Preppy Christmas Gifting
Black Friday’s been and Cyber Monday’s gone. There’s two weeks to go and you’ve still got presents to buy! Don’t worry – us too! But if you’re stuck for inspo and keen to break the predictable cycle this Christmas with some truly inspired gifting ideas, look no further…
Hostess with the Mostess
Now you’ve read our guide to a Sloanie weekend in the country you’ll know that turning up empty-handed is a big no-no. Christmas time is no exception of course, so forget chocolates and make a bit of an extra effort when you arrive to stay with friends or family this Christmas time. Gifts like cookbooks, beautiful mugs and cake plates and scented candles are practical treats that will never go wrong, and even better if you pick something a little personal to your hostess. Does she love fresh, organic cooking? Why not get hold of a copy of Daylesford Farm’s A Love for Food? This is the Gloucestershire farm shop and spa retreat with an outpost in Notting Hill that’s HUGE with the London Sloanie set right now. Diptyque – our personal fail-safe at Sloanie HQ – does a gorgeous, spicy Holiday Candle set that’s a little bit different from their fragrant year-round offerings, too.
Sometimes the ‘rents can be so hard to buy for, especially if they ask for the same things every year: socks for Dad and toiletries for Mom. Yawn! Why not change the record this Christmas and introduce them to some luxury gems collected from your rigorous Sloanie education? Joint presents are a neat idea, so something smart for the home like a wine caddy complete with a few good bottles is a thoughtful and generous present they’re sure to enjoy. If you’re doing separates, get Mom something super spoily and fragrant from Neal’s Yard, Cowshed or Jo Malone. And for Dad, something techy and cool, like the Apple TV. That’s one present the whole family will benefit from over the festive period, too…
Oh, what to treat your bestie with this winter? This is at once the most difficult and the most fun gift to shop for, because the chances are, she likes what you like! Something you know she’ll love for her Kindle is always a good plan – especially if she’s travelling or has some down-time over the holiday season. If she’s into keeping fit have a look at the gorgeous workout gear over at Hip and Healthy – we’re loving their vibrant print running leggings especially. Try if you can to resist the temptation of ‘one for me, one for you’ shopping as this can get pricey – though having said that, we think co-ordinated Sloane Ranger Chelsea Totes (one in blue, one in green) would look super cute on the two of you.
And for the little prepster cutie in your life, be it your own or a friend’s little bundle of joy, a sibling, niece, nephew or dinky little cousin, you’ll be pleased to know that there are endless stylish ideas for Christmas gifting Sloanie style. Our must-have baby accessory is anything from Aden & Anais, whose bird print muslin swaddle Prince George left hospital wrapped up in when he was born in 2012. For growing Sloanies, books are always a classy choice that’ll be appreciated by the parents too. A Beatrix Potter Box Set will make a lasting and cherished gift for any little guy or gal who likes their bedtime stories, and don’t get us started on Baby Uggs…
Just don’t overthink this one, and plump for a spoily and super-luxe accessory like sunnies, Ugg slippers, a necktie or a lovely leather belt. We just adore guys in Argentinian Polo Belts à la Princes William and Harry, and this is a unisex style too if you’re down with the his n’ hers look! These colourful embroidered belts look dapper styled with a polo and a pair of jeans or chinos, and can be just as easily dressed up or down. Another great option for gifting the guy in your life is to go for top end tech: something shiny from Bose or Apple.
What’s your Christmas gifting tip this season? Drop us a comment or tweet us your ideas @SloaneRanger – we’re always keen to discover the new brands you’re loving! Happy shopping, Sloanies!