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A Christmas gift guide with a Warwickshire flavour

HANDS up, who’s already bought all their Christmas presents? I’m guessing it will mostly be the mums working their way through the lists if our family is anything to go by. My dad and husband usually wait till the last minute and don’t hit the shops till all the good stuff has gone. If you still have a few presents to buy, don’t panic, GEORGINA FULLER has put together a handy little guide to help you find the perfect pressie for your family members.

Mums and daughters

Mulberry silk pillowcase

Pillowcase in a box.
Pillowcase in a box.

If there is one thing us mums are in need of over Christmas it’s sleep. I remember one year when my now eight-year-old woke us all up at 3am. I’ve got my eye on a mulberry silk pillow which is supposed to be good for wrinkles (need all the help I can get!) and hair. A PR friend kindly sent me a lovely one from a haircare company called Razzl Dazzl Hair. It’s a woman-made business for women and I can vouch for its silky soft quality. £55.


British wine from Gusbourne

Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs.
Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs.

After sleep, I would say one of the other things mothers are in need of during Christmas is wine and, this year, I’ll be looking to buy something local. Award-winning English wine producer Gusbourne has a selection of mouth-watering sparkling and still wines, from a crisp glass of Blanc De Blancs 2018 to a magnum of Rosé.

Prices start from £25.


Metallic bag with rainbow strap

These little camera bags are very on-trend this season and perfect for all occasions. They can be worn on the shoulder or across the body and accommodate all the essentials. Made in Italy from supple grained pebble leather with a range of different straps available. £89.


Scented candles

You can’t go wrong with a scented candle and they can be particularly useful after everyone has been eating brussel sprouts for Christmas dinner! I love the tranquillity gift set from Jane Darcy which includes a dreamy black rose and amber scented candle, room spray and a reed diffuser. From £50.


Dads, brothers and granddads

Beer in a bucket

At the risk of gender stereotyping, I’d say most men like beer so the bucket of beer gift hamper, described as a pub in a bucket, filled with five lagers and ales and some of my husband’s favourite snacks, including pork scratchings, is an easy win. £34.95 at Prezzy Box.


Libertine Burger Kit

Who doesn’t love a burger? The Libertine Burger Kit, from a Warwickshire-based business, comes in a smart black wicker basket and includes a stainless steel burger smasher, a branded apron and the special Libertine Burger patty seasoning. £39.99.


Cashmere scarf

Treat the man in your life to a little luxury with a cashmere scarf. Good old John Lewis have a lovely, machine washable selection in a range of colours including forest green and charcoal. £45


Auntie’s, sisters, granny’s and mother in laws

Bird and Blend tea

If your aunt is a tea lover, look no further than Bird and Blends Christmas Tea Box. The independent, ethical tea company produces favourites including the award-winning Gingerbread Chai, Mulled Cider, Snowball Hot Cocoa or Salted Caramel Lebkuchan. £24.


Gemstone bracelets

The Friendship Gift Company is a small Shipston-based start-up set up by a mum of four who wanted to create thoughtful gifts for people to send to friends and people they love. The bead bracelets are handmade using gemstones and birthstones and come in a range of different colours. From £23.


Handmade aromatherapy candles

Helande candles is a sustainable, family-run business based in Stratford which produces lovely handmade candles to help soothe, relax and de-stress. The Christmas candle incorporates clove, cinnamon and sweet orange, and comes in a little canvas bag. Travel candles start at £9 while the standard candles cost £23.



Everyman cinema gift card

Everyman gift vouchers (61268627)
Everyman gift vouchers (61268627)

One of the few things my teenager is keen to do with me (other than drag me to Sports Direct to spend my money) is go to the cinema, although he would probably prefer to go with his friends. Everyman Cinema in Stratford is one of our favourites and they do some cool looking gift cards. From £20.


Scamp & Dude swag bag

Bags galore.
Bags galore.

The Choose Love charity swag bag is available in four colours with special metallic foil and made with 100 per cent organic cotton. These super soft bags can be used in many ways from a generous cosmetics bag, stylish clutch, to pool-side essentials. £10 from the sale of each bag goes directly to supporting refugees and displaced people. £30.


Pre-teens and tweenagers

Personalised gift box

Pre-teens will love this grown up, bespoke gift box from Don’t Buy Her Flowers. From eco-friendly shower blocks to milk chocolate with a marshmallow spoon to books and snuggly hot water bottles. Prices start at £5.50.



Throw Throw Avocado

This game is a sequel to the popular Throw Throw Burrito. Players collect matching sets of cards while ducking, dodging and throwing avocados. A great one to play after Christmas dinner. £24.99 from Amazon.

Jurassic World Ocean Protector Mosasaurus Dinosaur

If your child is in a dinosaur phase, you can bring the prehistoric fun with the Jurassic World Ocean Protector Mosasaurus Dinosaur. This toy is modelled on the one from the Jurassic World film and made from recycled plastic. £44.99 from Amazon.

Wooden Unicorn jigsaw

This unicorn jigsaw is perfect for little hands to learn through play. It is made up of ten wooden pieces and made from responsibly-sourced rubberwood and non-toxic paint. £12.95.


Babies and Under-2s

Rented Christmas outfits

Christmas pudding joggers - Borro. (61247274)
Christmas pudding joggers - Borro. (61247274)

Borro is the first service in the UK to enable you to rent new, or ‘good as new’ Christmas outfits for your baby. Stratford-based founder Sarah Green says: “At a time when families are looking to save money, this is a great way to reduce costs as well as waste, but still ensure that you get the best baby photos!”

They also stock a huge selection of everyday wear for 0-12 months from premium baby brands.

From £3. www.borro-it.com

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