Gifting season will soon be upon us so I thought I would try my hand at ‘gift guiding’! For me, Christmas is not about the gifts and I honestly love baking gifts for people instead. However, sometimes you do want to get somebody a special something, or perhaps you need to (like for Secret Santa or a December birthday), so I thought I would put together some little lists for inspiration.
I find other people’s lists and recommendations so useful (I’ve already bought two gifts I found on one..) and even if I don’t purchase anything from them, they often give me an idea for something I hadn’t thought of before (or to search for a different style or more affordable option). I will be sharing five guides in total for food and travel and they will be a mix of things that I love and recommend, things I’ve purchased for others (I obviously can’t say what), or things that are actually on my wish list!
My first guide is for the hostess with the most-ess! It’s for people who love entertaining and hosting parties or dinners, so contain items perfect for storing or serving food and drinks or inspiration for future gatherings. This list is actually full of things that I would love to receive as a gift myself (which is why I’ve included them) and one I’ve already purchased for someone else! There is a wide range of price points from under £4 to £50, so there’s something for everyone; from Secret Santa to your mum and dad. I’ve included all prices at the time of writing, so you get an idea of price point before you click.
All of these products are for English sites, however you can obviously search for these on your own country’s site instead, and if that’s not possible, then some stores will even ship worldwide. (As I’m between two continents I have tried to share larger stores that are more likely to post to multiple countries)
DISCLAIMER: The links below not only take you to the product page of the items, but they are also the links to where the photos in the gift guide came from too. None of these photos are my own, so I’ve made sure to link them all below.
If you know someone that always has a few bottles of wine in the house, then this could be a great way for them to display their collection. Plus, it’s super pretty on its own, so if their collection dwindles, it’ll still look gorgeous. It’s at the top end of the price range I chose, but I think it’s such a lovely piece for someone who’ll really take advantage of it.
2. Fever Tree – The Art of Mixing // Amazon – £10.50 (hardcover)
If cocktails are more your recipient’s style of drinking, then this Fever Tree book might be more relevant! I love Fever Tree mixers for my gin, as they’re such good quality and there are a wide range of styles. This book has a history of the company itself, a history of tonic, and then over 100 different cocktails, from a basic gin and tonic to fancier cocktails.
3. Tablecloth // H&M – £17.99
I love this tablecloth, because it doesn’t scream Christmas, it just gives a seasonal feel in a subtle way. With the neutral colour pallet and pretty affordable price tag, it would make the easiest present as it won’t clash with anyone’s style or break the bank!
Having a cake server is such a nice touch when slicing up slices of dessert or birthday cake at a party. It’s not necessarily something that you would think to buy for yourself, so I think it’s a perfect gift. This one is plain silver, so it’s a classic, but it has a slightly different tapered shape which makes it a little different. So, if you know a dessert lover or baker, this could be perfect.
5. Painted Bowl // John Lewis – £24
This bowl from John Lewis really caught my attention as I love the colour combination. The deep navy with gold is such a classic and the design is gorgeous.
6. Champagne Saucers // LSA – £42
This is actually the gift I would really love to receive, as I’m desperate for some champagne saucers and these are a really nice set of four. I prefer the shape of a coupette and I think that it lends itself more to serving other cocktails in than just a regular flute, therefore much more versatile!
I like how each one of the set of four contains a different colour stone, as I think it makes them so much more interesting. They are a little pricey for what they are, but they would be lovely for someone who would really use them. Or maybe this is a treat yourself moment….
8. Marble & Wood Chopping Board // West Elm – £27.20 sale (£34 full price)
I love the combination of wood and marble in this design and I think that this would make the perfect cheese board. The marble would help to keep the cheese cool, but the wood gives it a more homely and rustic feel than just a block of stone.
OK, I’m aware that this list has a few marble items on it (I’m not even that much of a big fan), but I am drawn to practical things that also have a beautiful design. I love how this condiment set can technically be used for anything you want, but the black and white lends itself perfectly to a salt and pepper set. For cooking we use whole salt crystals as opposed to ground, so this is perfect for that. The spoons are a nice touch too!
10. Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2019 // Amazon – £3.99 (hardcover)
This is another gift for a wine fan, which I actually found recommended on another gift list (books to buy people who love food and drink). I immediately looked it over on Amazon, and I think this would be super interesting for a wine lover who wants to learn more about the different wine regions, grapes and are always looking to try new bottles. This is definitely on my list of gifts to give my family and friends!
I hope you enjoyed my first instalment of the gift guide and I hope that something on here was either the perfect option or it maybe gave you a bit of Christmas inspiration.