25 November 2014

Bex's 2014 Christmas Gift Guide: Stockings and Secret Santas

Over the past few days, I have posted my suggestions for what to buy the men and women on your Christmas gift list. Today, in the final part of this year's Christmas gift guide, I've picked out ten gifts that might slip nicely into a stocking or surprise and delight your Secret Santa recipient. Everything on the list is £15 or under but if, as at my office, your Secret Santa price limit is only £10, there are a few ideas that will keep you on budget.

Food and drink
1. Bermondsey Tonic Water from World of Zing. £14.95. It wouldn't be a Bex gift guide without a gin-related product. You dilute this tonic concentrate with soda water to make a great-tasting tonic water. If you have had a G&T at 214 on Bermondsey Street, this is their homemade tonic. Fancy gin can be quite expensive, but this tonic water will instantly improve even your 'everyday' gin.

2. Kapu coffee scoop and bag closer from the Finnish Design Shop. €19. Why buy a separate coffee scoop and coffee bag clip when one stylish, Nordic gadget can do both? The Design Museum Shop also sells this; they are currently sold out online but they might have some in store.

3. Anchor necklace from Tatty Devine. £15. This necklace is nautical but nice. The light blue colour is my favourite, but it also comes in red and cream.

4. Steven Pinker's The Sense of Style from Amazon. £13.60. As a former linguist, I've always been one of Pinker's biggest fans and I really enjoyed his latest work: a guide to writing and style for the Internet era. It is entertaining and informative, and if you are interested in language or writing you will love it.

Beauty and grooming
5. Christmas star beauty treat from Liz Earle. £7.50. Liz Earle is doing a few different Christmas star-shaped baubles this year: you can choose between a lipstick and a nail varnish in several shades. I like this nail varnish in 'pure poetry': a deep burgundy colour that will see you from the party season and through winter.

6. Camphor stone soap from the Conran Shop. £7. Brightly coloured and with clean, geometrical lines, these stone soaps will add a pop of colour to any bathroom. You can select from several different sizes, colours and fragrances, but these small ones are perfect for stockings.

7. Nihilist toothpaste from Present Indicative. £4.95. If you're a fan of rien de rien, you might enjoy this tongue-in-cheek toothpaste. It's flavour-free and colour-free but chock full of irony.

8. Evil Genius tin candle from Selfridges. £9.95. I spotted these small tinned candles in Selfridge's blinged up gift section in the basement. The Evil Genius one has a nice warm, spicy scent, but they have a few different options if the recipient is more of a secret agent or just a friend.

Running and planning
9. Runner's wristband from Sweaty Betty. £10. Running clothes don't always have enough pockets for all of your bits and bobs, so this stretchy wristband provides a little extra space, with enough room for a card and keys or a few coins.

10. Minimal Planner from the South Bank Centre Shop. £5. Sometimes organisational notebooks, apps and productivity tools overcomplicate things. This notebook, which comes in coral or grey, keeps things simple and makes it easy for you to keep on top of your to-do list.

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