For me, this Christmas will be hugely different as I’m sure it will for most of us. My house is typically bursting at the seams with people throughout the festive period. Our best friends visit from Menorca, groups of other besties appear for lunches or dinners, some of our lovely friends in the village know they can just pop in when they walk past with their dogs (and often stay for hours) and some years we even throw huge ‘black tie’ cocktail nights (a particular favourite of mine). The entertaining is crazy in our little pad and by January we always need a severe detox and rest, but we absolutely love it.
Dressing the home during the festive period is a real pleasure too and some of the pieces we’ve picked out for our Home & Fragrance gift guide will definitely feature. Candles, Diffusers and photo frames are also fabulous gifts, not only for Christmas but throughout the year too and my pressie drawer always has some in ready for any occasion. Sometimes, I like to give a gift over a bottle to a hostess too when we go for dinners (not that there’s a lot of that occurring at the mo)!
First up – is the insatiable ‘Fireside & Cognac’ candle from the wonderful boys at Lord Home. OMG – this candle is divine. With notes of cedarwood and amber it absolutely connotes snuggling in front of the fire on a chilly winter’s day with a glass of your fav tipple and that cosy feeling you get when your small part of the world is at peace. Buy it, buy many and I promise you will want one for your own home and you will feel greatly confident that anyone you gift one too will love it as well. The black and white packaging is crisp and clean, and the gift is completely suitable for the chaps and the girls in your life. At £32, the candle is a great price point and a real ‘scent-sational’ (see what I did there) gift.
Ashleigh & Burwood’s collection called ‘Wild Things’ have featured in The O&P since we opened. In fact, I think they were possibly the very first products we secured at our very first trade show. I have no doubt that our friends and family would agree that the collection reflects the personalities of The Duchess and I – colourful, bright, quirky, etc!!! The packaging is utterly fabulous and the play on words for the names is right up our street. Still disappearing quickly from our shelves is our bestselling – ‘Attention to De-tail’ candle with its rich scents of mandarin bejewelled with cloves, warm vanilla and opulent musk, but this year have added two new designs & scents – ‘Mr Fox’ & ‘You’re Howlarious.’ The ‘Mr Fox candle’ is a Christmas spice scent and will delight anyone to receive at this time of year.
The ‘You’re Howlarious’ diffuser features a stunning wintery wolf standing his ground as Snowflakes fall in a dance of glittering arabesque. Frosted notes of lemon sparkle from this reed diffuser amid warm, aromatic cardamom, while the rich scent of eucalyptus evokes a snow-dusted forest. The diffuser will last for up to three months and the candle a burn time of 55hours so at £38 each these are a wonderful gift that will keep on giving. The bonus – once they are finished you can purchase refill oils for the diffuser or use the fabulous ceramic holders for anything you like, pens, cosmetics even a decadent toothbrush holder!
One of the chores of the festive period is writing your thank you notes! It’s imperative and, as a lover of writing, I believe one of the romanticisms of the past that we should instil in our children and the future (although I am embarrassed to say that these days I am lucky if my teens thumb a thank-you text – ugh)! But I love to write so am always on the look-out for lovely stationery. I have found it in Katie Leamon. Her classy packaging and sophisticated designs make them a great gift to give too. Featured here we have her Bumble-bee correspondence set. This luxury correspondence set contains 10 sheets of illustrated bumble bee letter paper and 10 illustrated bumble bee notecards with gold foiled and navy envelopes. At £25 it is a lovely gift to give. We also sell her great range of Thank You notes and envelopes for £15, great for you or a pressie.
Gisela Graham is a fav of The O&P and always popular with our customers. We stock a range of her Christmas decorations, candles and other scrumptious home pieces online, but I particularly love this gold deco fan photo frame. It’ll hold a 4x6” picture – the little, normal ones as I call them and has a strong, bold border making it a real stand out piece which will look fabulous in the home. At £22 it is a great price point as a gift too.
Lastly for this edit, this funny coaster from Citrus Bunn – everyone has a friend who loves a ‘Pigeon & Tonic’ and at £5 this little gen is a great stocking filler or for me, a gift I’d send to my best girlies as a token to show I care and that I very much intend to drink large ‘Pigeon & Tonics’ with them as soon as lockdown allows!
So, there you have it, just a few items from our Home & Fragrance collection at The O&P – there is much, much more so please have a browse and enjoy.
Love Tiggy & the team x