A Christmas Gift Guide - Part I

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a christmas gift guide

Part I

I started writing my first blog posts here on Paper Thin Moon around Christmas this time last year, and so I thought, to celebrate, why not put up a piece about two of my absolute most favourite things: Christmas and shopping!  I have to confess that I have had SO much fun working on this one, as time consuming as it has been. I've managed to buy some presents of my own along the way and naturally I've found a LOT of things I'd like for my own stocking (husband, if you’re reading this - take note).  Others items are bits I've noticed throughout the year and have never left my mind -  I've had my eye on that LouLou Avenue print for months and I'm still hopeful that one day it will be mine. A friend told me that this year she is planning on buying all of her Christmas presents from independent shops.  When we last spoke, she was still right on course to achieve that admirable goal.  Following her lead, I have for the most part tried to stear clear of the big, well known shops and endeavoured to search out some of the more interesting ones from off the beaten track.  I feel I should warn you that there are some establishments that crop up more than once (Tea and Kate, anyone?) because I became more than a little bit obsessed with the treasures they had to offer.  I've broken it down into two instalments; part one covers gifts for the creative, the homebody and stocking fillers (which is a bit longer than the rest because I really couldn't narrow it down any further), part two is gifts for her, him and the kids.  All I hope is that you enjoy looking at the array of goodies on offer and that one or two of them may offer a little inspiration.  Happy shopping!

for The makers & creators

1. Linge Particulier apron - £68 - Tea and Kate

2. Crochet organiser and scissors - 27 Euros  - Koel Magazine shop

3. Iconic notebook - £12.50 - Tea and Kate 

4. Katie Leamon luxury pencil set - £15 - Fox and Star

5. Kylie & the Machine One of a Kind woven labels £5.50 - The Draper's Daughter

6. Cohana tape measure - 39.50 Euros - Koel Magazine shop

7. Iconic Polaroid album - £30 - Tea and Kate

8. SEAMS hand cream - £14 - The Draper's Daughter

9. Coasters - £8.26 - Natura Macrame

10. Folk art embroidery kit - £12 - Nancy Nicholson 

11. Calligraphy set for beginners - £10 - The Little House Shop

12. Liberty Eloise Pear pin cushion - £8.95 - John Lewis 

13. Black walnut single points - 22.45 Euros - Yarnz

14. Le Piccole scissors - 22.90 Euros - Koel Magazine shop

15. Prym canvas sewing box - £22 - John Lewis

16. Round weaver art looms - $20 - Purl & Loop 

for The Homebody

1. Tassel wall hanging - 42 Euros - Koel Magazine shop

2. 91 Magazine subscription - from £16.60 - 91 Magazine

3. Madam Stoltz oval bamboo mirror £54 Fox + Feather at Trouva 

4. Flock of Birds Print – £42.50 - Bobbie Print 

5. Hanging storage basket - £20 - The Little House Shop

6. Braunton bud vase - £16 - Peter Fishley Holland

7. Berber cushion - £75 - Plumo 

8. Bamboo bath mat - £42 - Tea and Kate 

9. Pouta candle holder - 28 Euros - Aarikka

10. Festive aromatherapy candle duo - £28 - The Smallest Light

11. Fog Linen gold leaf garland - £32 - Tea and Kate

12. Recycled wool throw - £18 - The Future Kept 

13. Fremington vase - from £19 - Peter Fishley Holland

14. Bequai display pyramid - £29.95 - Nkuku

15. Macrame wall hanging - £32 - The Little House Shop

16. LouLou Avenue Connected print - £70 - Workshop

stocking fillers

1. Knotted cashmere headband - £28 - Other Stories 

2. Gold card holder - £30 - Lewes Map Store

3. I Should Have Been a Cowboy key tag - £15.95 - Tea and Kate 

4. Folding pocket moustache comb - £8.95 - Closett and Botts 

5. Madam Stolz glass jewellery box - £10.95 - Rigby & Mac at Trouva 

6. Agate iPhone case - £10 - Urban Outfitters 

7. Rifle Paper Co "Write More Letters" enamel stamp pin - £8 - Fox + Star

8. Guatemalan milk chocolate - £5.50 - Tea and Kate 

9. Atelier Sukha set of three paper butterflies - £12.95 - Tea and Kate 

10. Moon hair clip - £24 - Anthropologie 

11. HiBi ylang ylang incense sticks - £8 - Tea and Kate 

12. Maileg baby mouse - £15.99 - Ollie and Dollie at Trouva 

13. Blomus small fig candle - £11.50 - A Weathered Penny at Trouva 

14. Metal tray - £17.99 - H&M 

15. Shampoo soap bar - £5.95 - The Future Kept 

16. Iconic Becoming planner - £5.50 - Fox + Star 

17. Ren & Now to Sleep pillow spray £10.80 - All Beauty 

18. Fletcher Oyster card holder - £70 - Ally Capellino at Tea and Kate

19. Box of matches - £4.50 - Closett and Botts 

20. Small double laptop brush - £18 - Tea and Kate 

21. Old Faithful organic Makers' balm - £27 - Lewes Map Store 

22. Pickmaster plectrum maker - £20 - The Little House Shop 

23. Uppercut deluxe matte pomade £17 - Urban Outfitters 

24. Camo coin wallet - £28 Herschel Supply Co. at Urban Outfitters

25. Corduroy notebook - £9.95 - Monk & Anna at Tea and Kate 

26. Tea tree leaf facial exfoliant - £27 - Aesop

27. Indian bell tassel decoration - £14.40 - Yonder Living 

28. Pump Street drinking chocolate - £12.95 - Tea and Kate

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Claire HollandMaking, inspiration