Another year (no, really, it actually has been a whole year), another gift guide. This gift guide has always aimed to include a decent number of indies, but I have tried to make sure that’s where the majority of suggestions come from this year. There’s normally a charitable suggestion, too, and I haven’t done that this year – please pick your local cause that needs the help the most, because this year they really will need it. Oh, and Merry Christmas.
Almost a reason to have a baby, the cuteness of this. Available in three different colours, and three different age ranges. Best paired with a book.
At least Rebecca Strickson’s art is cheerful, even if Brexit really, really isn’t. 20% of all profits go to The Trussel Trust because, as Rebecca says, ‘Guess what? They’re probably gonna need it.’
I don’t need this book, because I’m already good at … cooking chicken.
Not only is Rosie, who makes these, a wonderful person to follow on Twitter, her work is gorgeous. Prices range from £20-£40 depending on size and complexity and Rosie is happy to discuss custom pieces.
At the time of writing, these pretty silver-plated hoop earrings are only £21.
There’s always a lot of food of one form or another in these gift guides, isn’t there?
He comes without his fire, but hopefully in 2021 he won’t need it. Either way, I love him.
I told you there was a lot to do with food…
10. Vulcan mug, £28
Are handmade ceramics expensive? Yes. Are they tactile as fuck and therefore worth what you pay for them? Yes. Plus, you’re going to be drinking your morning latte at home for a while yet…
Something cheery for their flowers.
These hippos break literally every Covid rule going while going berserk. Good job they’re cute.
Anyone know what it says on the bottom pair?
It’s not that clear from the picture, but there are little fairy lights in the houses. I think this would look super cute on a windowsill. A good one for your grandma, perhaps.
Molly Wizenberg used to write one of the best food blogs on the internet, and has written two previous memoirs. This one explores the breakdown of her marriage and the realisation that she wants to date women, all rendered in stunning prose.
Ok, it’s madly pricey. But can you imagine opening this on Christmas Day?
For reasons I can’t quite explain, I have become completely obsessed with these during lockdown. I want them all. Brits can get a smaller range of them from here.
Because everyone needs some mindless creative fun.
What do you get your friend who’d rather be having an affair with their local butcher? Er, this?
A good option for your friend who loves things that are green, but also kills things that are green.
Oh god, more food. Aren’t they pretty though?
I love a wine with a good label and this one, which is designed to mimic French ‘Careful nasty dog’ signs, ticks all the boxes for me.
It feels a long time ago now, but I bought some of these as stocking fillers at a Christmas market last year. They smell super Christmassy, and they have beautiful packaging.
Personally, I’d love to buy this for a friend who didn’t realise just how gorgeous she actually is.
Because everyone loves a bit of Mariah, don’t they?
An extremely delicate and pretty frame – and, around Black Friday, you can get 25% off the price above.
Yes, these are garish af. No, they’re not in particularly good taste. But nothing this year has made me as happy as that sprout’s face. Quite fond of the trifle, too. Last orders for these are December 4th.
Sure, the name of this is ridiculous. And it smells like bakewell tart. But in a good way, trust me on this. Shame I can never justify anything other than a quick squirt when I’m walking through John Lewis.
Honestly, if the person you love is going to be working from home until Spring, is there any kinder gift you could buy them than a handmade desk?
This one looks like food, but isn’t food. Promise.
Because maybe it’s easier to write the damn idea if you pretend it’s shit. Maybe?