Xmas Gift ideas

Tool bag

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Designed primarily for carrying hand tools, this lovely barrel shaped leather tool bag would make a lovely gift, especially for the hard to buy for man. Has multiple uses and also fits snugly across the handlebars of a bicycle.

Visit my favourite East London hardware store for this product, Labour and Wait.

 

 

Birdsong Box

img_1191The Zwitscherbox birdsong box is a genius little idea thought up by German designers Philipp Störring & Dennis N. Clasen.

This quirky little gift would bring a smile to kids and adults alike, just walk past the motion sensor to set off peaceful birdsong that will play for two minutes before gently subsiding.

Help to create a tranquil haven in someone’s home with this unusual gift.

Visit Hus & Hem for a whole new take on tweeting!

Discover Be & Liv

I am very excited to have discovered the beautiful Helsinki based homeware brand Be & Liv.
Their range is full of gorgeous contemporary products with an emphasis on organic form. Choose from beautifully engineered candle holders, pendants lamps & unique Christmas decorations.

If you want to add a touch of sleek, modern design to your home then look no further, these products are super stylish and sophisticated yet very affordable and I have quickly become hooked!

All items arrive flat packaged to encourage a low carbon foot print so if you want Scandinavian homewares with twist then here are a few ideas…

 

I’m going to give the blossom tea light holder in white steel as a unique wedding gift.
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I’m excited to add the Tree 24 advent calendar to my ever expanding box of Xmas decs.

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I can’t wait to charm guests by displaying sweet treats on the very stylish Lily cake stand for instant afternoon tea envy!

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Discover the full range of sleek Scandinavian treasures at Be & Liv.

5 Xmas Gifts for Kids

Colour pencils

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These stylish colour pencils by Design letters are just too cool for school and they make a great gift for all ages.

Find them along with other Arne Jacobsen printed stationary at the very cute kids online boutique, This Modern Life.

 

 

Wooden Puzzle

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This beautifully presented wooden puzzle made by Oyoy doubles up as a cute string of beads on a string of leather. This stylish toy is the perfect gift for modern kids.

Visit Nordic Think for the ‘Puzzle me’

 

 

 

Teepee

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This cool kids Teepee comes in several colours but my favourite is this very practical anthracite grey. This play house is so stylish there’s no need to hide it away, it can be used indoors and in the garden and is machine washable too.

Pretty much the perfect gift for all those budding little campers.

Find this contemporary kids teepee at Skandivis.

 

Camera sharpener

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Keep older kids and teens happy with camera pencil sharpener, a great idea for keeping study time stylish.

Find this and lots more fabulous gift ideas at Hedgehog Shop.

 

 

 

Wooden Totem

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This fantastic wooden toy is made from solid maple by the designers at TOTO. This cute totem makes a stylish gift for little ones, use as a stacking toy, puzzle or just show it off by displaying on a well edited shelf.

Visit the wonderful and beautifully minimal StoryNorth.com for this and other covetable homeware ideas.

Scandi homeware


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The cool scandi homeware brand Isak is renowned for designing products that create a beautiful happy home and their new collection this winter is no exception.

The stylish new ‘midnattassol’ (meaning midnight sun) homeware range offers a well executed range of affordable ‘everyday’ enamel ware, ceramics and textiles.

The striking monochromatic pattern reflects the brand’s Scandinavian heritage – think summer and winter, black and white, darkness and light.

All the products are ethically and sustainably manufactured whilst being produced in a state of the art environment ensuring beautiful and durable products which are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe.

Whether you’re looking for one statement piece or a whole new look, the bold and simple pattern would sit perfectly alongside any style, making this a great range to invest in.

This year I’ll be filling the lovely little ‘Midnattssol’ mugs full of festive candy as Xmas gifts for my friends and family, and the beautiful cotton blanket is on My Xmas wish list.

So why not bring a little bit of Scandinavian midnight sun to your home or give as a charming gift.

Be inspired at isak.co.uk

 

Top 5 Xmas decorations

Concrete tree
I’m very taken with the idea of this minimalist concrete Xmas tree! At 25cm tall this unusual Design by Danish Ib Lauresen would make a unique table top decoration that will have all your guests asking where they can get one from.
I’m ordering one before they go from Em Home.

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Wooden advent box
Fill this stylish wooden advent calendar box with treats for the little ones or simply display beautiful Xmas decorations in each of the cubby holes. This would make a nice alternative to a Xmas tree for those limited on space or for lovers of the minimalist look! This fabulous calendar will still be a firm favourite in years to come.
Made by Bloomingville, available to buy at Out There Interiors.
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Plywood Penguins
Tux is a cute flat pack plywood penguin available in 2 different sizes. Display in kids bedrooms or as a fab festive table top decoration. These are a great hit in my house and seem to hang around all year round!
Design by Design ideas & available at Snow Home
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Stylish carrier

Watch out for this stylish bag from Ferm Living, out mid November.
‘The Herman big bag’ is both smart and very practical and I’m looking forward to using one as a stylish hide away for fluffy winter cushions and throws. Use it to stash away kids toys or magazines & keep your living space cool and clutter-free in seconds. A great functional and affordable product with modern appeal.

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3 great gifts for men

Grown up Lego
Remember all those hours spent playing with Lego? Well here’s the grown up version. These beautiful hand made limited addition maple blocks are available to buy at Cosstores.com

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Letter cups
Simple, stylish and very collectible. Give him an Arne Jacobsen porcelain cup or give several spelling out a name or message. They make great pencil pots too.
Buy them at Panik-design.com

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Fire Moose
For the hard to by for man, these Swedish moose fire lighters make a quirky gift idea.
From Husandhem.co.uk

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Serene home office

This is my idea of an office from heaven, peaceful and calm to allow my mind to be creative. This look is easily achieved by keeping the colour palette clean and simple, black & white with a few light wood accessories…

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