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It’s that time of year again and whether we like it or not, Christmas is officially on its way! As the seasonal adverts make their way onto our TV screens you can almost hear everyone quietly whispering “already?!”. Christmas is a wonderful time of year that helps bring friends and families together but we also know how stressful it can be! Whether the stress is coming from cooking the dinner or seeing the in-laws, this year at least we’ve made the buying of the presents easy by doing all the legwork for you (you’re welcome)! We’ve handpicked 10 of our favourite gift ideas which include everything from candles (of course) to gin gift sets and personalised jewellery. So why not take a look at our top 10 favourites – we’re sure you’ll find the perfect something for that special someone.
Oliver Bonas is a huge favourite of ours here at EKA and when you browse their store it’s easy to see why! They have stores located all around the London area but if you’re not based near that part of the country then don’t despair as their online store has everything you could need and is very easy to shop. This year, we are totally obsessed with their Eco-Friendly collection. Thanks to their wonderful range it’s never been easier to get someone a gift that’s both stylish and environmentally-friendly. The one item that really stands out for us is their Dos Recycled Cotton Blue Throw which is a steal at only £26! Its deep blue colour paired with a modern geometric design really makes a statement and would add a cheerful twist to any room. Made from recycled plastic bottles and cotton, this would make a wonderful Christmas gift and is the perfect nod towards a more eco friendly home.
If you haven’t already visited the Anthropologie website then where have you been? Their clothing and accessories collection, in particular, are a must-see! You are truly spoilt for choice when you browse through their departments, from stunning party dresses to velvet sofas, they really do have it all. There are so many different things you could choose for the perfect Christmas present, but what we really love is their set of two sparkly embellished hair clips. Currently very much on trend, hair clips and slides are a fantastic way of adding something extra to an outfit and elevating a hairstyle from gorgeous to glamour.
Self care and wellbeing is always at the top of our priority list and the new Bombay Duck Chattra Yoga Collection is well worth a browse. They have a wide selection of meditation cushions and Sufi neck pillows which come in an array of colours, from navy blue to fuschia pink. Each item is beautifully crafted and boasts authentic Indian yoga designs that will not only look incredible in your home but will also work wonders for meditation. In particular, we really like the bright pink Sufi Zafu Meditation cushion. It’s simple yet intricate design perfectly defines what Yoga and mindfulness is all about whilst adding a fantastically fun and colourful feature to your home decor.
We don’t want to sound too biased of course, but if you are looking for a personalised gift then you really can’t go wrong with one of our bespoke soy wax candles. We don’t just personalise the labels though, we take this one step further….. Via our very clever customiser you can pick the perfect scent for the person you are buying for by describing what their personality is like. It is so simple and easy to use, you will be able to find the perfect scent and sentiment for that special person and give them an extra thoughtful Christmas gift this year. It’s just 4 simple steps to the perfect candle…..
Have you got an artist in the family? Or perhaps someone who just really loves illustrations and prints? If so, then you should take a look at the incredible prints from Karina Mansfield. Her extraordinary talent is evident as soon as you start browsing her collection. Her use of bold colours balanced perfectly with minimalist designs help to create an image that provides a sense of strength and positivity. Karina has many print designs and we are sure you’ll find something you love but what we found REALLY unique is her bespoke commission option. A personalised print by this über talented artist would make anyone feel special this Christmas – go and take a look at her website and be inspired!
Keeping with the personalised theme, Carrie Elizabeth offer a truly unique selection of personalised jewellery. They are known around the world for their luxurious and stylish items and most recently due to their collaboration with Fearne Cotton. If you wan’t to make this Christmas a little extra special for that person in your life why not opt for the 14k Gold Vermeil Diamond Star Initial Pendant. With its incredible single cut white diamonds that light up every initial, this personalised star pendant oozes style and sophistication. If you are unsure about what size or type to get then don’t worry, all of their necklaces have been thoughtfully designed to sit in an ultra-flattering position and benefit from an adjustable chain. Make someone’s Christmas really stand out this year with one of these dazzling diamond star pendants.
Made In Chunky is an amazing british brand that specialises in hand-knitted chunky blankets and accessories that not only provide your home with a beautiful and cosy feature, but also gives you the perfect excuse to cuddle up on the sofa. Made from the softest merino or chenille wool, these chunky blankets make a fantastic gift this Christmas for anyone in your life who likes to snuggle and ‘hygge’ during the winter months (isn’t this everyone?!). Our personal favourite is their Valencia Blanket (as seen below) which comes in over 40 gorgeous colours! You can also get bespoke custom blankets too if you want something a little smaller or bigger than their pre-made items.
The gin phenomenon is showing no signs of slowing down and we are still seeing many specialist gin bars opening up all over the country! One of the best things to come from this resurgence of popularity is all the new amazing flavour combinations you can now have! Gone are the days of a classic G&T, people are now infusing this with elderflower, winter berries and lots of other fantastic botanical ingredients. Sometimes you don’t want to have to go to a fancy bar for a drink, instead, you want to stay at home in your pyjamas and enjoy your favourite tipple in total comfort and relaxation. If you have someone in your life that would love this then we highly recommend you check out this pink gin set from ‘Not Another Bill’. This set is inspired by the delicate flavours of the Mediterranean and will bring back those summer holiday memories with the first sip! They also have an option to add a personalised initial to the gift set which really makes this a stand-out Christmas gift for 2019.
Balancing work, social plans, life goals etc can be hard enough for even the most organised of us! Despite all the apps and functions that Alexa and other smart home devices can provide, sometimes you just need to write these things down! So many of us still swear by a planner and use them religiously to tick off that to do list and organise our increasingly busy life and work schedules. It’s easy to pop into a shop and browse some basic daily and weekly planners but who says function can’t be fashionable? Hello Day believe that these two things don’t have to be separate. Their stunningly designed planners are perfect for both your work and personal life, whilst bringing a luxurious and modern aesthetic to something that can sometimes be a little boring. There are also motivational quotes included too which will keep you on track and focussed when striving towards those goals. It was sooooooo hard to choose which gorgeous design was our favourite but the Japanse Aristocracy inspired ‘Sakana’ really stood out the most for us! Go and discover your favourite planner over on their website.
Wax melts have really become such a popular choice now for home fragrance which is why we have recently added these to our ever expanding range. Our soy wax, vegan and cruelty-free melts are available in an array of heavenly scents, from Clementine & Clove, Amber & Cassis and our bestselling Geranium & Patchouli (smells like you’re living in a spa!). We also have our elegant matt white wax burners which combined with our melts would make a gorgeous gift for under £20.
So now the presents are sorted we can all sit back, relax and enjoy the upcoming festivities – it’s the most wonderful time of the year afterall! x
(PS – we have 3 for 2 across our entire range until Monday 2nd Dec – happy shopping!)
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