I don't have much Christmas shopping to do, but I am still puzzling over what to get a couple of people. And yes, you guessed it, they are men. Why are men so hard to buy for. My female friends and family, I could buy and buy and buy presents for them continually without pause, but the men in my life, well they are a bit more tricky. Anyway, I thought if nothing else, I may be able to give you some inspiration.
1. Time For Tea Ceramic Napkin Rings - set of four.
Bombay Duck £9.95
I love these napkin rings. They would look rather special nestled around some white linen napkins, don't you think?
Our set of four ceramic napkin rings in an assortment of tableware shapes will add a sense of grandeur to afternoon tea. Presented in a pretty stripy gift box.
2. Milk Bottle Measuring Cups.
Anthropologie UK £22.00
I rather think I am just suggesting presents that I personally want. I am in love with these cup measures and if you visit my blog at all you will know how I like to use cup measures when I am baking.
When not on display, this space saving, stackable set separates to do double duty in the kitchen. How's that for good measure?
New bone china
3. Inside Out Bowls
Anthropologie US $8 each
And now on to the American side of Anthropologie for those of you on the other side of the pond. How could anyone resist these?
Snowflakes and stripes, diamonds and vines fill these porcelain bowls. Choose from four designs.
Dishwasher and microwave safe
2.25"H, 4.5" diameter
4. Print and Wax Bunting Blue Birds and Roses
Mangle Prints, Folksy. £9.00
How about these rather fabulous hand printed bunting flags. Wouldn't they look great at a kitchen or bathroom window. J'adore!
This pretty bunting is hand made from lino printed paper and wax. This delicate bunting is ideal to hang at a window or in any room, the waxing of the paper makes the print translucent, so it will let the light through.
Each flag of the bunting has been hand printed and waxed in pale blue ink.
Length of bunting:
Approx 1.2m (without the string at each end.)
Each flag measures: 10cm (widest) x15cm (depth)
5. Little Caramel Angels. Hotel Chocolat £7.50
Hotel Chocolate recently sent me a Christmas Hamper. It was rather special and I am currently working my way through it. I know, life as a blogger is tough! The first thing to be ripped open was the caramel angels. I just love Hotel Chocolat's caramel chocolate, so I couldn't wait to bite into one of these beauties. Mmmmmmmmmm! I can also say the tiddly reindeer are delicious too. They aren't as I expected alcoholic, but tiddly as in wee. Lovely rich dark chocolate.
If you like Hotel Chocolat. I can let you into a little secret. My ultimate giveaway on my 12 Days of Christmas giveaway event will be a Christmas hamper from Hotel Chocolat.
6. Linen Place Mat
I know, I know, they are all creasey. Well at least that is what my mother would say, but I rather like these place mats with a pocket for your cutlery. I like the utilitarian feel of these. In fact I think I might order a set. Hmmmmmm, I show you something on folksy and I bought something, I show you something on H&M and I am about to spend more money. This post is getting pricey!
Place mat in washed linen with stitching. Pocket for cutlery or napkin on the front with a print motif. Size 35x48 cm. 100% linen. Machine wash at 60˚
7. Merino Colour Block Reverse Scarf
Gap UK £16.06 (in sale was £22.95)
We have to find something for the men and you couldn't go wrong with this warm scarf, that can be worn as red or grey in lovely, fine, merino wool.
100% Merino Wool.
Hand wash cold.
Navy grey reverses to grey navy.
8. Magners Specials Gift Pack
Magners Facebook Page £10
I tried these when I came back from holiday and I would heartily recommend them. I enjoyed all three - Spiced Apple & Honey, Pear & Ginger and Spiced Apple & Rhubarb. I think the pear & ginger just pipped the others at the post. These would also be great to take along when you go visiting over the festive period. I am thinking of trying them hot too, to see how they taste. This gift pack comes with a Magners bottle opener. You can buy individual bottles for £1.79 from Tesco.
I hope I gave you some inspiration and that you aren't too stressed thinking about Christmas.
Look out for the next giveaway in my 12 Days of Christmas series tomorrow.