Over the next few days I’m going to post some gift guides to help you along with your Christmas shopping, especially when faced with buying presents for those ‘difficult to buy for’ people in your social or family circle. Basically, I’m hoping I can do the hard work for you and all you will have to do is click on the product link and buy! Done. Dusted.
When buying presents, the first thing we do is think about what the prospective gift receiver likes or has an interest in, so I thought I would organise my gift guides into types of people that we all have amongst our friends and family. The Coffee Aficionado. The Green Fingered Friend. The Foodie. The Gadget Freak. The Traveller. The Arty Crafty One. You know who I mean? Thought so. Ok, let’s get started…
Firstly, the Coffee Lover…
S H O P H E R E :
1 The World Atlas of Coffee £13.60 // Amazon
2 Alessi Heart Shaped Coffee Spoons Set of 4 £17.96 // Amazon
3 Murmur Dune Set of 4 Small Mugs £40 // Houseology
4 Porcelain Stars Coffee Cup £7.99 // Zara Home
5 Bialetti Moka Express Coffee Maker 6 Cup £32 // House of Fraser
6 Maison Blanc Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans £5 // John Lewis
7 Barista & Co Plunge Pot 8 Cup in Copper £44 // Amara
8 Coffee Lover Sign £12.97 // Etsy
9 Bodum Travel Mug £12 // Selfridges
Next time I’m going to be looking at what you can buy for the keen cook in your life!
Have a lovely weekend and good luck with the shopping…
If you’ve been checking out the blog this week, hopefully you’ll have been inspired by my Christmas Trend Watch series and maybe even done a little spot of decoration shopping this weekend? So far, I’ve taken a look at two key decor trends on the high street this Christmas season – ‘Winter Wonderland‘ (think pure whites and velvety creams with hints of metallic and glass) and ‘Nordic Homespun‘ (Scandi red and white with a homely, handcrafted feel). For my third and final part of the series, I’m going to look at the ‘Heritage’ trend, a warm, cosy blend of rich reds, greens and golds, giving that traditional country house at Christmas feel. (more…)
For most of us, now is the time to get cracking with readying our homes for Christmas… or at least starting to think about it! As part of my Christmas 2015 trend watch series of posts, I have already looked at the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ decor theme with its predominance of soft, snowy whites and shimmering metallics. So, if you love an all-white, pure and simple decor scheme with a subtle hint of sparkle, this look is for you. If you haven’t done so already, head on over here for some ideas on creating this look.
Today I want to let you know about another beautifully simple trend that has been inspired over the years by the tranquil Christmas decor schemes of Scandinavia. A personal favourite of mine, the ‘Nordic Homespun’ trend taps into everything Scandi and über cool, yet with a warming, handcrafted, homey feel. This look will work for you if you have a fairly neutral interior already, but like a pop of colour to lift the festive spirits. (more…)
Over the next couple of days I’m going to look at this year’s main Christmas decor trends for 2015. Without a doubt, one of the most fun things to buy at this time of year is a shiny new Christmas decoration for the tree – it just gives us that warm and fuzzy festive feeling! However, before you hit the shops to treat your tree to some new glitter hardware, remember this: the trick is to rethink what decorations you already have and the different ways you can blend them into a well-planned and considered decor scheme that works for you and reflects your home’s personality. Believe me, rather than throwing every decoration you have from Christmases Past and ending up with a bauble bomb site, a little forethought now will make your home look classy, elegant and pulled together this Christmas, whatever your style! (more…)
Like it or not, we’ve begun the countdown to Christmas (sorry!) and we all know how quickly our diaries fill up with that date on the not-so-distant horizon. From November onwards, we open up our homes and welcome friends and family in for festive drinks and canapés, cosy candlelit suppers and dinner parties – it’s not known as the party season for nothing! It only follows then that now is the ideal time to take a step back and think about how we can transform our homes into the warm and welcoming venue it should be this party season. So, before you get around to issuing those invites, here are some ideas on how you can spruce up your abode for a touch of festive entertaining.
What better thing to do on a cold and blustery day than come in, throw your shoes off, get the kettle on and curl up for a few blissful moments with a nice big mug of frothy coffee or steaming hot chocolate. For many of us, our daily ritual of a warming cuppa is a stolen moment of peaceful contemplation and a momentary escape from our busy schedules, so it’s unsurprising that what we choose to drink our cuppa from is almost as important a part of the ritual as what we choose to drink.
At this time of year, there are some gorgeous winter collections around that feature beautifully designed coffee cups and mugs, so it’s a really good excuse to treat yourself to a new festive favourite. Don’t settle for last year’s chipped Santa novelty mug without feasting your eyes on this pretty lot first – let’s do this curled-up-with-a-coffee moment in style with my pick of beautiful mugs that take a definite nod to the winter season but without all of the tinselly tackiness… put that Santa-shaped cup away now…