06 Dec 18
This year we’ve agreed, due to the amount of money we are haemorrhaging on the house that I’m getting a new dressing gown. And he’s getting socks. And that’s it.
Anyone who has renovated a house will know its all about ‘presents for the house’. While my husband has many fabulous attributes (as I type this at 9pm at night, with a whiskey mac in hand, he’s currently plastering the down stairs WC) but he is absolutely shockingly bad at buying me gifts. If you have a similar problem, just send your beloved the link to this blog post because I’ve done all the hard work for them. I’ve trawled the internet picking out some of the things that I would just love to treat myself or a fellow colour loving loved one to this Christmas. Thank you so much for indulging me here (as clearly no one else is going to)…drumroll…here’s my Christmas gift guide for colour lovers, let’s shop!
Treat yourself and your home
Shameless plug alert but I think if you are really wanting to spoil someone this Christmas then there is nothing more treaty than a new set of super soft bed linen. The range I designed with Secret Linen is in all my eye popping favourite colours. I particularly love the pom pom trim linen and if you have a pom pom lover in your life then this is for them. And there are pom pom cushions and throws to match, with giant pom poms!!!! Okay I’ll stop now.
Next on the topic of bed linen, one of my favourite elements of Christmas day is the morning itself. Our tradition is for Arthur to join us in bed and we drink bucks fizz while he opens his stocking. So to complete the bucolic picture I’m painting, you need some drop dead fabulous PJ’s. These ones from small British boutique brand Universe of Us make you feel fab-u-las and even have discreet gold piping. Queen!
Seek out small brands and find something special
Christmas is undoubtedly one of those times of years for seeking out those things that are just a little bit special. And I’m letting you into a secret here, I’m just head over heels in love with new small brand Studio Coverdale. I’m an avid art collector and there is nothing that Natasha creates that I don’t immediately want to put pride of place in my home. Her designs are fearless, audacious and her use of colour and print is perfection. I hope she does a range of stationary next as they would make great stocking fillers. Meanwhile if you want to gift your walls this season, it has to be one of these. Posters start from a more affordable £49.
Quick online buys for your colour lover
- I think a mug makes a great small Christmas gift. You can pop a box of designer teabags in with it too, Pukka are my favourite if only for the packaging! Neon mugs, £7.50 each, Kitty McCall
- Next up Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in my house without a good family board game. The Colourbrain is a new release this season and quite frankly had my name all over it. It’s a trivia quiz with all the questions being about colour. I can’t wait to try it out and it looks like it’ll be easy enough for the kids to join in too. But I better win. Colourbrain board game by Big potato, £25, Debenhams
- More leopard print pyjamas. I know- they come in four colourways and sorry to come all Imelda Marcos over it but I’d have to have a pair in every colour! Leopard print pyjamas in rose, £84.99, Universe of Us
- Now Christmas is all about the glitter and sparkle and I can’t mark any occasion with out a huge pair of earrings. I’m especially loving these bobby dazzlers from earring oligarchs Betty & Biddy. Jump on their website and you’ll be lost for hours! But these for me are impossibly glamorous, they have the scale, the colour and the bling. Camilla earrings, £13.38, Betty & Biddy
- It wouldn’t be Christmas without a book shaped parcel under the tree. Top of my book list this season has to be the inspirational Love Colour by colour trend forecaster and globetrotter Anna Starmer. Full of all her wonderful interiors and travel photography it gives you hours of page flicking joy. Love Colour: Choosing colours to live with by Anna Starmer available at Amazon
- What is it about Christmas and socks? I’ll admit I love receiving a special pair and these colour blocked design from COS has all my favourite colours and only cost a fiver! Colour block socks, £5, COS
Find colour in unexpected ways
Danish design brand HAY can do no wrong and I was super excited when I saw they had collaborated with Sonos. We have Sonos speakers throughout our home, and the fact that they can be activate using Alexa is just brilliant. I love telling the speaker to put on radio 2 as I walk into the kitchen first thing in the morning – life’s little pleasures. But typically they are always black so it’s with squeals of delight that you can now buy them in some eye popping candy colours. I generally find tech very unaesthetic and uninspiring, mainly because it’s always black – a colour I rarely use. I love what it does but rarely how it looks so I think these titchy little speakers really pack a punch and blend into your displays effortlessly. A real class act.
I’ve got an obsession with chocolate and pretty packaging and when the two come together, I’m a very happy bunny. Hoping someone will pop one of these in my stocking this Christmas. Trouble is I’d have to have one in every colour!