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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).

My very last minute Christmas gift list for the year 2017

Can you believe there’s only a week to go before Christmas? Have you all been busy last weekend doing your shopping?

I’ve been promising my Christmas gift list for a while, and today was the final push to get it out. Sorry for being late.

I have decided to show you some of my favourite gifts in case you need to do some last minute shopping. So here it goes. I have been a Jo Malone fan for as long as I can remember, so imagine how thrilled I was to be sent this Jo Malone London townhouse box , part of their crazy, colourful Christmas range. Isn’t the box just gorgeous?

Inside, you will find 6 amazing scents:

30ml Pomegranate noir bath oil, 30ml Wood Sage & Sea salt cologne, 50ml Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body Creme, 100ml Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Wash and 50g Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub.

Everything smells divine. I can’t wait to have some relaxing pamper time using them. My next gift idea is this gorgeous White Cuckoo clock  from Muji.

Don’t you just love the simple and contemporary take on the classic Cuckoo clock?

The clock has two chime functions and employs a clever light sensor, so it does not ring in the dark. It can be mounted on the wall too.

If you pop over to my Instagram, I’ve recently posted an image of the clock. If you swipe that photo to the left, then it reveals a video of the cuckoo bird in action. It really is the cutest thing. This pretty bottle is the La gourmanndises de Luna Eau de toilette spray from Nina Ricci.

I absolutely adore their iconic apple bottle with the sprinkles topping.

It’s a beautiful Spring scent with top notes of Pear Granité & pink grapefruit cream, heart notes of coconut milk & white peony, and base notes of Sri Lanka Sandalwood and Caramel. Here’s another view of my Christmas tree. So, now that Christmas is approaching, I’m thinking of gifts that could help with a Spring room refresh.

With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to two new independent brands who have released beautiful collections of cushions. You can see them on my green sofa. The gorgeous Woodland creatures and Carousel cushions  are by Wild Hearts Wonder. They would look wonderful in a child’s room, don’t you think?

The pastel coloured cushions with polka dots are by Jericho Design House. Aren’t they just so cute and happy?

Anna, the owner of Jericho Design House, used to design for my favourite high street Home store, Oliver Bonas.

The grey chunky knit scarf on the sofa is by christmas gift list Now, next on my Christmas gift list, I’d like to introduce you to that sleek and elegant grey wireless speaker on my coffee table.

It’s the Beoplay M3 by Bang and Olufsen, the perfect gift for the man or music lover in your life.  The sound quality from the Beoplay M3 is really superior to lots of wireless speakers on the market currently. My husband loves it so much, he has already claimed my Beoplay M3 as his own. Its simple silhouette would fit in well with any interiors style. You can even change its covers.  The fabric covers for the Beoplay M3 are made by the renowned Danish brand Kvadrat. If you know someone who loves hosting tea parties, then this pretty Chelsea collection tea set from Sara Miller London for Portmeirion is a must.

Its made of fine china with 22 carat gold detailing. The set features stunning birds in enchanted garden settings, in an array of colours.

Did you spot my beautiful dots and crosses mustard coloured Eames blanket from Vitra on my sofa?

It’s one of my coveted gifts this Winter season and is made of 100% merino lambswool which is super soft and warm. On my blanket, is this stunning snake motif tray designed by Eames and Alexander Girard.

How cool is it to own something designed by two legendary and iconic designers?

The blanket and tray are perfect for the design lover in your life. Last but not least, this beautiful gift box from Miller Harris arrived last week in the post.  I’m definitely keeping this box after use. I’ve only just opened it up this weekend, and can I tell you, the scent is heavenly. I’m really looking forward to trying them all out.

I think this would definitely put a huge smile on the face of whoever receives it.

So, that concludes my very last minute Christmas gift list. Hope you’ve found it useful.

Wishing you all a festive season.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is not a paid for blog post).

colourful-christmas-gifts-for-the-family-little-big-bell Christmas is fast approaching and I’ve been busy browsing online for gifts. I know it is now Winter, but I’m already looking ahead towards Spring. I’ve decided on design led Christmas gifts for the family.

I was so happy to discover Smallable. It’s a curated website showcasing fashion alongside home wares for all. Once I started looking, I couldn’t stop.

Above is a collage of all my favourite finds and below is the list:

1. Arizona Diamond Teepee in a mint green and diamond pattern. Perfect for imaginative play to spark creativity. Looks great as a bedroom feature too.

2. Skandinavisk Berry candle with a lid. Such a pretty dusky pink jar. I’ve previously owned Skandinavisk candles and they smell absolutely divine.

3. Laurette Turquoise toy box. Will come in handy for storing all those Christmas toys away.

4. Sea Green bookcase by Nobodinoz. 

5. Kelim rug in pastel tones by Ferm living. I’ve included this here as part of my own wish list for Christmas. Would look perfect in my pastel coloured living room.

6. Set of 2 Green and Grey rope baskets by Rice. More beautiful storage solutions. This would be a perfect gift for my sister who has two small children. A stylish solution for storing toys away.

7. Party cushion by Ferm Living. Love the pastel colour palette here.

8. Sunset wallpaper by Papier Tigre.

9. Pale pink cadaques cushion by Nobodinoz.

10. Cabin bed head in Birch by Blomkal. This is such a cool idea. It instantly makes a bed look extra special.

11. Green metal lamp by Smallable home. Love the sleek shape of this lamp. It comes in a variety of colours.

12. Blue Jute round rug by Ferm Living. Perfect for the play room.

13. Pocket shelf unit in blue. Perhaps a gift for dad’s work space?

14. Gold dish rack by Present Time. Another one on my own Christmas wish list. Let’s make washing up glamourous.

15. Gold cutlery by Smallable Home.

16. Peach mug by Madam stoltz.

17. Eskimo night light in pink by A Little Lovely Company.

18. Mugs by Klevering.

smallable-magazine-christmas-gift-guide Hope this has given you some inspiration on Christmas gifts for the family. Smallable has also compiled a Christmas Decoration and gift guide. Do take a peek at their large selection of decor and toys for the little ones. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

I’ll be back soon with more festive posts in the run up to Christmas. Wishing you all a wonderful new week.

( This post was done in collaboration with Smallable. All opinions and selections are my own. Photos are courtesy of Smallable.)

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