Indulgent gifts for the home are usually a safer bet than buying clothes or jewellery and this list of some of our favourite decorative pieces has something for everyone from indulgent winter treats to beautiful forever accessories.


This stunning linen cushion by the Glasgow duo Timorous Beasties is part of their British Birds collection. £85, Liberty


We adore the diffusers by Italian firm De Vranjes – Fico Selvatico is a gorgeously fresh and woody, sophisticated fragrance. £50, Fortnum and Mason


The rhino is just one of a range of papier mache animal heads at Anthropologie. Each one is made by Caribbean Craft, a fair trade organisation, which upcyles used cement bags and old books, £58 Anthropologie.



This beautiful pure Alpaca thrown is by Bronte, one of Yorkshire’s most storied mills, £185, Selfridges


The problem with John Derian’s fabulous decoupage trays, bowls and paperweights is that one is never enough. Start off someone’s collection with this colourful porcini plate. £45, Liberty


This sumptuous coffee table tome dips into the homes of fashion designers from the well-known (Coco Chanel’s incredible rue Cambon apartment or Yves Saint Laurent’s Moroccan villa) to the more private abodes of Azzedine Alaia or Manolo Blahnik. £40.50, Amazon



Almost every single design from the Rug Company is an instant classic but they are also serious investment pieces. More affordable are their lesser known dhurries which come in lots of stunning colour ways including Udaipur Pink. £120, The Rug Company Studio Collection


These letter mugs make perfect stocking fillers. £8, Anthropologie



A mixture of colourful glass looks amazing against a backdrop of crisp white table linen and crockery – this set of Italian glass tumblers from Toast are among our favorites. £35, Toast

Yes you can make it in a pan, but seriously how much will kids (and kidults) love this vintage-look popcorn maker? It makes 12 cups of popcorn per batch – what better excuse for a movie night? £64.95, Selfridges



Everyone needs a cosy hot water bottle in their life; this one is made in super-soft cable and rib cashmere. £60, The White Company


The holidays are a perfect time to take stock and ponder why it is you don’t yet own your fantasy chalet in Verbier. Get inspired with this glossy collection of some of the world’s most sumptuous mountain-top retreats. £34.10, Amazon


— Clare
3rd December 2013