Christmas Presents: House Gifts

If you’re spending the holidays with friends or family make sure you find the perfect house gifts – here are a few of our favourites.

We have written about Scented Narcissi from the Isles of Scilly before and we never tire of the deliciously fragrant scent of these delicate, pretty flowers. They make a lovely gift too – a beautifully packaged box of 100 stems costs £38.

Petersham Nurseries’ new Covent Garden store is the ideal destination for pretty presents and scrumptious treats at the deli next door. We love the gorgeous wrapping on the traditional chocolate panforte which is packed with nuts and candied fruits. £11

John Derian’s decoupage plates and trays are always in our most wanted list. Liberty has the prettiest Eastern Hyacinth tray that will brighten up winter days. £160

One of our favourite things at Christmas is the evocative scents of orange, cloves, cinnamon and pine. One – or three – of Diptyque’s candles are always part of that mix. This winter’s Frosted Forest candles comes in a beautiful green glass holder decorated with the Unicorn Constellation. £48

Candlelight is essential in the short and dark days of December and we haven’t found prettier dinner candles than Matilda Goad’s gorgeous ribbed beeswax candles that come in six colours including pistachio, pink, lilac and dusty blue. £35 for 6

Fans of Scandi design will love Phaidon’s beautifully produced new book, The Red Thread: Nordic Design, which gathers together the endless pieces –  from Alvar Aalto sublimely simple stools to sculptural Arne Jacobsen chairs – that have become modern classics. £49.95

Rococo’s beautifully wrapped chocolates always look as good as they taste but we are particularly taken with the gorgeous hand-painted chocolate nutcrackers. £32.50

Cheese lovers will always welcome a gift box from any of London’s excellent cheese suppliers but we love the sleek and simple design of Paxton & Whitfield’s 500g Stilton jar. £28

There are candles and then there are L’Officine Universelle Buly candles – each natural wax candle comes in a beautiful black or white marble pot topped with a glass dome. We love the smoky, woody fragrance of the Sumi Hinoki candle which has cypress, cedar and juniper. Each candle can also be personalised with beautiful calligraphy. 130 euros

Lindell & Co’s exquisitely hand-stitched cushions don’t come cheap but the gorgeous colours and lively geometric designs have put them at the top of our wishlist this year. We love the star design which comes in this delicious lilac. £175


— Clare
6th December 2017