Cool, quirky, Indie Crimbo
Support the little fellas! Embrace an indie Crimbo with these plucky businesses, awash with great gifts
In between carol concerts and multiple performances of The Nativity, I’ve been hunting for great gifts from our sensational local businesses. Make list, check it twice, shop local and Xmas will be all right.
BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL
TICKLED PINK: A statement coat will always be your style saviour. Dressed up or down you’ll look smoking – Set Fashion Ferris wool coat, £330, Jax Jeans Hungerford
PULL THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES: Nothing boring about this soft knit and it’s gone straight onto my wish list. Grey, pop of colour and it’s got a hood. Squeals of happiness – Peta jumper, £65, White Coco Hungerford
HAPPYEAR CANDY: Tassel earrings are going nowhere and these Blessed London Earrings look good and do good at the same time with 10% from each sale going to a charity helping disabled kids. Blessed London ‘Good Luck Clover’ tassel earrings £35, The Corner Shop Woolhampton
SMOOTH OPERATOR: Super soft, totally unique and hand dyed. This beautiful, luxe scarf is perfect for the hard-to-buy-for females in you life. Silk Scarf, available in various colours, £27, The Handmade Craft Company, Holme Grange Craft Village, Wokingham
HATS OFF: OMG, I’m obsessed with pom pom beanies and this one from Fifi & Moose is a beaut. Soft, non-itchy cashmere with the biggest pom pom you have ever seen. BKLN cashmere pom pom hat, £59, Fifi & Moose Newbury.
I NEED A HERO: I am a stationary nut… and no, pens and pencils are not just for kids. This L’Artiste Hero case is a fab pressie for the cool gal pals in your life. Hero Pencil Case, £24.95, The Corner Shop Woolhampton
SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE
STAR BUY: Channel you inner nana with this cute blue and silver metallic leather Becköndergaard purse. No more rifling around for loose change at the bottom of your bag or down the back of the sofa . Becköndergaard Granny Purse, £48, Jax Jeans Hungerford.
GOING FOR GOLD: If you’ve not discovered GiftPop, where have you been? Loads of fab affordable things to buy for family and friends (or yourself). So if there’s someone in your life who likes to shimmer and shine, this gold 3-in-1 tote, £55; Merino wool sequinned scarf, £49.50; and glittery star keyring, £10; make great gifts.
STYLE REBOOT: For the impossible to buy for, treat them to the perfect gift – their very own personal stylist. Make them feel like an A-lister with the help of Clare McNestry. From colour and body analysis, wardrobe edits or a personal shopping sesh, Clare will reboot your passion for fashion and help you look a million bucks. The Perfect Gift, from £125, Clare McNestry Styling
PEARL JAM: I recently discovered Essentiel Antwerp and literally love it all. So get someone to treat your feet because these velvet embellished slingback need a fabulous home this Christmas. They’re so beautiful they’ll never go out of style. Essentiel Antwerp slingbacks, £165, Fifi & Moose Newbury
MIDAS TOUCH: Shopping for the cool kids can be a nightmare. Stop tearing your hair out, check out this super stylish bomber by Danish brand Numph, £78, B The Lifestyle Shop
BLING IT ON: Urgh I hate getting jewellery at Christmas… said no woman EVER! So pop along to Strange The Jewellers in Wokingham. They have a great selection of stunning collections loved by the stars. So if Santa would like to drop this stunning Fei Lui Snowdrop bracelet in my stocking, I would be very happy of Christmas Day. Fei Lui Snowdrop Bracelet, £300, Strange The Jewellers, Wokingham
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
POP YOUR CORK: Buying a bottle needn’t be a fall back, particularly when it’s Colucci’s Prosecco. It’s a Berkshire business, producing premium Italian Prosecco using traditional methods. It’s stocked in Michelin star restaurants and is the perfect Crimbo pop. Better still use the offer code CPoffer01 and you’ll get 50% off Gift sets from £28.99,
ITALIAN JOB: I’m a terrible cook, but my Mr MS loves it. Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi, owners of the fabulous Caldesi in Campagna in Bray, has a new cookbook out just in time for Crimbo. Packed full of simple Tuscan recipes, it’s beautifully designed and illustrated. Tuscany by Katie & Giancarlo Caldesi, £26
BUT FIRST COFFEE: Know someone who can’t start the day without mainlining coffee? (*Ahem me) Sandi design meets Asian culture with this sophisticated stoneware French coffee press from award-winning Theo product range. Coffee Press, £64.96, B The Lifestyle Shop
FRENCH FANCY: Nothing says I love you to a foodie than a piece of Le Cresuet. The only time you’ll get away with giving a pot as a pressie. Le Creuset’s casserole dishes come in tons of colours and sizes, from £139, Camp Hopson, Newbury
LIFE IS SWEET: It’s the gift that keeps on giving! A subscription to The Macaron Club – a sweet treat of 12 delicious macarons will drop through the door each month from The Real Macaron Company, choose from 3 months to 1 year, from £52-£190.
CHIP OFF THE BLOCK: Thoughtful and practical, a personalised oak chopping board from Hugo’s Workshop, makes a great gift. Engrave your own words, even in your kids handwriting, to serve cheese, cut bread or create a the perfect gin and tonic and your very own G&T Creation Station, The Handmade Craft Company, £15
HEAVEN SCENT: Anyone who receives a Jo Malone candle, does a little dance. They smell heavenly and they’re freaking expensive. This Green Almond and Redcurrent Christmas candle (I mean, the packaging alone is to die for) is a festive limited edition, £120, Camp Hopson Newbury
GOOD HAIR DAY: I cannot rave enough about Kevin Murphy’s products – kind to the hair and the environment and make every day a good hair day. Treat someone you love to the I Woke Up Like This Kevin Murphy gift set, £41, Gilded Hair, Holme Grange Craft Village, Wokingham
GET LIPPY: Dry cracked lips are not sexy, so treat your beauty baby to a Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour. Gold tube, bold shades and moisturised kissable lips. Just add mistletoe. Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick, Camp Hopson Newbury and The Studio Windsor
SIGNATURE SCENT: Up your perfume game this Crimbo by buying a scent experience. Fragrance Designer Janette Hammond of Uncommon Scentsruns workshops to create a signature scent. During a 2-hour session you learn how to layer different fragrances to create your personal perfume which bottled up for you to take home. I see Muddy Mademoiselle is my future. Uncommon Scents gift certificates, from £85.
OUT OF THIS WORLD: The Insta hype is real. If you’ve got a frazzled mate, give them the gift of sleep with a Space Mask – the mask warms up, smells of jasmine, and before you know it… zzzzzz – interstellar relaxation. Space Mask box of 5, £15, L Interiors
STRIKE A LIGHT: There are candles and then there are CANDLES. The Illumins Fragrance Timed Place Collection are a little bit spesh, created to trigger feelings and memories – think Reading Room; Gentleman’s Shed, Heavenly Embers. Hmmm, pass me a glass of Barolo – £27, Fifi & Moose Newbury
ME OLD CHINA: Tactile, thouhtful and totally unique – The Corner Shop’s wonkyware is a bestseller. Available in sludgy neutral states and all shapes and sizes, it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
PICTURE THIS: I’m, guilty of taking a gazillion pics but never printing them out. This beautifully made photo album is a great way to get people to show off your best work – and then delete all the rubbish ones off your phone. £49.95, The Corner Shop Woolhampton.
HANGING OUT: A little bit boho, a little bit Scandi, if you know someone who is interiors obsessed, this B The Lifestyle Shop wall hanging is going to be right up their street. Ticks the affordable, little bit different boxes – £25. Not your bag? Then check out this perky little planter. Pop on a hook, with a succulent and she’ll be happy – and at £9.99, she’s also a bargain.
HEART OF GLASS: For a real showstopper, check out Pisces Glass Creations in Warfield. No two pieces are the same, you can choose a sensational piece of glass art or jewellery, work in the a person’s favourite colours and– hey presto! – your gift is beautiful and thoughtful. Polish your halo and treat yourself to a celebratory glass of fizz.
THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT: While your littlies are taking a screen break, these cute Chunki Chilli Zoo Hand puppets are brilliant to fuel the imagination and get them excited about creative play. Beautifully made, lots of different characters, £20 each. Maileg Mice are a bit of a phenomenon – modern Scandi design mixed with storybook whimsy. Mailed Superhero Mouse in a Suitcase is £27.95, The Corner Shop Woolhampton.
GIRLY GLOSS: Girly, glittery and awesome – I want to be 10 again. Unicorn snot lip gloss, funky hair ties (that don’t pull your hair and look cool on your wrist). Hop over to Millie Pink and emerge yourself in a girl’s world of beauty and fashion accessories. Unicorn Snot Lip Gloss, £7 and Hair Ties, £8, both Millie Pink
PRINTS CHARMING: Kids want nice rooms too, y’know. So a gorge print to inspire our creative sponges is a totally awesome gift. And the fact you don;t have to stare at a Paw Patrol, Frozen or superhero posters is just an added bonus. Welcome to the Circus Print, £25, B The Lifestyle Shop
CRAFTY LITTLE MONKEYS: Well in this case a puppy dog, but The Handmade Craft Company, Holme Grange Craft Village, Wokingham has loads of brilliant Apples To Pears sets to keep the kids quiet and occupied while you catch an episode of The Crown in peace. The Sew Me Up Puppy is just one, they also have Build A Bird Box, Castles. You name it, they’ve a tin kit for it, £10.50