Give Me Five:
ultimate stocking fillers
Tick-tock… Can you hear that? It’s the countdown to Christmas, which means your shopping days are slipping away quicker than Santa’s last few hours in the workshop. But panic not, as there’s no better way to ease those present-picking nightmares than with our carefully curated selection of thoughtful little treasures. Remember: Christmas morning doesn’t have to be all about what’s under the tree; a stocking filled to the brim will have even the scroogiest Scrooge smiling before breakfast.
2017 has been the year of the unicorn, filling Instagram feeds and toy boxes the world over, so if there’s a banker in the field of stocking fillers, this is it. Jellycat’s cuddly unicorn is so soft you’ll be snatching it for cuddles from your own children, while a Despicable Me glittery backpack means major kudos at the school gate – and we don’t just mean for the kids. Plus, if you can get your hands on a big enough stocking (challenge accepted?), we even have a life-size exclusive animated unicorn figure in store. Beat that.
What’s red, sparkly and full of festive cheer? No, not Santa, or a certain reindeer’s nose, but…this clutch of small-but-perfectly-formed beauty goodies. From Giorgio Armani’s jolly red-robin lip lacquer (a Christmas Day essential) to Dior’s glittering nail varnishes (hello NYE bash!), these petite packages are guaranteed to give the beauty lover in your life the biggest (and brightest smile) come Christmas morning. Add to that the handy Beautyblender foundation sponge (in red, naturellement) and they’ll be as glowing as Santa after a few glasses of festive spirit. Cheers!
We confess, the editorial team has done several chocolate taste tests in preparation for Christmas and, after thorough research, we’ve finally landed on our favourite stocking-size treats. As it’s the season to eat, drink and be merry, there are plenty of ways to play a part in fulfilling their (or your) festive chocolate quota, from bite-size coins and delicious truffles perfect for nibbling, to our pick – the Festive Chocolate Collection – which just requires a perfect Christmas movie to accompany it. So snuggle up, settle down and fingers crossed you end up ‘home alone’ with them. Boom boom.
Get the party started
Long gone are the days when crackers were filled with flimsy toys, bad jokes and floppy paper crowns. These days, even the trusty banger has been filled with luxurious treats that will last well beyond the turkey cold cuts. Too Faced, Jo Malone and Moët have all got in on the act, meaning that the need to win the bigger half of the cracker is more urgent this year than ever before. Firm grips at the ready!
With love from… Tom Dixon
Who is the one person you turn to in a home décor gifting crisis? Tom Dixon, of course. With major design credentials, plus a knack for turning even the most pedestrian of household items into utterly desirable treats (washing-up liquid housed in lustrous black and bronze, anyone?), this is the man everyone wants on their mantelpiece. Our favourite is this trio of fragranced festive candles, because who doesn’t want a little Earl Grey, scone and leather Bentley seat scent filling their home this Christmas? Come to think of it, we might just keep those to ourselves…