21 November 2011

Bex's Christmas Gift Guide: Girls

Yes, I know, it's still only November but although I'm a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas, I do love to shop so I've put together a short series of posts with my ideas of gifts for girls, gifts for guys and stocking fillers/Secret Santa fodder. Here's part one, with my present ideas for the ladies in your life (part two is here and this is the third part):


1. Personalised initial necklace from Allumer at Wolf and Badger. £45. This is basically three different necklaces because you get a solid gold letter charm and two chains, one blue and one dark grey, which can be worn together or separately. There are plenty of other initial necklaces on Etsy, many of which are much cheaper. Or if you're in New York, check out Market NYC for many fab (and reasonably priced) jewellery options.

2. Silver bird jewellery stand from Oliver Bonas. £14. I really need to get a jewellery stand as I currently use a sculpture of a hand, which doesn't provide enough hanging room for my many necklaces. This one also comes in a gold colour, which is only £8.

Bags and accessories

3. Starry night scarf from French Connection. £35. Scarves have recently become one of my "things" so this list wouldn't be complete without at least one.This scarf has a fun pattern, which would work for Christmas parties as well as brisk winter mornings. I also like this spotty scarf, also from French Connection, and this colourful dove print scarf from Oliver Bonas.

4. Exclamation mark tote bag from Alphabet Bags. £12. This would have been even better if they made totes branded with my favourite punctuation mark—the em dash—but exclamation marks are still fun, as are the bags in the typographic range.

5. "Live Colorfully" [sic] iPad case from Kate Spade. $50 (probably about £35). Because (most) Apple products are just too monochrome these days... This colour-blocked iPad case from Smythson makes a stylish (and much pricier) alternative.

6. Colour-changing London skyline umbrella from Squid London. £25. What better present for the crappy English winter than a monochrome umbrella that magically becomes colourful when it gets wet? They also do a New York version. Heal's have a pretty, colourful brolly too.

7. Dazzle dot Stevie bag in heather grey from Kate Spade. $345. It is perhaps fortunate that this light grey felt bag, trimmed with leather and 14k gold, and punctuated with colourful buttons, is an online exclusive and therefore not available in the UK because it's so damn pretty. The charcoal grey version is more widely available but doesn't have the coloured buttons.

8. Cadre floral notebook from Paul Smith. £11. I had thought of including one of the Moleskine gift sets in this list but as I mentioned before, they are overpriced. This flowery notebook in autumnal/wintery colours is a much better—and more stylish—option.

Beauty, etc.

9. Glossybox subscription. £10 per month (plus P&P). Glossybox is a beauty subscription service where, for £10 per month, you receive five luxury product samples from high-end beauty brands (sometimes, you even get full-size products). It isn't as good as (or as cheap as) Birchbox, the US original, but so far Glossybox has been featuring some great brands (my boss, whom I talked into signing up, got three Dermalogica products last month). Oh, and they have just launched a version for guys.

10. Mini festive candles from Diptyque. £25. Diptyque have two holiday candles this year—the green, fresh, pine-based Epinette and the red, warm, spicy Perdigone. The packaging of these candles is, as per usual with Diptyque products, gorgeous.

Edit: Selfridges have just released their annual Christmas shopping voucher so you can get 10% off beauty, fragrance and wine (in store and online) and 20% off most other products. Woo hoo!

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