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Article: How to put the fun back into Christmas shopping

How to put the fun back into Christmas shopping

How to put the fun back into Christmas shopping

Suddenly, it’s that time of year when gift buying – you know that thing that creeps up on all of us, every single year, even though we know exactly when Christmas is – is upon us.

At Henderson’s, we go out of our way to source useful and practical gifts, as well as super-stylish, hand-crafted, and unique finds you won’t find anywhere else. We believe in thoughtful gift buying that doesn’t break the bank and puts a genuine smile on the face of a loved one. There is no better feeling than seeing someone’s face light up because you’ve given them something they would have chosen themselves. 

To take away decision-making stress and offer some gift inspiration, we’ve put together a selection of present ideas based on budget. You can find a full range of gift suggestions on our website.

Whether you are looking for a vintage or more contemporary, design-led gift, our present suggestions are stylish, beautifully made, and chosen by us because they make us smile – which is what we hope they do for you too.


£25 and under

There is huge scope for a lovely personal gift for less than £25. From gorgeous tealight holders and votives, which are perfect for Secret Santa presents or a ‘thank you’ for a nursery or school teacher, to faux blooms – ideal for the less-than-green-fingered - gift sets, soaps, glassware and sculpture. 

Simple solution

If you are looking for a purse-friendly, super-easy gift, simply tie a piece of velvet ribbon around a handful of our elegant, hand-poured candles, which come in a range of gorgeous shades. Mix and match colours, or keep them all the same and use a contrasting-coloured ribbon for eye-catching impact. Pretty and practical, everyone loves beautiful candles at this time of year and presenting them tied with ribbon elevates a simple gift into something a little more special.

Light fantastic

Votives and tealight holders make gorgeous gifts; we have a huge selection, so you are bound to find something to suit everyone (not forgetting yourself). 

Wallet-friendly at just £4.95, the Alia Star Votive features an antiqued gold finish and is pretty enough on its own, or in groups of three. Votives are also lovely when included as part of a pamper gift hamper – you can put your own together with a selection of our gorgeous soaps.  

Our Fluted Glass Tealight Shade is a unique gift – the glass shade fits any empty long-necked bottle or decanter to create a customised bottle lamp. The frosted etched glass of our Frond Candle Votive creates a wonderful glow, while our Glass Candlestick Vase can be used for dining candles and tealights, or filled with water and used as a bud vase. 

With any votive or candleholder, include a tealight or dining candle so it can be used right away! 

Gorgeous glassware

The Etoile Tea Glass is perfect for water, wine, or cocktails, and has a wonderful vintage-style, etched star design. Made from recycled glass, these also make beautiful little vases. 

Our bestselling Etched Prosecco Glasses are quite simply joyful. Perfect for Champagne, Prosecco, or any other sparkling or still wine, they are handmade from recycled glass and double up as pretty dessert glasses too.


Sassy sculpture

From our aged bronze-effect Trio of Birds to our ever-popular Cast-iron Piglet, to the flowing form of our handcrafted Samai and Vigan sculptures, not forgetting our enchanting Dancing Hares, there is a decorative element to please everyone. 

£50 and under

We have a selection of especially popular items, which tend to sell out quickly at this time of year, so we thought a heads up would be useful.


Cosy comfort

The new Teddy Cropped Sheepskin Hot Water Bottle Cover is already a firm favourite. Handmade in the UK from British sheepskin, they are super cosy and stay warm all night long. 

Lanterns make a beautiful gift and tend to fit in with many interior styles. The Travelli Hurricane Lantern is crafted from laser-cut metal, which creates atmospheric, flickering light, with a glass insert to protect the candle flame from draughts, so it can be used indoors and out. 

Lust list

The sensual shapes of our Victoria, Valencia and Vera sculptures add a wonderfully tactile sense to décor. Due to their handmade nature, these pieces are all individual, and work well singly and grouped together – these are incredibly popular pieces throughout the year. 

We couldn’t leave out our much-loved Alfie Dog Sculpture and our super-sleek Whippet Sculpture, although this is one piece that has to be collected in-store due to its delicate nature. 

Outdoor style

For nature lovers, the Bempton Hanging Bird Table features decorative woodwork in painted green with a gorgeous Verdigris copper roof, while the Plume Birdbath Feeder can be used for food or water.

Bring the outdoors in with our charming Decorative Bird Dish. Crafted with a distressed finish for a stylish, time-worn look, this dish can be used to display small trinkets and accessories or pair with our Artisan Pot Pourri - warm and evocative, it instantly transforms the mood of a room and leaves it feeling magical.


£100 and under

If you are looking for a gift with maximum impact, a unique item for the home or garden will be appreciated all year round. 

Style statements

We have some wonderfully unique pieces for the home, including the beautiful Hue Table Lamp with its shiny glass base and raffia shade, which adds a rustic edge to any interior. 

The Moro Candleholder is a vintage piece with real wow factor to its hand-crafted wooden design, which is perfect teamed with our Maroc Rustic Pillar Candles.

We have some eye-catching statuary for the garden, including a selection of original, vintage urns, which can be used indoors and out, and make an extra special gift for plant and interior design lovers. 

Our sweet Fairy With Sunflower sculpture has been crafted in cast iron and has a lovely Verdigris finish. As well as being a beautiful, decorative piece, she also makes a lovely bird feeder and bath in the garden.


For anyone you still don’t know what to get, we offer gift cards at £25, £50 and £100 – a solution guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!


We will host a late-night shopping evening on Thursday December 1 in store at Henderson’s, High Street, Melrose, TD6 9PA (01896 820 630). Please join us!

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