The Eleventh Hour - Last Minute Gift Ideas
For all last minute Christmas shoppers (me) ...fear not! Below, I've popped together some quick ideas for anyone needing a little bit of 'eleventh hour' help.
(Not a Baylis and Harding gift set in sight...)
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Byredo | Cotton Poplin Candle - with 60 hours burning time and a fresh calming scent this is the perfect candle for someone who wants something a little different to the usual Jo Malone, but with the same quality and lasting fragrance. The hand painted orange glass vessel is also a smart touch.
The Real McCoy's | Anchor Bandana - This colourful cotton bandana could be used as a neck tie, tied around a bag or tucked into the back pocket of some jeans. Cool whatever your sex!
Labour and Wait | British Army Knife - Made in the heart of Sheffield - (home to some of the best manufacturing of stainless steel in the world.) This is a reproduction of a WW2 issue British Army Knife. It comes with a sharp blade, a flat head screwdriver and a bottle / can opener. (I own one myself and it is a solid weight and quality piece)
Campbell Cole | Simple Coin Pouch Khaki - Designed and Made In England, this is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. I personally love this colour but there are plenty more options to choose from online.
Maharishi | Yoga Joes - I just laugh every time I see these. So it must be a good thing. Pop them in and around the house to add some fun. Think Toy Story soldiers, but with some new moves.
Labour and Wait | Marbled Enamel Mugs - A perfect stocking filler, and a bit more fancy that your traditional white enamel. Pop online or call into the Shoreditch branch of Labour and Wait to see the accompanying dishes and plates that go along with this snazzy pair.
Tools to Liveby | Scissors 8" Gold- Made from Japanese stainless steal with a teflon coating to prevent glue sticking. An unusual and well designed gift for any creatives out there.
Fine Drinking | The Dead Rabbits Drinking Manual - "Tales from two Belfast Boys who conquered the cocktail world." What more do you need to know? Full of tall tales and classic, authentic drink recipes. This is more than your usual recipe book.
Grenson | Women's Oxford 'Emily' Brogue in Silver - With their half price sale in full swing, it's the perfect time to gift someone the ultimate shoe, in something more daring than your usual black and blue! (Rhyming unintentional...)
Etsy | Edible Black Coal Popcorn - For anyone who has been a bit naughty this year, pop this in their stocking.
Envoy of Belfast | Super 8 Rosa Maria Ring - 100% silver and made in Sweden, this striking ring is a beautiful addition to the Rosa Maria collection. Envoy of Belfast have a large selection of these rings all within different price brackets, each one is unique and handmade. A very special gift for someone. (Or yourself!)
End Clothing | Neighborhood Booze Reaper Incense Chamber - It might look pretty sinister but this Japanese ceramic pottery chamber is pretty spectacular! Pop in the intense and watch the smoke drift out. Give it to someone who already has a piece from the extensive Neighborhood chamber collection or get them started with this bad boy!
Goodhood Store | Klippan Tango Throw - Made in 100% lambs wool this throw comes in a few different colours, all weaved in pure fibres and made by the family run company, Klippan of Sweden.
Lonely Label | Bonnie Soft Cup Bra Powder Blue - New Zealand based Lingerie company Lonely have some absolutely exquisite underwear for anyone you wish to treat / drop a hint to.
Goodhood Stores | Comme Des Garçons Grace by Grace Coddington - Risky strategy buying perfume for someone else, but when it combines Grace Coddington, Comme Des Garçons and cats, how wrong can you be? It's described as having a citrus freshness, with a hint of mint and basil leaves wrapped around spicy notes of cardamom and pink peppercorns.
Another suggestion is buying a gift for someone you or the person you are shopping for might never meet.
Below are links to a few of my chosen charities, where a small gesture of kindness can go a long way. Check them out and please share if any of them strike a cord with you.
Centrepoint | More Than A Gift - Go on the website and pay as little as £5 to help homeless person this Christmas. Select your name, your friend or loved one’s details and include a message for their card. They will then be sent an e card to show the difference the donation has made.
Help for Hero's | Stockings for Heros - Donate some spare change on behalf of someone which goes towards providing stockings to wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans who are in hospitals and recovery centres over the Christmas period.
Social Bite | Buy a homeless person Christmas Dinner - Buy it as a gift or donate yourself. This is a charity I have just become familiar with and I love what they are doing. Read even more about Social Bite here.
Age UK | Give an elderly person some company this Christmas - Help the work Age UK do, to try and combat the growing number of elderly men and women who are lonely this Christmas.
That's all from me for now. Good luck with your shopping and fingers crossed you feel inspired!