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Christmas Gift Guide number 3 – featuring customisable gifts

So here’s my Christmas gift guide number 3. If you have missed the others then do check out my gift guide number 1 and number 2.

In this new list, you will find fun, quirky cool and also customisable gifts.

This photo sums it all up. what do you think?

Firstly, I’d like to mention my new plastic rug from pappelina.

You may have seen the rainbow colour ones I always use in my stylings.

I absolutely adore this new colour-way and no doubt you’ll be seeing lots more of it on my instagram.

It’s the perfect gift for an interiors colour lover in your life. Next, let’s set the scene with some gorgeous Christmas scent from EKA. I just love the elegant design of the jar.

Made of 100% soy wax, it smells absolutely delightful. Even before burning it, the lovely festive scent has started to pervade my room, getting me in the mood for Christmas.

You have to buy one to try, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Check out these pretty mugs that Cath Kidston sent me. It’s a collaboration with Fearne Cotton. Aren’t they cute and in such happy uplifting Spring colours? When I spotted Vinnie Boy Vintage’s kitsch style, all the way from Sydney, I was absolutely smitten.

How cute are these little deer cushions with little pink pom-pom edges?

It only took a few days to reach me in the UK by post. There’s still plenty of time to order if you fancy giving something a little different this Christmas.

Just above the cushions, is my gorgeous pink and red print from Black and Beech. customisable gifts Isn’t this art print absolutely stunning? The colours and patterns are so vibrant.

This is a bespoke print specially created for me by the lovely and talented textile designer Amelia Graham.

Above all, you can add any date or words to the print.

So special to have customisable gifts don’t you think? Spot that cheeky tongue print? It’s called Kiss Me Wild by my friend Emily of doodlemoo.

Emily does the most fun and super cool prints.

I already own quite a few pieces of her work, and they are always a feature on one of my walls. customisable gifts I just adore the Instagram community.

Recently, I got a message from Gordana (Goga) Lalic, who told me that she had been following my Instagram for a long time and felt it was the right time to reach out.

She told me that she had decided to challenge herself by creating a collection of embroidery artwork inspired by the Instagram interiors accounts she follow.

As you can see, she has created one of my home specially for me. It’s the same space that her artwork now sits. I feel so honoured.

Do have a look at her site, as she does special commissions.

So, if you want your home immortalised in a piece of art, then Yellow Tulip crafts embroidery is the place to visit. Here are all the gifts together.

What do think? Does anything catch your fancy?

Will you be giving customisable gifts this Christmas? I hope you’ll agree with me that these are all fun and unique pieces.

The Cath Kidston mugs, although available from the high street, are a limited edition print, hence you should grab yours before they sell out.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and also the week ahead.

Finally, I will be back again with more festive posts.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Christmas is most certainly not far away now.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. )

Christmas gift guide number 2 – featuring ACQUA DI PARMA.

I am back with the second series of my Christmas gift guide.

Again, I’ll be showing you my favourites. These are the gifts that I covet and I’m truly excited to share with you.

I’ve been a total fan of ACQUA DI PARMA for many years now ( possibly more than 10 years!).

It’s a scent that reminds me of the luxurious warmth of the Italian Riviera, and it transports me to an elegant era of Hollywood starlets, think Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

As you can see, I have quite a collection on my desk. I’m absolutely loving the classic yellow packaging. ACQUA DI PARMA Colonia is the iconic ACQUA DI PARMA fragrance.

It has been described as the Italian sun captured in the “frutti d’oro” of lemon, bergamot and orange.

It has a harmonious heart of lavender, rosemary, verbena and damask rose, followed by warm woody vetiver, sandal and patchouli.

Check out the gorgeous limited edition packaging, a collaboration with British artist Clym Evernden. ACQUA DI PARMA was created in 1916 by Baron Carlo Magnani after his travels in Paris, London and New York.

In 1950, Colonia became an international success, when Hollywood actors, invited to Italy by the grand masters of Italian cinema discovered its fragrant notes.

Feast your eyes on the perfumed soaps above. I love the pink packaging. It’s such stunning gift and the scent is just divine.  I’ve been spraying on my ACQUA DI PARMA Colonia all day. The zesty notes of Citrus has really made me feel so fresh and uplifted.

It’s a Unisex fragrance, so is a great gift for the man in your life. The bonus, dare I say, is that you can use it too.

If you haven’t smelled it before, then I urge you to go try a sample. You will be hooked. It will totally transport you to somewhere warm and luxurious.

It might even make you secretly pretend you’re a Hollywood star, like I did. ( I can’t believe I’ve just told you that!) Can you believe they do scented drawer liners too? I can’t wait to use them.

Doesn’t my desk look like a happy place with all those pops of yellow? Onto Gift number 2 – more art prints.

I’m currently in the process of filling the walls by my stairs with art prints. I’ve decided to do this slowly, filling the walls with my favourite artwork and colour palette.

I made a start this morning with these 4 gorgeous prints. The large red and pink Hi prrint is by Gayle Mansfield, the “We are family” print is by Disko kids, and the pink and green prints are by Holly McGuire. What do you think of my wall so far?

I will be sharing my progress as I add more pieces over the next few weeks. Last but not least is this beautiful “ The Joy of Watercolor” book sent to me by my friend Emma Block. The illustrations in the book are so beautiful and there is a step by step guide to help you paint like a pro. This would be the perfect gift for the creative art lover amongst your friends or family.

So, that concludes the second series of my Christmas gift guide. There will be more to come and I can’t wait to show you.

Have a lovely evening or day.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I have featured gifts sent to me, and there was no commitment to post or share them).

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).

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