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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).

An early Christmas gift guide for 2018 to prevent last minute panics

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I thought I’d pop over here to do a quick Christmas gift guide for 2018.

I know what you are thinking. Why is she doing a Christmas post so early?

To be honest, I’m normally an 11th hour person, and often do things last minute. That last minute anxiety can’t be good for my health, nor anyone’s for that matter right? So, over the next couple of weeks I will be drip feeding you with gift guides (hope you don’t mind).

What I’ll show you are a carefully curated collection of gifts. Gifts that I would personally buy. Gift number 1 on my list are these cute cushions from Suki Mc Master, a super talented artist and maker based in Australia.

I already own some of her beautiful cushions and art prints.

Check out her gorgeous new collection adorning my sofa. The cushion on the left is an illustration of a Kookabara. I love her Australian animal series. I will be showing more of them on instagram soon.

This image brings me to Gift number 2A gorgeous gallery wall of art prints.

The vibrant pink “POP” print is from the super colourful design duo Quirk and Rescue.

The pink Crema Pastelera print is by Holly Maguire. Seriously, Holly is so talented. Every piece of her work makes me want to shop.

That cool red and pink roller skates print is by Disko KidsHelen, the owner of Diko Kids also sell really cute music inspired clothing for kids and adults.

That happy rainbow, No Sleep Club print and leopard print bag are by the amazing print and pattern designer, Eleanor Bowmer. So what do you think so far? Lots of Christmas ideas right? Gift number 3 Washable rugs from Lorena Canals. Their rugs are super soft, stylish and so easy to care for. Gift number 4 For the cook amongst your friends or family, I highly recommend Luiz Hara’s newly published cook book  The Japanese Larder.

I recently had the honour of being invited to one of Luiz’s dining clubs at his home.

Luiz’s food is incredible. He takes the every day Japanese ingredients that you can find in your local supermarket and show you how you can create amazing Japanese food. His recipes are easy to follow, tasty and a masterpiece. Gift number 5 and 6 are not Christmas gifts but pre-Christmas countdown surprises in the form of advent calendars.

I was so lucky to receive this incredible personalised 24 days of stationery advent box from the lovely Martha Brook. I can’t wait to show you my gifts on insta stories in December. I’m pretty sure she is going to sell out of these soon, so if I were you now, I’d pre-order them now.  Oh my goodness! I really can’t wait. Thank you Martha for making my upcoming December so packed with excitement. I feel like a little kid again. For tea lovers, how about some advent tea by Tea Revv? I can’t wait to unwrap each tea blend. How does Chilly Willy Chai, Cranberry apple and Notorious Eggnog sound?

That wraps up my Christmas gift guide for 2018 so far. There will be more coming soon.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and week ahead.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. The mentioned gifts were all gifted to me, but they were personally curated by me).

Jollie-Socks-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I must admit I still have a few more gifts to buy. Time is running out, but the most difficult part is deciding on what gift to buy?

There is still time to get something online and delivered by express, so I thought I’d share with you some of the favourite gifts that I have personally received. Here you have my last minute Christmas gift guide for 2015.

Gift number one are Jollie socks from Jollie Goods. Not only do I love the vibrant colours of these socks but also the concept behind this online store.

It was founded by Ed Vickers, who I have personally met. Whilst at Universty as a student, Ed was inspired to help the homeless. He came up with the idea of providing them with fresh pairs of socks. To all, it may seem a small gesture, but a pair of socks for a homeless person has a large impact, not only providing them comfort and warmth but helping with foot health issues that they are constantly suffering with, I know that for a fact as a doctor.
Jollie-Socks-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell For every pair of socks that we buy, we are doing our part for the homeless. So please do support. They are super cool and comfortable too. They come in matching tins, perfect for the Christmas stockings, don’t you think? Colourful-happy-enamel-plates-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These bright and colourful enamel plates are just perfect to inspire me. Is there a friend in need of cheering up during this festive season?

They can also be put up on the wall as decor and are by Kate Samuels design. Tylko-totem-mill-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell This Tylko Totem mill for pepper and spices would be the perfect gift for someone who likes to cook and entertain.

It’s designed by Kristian Kowalski. You can customise your Totem mill with different colours online too.

I love mine as it is, in an orangey red with blue on white beech. Old english-company-pillow-cases-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Have you got a teen who loves to stay in bed with the laptop and headphones? I’ve been reassured this is quite normal behaviour for teens. Well, these pillow cases in a brush lettering font from Old English company would be the perfect gift then. Faber-castell-pen-for-Christ,mas-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell For that friend of yours who is a professional and seem to have everything, how about a gift that is both functional and elegant as this Faber Castell Ambition OpArt ballpoint pen in aqua? Faber-Castell-pen-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Well, everyone needs a pen right? Even better that the pen comes in such a gorgeous shade of aqua. Parris-wakefield-additions-laptop-and-ipad-cases For a lover of colour and technology, how about these super vibrant laptop and i-pad cases from Parris Wakefield? The designs are crafted digitally by mixing, merging and layering colours from a variety of inspirations. The cases are also waterproof for protection of your gadgets.

I have selected two different patterns and love the bold clash of colours together. Eyeko-eye-make-up-2-on-Little-Big-Bell I have recently discovered this cool eye make up brand called Eyeko. I’ve now started using the eyeliner and mascara. It really does create striking eyes. There are also tutorials on their website for you to learn.

Needless to say, this would be a wonderful gift for a make up fan. Someone who loves trying out new brands to create that perfect look of the season. Little-P-round-and-round-rug For the little fella in your life, how about this super cute Round and Round rug in geometric patterns from Little P? My son loves his rug and we will be showcasing it in his room on the blog soon. Drye-towel-in-a-tin Last but not least, how about a gorgeous towel in a tin from Drye. It may be Winter now, but let this towel remind us of sunny climes and days by the poolside to come. A towel is very much a universal gift, reserve this for someone you have absolutely no idea what to buy for. The designs are all gorgeous too.

Hope you find this last minute gift guide helpful. I’m off to check my gift list now.

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell, with the exception of the Drye towel and Little P rug).

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