It’s official. ‘That’ time of year is well and truly upon us. Christmas songs are playing in every shop, the work Christmas party emails are flying around at full speed and you’re already stressing about how much wrapping you’re going to have to do. But don’t worry – we’ve got one thing sorted for you and that’s your Christmas gift buying. There’s nothing better than the (slightly smug) satisfaction of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones – and it’s even better when you get to support an independent brand in the process, too.
Stylist Live’s shopping floor was heaving with independent makers, designers and artists this year, so we’ve rounded up our top picks of the best Christmas gifts straight from the boutiques of this year’s Stylist Live
1. Clemente & Claude Jasmine Noir candle £14-£28
Candles make a lovely gift for anyone, especially at this time of year, and Clemente & Claude’s signature scent of Jasmine Noir sounds just delectable. With deep and intense top notes of ylang, lychee and jasmine and base notes of cedar, patchouli, musk and tonka beans, it’s easy to see why this is still one of their most popular scents. Garb yours while you can.
2. Wolf & Moon Dusk Necklace £26
Wolf & Moon make beautiful jewellery for the modern women and this gorgeous necklace is the perfect gift for a friend or sister. Inspired by architecture and interior design, its geometric simplicity and feminine blush and gold tones make it a great addition to any wardrobe. In actual fact this is just one of many gems from Wolf & Moon, so browse at your peril.
3. Not-Another-Bill The Finest Gin Gift Set £40
Got a gin lover in your life? Look no further than The Finest Gin Gift Set from Not-Another-Bill, which comes complete with two mini bottles of Sipsmith gin, a pair of copper-coloured hammered mugs, a beechwood muddler, straws and a cocktail recipe card. Packaged in a beautiful box that can even be customised with the recipient’s initials, it makes a stunning gift that any gin guzzler would appreciate.
4. ChattyFeet Artist Box Set Socks £30
Ah, socks. The go-to stocking filler, socks can be a saviour when you just don’t know what to get someone (ie. your dad). But why not step it up a notch this year with this fantastically punny artist-inspired collection from ChattyFeet? Featuring four iconic artists, including Frida Callus and Vincent Van Toe, the set is available to buy from We Built This City and is guaranteed to go down a treat with any chilly-toed art-lover.
5. Hetty + Sam ‘Zebra Love’ Vegan Leather Gift Set £55
If you’re looking to give a gift with a conscience this Christmas, why not choose this adorable make-up bag and wash bag set from Hetty + Sam, made entirely of animal cruelty-free vegan leather. Even better, a proportion of every sale goes directly to the creator of the artwork, so it truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
6. Milk Tooth The Light Earrings £46
Home of the statement earring, Milk Tooth pack a punch with their curated selection of vintage gems and original range of limited edition gold-plated earrings. If you know someone who likes to pack a punch with their earlobe-wear, Milk Tooth’s The Light Earrings from The Pluralist Collection will be right up their street. Art Deco-inspired but with a contemporary twist, this surprisingly lightweight pair make the perfect gift.
7. Beàrr Man Gift Box £45
For the grizzly man in your life, you can’t go too far wrong with a boxful of grooming products. This set from Beàrr Man, the men’s line from Siabann, comes beautifully packaged and contains an organic body wash, soothing lotion, handmade shaving soap, moisturising balm and shaving brush. All products are infused with a unique blend of essential oils for lightly fragranced products that do exactly what they say on the tin.
8. Miss Pom Pom Geo Scarf £39
Another sure-fire ‘staple’ when it comes to Christmas gifts is the humble scarf. But why not take it one step further with this brightly-coloured geometric one from Miss Pom Pom? It ticks all the boxes – thick, oversized, super soft and super stylish – in other words, everything you ever wanted from a scarf.
9. Wellthos Limited Edition Christmas Box £32
The perfect gift for the wellness fanatic, Wellthos have put together a special limited edition Christmas box, complete with twelve curated healthy treats including two fitness items, Nutritionist-approved festive recipes and a workout compiled by a personal trainer. Extra points for the fact that it comes already gift wrapped, too.
10. East End Prints Apricots £19.95
Art can be a tricky one to buy for other people, especially as it usually starts at eye-wateringly high price points and can be such a personal choice. But East End Prints stocks a wide variety of fun artworks at affordable prices, so it doesn’t even matter if it ends up in their bathroom. Our favourite, however, is this delicious Apricots print by Marisol Ortega, and would brighten up any kitchen (or bathroom).
11. Decadorn Mini Gemstone Dropper Earrings £46
Each piece from Decadorn is one of a kind because they source varied and original gems naturally from Brazil. This elegant pair of dropper earrings comes in a variety of gemstones – green amethyst, rose quartz, citrine and smokey quartz – but our favourite is the amethyst, said to encourage confidence in its wearer.