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Christmas Gift Guide For The Home

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

This year I am extremely excited for Christmas, more so in fact than I can ever recall. Christmas 2020 was not quite as magical as many of us had hoped, so I feel this year should be a Christmas of unabashed extravagance.

Lots of us have been spending more time in the comfort of our homes. I have found myself amidst an interior transformation, constantly looking for ways to improve my home to reflect my personal taste and style. I know many of you have been doing the same too, judging by the many wonderful messages I have received, asking for my thoughts on interior decoration, so I have put together a Christmas Gift Guide for the home!

Cire Trudon Christmas Collection
Trudon candles are my absolute favourite. The history of Trudon is a fascinating one. Trudon are the only candle company in the world to receive the official title of ‘Royal Manufacture’ because they supplied candles to the Imperial Court of France. Their Christmas Collection is sumptuous, from candles scented with spicy chocolate to those fragranced with leather and tobacco. Cire Trudon candles are a delightful addition to any home.
Anna + Nina Candle Holders
These beautiful candle holders first caught my eye when strolling through the homeware department in Selfridges. I love nothing more than a cosy candlelight supper, and these would be a wonderful addition to any tabletop. This Amsterdam-based lifestyle brand also offer jewellery, clothing, and an extensive range of homewares. Something for everyone.

Diamonds: Diamond Stories
A fascinating book on the evolution of diamonds, charting their path from exclusivity to inclusivity. The Natural Diamond Council detail some of the most captivating stones, including commentary from top designers, tastemakers, and enthusiasts. The perfect gift for the ultimate bling-lover.
Air Time: Watches Inspired by Aviation, Aeronautics and Pilots
Recently I have developed a passion for watches, from their intricate movements to their eye-catching designs. I simply had to include this book here because it is something I myself want!

Macchia su Macchia Murano Glass Medium Vase
One can never have too many chic vases filled with fresh (or faux) flowers. I adore how these are lovingly hand-made by artisans using traditional Italian methods.

Sera Komorebi Vase
I love everything about these, from their tempting price-point to their tasteful design. A wonderful idea is to bunch together a set of three with assorted or matching blooms.

Poodle & Blonde Bellisima Table Lamp
I am a sucker for a striking print which is why I had to include this bold and beautiful table lamp in my Gift Guide. Poodle & Blonde are brand known for enchanting designs that can easily be incorporated into your home, whatever your style.

House of Hackney Luxury Lampshades
For the longest time I have had an unhealthy obsession with House of Hackney. Their iconic prints are dazzling, the perfect way to add colour or character to a space. House of Hackney pride themselves on their creativity, compassion and consciousness, which is something to be celebrated.

Nordic Knots Rugs
Rugs are a magnificent way to decorate a home, adding warmth, colour and substance. Nordic Knots take inspiration from the Nordic landscape. An unconventional gift, but a gift that can be kept for years to come.

Jennifer Manners Rugs
I first came across Jennifer Manners in The World of Interiors and was immediately taken with her Scallop Rug. Jennifer studied interior design at the world-renowned Central St. Martins, which is where her love affair with rugs started. Jennifer works alongside master weavers from Kathmandu to create rugs of quality and authenticity.

Aspinal of London Noughts and Crosses
A luxury twist on a classic a game. This gorgeous, handcrafted leather and faux suede piece is a stylish addition to any games collection. I also think this would make a lovely desk accessory, adding a little fun into the work environment.

Scrabble Art Deco Edition
I am told that Scrabble is still the world’s favourite word game. This special edition will add a luxurious and stylish twist to the traditional post-Christmas dinner game with family and friends. The resplendent board is designed with dramatic black and gold highlights, geometric patterns and marbled tiles. Tres chic!

Aesop Resurrection Duet
I cannot live without this beautiful pairing. Aesop is a vegan B-Corps certified brand that use only the best ingredients in their products. This hand wash and hand balm transports me to a spa with its notes of rosemary leaf, mandarin rind, and cedar atlas. The eye-catching bottles are also aesthetically complimentary to any kitchen or bathroom.

(Malin+Goetz) Rum Hand and Body Wash with Body Lotion
Their classic hand/body wash and hand cream is a sensualist’s dream! The scent is heavenly and leaves your hands feeling exquisitely purified and hydrated.

Gergei Erdei Pompeii Placemats
These divine placemats are influenced by the crumbling walls of Pompeii and the Greek-style frescoes of Villa Kerylos. This design studio also offers complimentary ceramics and table linens.

Summerill & Bishop X Claridge’s Table Linens
I was so excited when I saw this collaboration, truly one I never knew I needed! This collection is inspired by the iconic checkerboard lobby in Claridge’s and is made-up of table runners and linens. Bring Claridge’s home with you this Christmas.

Villeroy-Boch Boston Collection
A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to buy some pieces from this collection. I adore the colours and design, which look graceful on any table.

Van Verre Fleur de Lys Glass
These unique and intricate glasses are crafted using a 150-year-old traditional Portuguese method - and who doesn’t love a pretty Fleur de Lys?

Pentreath & Hall Waste Paper Bin
I do enjoy a decorative waste paper bin and Pentreath & Hall have the most splendid selection to choose from. In particular, I quite like Malachite.

Global Explorer Waste Paper Bins
This rattan waste paper bin has a simple and elegant woven design that will bring a natural finish to your room.

Sophie Conran Baroque Tassels
A perfect little stocking filler. These tassels are a pretty addition to your interior decor. Simply place on the back of doorknobs, your keys or on the Christmas Tree!

Provence Lavender Wands by Elsa
Each wand is handmade in Provence and filled with fresh lavender. They can be used to scent a room, cupboard, or chest of drawers. The wands also look fabulous when displayed on a table or hung on a wall.

Georg Jensen Barbry Tray
Whether used to serve charcuterie or simply for breakfast in bed, this elegant oak tray has multiple different uses. A great boon at Christmas when you are serving your hungry guests.

The Lacquer Company Trays
These trays are available in a wide range of spectacular designs. They also have some of the coolest collaborations with John Derian to Rita Konig.

Johnston’s of Elgin Blankets and Throws
Since 1797 Johnston’s of Elgin have been producing the finest quality products, made to last a lifetime. I am lucky enough to own some beautiful pieces from Johnston’s and I can’t praise them highly enough. Blankets are a staple in the creation of a cosy and comfortable home, and what better than a Johnston’s blanket?

Wolf & Badger Blankets and Throws
A destination for the world’s best independent brands. Wolf & Badger stock the most wonderful new and emerging brands offering snug and comfy blankets and throws.

Fortnum’s Elegant Glass Teacup and Saucer
When I think of tea, I think of Fortnum! Enjoy a perfect and tasteful spot of tea with this exclusive teacup and saucer, made from extra durable materials for those (like me) with butterfingers!

T2 Cup and Saucer
I was gifted some T2 tea by a friend who had been travelling in Australia. The tea was utterly delicious and had the most attractive packaging. I was delighted to find T2 also offer tea-wares. A perfect gift for any tea lover!

Nordic Nest Kitchen Towels
Clean, minimal, and quintessentially Scandi. Kitchen towels are a great way to incorporate your personal style into the kitchen.

Tori Murphy Kitchen Towels
Made in England, these gorgeous towels come in an array of styles and patterns. A chic edition to any kitchen!

Choosing Keeping Wrapping Paper
My ultimate one-stop-shop for all things stationery. Their wrapping paper designs are a feast for the eyes, containing intricate patterns and lush colours.

I am the delighted owner of one of these fantastic inventions. Coffee enthusiasts’ rate this as being one of the best filter coffee machines on the market. Handmade in the Netherlands since 1968.

Lavazza X Smeg Capsule Coffee Machine
This compact and stylish capsule coffee machine is perfect for small spaces, but it still delivers the perfect taste of espresso.

Montegrappa Fountain Pen
Elegant and extraordinary pens for those who find real pleasure in writing.

Smythson Diary
Every Christmas I gift my father a Smythson diary – no desk is complete without one.

Jars rich heritage boasts 150 years of fine, handcrafted tableware. This French brand prides itself on being environmentally aware, sustainable and for using renewable energy in the manufacturing process.

Nathalie Lete 12 Days of Christmas Dessert Plates
Quite possibly the most adorable plates I have seen. A range that is bursting with colour and pretty designs.

Cheshire & Wain Cat Collar
It would be rude not to include gifts for our furry friends in this Gift Guide. These beautiful collars are a great gift idea for new and not so new owners alike.

Halcyon Days Trellis Dog Bowl
Halcyon Days is a British heritage brand with three Royal Warrants to their name. They use fine materials and traditional designs. This dog bowl will be sure to make your pup’s dinnertime a luxury affair.

A. Prin Art & Frames
Benedict Foley believes that art should not be overshadowed by a poor-quality frame. His range of eye-catching frames will refresh your collection.

Addison Ross Frames
Addison has a stunning selection of enamel, silver, gold, leather, and wood frames. Her marquetry frames are a personal favourite.

Fornasetti Ashtray Tema e Variazioni
I am not a smoker, but I love to have decorative ashtrays dotted around the home. I particularly love this Fornasetti ashtray with the iconic face of Lina Cavalieri.

Baccarat Volutes Bowl
Originally intended as an ashtray, this decorative bowl can also be used to hold jewellery and keepsakes.

Ralph Lauren Cocktail Shaker
A classic addition to your bar, this cocktail shaker will come in handy during the Christmas festivities. Snowball, anyone?

Cristofle Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker
This gorgeous cocktail shaker will be the ultimate centrepiece during your Christmas party. Made by the legendary flatware manufacturer, Cristofle of France.

Ginori 1735 Totem Camel Trinket Box
A piece to add colour and character to your home - a decorative tradition that is here to stay!

Wedgwood Magnolia Blossom Jasper Box
Nothing says Wedgwood more than blue and white Jasperware.

Oliver Bonas Round Two-Tiered Marble Cake Stand
A simple, clean and modern take on the afternoon tea classic.

Skye McAlpine Frutti Di Bosco Cake Stand
Recently launched by one of my favourite cooks. A beautiful range of serve ware, including this delicious cake stand.

Maison Du Monde Athena Column Side Table
A Greco-Roman side table that will compliment any décor. Perfect for a display of candles or fresh flowers.

Soho Tabitha Side Table
An elegant side table inspired by the vintage furniture found in grand and stately homes around the world. The two-tiered table could also serve as a mini drinks-stand.

- Ahmer x

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