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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).

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop tableware.

Last Summer, I was invited to visit Sophie Conran’s home, to see her new Autumn Winter homewares collection.

It was so lovely to meet Sophie in person, and I was also excited to be given a sneak peek of her new Colour Pop tableware collection for Portmeirion.

As you can see, it wasn’t difficult to get excited, when presented with such a pretty pastel sight. Sophie Conran for Portmeirion During the weekend, the weather was rather grey, and I felt a colourful cheer was much needed in the kitchen for our Sunday family lunch.

I found the perfect antidote for that dark Autumn’s day, in Portmeirion’s Colour Pop tableware collection. We also lit the fireplace for the first time this year, and the whole space started to feel really cosy.

It was as if the sun had suddenly reappeared .  I love how you can mix and match the pastel hues, to create your own combinations. They reminded me of the gorgeous ice cream coloured Art Deco buildings on the seafront of Miami’s South Beach. Don’t you think this Colour Pop collection would make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special?  I must admit I felt like an excited kid being let loose in a candy store, when I was unboxing these pretty pastel plates. The quality of the porcelain from this collection is wonderful and looks really elegant too.

What’s amazing is how sturdy it is, being fully microwave, oven, dishwasher and freezer safe. I’m so pleased to have my very own Sophie Conran for Portmeirion collection. I really felt like Christmas had come early for me. I will most definitely be using them daily from now on. You too can own your own Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop tableware collection. It’s now available to buy from John Lewis.

Below is a list of the range shown in this post: 

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion John Lewis Colour Pop  Bowls, Tea Cup & Saucers, Pasta Bowls, Buffet Plate, Plates and Large Bowl Sunshine .

For more information about Portmeirion visit and about Sophie Conran, visit her shop at

Finally, wishing you a bright and happy day.

(This is a sponsored post, and all photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell.)

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