourite is Diptyque's Philosykos - a deliciously warm, fresh, figgy fragrance that is somehow wonderfully comforting.
Caudalie have stocking fillers covered with their Divine Baubble* which contains a luxurious dry oil that works to moisturise, nourish and brighten the skin tone. You can also use it on your hair to add shine.
Another recent discovery is the new Danish skincare brand Nuori - perfect for those who like their skincare fresh and natural and their packaging simple, white and minimal. This is definitely a range that you'll want to keep out on view in your bathroom rather than tucked away in a cupboard. I've been using the luxuriously creamy Vital Foaming Cleanser and the Perfecting Facial Oil*.
I love to both give and receive candles as gifts. I rounded up some of my favourites in this post a few weeks ago, including this One Rainy Wish candle* from the Tisane collection by Tatine ( available from Curious Egg).
And last but not least, I recently received this tan leather watch* from the Timex Weekender Fairfield collection. The first watch I ever owned was a Timex - a Christmas gift when I was probably no more than eight or nine years old - so it's a brand that has a place in my memories. Fast forward to 2016 and this one has a modern brass dial design with a clean, minimalist look. The straps are interchangeable so you can easily customise the look too.
What's on your Christmas wish list this year?
Styling & photography by Design Hunter.
* samples sent for review