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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).

Boden-Christmas-baubles-2-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-of-Little-Big-Bell No sooner have I finished one festive table setting, I’m now on to the next! I simply couldn’t resist when I saw the Boden Homewares collection.

Boden is a brand I genuinely hold close to my heart. My children grew up wearing Boden and they still do now. I certainly have a love for all their colourful clothing and I’m simply adoring their sparkly shoes this festive season.

For as long as I can remember, I have always hoped for Boden to bring out a homewares collection. I was over the moon when I found out that they have finally decided to do a Home range, in true Boden style.

I am so excited to style their new collection. Colourful-baubles-by-Boden-1--photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Check out those colourful baubles. Don’t they scream out happiness? Definitely Super, Lovely and Hello!!

I decided to style a children’s Christmas table. Instead of an actual mini Christmas tree, I decided to display the baubles using my teal coloured mug stand. Kind of gives it that quirky Contemporary feel don’t you think? Colourful-Christmas-table-with-Boden-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell For the place settings, I used Boden’s colour block striped placemats and Slogan coaster sets.

The paper plates and reindeer napkins are from Meri Meri. Boden-table-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell So much fun styling this. The wonderful thing about those placemats and baubles are that, they can be used all year round, not just for Christmas. Boden-Christmas-table-1-Little-Big-Bell- They’re great as Christmas gifts too. Christmas-Boden-Little-Big-Bell Even better, they are all now on sale. Boden-Winter-2016-candle-Little-Big-Bell-blog This London in Winter scene candle, has the perfect sweet notes of Christmas Puddings, when burned. It comes in a beautifully illustrated box too.

Looking at it, is making me long for snow. Boden-tea-towels-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These tea towels are just the perfect pops of colour to light up any kitchen. Boden-mugs-1-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell I have a weakness for colourful mugs. These two have managed to make it in my growing collection.

Hope you have enjoyed my festive post. Will you be decorating a kids’ table too?

Wishing you good week ahead.

( All Styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, Editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with Boden. All views are my own).

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