Perhaps this year, more than most, we all want to get a little bit ahead with our Christmas preparations. And although there is always time for a last-minute gift to be added, it’s a good feeling to know you’ve got the main things covered. With that in mind, we’ve put together some suggestions to help you tick a few things off family and friends’ wish lists, and keep stress levels to a minimum.
Regardless of age, everybody loves a gift-packed stocking at Christmas. It’s great fun delving in to discover something that takes you by surprise. From candles to coasters, we have some unique suggestions, that can make stockings extra special.
Our Macon Rustic Pillar Candles start from just £1.50, burn for hours and come in a range of utterly gorgeous colours including Dusky Rose, Honey, Olive and Coal. It’s a nice idea to create gifts based on a theme and these candles work really well as part of a colour theme. They are also an easy shape to fill out a stocking - layer them up with wrapped chocolates in between for an extra surprise.
From short and squat to tall and slim, we have a fantastic range of tealight and candleholders that make perfect stocking fillers. Ideal to create a wonderful cosy atmosphere in a room, our Edelweiss Candlestick, £10.00, is perfect teamed with a Rustic Dining Candle. Its pretty antiqued brass base is decorated with a garden of flower heads and foliage - a beautiful addition to any tablescape. The Vega Candle Votive, £3.50, comes in antique white and antique mocha, and makes a lovely present. Simply pop a tealight in before wrapping and they are good to go. These are really effective singly on small windowsills or grouped in threes on mantels or tables.
Scent is incredibly evocative, so when you give a scented candle as a gift, every time the candle is lit and the scent fills the room, the happy memory of being given that gift is rekindled. Choose from our range of Walled Garden Tinned Candles, £20, with fragrances including Stem Ginger, Wild Mint and Lemon Tree, or our True Grace Boxed Candles, £24, in a clear glass jar, with six gorgeous fragrances including Rosemary & Eucalyptus, Rainstorm and Seashore.
A well-chosen ornament or piece of sculpture makes a really thoughtful present and adds to the element of surprise when discovered tucked in a stocking. Our gorgeous Sitting Golden Hare, £12.95, stands at 21cm high and makes a wonderfully unique gift. Our Crowned Robin Ornament, £18, is equally quirky, made from cast iron, he has a wonderful rusted finish and works well indoors or out.
Fragrant soaps make lovely gifts to unwrap, the scent wafting up as the paper falls away. Our luxurious soaps are made to a traditional Marseilles recipe using lots of shea butter and natural essences, so they have a gorgeous scent and leave skin feeling nourished. We’ve created a Gift Box Of Three Soaps, £12.25 - simply choose a favourite from five combinations.
Pretty and practical gifts include our Set of 4 Heart Shaped Coasters, £6.95. Wonderfully tactile, these natural slate coasters work with most table settings and make the perfect Secret Santa gift or present for a teacher too.
If you know someone who loves their garden, there are some great present options. Sculpture elevates an outdoor space and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Our adorable stone Whippet Sculpture, £50, has bags of personality and serves as a focal point in gardens big or small. He was chosen to feature in the Scotsman Magazine’s I Want It section last year and has remained a favourite ever since.
Another one for plant and dog lovers, our Luis Dachshund Planter, £72, has a wonderfully distressed finish that adds interest to outdoor spaces. Perfect for herb growing, or plant up with cyclamen for long-lasting colour. Our Decorative Bird Dish, £34, is incredibly sweet with a distressed finish and little birds decorating the edge. The shallow bowl can be used to collect rainwater for a bird bath, or filled with nuts and seeds.
The innovative award-winning Window Bird Feeder, £18.50, is perfect for nature lovers and you don’t even need a garden. Made from recyclable plastic, a double-sided suction cup can be mounted on any window pane which literally gives a bird’s eye view of our feathered friends feeding.
Don’t forget our wonderful Seaweed & Samphier Hand Cream which keeps hardworking hands soft and hydrated. Packaged in a slim aluminium tube, it’s easy to carry and makes another great stocking filler.
For home lovers, we have some wonderful accessories. From the tactile nature of our abstract Samai Sculpture, £24, to our thoughtful Bozeman Sculpture, £16, and our ever-popular Vigan, Victoria, Vera and Valencia sculptures, from £23.50, there is a gift that will be cherished and remembered.
And because we love them so much ourselves, and know just how good they look and how cosy they are, we have to mention our gorgeous sustainable, Recycled Wool Fringed Blankets. Available in five classic tartan checks, they add warmth, colour and texture to homes. They are equally useful draped around shoulders when sitting outside, so make the perfect year-round gift.
Whether you choose to shop online or in-store, we look forward to helping and advising in any way we can. Our last online standard delivery date is: Wednesday 15th December, while Click & Collect is Wednesday 22nd December.