Last-minute gift guide
Still got Christmas gifts to buy? Check out this guide for savvy shoppers who want to keep it local.
BEST FOR … FASHIONISTAS
There’s not a woman I know who wouldn’t love to find these gorgeous IvyLee Copenhagen Paris red stiletto boots under the tree this Christmas. As well as being uber glam, the kitten heel makes them very wearable. Beautiful and practical = perfecto. Available online at Quattro Rish, or at the store 9 Church Street, Reigate. £245
This scarf by Bella Ballou is part of their Italian scarf collection, and with a mix of 50% silk and 50% wool it’s gorgeously chic as well as perfectly soft and snuggly this winter. Available at The Gate boutique, 57 North Street, Guildford.
The Italian-made Majo crossbody bag is beautifully made from genuine cow leather using the label’s innovative strip stitch technique – gorgeously slouchy and super stylish. It’s on my Christmas list. Available at The Gate boutique, 57 North Street, Guildford.
BEST FOR … FOODIES
It’s beginning to look a lot like gin-mas! And these pretty gin-filled baubles will look super cute on your Christmas tree. Each is filled with Pickering’s own delicious Edinburgh gin. Pickering’s Gin Christmas tree baubles are available for £34.99 online from Taurus Wines, or from the shop at Whipley Manor Farm, Palmers Cross, Guildford.
Sweet Dreams of Surrey have a range of Christmas treats for kids, grown-ups, Santa… even his reindeer. I’m loving these cones of ‘snowman soup’ – everything you need to make a delicious hot chocolate including the marshmallows! You can check out their full range via the Sweet Dreams of Surrey Facebook page, or catch them at Christmas markets. They’ll be at Market Walk in Woking from Dec 8-17. Sweet Dreams of Surrey
Small artisan chocolate makers, Urban Village Chocolates, based in St Margarets, Twickenham, have a stunning range of hand-decorated chocolate bars that would be the perfect addition to any Christmas stocking. They’re made in very small batches using a the best ingredients – fro freshly ground Peruvian coffee beans, organic rose oil and Sri Lankan cinnamon and each batch is taste-tested to make sure they’re up to standard. Available online from Urban Village Chocolates for £5.50 a bar.
BEST FOR … TEENS
Teens can be tricky to buy for, but this KuSan hand-knitted bobble hat from Catwalk in Godalming should keep the middle-sized people in your life happy. Designed in London, and handmade in Nepal using New Zealand wool they’re stylish and and warm. Available from Catwalk, 29 High Street, Godalming.
Not just for teens, this cute Granny Star bag by Danish label Becksondergaard would make any girl happy. Channeling a little wonder woman, and bang on trend in sparkly metallics, I’m pretty sure I NEED one of these. Available online at Quattro Rish or from the store, 9 Church Street, Reigate, £95.
Award-winning skin care brand Skin Genius make natural products especially for teenage skin. The gift pack includes the facial wash, clarifying lotion and moisturising lotion, plus a cotton facecloth, all packaged up in a drawstring linen washbag. Available online from Skin Genius.
BEST FOR … PAMPERING
I love a bit of pampering, and there are some brilliant pampering packages available this Christmas. At The Fountain Beauty Therapy, you’ll find a range of gift ideas carefully chosen from Neom, Aromatherapy Associates, Delilah Cosmetics and Environ all beautifully wrapped. Gift vouchers are available and can be for an amount, a treatment or a product, and will come wrapped in white and gold tissue in a little black bag with complimenting ribbon. All available at The Fountain Beauty Therapy, The Old Village Stores, Hurtmore.
The Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Lifestyle Studio in Guildford is offering gift packages for every budget. The Pure Bliss Duo gives you a yoga, pilates or meditation class plus a 25 minute express treatment (£20); the Restore and Revive package includes a yoga, pilates or meditation Class plus a 45-minute hot stone or deep stress release massage and 15-minute Aveda eye treatment (£50); and the Luxury Unwind Package offers a yoga, pilates or meditation class, plus a 60-minute hot stone or deep stress release massage and a 30-minute Tulasara facial (£75). Available online at Mary Ann Weeks or in store at 167 High St, Guildford.
A pamper package that also raises money for a Surrey neonatal charity – now that’s got to be the spirit of giving in the truest sense. The Teddy’s Legacy Pamper Me package includes a molten lava stone massage, a gel manicure and a Polished pedicure. It’s £130 and £30 of that will be donated to The Little Roo charity which supports the neonatal unit at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital Trust in Surrey. I’ve already tried this, you can read my review here. Available at Polished, 4-5 Moss Lane, Godalming.
The gift of younger looking skin? I’d say a big yes to that. I’m a massive fan of AQ Skin Solutions products. The Active Serum and Eye Serum diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and gives skin back that youthful glow. It’s all down special growth factor technology. The same science has been used to formulate the GF Lash serum. Available online at AQ Skin Solutions.
BEST FOR … LITTLIES
What to get the child who seemingly has everything? A voucher from Toy Box Tots, of course, that way a bundle of new toys will arrive each month, and when they’re sick of those, you just send them back and a new bundle arrives. Brilliant! Available online from Toy Box Tots. From £22 for a one-off delivery to £57 for a three-month subscription.
If it’s a keepsake you’re after, jeweller Simon Pure has a a gorgeous collection of five pendants called Alice’s Creatures that includes a hedgehog, rabbit, dodo, doormouse and frog. They’re all supercute and are handcrafted in sterling silver and come on an 18in trace chain. From Simon Pure Jewellery at Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh, £99.
BEST FOR … HOME
For a unique and personal gift, these prints by Espom artists Jac Bunton at Fingerprint Art are hard to beat. Fingerprint Art creates unique pieces of art from a finger or handprint or face profiles, and produces individual designs on canvas, glass, paper or Perspex. You choose the size and colours. Order online at Fingerprint Art, prices start at £30 for a profile.
I’m a little bit smitten with the sleek Scandi style of this Sagaform mulled wine pot and metal heater. If that’s not the perfect centre-piece for any special festive dining occasion, then I don’t know what is. It’s available at Two Ducks, 5 St Johns Rd, Woking.
And the perfect dish to sit alongside the mulled wine pot is this Sagaform acorn bowl and lid. Made from stoneware, it’s perfect for the Christmas nuts – or if you’re feeling decadent you could add Swiss chocolates. Available at Two Ducks, 5 St Johns Rd, Woking.
BEST FOR … ROMANTICS
These Jon Dibben Fairtrade gold Meadow earrings are new Jon’s latest designs – and they’re already getting a lot of attention in the showroom. They’re 18 carat Fairtrade gold with 12 diamonds between them. Jon’s design of these, just before Christmas, is not entirely coincidental. Jon Dibben meadow earrings available at Jon Dibben Jewellery, Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh.
I’m a little bit in love with the crumble bangle by Simon Pure jewellery. They’re in sterling silver with six assorted round blue sapphire and blue topaz. Available online at Simon Pure, £332, or in at the showroom at Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh.
Is an engagement strictly necessary to land one of these unique ‘Dibbenesque’ three-stone rings? Well, yes probably it is. Luckly for some, Christmas one of the most popular times of year to pop the question. And for anyone looking to follow Harry’s lead, this diamond engagement ring from Jon Dibben will put a huge smile on any girl’s face. Available at Jon Dibben Jewellery, Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh.
BEST FOR … POOCHES
Forget a bag of marrow bones, the truly pampered pooch has his very own house… and they don’t come much better than these cottages from The Dog Cottage Company. With a house like this, your dogs are going to want to be in the doghouse! I may even move in myself! They’re fully insulated, heated (underfloor) and lit, they come with a roof in either cedar shingle or natural slate. Oh, and they’re decorated in your choice of Farrow and Ball paint colour. Would that be pale hound or bone then? Available online at The Dog Cottage Company.