Ever been stumped on what to buy for that person you think already has everything? Or who is just plain awkward to buy for? We all have one or two in our lives!
This year I've put together my Christmas guide to include gifts that are a little bit special or different, and all under £100.
This may or may not be a list of everything I'd like Santa to leave under my tree this year (disguised as a gift guide), but I hope it helps you choose something memorable for that awkward person in your life this Christmas.
The Design Dork
The Stendig Calendar 2018
The exquisitely produced Stendig calendar was designed in 1966 by Massimo Vignelli and is still seen today as an excellent example of modern graphic design.
The calendar is printed in the iconic Helvetica typeface and at over a metre wide, it makes a bold statement. Alternating black and white backgrounds each month, each sheet is perforated, so you can tear it off and re-use the paper for projects or gift wrap.
The lovely Nancy & Betty Studio have stock at the moment (they usually sell out quick!), you can buy it in perfect gift condition for £60, or if you're buying for yourself and looking for a bargain, they offer seconds for £25. Also, while you're there, check out their gorgeous range of Christmas crackers and wrapping.
A Cityscape Print from City Works
City Works was started by two graphic designers, Sylvia and Rowan, they produce unusual prints and momentos of places around the world. My favourite is the London In Gold print (20€), I love the clever circular design, but Paris, New York, Berlin and many others are also available.
The perfect gift to bring back memories of that special holiday.
The Glam Hostess
I spotted these Zaire Agate cheese boards a few months ago when I was in Anthropologie, and I have to admit I had no idea they were cheese boards at the time, but the delicious slabs of marble edged with gold found themselves immediately on my Instagram stories.
Now this is a cheese board that any cheese should be very happy to be set upon!
Who would say no to a bit of Jonathan Adler at Christmas. Certainly not me!
These cheeky Cock/Tail Coasters (£88) will add some sass to any coffee table. The set of four Cock/Tail coasters is made from porcelain and adorned with shimmering gold detailing.
Uber Cool & Arty
I just love Nelly Duff gallery and shop on Columbia Road. Go there for special editions and original pieces from artists at the forefront of the Street, Tattoo and Graphic art world. A great place to find something really different. They also sell online.
The quirky 'Dave & The Mystery Of The Red Kite' below by Mr Bingo has been a favourite of mine for a long time (£95.00). This one's on my Christmas list, I hope Santa's paying attention.
This one's for that person that always seems to have their next holiday booked before they're even back from the last one. A personalised brass luggage tag will accompany them on their travels and gently remind them of you. Maybe next time they'll invite you along.
The tags below are from Orvis. £35 for three engraved tags.
The Luxe Bauble
A special bauble is one of my most favourite Christmas gifts to give.
It's a gift that keeps on giving, because the memory of who gifted it will return each year the recipient drags down the Chritsmas box to decorate their tree.
I've seen so many gorgeous ones this year (but that's a whole other blog post!), but one that's caught my attention is this egg shaped pheasant feather-clad beauty from LuxeDeco (£20).
Or. if you're feeling crafty, you could even make one, have a look at the guide I wrote last year on making a personalised papercut bauble.
We all know (or are!) someone who could do with a little R&R. There's a gift for that.
A Handmade Candle
A fancy candle and a soak in the bath is a sure to relax. I've recently come across Fellowstead who do the most delicious smelling candles. Their natural, handmade and simple products with layered, earthy scents make great gifts. Candles from £18.
A Good Night's Sleep
What better gift to give! I use Neom's Perfect Night's Sleep Pulse Point most nights and the scent really is relaxing. I always add it to my Christmas and birthday lists so I never run out. The tiny tube holds a potent mix of English lavender, sweet basil & jasmine plus 16 other essential oils to help you sleep (£8). A great gift combo would be to pair this with a pure silk pillowcase, which dermatologists recommend for helping skin and hair retain natural moisture and also helps to regulate the body's temperature for an even more perfect night's sleep. Gingerlily's Beauty Box Mulberry Silk Pillowcase is £45.
The Stylish Commuter
The recipient of this gift will be the envy of the tube carriage whilst enjoying their hot or cold drink at optimum temperature. Amara stocks S'well Traveller bottles (£40) in various finishes including White Marble and Teakwood (below).
I hope you have found a treasure amongst these for that tricky person to buy for. Leave me a comment below if you've spotted something good!
1. Nancy & Betty Studio
2. City Works
4. Jonathan Adler
5. Nelly Duff