The Early Bird Christmas Gift Guide

If you're anything like us, March feels like it was about 5 minutes ago and also 5 years ago simultaneously. In a year that has been so far from ordinary, it feels somewhat surreal to be writing about Christmas already. But, some things are certain and the 25th December will be here before we know it.

We've heard many of our small business friends already talking about supply chain issues and the importance of shopping early, and while we try to avoid preaching to you folks too much, it is also vital that we are honest about how the next few weeks may play out. As much as has been possible, we've been squirrelling away for the winter. We've placed big orders with our incredible network of makers and have been brave with our purchasing of candle making ingredients. As we write this, in the last few days of October, we are surrounded by teetering piles of beautiful gifts and candles but it may not be the case forever. 

We should also say that we are acutely aware that the luxury of buying gifts early, or at all, is not an option for everybody. The pandemic has put pressure on so many people this year and we never want to overlook that in the mania that is the Christmas build up. Throughout this year, and in the coming weeks especially, we will be regularly donating to charities supporting those in need. Our donations will be made primarily on The Trussell Trust who support a network of over 1,200 food bank centres throughout the UK. 

Each Christmas we remind everybody that we will never put the pressure on you to buy something. Whether you follow us on Instagram or come in to the shop in person, we are just so grateful to have you! Please do not feel obliged to buy something if you don't really want it. Anyway, here comes our early bird gift suggestions for a little inspiration...

Some items may be out of stock when you read this - keep an eye on our Instagram for updates :) 

FOR YOUR MUM

Alpaca socks £22 |  Beautifully soft, amazingly warm and made in the UK to boot! Available in cream (pictured), grey and blush in a variety of sizes. 

Green Fig Scented Soy Wax Candles from £10 |  This sophisticated, leafy scent is perfect for living spaces all year round.

Hand woven bolga baskets from £38 |  These elephant grass baskets are divinely stylish and endlessly useful. Available in various designs and sizes and a portion of sales goes back to the Ghanian communities that weave them.

FOR YOUR DAD

Shaston Boxes Garlic Box £32 | Beautifully made and practical too, these garlic storage boxes are one of our favourites.

Half Light with Clementine & Clove Scented Soy Wax Candle from £10 | Men love candles and this citrus and spice combination is nostalgic and homely.

FOR YOUR SISTER

CHICKPEA BY HG Hot Water Bottle £34 | The patterns and colours of these lambswool hot water bottle covers are irresistible. 

Quietude Scented Candle from £12 |  Our best-selling candle of the last couple of years and ideal for anybody who deserves some downtime.

Home Is Wherever I'm With You Gift Box £41.95 |  This delicate handmade ceramic house looks beautiful when illuminated by a tealight but is also a great place to stash pens, make up brushes etc. You also get to choose the scent of tealights you'd like in the gift box! 

FOR YOUR BROTHER

Observer Book Style Notebooks £12.95 |  These whimsical lined notebooks are a desk essential. Available in a gorgeous variety of colours and titles.
Shaker Style Tray from £24 | Stylish and sleek, these trays are made by Shaston Boxes in the same town we are based. 
Late Summer Scented Soy Wax Candle £14 |  The sultry, grassy scent of vetiver, sandalwood and geranium are perfect for those who love woody scents.

FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND

Last Light with Cinnamon & Rosemary Scented Soy Wax Candle from £10 |  Our newest blend and one that is fast becoming a favourite with everybody. Classic and Christmassy without being too sweet. 

3 Month Soy Wax Tealight Subscription £22.50 | The gift that keeps on giving with three deliveries of scented soy wax tealights spread across three months.

The Midwinter Gift Box £24 |  A lovely pairing of your choice of Winter Light candles alongside a box of extra-long matches. 


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