Christmas: There’s still time!
And all of these can be bought in store, rather than risking the failure of the Royal Mail.
And I would like all of them.
Zara is a bit of an un-discovered treasure trove of homewares, and although I’ve never actually bought anything from there… I have a huge wishlist of bits I want. Earlier this year they released an entire set of crockery with this gold foil skull print, but I resisted. This Zara Home Punk Oro Tumbler, £3.99 is a little bit more subtle, and now that I’ve wholly adapted the tactic of drinking wine out of tumblers, I can see myself glugging glogg by the barrel-load from this. There are seven Zara Home shops in the UK at the moment – Liverpool, Kingston, London, and, weirdly, Dartford.
These Ikea Yngaren Perfume Bottles, £6.99 have been in just about every Christmas gift guide I’ve seen this year, and no wonder really – they’re a right old bargain and look much more expensive. I like all the bits in the Yngaren range, but these are definitely the best presents. And you get all three for less than seven quid!
Designed to be carried in your hand luggage so that you never have to risk enduring a flight without a decent cocktail, the Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set, £18.99 from The Bitter Truth distillery would be the ideal gift for any discerning booze-hound. I’d like to think Don Draper would get this for Christmas, which makes it even better.
I’ve spent at least half of this year watching my Jeeves and Wooster box set on repeat, and although I’ve long been a Wodehouse fan, I think I can truly say that this has been the year I have really gorged myself on Wooster books. Imagine, then, my delight at stumbling across Jeeves: A Gentleman’s Personal Gentleman – the Jeeves Biography. It doesn’t appear to be in print any more, but there are copies on Amazon and, of course, at Abe Books.
I think the Heal’s Christmas department is one of the best in London. It’s full of really good gift ideas, with everything from food and drink to perfume and furniture. Although much of it is on the pricey side, I think these Heal’s Sugar Mice Soap, £8 would be a nice stocking filler for anyone – and even though I’m not really sure if I’d want to use the mice, they sure look nice.
Living near Goldsmiths University is weird. On my trip to Sainsburys last night, I was overcome with the waxy smell of a million Barbours, worn by every single student in there. It’s definitely been the year of the Bedale, and whether Rachel Johnson likes it or not, I can’t see the revival of this heritage brand going away any time soon. This Barbour Hip Flask, £29.95 would be the perfect choice for any waxy fans/boozehounds.
It’s been a tumultuous year of collaborations for MAC, but this November’s project with designer Marcel Wanders is nothing but sophisticated. I am obsessed with the MAC and Marcel Wanders Sheer Mystery Powder, £39 – that multi-faceted compact is nothing short of art. Of course the powder itself is perfect for any nose-shine during party season, but I think I would be a bit scared to wear away the creepy face in the cake.
You can’t beat gloves for Christmas, and really, I don’t think there’s such a thing as too many pairs. Gloves for my brown coat, gloves for my pink ski coat, gloves for my multi-coloured Hudson Bay coat, gloves for my leopard coat, gloves for my purple fur coat, gloves for my parka.. I mean, it’s tough. These Topshop Star Stud Leather Gloves, £18 would go with…. hmm, not sure yet. Buy me them and I’ll try it out and get back to you.
Everyone loves a Marimekko print, and although it’s a little on the steep side, this Marimekko Fat Boy Bean Bag, £210 would be a cheerful addition to any home. Although it’s a little bit too nice to maybe let anyone actually sit on. This picture makes it look deceptively like a cushion, but check out this life-size picture. Wow!
See? Never enough gloves. And just to change things up, these Accessorize Monochrome Heart Fairisle Cut Off Gloves, £14 don’t have any fingers at all – more like wrist warmers really, so they’d be ideal for any 3/4 sleeves. I would have felt bad a couple of weeks ago for suggesting these, what when I was going to Norway to experience the real deal of knitwear. Not to worry though, because gloves in Norway cost more than rent on a flat in Sheffield.