My top tips for Christmas Gifts
This is a wonderful time of year for traditional festivities to add a little sparkle to our lives, and I absolutely love the generosity and warmth it brings out in people. Some of the most memorable gifts I have received over the years haven't necessarily been lavish, but so utterly thoughtful, and these are the ones I treasure.
A great way to get into that warm and cosy Christmassy spirit, is to plan a little shopping trip. It's also a good excuse to catch up with a friend or two! I always think it's nice if you can arrange a lunch date, or Christmas drinks around it as well. How lovely it is to search for the perfect gift together, catch up and take inspiration from some of the beautiful stores. I am trying to shop locally this year for all of my friends and family. We are lucky in Falmouth to have such a great selection of independent shops. Why not see what your local area has to offer?
Don't forget the wrap
No matter how big or small, I take great pleasure in wrapping all of my presents, and it's a wonderful excuse to stock up on a few extra ribbons to tie them with. Over the years I have enjoyed so many themes for wrapping presents, although one of my favourites has to be keeping it natural, bringing the outdoors in. You can get really creative with wind fallen sprigs of pine, seedpods, cones and other seasonal finds.
Top Five Gifts from Botanical Atelier
Wolf & Moon Tulip Necklace £28
I think this is such a pretty design from Wolf & Moon, and a classic handmade piece that would suit anyone. It would also be a great choice if you are buying for someone making a conscious effort to live more environmentally friendly, as all Wolf & Moon jewellery is made using sustainable and recycled materials wherever possible.
Limited Edition Print, from £25
We have a beautiful selection of Limited Edition botanical prints. This is the 'Sea Holly'. Such a unique and timeless piece, and a great way to add a touch of botanical style to any home.
Observers Notebook £14
I genuinely love these notebooks. Canvas bound, with interesting facts and illustrations to break up the 160 lined pages. They come in five different styles. I'm currently working my way through the 'Trees', and this one featured below is 'Birds'. I think these would make a great gift for any aspiring writer, or lover of journalling.
Desmond & Dempsey Camisole £50
The most exquisite botanical print, flattering and made from soft and cool cotton. Need I say more!? Desmond & Dempsey are a much loved stylish brand and are definitely my go to for pyjamas that not only look gorgeous, but are dreamily comfortable to sleep in too.
Oak Gall Ink £12
If you are looking for a stocking filler or a small token, this would be my first choice for any aspiring artists. A very unique product, locally foraged Oak Gall Ink, made to a traditional recipe. Fabulously versatile, you can use this for drawing or painting, and will be astounded by the colour and texture as the ink oxidises on the paper when it drys.
The best tip I can give is to get organised, make list, enjoy taking the time to think about loved ones. This precious time only comes about once a year.