As regular readers will appreciate, I believe packaging forms an integral part of the gift giving process.
Key to this is picking the right gift wrap.
In making this decision my Christmas wrap preferences are a little like most supermodels – chic, attractive but not overly bright.
Here’s my Top 10 Picks this festive season
Copper metalic wrapping paper
Double sided gift wrap
Personalized Photo Wrapping Paper
Find a Word Wrap
Fawn Eco Wrapping Paper
Mix and Match Gold Wrap
Marble Wrapping Paper
Hand printed rabbit wrapping paper
Screen printed gold polka dot paper
Sure there’s the whole religious thing, but for many of us the Christmas break means a time to rest, relax and …. travel.
So with your destination locked it, plane seat allocated, and hotel selected, it’s time to talk travel accessories.
Much like the little black dress of any stylish woman’s wardrobe, the carry on piece forms the foundation of the savvy traveller’s ensemble. Sure the suitcase is important but, let’s face it, it spends much of its time in the cargo section of the aircraft.
I prefer to go with basic black – a very forgiving travel shade – and save color for accessories like luggage tags and passport wallets.
Here are my current 5 favourite carry on bags –
2/Mansur Gavriel Backpack
5/Mulberry 24 Hour Bag
Now for some perfect accessories in basic black, neutrals and the most beautiful blues.
Jack Spade Leather Top Dopp/Clare Vivier Document Holder/Luxe City Guides/Smythson Panama Notebook/Lightweight Scarf
Leather camera strap/Cashmere socks/Headphone Case/Cashmere Travel Throw/Ginger Flight Therapy/Trip Case and Notebook
Replenishing Face Serum/Cashmere track pants/Personalized Eye Mask/Leather Luggage Tag/Headphones
Happy travels !
They dream of sets of shiny copper pots.
They fantasize about the latest ranges of stainless steel utensils.
They view Nigella as the only real Spice Girl.
They are the modern day food goddesses and their kitchen standards are hideously high.
Reveling in the foods of the festive season, these fickle females love only the best and can be almost impossible to buy for.
Help, however, is at hand.
I have selected some of my favorite products that are sure to impress even the hardest to please Donny Hay in Waiting –
Details – Ravioli mold with roller/Ravioli stamp/Gold Pie Serving Set/Gold Cheese Knives/Porcelain condiment dishes/Porcelain Cake Plate/Kitchen Apron/Syuro Tin Cans
We all want to give fabulous gifts.
Those gifts where the recipient is blown away by your style, creativity and superior talents in the gift giving genre.
You see, we all start off with great intentions – the flicker of an idea in August that re-emerges a week before Christmas with no recollection of the exact website you saw it on. Or a retailer whose time frame can only accommodate a January delivery.
Epic fail on both counts.
But, rest assured, there is hope.
We are only in early December so there is still time to attack that gift list with gusto, with no geographic restrictions, and plenty of time for pre Christmas deliveries.
I’ve managed to locate 15 fabulous gifts, all under $30* (many waaay less) without leaving my laptop. Oh, and did I mention all my finds are sourced from ONE store – anthropologie.com !
Yep, a modern day Christmas miracle.
Limited edition monogrammed mugs/Vika Sky Serving Tongs/Aurum Desk Clip/Gilded Cornet Bottle Opener/Gold Wreath Studs
Baking Cookbook/Calligrapher Canape Plates/Soap Dishes/Foot Cream
Calligrapher Plate/Leather Pencil Case/Cities Calendar/Dr Seuss French Book/Monogrammed Cocktail Napkins
* $30 is US30