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It’s hard finding a gift for everyone right? I’ve thought long and hard, and have come up with 10 Christmas gifts for those who are hard to buy for.

I’m hoping this list would cover everyone in the family, so the whole age spectrum. That would be a major feat if it works.

Some of the items in these photos have previously been mentioned in another post and the list is here.

1.CUSTOM MADE WORD SIGN IN ANY DESIGN OR COLOUR

First up, is that cute pink “Sweetie Pie’ sign from Sign Hive. It was custom made for me, hand painted on aluminium and gilded with gold leaf.

Melissa, the owner of Sign Hive can make the signs in any variety of colours, fonts and designs for you.

It’s therefore a universal gift right? It can be custom made to suit someone’s taste.

2.A GIFT FOR COFFEE LOVERS

I don’t know what the proportion of coffee lovers are in the world, but I would anticipate that it is at least a third of the population right? ( Wild guess here, so don’t quote me).

Since the reach of coffee is so high, surely a coffee related gift may be the way forward, short of giving someone just coffee ( which is boring).

This coffee lover must have a sense of humour, and you’ll know what I mean if you direct your eyes to that black and white typography print about coffee from Cloud 2 print.

3.A personalised mug from Emma Bridgewater.

Spot my personalised mug? Yes it’s the LBB one.

Emma Bridgewater has an amazing collection of mug designs this festive season, guaranteed to suit all tastes and they can personalise them too.

They usually charge £1 per letter, but the great news is that between Wednesday 4th December to 11th December 2019, they can hand paint up to 10 letters for free. That’s £10 worth of letters!

4.Cool gifts for Hipsters.

Where do you go in London to find Hipsters? Yes, East London is the place. I absolutely love the series of books published by Hoxton Mini Press.

One of my favourites, is East London Homes by Sarah Bagner, featuring the super stylish, eclectic and very individual homes of 29 residents across East London. Here’s a sneak peek of one of the homes in the book. These opinionated guide books are a wonderful curation of amazing places to eat vegan food in London, and a general guide of the cool spots in East London.

These books cut away all that busy noise in London, and hone in on the hippest places to visit. Here’s a peek of what’s in the Vegan London book. 5.Personalised art prints

Katie, from Little Florence Art make unique personalised art of the family. I got her to make 2 prints of my children from photos I sent her, that capture their personalities.

You can see the prints she made me in that yellow shelf. They would be great gifts for grandparents, or family members or friends with kids, but also wonderful to have at home for yourself.

6.Unisex scent from Acqua di Parma.

I’ve always loved Acqua di Parma, especially their Colonia fragrance, which is so fresh and vibrant with citrus notes. It was featured in my gift guide last year.

This year the Colonia bottle has been designed by talented papercut artist Gio Pastori, who I had the pleasure of meeting recently at an event. 7.The travel lover.

Have you heard of Weekend Journals? They publish the most beautifully photographed and curated collection of travel guides, featuring boutique hotels, independent galleries, restaurants and shops. The Cornwall weekend journal was their first publication, and it has been a huge success and sold out. The great news is that they have now just published the 3rd edition, an updated version.

In this edition, there are exclusive interviews with Chefs and owners of some of the amazing curated hotels and eateries in Cornwall too.

I was lucky to get a copy of their Provence weekend journal too, as we have plans to visit Provence this Summer. Here’s what it looks like inside the Cornwall Weekend Journals book. 8. The Luxury lover.

You may have spotted on my desk this beautiful pink candle. It’s Jaipur Jewel by Matthew Williamson, the fashion designer famed for his colourful and creative designs that have adorned the rich and famous.

Doesn’t that ikat pattern jar with the pineapple peacock feather gold label look divine?

The scent is fabulous too, with vibrant notes of incense, spices, with hints of Juniper and Cinnamon. It totally transports me to a mystical land in Asia. 9.The Gin Lover.

I’ve totally fallen in love with Gin, especially flavoured Gin. Pinkster Gin is one of the original flavoured Gin brands. It’s triple distilled Gin with a smooth finish of raspberries.

You can now also purchase The Pinkster miniature gift set in the form of a Christmas cracker. Inside you’ll find a miniature bottle of Pinkster Gin and Gin Jam. All I can say is Cheers! 10. The baby of the family.

Last but not least, the baby of the family. To be honest, it’s not difficult finding gifts for babies is it? After all, they tend to be the least fussy ones when it comes to gifts. In fact, I think babies would be just as happy playing with a TV remote control.

Anyway, how about a stylish ‘peachy baby’ art print for the nursery or play room? I’ve actually kept it in my workspace. The peachy print is by Wonder and rah.

So, that concludes my gift guide.

Have I covered all the Christmas gifts for those who are hard to buy for? I hope so. If not, let me know.

Have a wonderful day all. I will be back soon with more festive posts.

( Some of the mentioned gifts were gifts, but there is no sponsored payment here. I’ve only featured gifts I like, that I would buy for myself).

Christmas gifts from Independent brands (AD) I thought it would be fun to curate a collection of Christmas gifts from Independent brands for the Home, that would appeal to colour lovers. 

I do love seeking out independent brands and supporting them at this time of the year. My criteria is that they have to be pieces that I would actively seek out myself and buy.

I’m no Marie Kondo, but my aim was to find the home decor that would spark joy.

So here they are, all in my workspace, in their pastel glory.

The desk is by nubie. You can read more about it here. Christmas gifts from Independent brands The Smile painted wood sign with a solid oak frame was specially created for me by Modo creative. 

I chose “Smile” because it’s a reminder to be happy for all that is good in our lives.

Isn’t it gorgeous and so striking? I love its minty green blue colour.

It’s definitely one of my favourite Christmas gifts from Independent brands. Christmas gifts from Independent brands I’ve always wanted a locker, like those you see in high school American films.

When I found out that you could get pink lockers at Rose and Grey interiors, I was over the moon.

Doesn’t that pink just fit so well with all the pastel hues in my study?

There’s a rail to hang clothes and lots of shelving for storage inside too.

The lockers come in a variety of other colours, so could suit all styles of decor. I’ve been coveting the ceramics from raawii, a Copenhagen based company for a while.

All their beautiful earthenware are made in Portugal.

I love the simplicity of the pieces, with their beautiful curvy contours, circular shapes and monochromatic hues.

The pieces reminded me of the pop art era that inspired the Memphis trend.

My pink jug and purple bowl are both from raawii’s Strøm collection. Now for a few finishing touches, a lovely Creative planner from Doodlemoo to plan out my work, sits nicely in my yellow shelf.

That super cool lips mirror on the wall is also from Doodlemoo.

I think I can sit here quite happily, browsing my new books.

On my desk currently is Rockett St. George’s latest book Extraordinary interiors in colour which is an inspirational book on colourful homes and decor, influenced by their experiences from travel, eating out and love of vintage design. This would make an amazing Christmas gift.

If you love the great outdoors and living amongst nature, with an aspiration to build your own cabin, then Cabin Porn is a great resource. I’ve been dreaming of how my cabin would look like since I read this book. So, what do you think of these potential Christmas gifts from Independent brands?

Hope they have given you some inspiration for decor too.

Have a lovely day all.

( All photography and styling are my own. Many of the mentioned brand products are gifts).

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