When it comes to gifting, I’m always on the lookout for gifts which are going to really delight, and I think this Gin Hamper from The Lakes Gin is a sure-fire hit. Packaged in a stunning gift box, the hamper contains a full-size bottle of The Lakes’ Classic Gin, alongside two branded glasses, which are just perfect for a festive G&T or cocktail.
The Lakes Gin is a classic English gin, which combines notes of juniper, cracked black pepper and orange peel. It’s delicious paired with a classic tonic, and I’ve been following The Lakes Gin for inspiration and adding a slice of grapefruit for a little extra zing. The website even has recipes for martinis and negronis, which I can’t wait to try over the next few weeks!
Apart from tasting absolutely incredible, I think the bottle is absolutely beautiful. I’m just obsessed with how stunning it is – it’s a real show-stopper, and I think it just adds to how special the hamper is. And let’s face it – after a year like 2020, I think we’re all in need of a big g&t!
The Lakes Distillery Gin Hamper is priced at £50 and is available here.
Is there anything lovelier than gifting someone a huge bunch of flowers? I think it’s such a wonderful way to show someone how much you care, and there is something so special about getting to enjoy something so beautiful in your own home. Brand new Edinburgh-based florist, Ollie and Ivy have just opened up their first boutique in the Waverley Mall, and their festive bouquet Jekyll& Yuletide is a celebration of Edinburgh-born author, Robert Louis Stevenson.
Filled with roses, thistles and festive berries, the bouquet is available in two different sizes, and is a stunning addition to your winter decorations. Ollie and Ivy’s founder Marie, was trained in floristry in Paris, and she brings a dash of je ne sais quoi to her arrangements.
The large bouquet (pictured) is priced at £49 and is available here
When it comes to getting the house feeling super festive and cosy, there’s nothing better than having it smell incredible. I can be super fussy when it comes to scents, and this year, I’ve become absolutely obsessed with pine scents. They feel super seasonal, yet not as expected as the normal cinnamon or winter berries.
Diptyque’s Sapin de Nuit is inspired by winter forests at night, and it mixes woods and herbal notes to create the most heavenly effect. I’ve been loving burning it in the evenings, and it creates the perfect atmosphere for enjoying all the Christmas-y bits I’ve had to do – honestly, enjoying the candle whilst wrapping presents is pretty much my idea of heaven.
The candle is made with a blend of paraffin and vegetable wax, so it burns cleanly and evenly with no soot. I am completely obsessed with the beautiful illustrations on the jar too! It’s so beautiful, it really adds something special to my decorations too!
Diptyque Sapin de Nuit is priced at £32 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
I know we’re not meant to judge a book by a cover, but when a perfume comes as beautifully packaged as Salvatore Ferragamo’s Signorina Ribelle, it’s hard not to fall head over heels. Part of the brand’s new capsule collection, the Ribelle has had a bit of a makeover, with a super-chic matte fuchsia bottle, which comes crowned with one of the brand’s signature bows.
Aside from the stunning packaging, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Signorina Ribelle is such a gorgeous scent to gift this Christmas. Mixing notes of Mandarin, Red Pear, Pink Pepper with Coconut Milk Vanilla Gelato, Sandalwood. It’s a bit deeper and creamier than the fragrances which I normally go for, and I love how snuggly and cosy it makes me feel.
It’s the perfume equivalent of wearing a cashmere sweater – it’s beautifully luxurious and it feels perfect to enjoy at this time of year. Wonderfully rich and creamy on the skin, the it lasts for hours, and feels like a more adult way to enjoy a gourmand scent in winter.
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Ribelle is priced at £75 and is available here.
I’m not sure about you, but I am dying to be able to travel again. I don’t think I’ll ever complain about baggage allowances, changed terminals or long layovers ever again, and in the meantime, I’m trying to enjoy as many work ‘staycations’ as I can in the meantime. As a result, there’s hardly a month which goes by where I don’t tend to squeeze a work trip in.
As a result of this, I’m always on the lookout for luxe sets like Syrene’s Travel Companion, which I can pop into my overnight bag, and enjoy whilst I’m away. I also think they make the best presents, because tiny skincare is, by far, the cutest skincare.
Syrene Skincare is a New Zealand brand which is relatively new to the UK market. Available at Harvey Nichols, Syrene is a female-owned brand which uses ingredients found both in the sea and in nature to calm and hydrate skin. The Travel Companion set has all the skincare you could ever need on a trip – from cleansers to masques, it’s all tucked into a stylish pouch, which you can use and reuse. It’s such a treat to enjoy on nights away too – it feels like you’ve had a facial after using all the goodies!
Syrene Skincare Travel Companion is priced at £75 and is available here (UK) and here (US)