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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).

The perfect carafe to serve wine or water – the Beak carafe by Nude.

Just popping in to wish you all a wonderful Christmas.

In case you are having a last minute panic of what to buy, I thought I’d show you a wonderful universal gift.

Introducing you to the elegant Beak carafe and glass by Nude, as seen on my coffee table.

Nude carafe It is called Beak because of its avian silhouette, a long neck and a spout that resembles a bird’s beak.

The carafe set, in lead free crystal was designed by Tomas Kral for Nude. Tomas is an award winning designer based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He takes inspiration from everyday ordinary situations, and translates them with a touch of poetry and humour to create innovative solutions for everyday products. Since it’s nearly Christmas, I picked a Wintery hue of purple. They also come in clear glass and a smoky grey colour.

The carafe is perfect for serving wine at the Christmas table, or perhaps just water to help us get over any post festive hangovers. I’ve decided to use my Beak carafe for water. I’ve decided to style it on my coffee table against my new yellow sofa.

Don’t you love how that purple pops against the yellow? The carafe will be a great reminder for me to drink more water. I think the carafe set would be a stylish finishing touch to any bedside table too, especially in your guest room, if you want to impress.  I absolutely adore its jewel tone and love how it has added a bit of wow factor to my white coffee table.

If you fancy getting this as a last minute gift, then here’s the store locator for Nude. Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Finally, wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year again.

(All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Nude. All views are my own.)

papier photobook The perfect Christmas gift of happiness in a Papier photobook.

Do you find it difficult buying Christmas presents for your parents or in-laws?

I certainly do , for two reasons : Firstly, we have different tastes and second they have everything.

I’ve realised the things they value most may not be the expensive things we think they would like.

It’s the little things such as happiness and memories that are most treasured.

I know they love their grandchildren, and so creating a beautiful photobook of them as a gift will definitely bring joy.  Nowadays there are so many online photobook services, but one that has shone above the others is Papier photobooks. I adore the soft coated books they offer, printed on beautifully textured paper to give it a coffee table feel.

You have to check out the cover templates on their site too, they are stunning with lots of pretty pastels.

All the formats and fonts are just gorgeous. I picked a pretty sky blue cover.

It was so easy to create. Once I’ve picked the cover, all I had to do was to upload my edited photos from my  computer.

You could add captions or change layouts, but I kept mine simple with no words and let the picture do the talking. My photos were all taken during our family Summer holidays in Malaysia and Singapore.

In addition to photos of the kids, I added images of memorable moments , like this delicious yoghurt ice cream we chanced upon whilst hunting for that “instagram worthy restaurant” in the sweltering Kuala Lumpur heat. Can you spot that sunset by the beach in my Papier photobook? That was the romantic stroll I took with my husband whilst in the Tropical island of Langkawi.

There are loads of captured images of the kids too. I don’t want to spoil it for the grandparents in case they are reading this. I can’t believe I’ve managed to cross two gifts off my Christmas list.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it has helped you with some of your Christmas gift ideas. Capturing those moments in a book is so precious, as often these moments get lost in the sea of digital images on our camera roll.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Papier. All opinions are my own).

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