Have yourself a cosy little Christmas – with this selection of gifts to make home a bit more homely.
Prices correct at time of writing.
GX Pillows is a brand new pillow company created by Alex Miles after his daughter had a car accident. Georgia was struggling to sleep or get comfortable due to not being able to find a pillow that supported her back and neck, meaning her recovery was being delayed.
Alex, a furniture designer by trade, decided to engineer his own solution, and Gx Pillows was born.
The suspension pillows are perfect for providing comfort throughout the night. The unique internal ties pull the pillow up and in to gently cradle the head and neck. The pillow stays in shape throughout the night offering support and a great night’s sleep.
There are also Support Pillows and Camper Pillows (smaller than bed pillows but still with the same great support) as well as a range of pillow covers. Bespoke pillow covers are also available.
Price: from £14.99 for Camper Pillow; from https://www.gxpillows.co.uk/
The queen of homeliness triumphs again with this joyfully patterned platter – perfect for serving up snacks in front of the TV while you watch the ‘King George’ at Kempton and the Welsh National at Chepstow.
She says: “Doesn’t this pattern remind you of those endless paper chains you loved making as a child? Restore those Blue Peter memories with our Christmas Brights Medium Oval Platter.”
This gentle giant fluffy white polar bear head is perfect for a quirky festive display. He is waiting to be dressed up for Christmas! Great fun and very cute.
Established in 2011 La Di Da is an award winning independent bricks and mortar and online retailer based in the heart of Hampshire, UK. Passionate about offering truly unique pieces of upcycled furniture, homeware, unusual gifts and plenty of ‘life’s little luxuries’, they offer something a bit different whilst supporting other independent British businesses wherever possible.
Price: £18 from www.ladida-andover.com
Snuggle down on the sofa to watch the Boxing Day racing on TV in these super soft lounge pants – and contribute to a good cause at the same time.
Launched in 2000, the Pink Pony Campaign is Ralph Lauren Corporation’s global initiative in the fight against cancer. In the US, the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation ensures quality care by supporting programs to help guide patients through every stage—from screening and diagnosis to treatment and recovery. Globally, the Pink Pony Campaign supports an international network of charities. When you purchase from the Pink Pony collection, 25% of each item’s purchase price is donated to Ralph Lauren’s fight against cancer.
Price: £115 from www.ralphlauren.co.uk
Just how cute are these?! Crafted with natural wool from the maker’s own flock of Coloured Ryeland sheep, these felt donkeys come with a tartan ribbon loop for displaying him wherever you choose (choice of ribbon colours available). He has realistic, hand stitched features and a “Made With Love” charm.
Other animals also available including various dogs, owls, sheep and robins.
Sumptious, soft, warm and comforting, these luxury real fur hot water bottles use ethically sourced rabbit fur that is a byproduct of the – also ethically responsible – meat industry in Britain (pet food anyone?).
As a byproduct that would be otherwise be incinerated, founder Selene feels “we have a responsibility to our environment to create something beautiful and useful with it and reduce the use of plastic/faux fur.” Real fur is also sustainable and biodegradable, plus the Fashy bottle inserts are made from silicone and are 100% recyclable.
Popular with purchasers is The Mottled Collection with each bottle having distinct markings, each one unique. The more subtle Timeless collection in cloud grey, chocolate brown, midnight black, peony pink and winter white are all lined with iconic Liberty Tana Lawn cotton and are simply adorned with double-sided velvet ribbon from VV Rouleaux.
Price: £125–£175 from www.thefurhotwaterbottlecompany.co.uk
The Fabric Wrapping Co. creates gorgeous reusable fabric gift wrap and bags. Available in furoshiki-style wraps, with added ribbons or luxury bags. Eco-friendly and quick to use with no scissors or tape required! All of the products are hand made in London with the aim of giving people a gorgeous, simple and sustainable way to wrap, gift after gift.
They also offer vintage scarf selections, to be used as wrapping – and also to be worn as scarves, giving an extra gift with each present wrapped!
Makers are Margot & Natasja, former flatmates with a love of colour, beautiful interiors, fabric and art. They are part of a whole movement towards ‘good giving’ – giving thoughtful gifts that are also eco-friendly.
Price: from £7.50 or £12 per pack of three scarves https://www.fabricwrappingco.com/
NATURAL AND VEGAN CHRISTMAS CANDLES FROM NEWSHOME CANDLES
The time of year most associated with candles quickly comes around and for those looking to add an ethical element to their festive planning, the full collection of vegan and natural candles by Newshome Candles for Christmas provides the perfect opportunity!
Produced using soy wax and pure essential oils, the candles are scented with various combinations of Christmas spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and frankincense.
Newshome Candles can also make to order your own choice of scented candle – simply select fragrances from their range and add to basket!
Price: £15.99 from https://candles.org.uk/