The Perfect Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Pictured: European travel guide (I swear by the recommendations in this book) // gold bracelet c/- // brass apple candle // blueprint key dish // nude + pink lipstick // crystal earrings // lip balm c/- // crystal arrow brooch.

I’m now officially in full-on Mrs Claus mode; filling our house with twinkly lights and the sounds of Christmas music and finalising the perfect gifts for everyone on my list. Having to go near the high street or a department store in December gives me anxiety, so with the exception of a couple of foodie gifts, everything is being ordered online by the end of this week (with a hot chocolate in hand).

Speaking as someone who everyone seems to find impossible to buy for, I can say with authority that if in doubt you can’t go wrong with a beautiful candle (this is my number one favourite), a good cookbook, anything cashmere or something indulgent from the recipient’s favourite beauty brand. I usually ask my boyfriend to avoid ‘stuff’ I’ll never use and just get me nice chocolate, one of my favourite lipsticks or nail polishes, and a ticket to the ballet or theatre – wonderful!

So if you’re yet to finalise your shopping, here’s my definitive guide to the best gifts for everyone on your list.

For Her (or yourself):
I like to either buy one excellent gift – perhaps a nice pair of pyjamas (I love this classic pair and this inexpensive pair for everyday), a gorgeous piece of jewellery or new handbag for someone special – or a thoughtful set of items tailored to the recipient; a new teapot and some lovely tea for your mum, or a set of gilded coupes and a bottle of champagne for your girlfriend.

For Him:
I’m always a bit stumped when it comes to shopping for the men in my life, but never seem to go wrong with a good book (anything about science, psychology or cricket is a winner with both my fiancé and Father), dapper wardrobe essentials, some luxe (but man-friendly) toiletries, or foodie treats. This year my fiancé is getting a new cashmere sweater, face cream, and a stocking full of all his favourite small-indulgences.

For the Little Ones:
Truth be told, I’ve never really had to shop for children until recently, but suddenly all my friends seem to be either pregnant or having babies and I now feel it’s my responsibility to furnish them with cute things! I personally like to avoid anything too garish or noisy (for the sanity of the parents) and go for utterly adorable clothes or old-fashioned toys to stimulate their curiosity.

For their Stockings (+ small gifts under £20)
If you have tight budget, it’s always better to get one small but perfectly formed gift over lots of cheaper alternatives; I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t be thrilled to unwrap an indulgent box of chocolates or a new version of their favourite lipstick/beauty treat. I always keep a few small pre-wrapped gifts on hand just in case I need an extra present or make last minute plans with a friend and don’t want to show up empty-handed.

I’d love to know your favourite things to give (or receive)!

Love Miss B xx

The Best Hostess Gifts: 30 Gifts for the Domestic Goddess

The Best Hostess Gifts for the Domestic GoddessPictured (clockwise from top left): marble serving platter // brass ‘hello’ ornament // monogrammed tumbler // copper tray // gold-rimmed glasses // cut glass cocktail mixing jug // gold fortune cookie // kitchen towel // brass apple candle // ‘perfection’ dish // large candle c/- // small candle // conversational side plates // gold cheese knives

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is nearly over, but here we are at the end of November already. Of course, with the arrival of December comes the wonderful festivities of the holiday season. My own diary is rapidly filling up with holiday parties and events galore (and we’ll be hosting a few events for friends and neighbours at our place, too).

I was always taught to never show up at someone’s home empty-handed, and whether I’m just staying for cocktails or the whole weekend, I always like to take a small but lovely gift for my hosts. While flowers or a bottle of wine are always excellent standbys, I personally like to put a little more thought into a token I know they’ll be able to enjoy long after the party is over (but which needn’t cost much more than that predictable bottle of wine).

Because everyone has different tastes when it comes to their home, it’s best to stick to items which will work no matter the recipient’s taste or decor. I find it hard to go wrong with some classic cut glass or brass, or a touch or marble or copper. And I don’t know a single woman who wouldn’t be thrilled to unwrap a beautifully scented candle, for any occasion. So below, a few ideas for the perfect gift; whether it be a thoughtful gesture for the party host, or just a beautiful present for the glamorous homebody.

For the gracious hostess: a set of chic tea towels and an offer to help with the post-party cleanup, a bottle of the most luxurious hand wash, or a guide to every entertaining scenario for the modern-day hostess.

For the budding mixologist: a bar cart-worthy cocktail set, a pair of gold-rimmed champagne coupes, a cut-glass mixing jug, or a set of monogrammed tumblers.

For the passionate foodie: a handsome box of the very best chocolates, a gingerbread candle (which doubles as a cookie-cutter once finished), a pair of marble platters, or a wedge of French brie and a set of cheese knives.

For the glamorous homebody: a golden monogrammed mug and a tin of salted caramel hot chocolate, the ultimate guide to a stylish home, a whimsical lucky charm for the coffee table, or the most beautifully-scented candle.

Let the holidays commence!

P.S. Stay tuned for a few more gift guides in the next two weeks (and as always, let me know if there’s anything in particular you want to see on here). 

Love, Miss B xx

Holiday Gifting

Holiday Gifting.JPGSomehow, it is almost December, which means I’m about to enter fully-fledged holiday mode. I love the act of gift-giving; hunting down the perfect gifts for my favourite people and lovingly wrapping them, ready to tuck under the tree on Christmas Eve.

If you’re anything like me (almost zero free time coupled with a complete disdain of crowded stores), then the key is to do everything online from the comfort of your home. Just add cosy pyjamas, a mug of hot chocolate and your favourite holiday movie and it becomes a joyous -rather than stressful – task.

In the spirit of sharing (for my fellow time-poor readers), here is my annual roundup of the 50 best gifts and stocking fillers for everyone on your list (yourself included!), along with a few cracking Cyber Monday sale codes to boot.

If all else fails, you can’t got wrong with a beautiful book (for the jet-setter), a luxe scented candle (for the homebody), some gilded serveware or a foodie gift (for the hostess), a monogrammed coffee mug + a tin of tea (for your colleagues), the perfume you know they’ve been coveting (for your mum), a dapper bow tie (for him), and a gorgeous beauty buy or a little sparkly something (for your best friend).

Shop my favourite Cyber Monday sales here:

SHOPBOP: Up to 25% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘GOBIG15’
J.CREW (UK): 20% off all full-priced + extra 30% off all sale items (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘GETSHOPPING’
J.CREW (US): 40% off + extra 50% off sale items (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘MONDAY’
ANTHROPOLOGIE (UK): 20% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November)
ANTHROPOLOGIE (US): 25% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘XTRAGOOD’
BAUBLEBAR: 35% off when you buy 2+ items (until midnight Tuesday 1st December) with code ‘GOGIFT35’
LULU FROST: 25% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November) with code ‘SHOPLULU25’
WHISTLES: 20% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November)
HARVEY NICHOLS: 25% off all fashion and accessories + 10% off beauty (until midnight Monday 30th November)
URBAN OUTFITTERS: Up to 50% off everything (until midnight Monday 30th November)
NET-A-PORTER (US): Up to 50% off in site-wide sale

Happy shopping!

Love, Miss B xx

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