Brilliant Baubles

One of my favourite Youtubers, Marie, from the channel BitsandClips buys her children, Scarlet and Luca, one new Christmas tree ornament every year. I love this idea.

Perfectly curated Christmas trees (the ones that look like they should be in the reception of an office block) are nice but they don’t tell a story. At least, that’s what I say to make myself feel better. I buy a bauble whenever I go on holiday and none of them complement each other. See below.

Baubles from Bath, Florence, Stratford-upon-Avon, Mexico and France 

Baubles from Bath, Florence, Stratford-upon-Avon, Mexico and France 

This year we’re buying a little Christmas tree for the for the first time. I’m completely wedded to the idea that each bauble should tell a story, so each Christmas we can look at the tree and be reminded of happy past events.

However, as these are the only baubles I have and the tree would look a little sparse, I’m going to bolster the collection.

I’m not going to over-bolster because I know more baubles await in souvenir gift shops around the world.

I think they would make quite nice secret-santa gifts, stocking fillers or as elaborate gift wrap embellishments.

Hark! My pick of baubles 2015:

Wedding gifts & British brands

We went to Italy last weekend to celebrate the marriage of my husband’s university friend.

Dolce, Gabbana and Tornatorne made it a long-term ambition of mine to attend an Italian wedding. I had a vision of myself in a full-skirted lace midi-dress twirling down a narrow street. Thanks to a dress on sale from Whistles, I made it happen. 

When we got married, the happy couple gave us some Lisa Corti table linen (similar below) which is awesome. You can’t find it in London, the colours are bright and beautiful. It showed that they put in some thought.

I was informed by my husband that there was ‘no way’ the couple would have a gift list. So I spent hours coming up with ideas for gifts that were made in the UK. The bar was set high.

After a good few hours of brainstorming, I visited their wedding website and discovered that they did have a gift list (contributions to their honeymoon).

So that my ideas aren’t wasted, here are my top five British brands:

SMYTHSON

This 125-year-old luxury brand was favoured by Winston Churchill, Sigmund Freud and the Maharajahs of India. The products are elegantly designed and well-made. Gift options are abundant: from leather-backed notebooks to jewellery boxes, all in beautiful colours, 

WEDGWOOD

I remember learning about Josiah Wedgwood in history class and thinking that this would be as interested in ceramics as I'd ever be. How times have changed. Wedgwood isn't just about blue and white china. The recent collaboration with Jasper Conran is supreme and worth marvelling over. The plates from the Butterfly Bloom collect (pictured below) are also awesome. 

JOHNSONS OF ELGIN

I dare anyone to find a better Cashmere shop. 

CHAPEL DOWN

The UK isn't generally known for it's sparkling wine but it should be. Award-winning Chapel Down is based in Kent and produces sparkling and white wines, beer and cider. The CEO says on their website: 'I passionately believe that there is no point in just trying to be the best. We have to be the only people who can do what we do.'  

LIBERTYS OF LONDON

Liberty prints are unique. I can't find out if they produce table linen, but I'm sure it wouldn't be a big job to buy and hem some of their material to make a statement tablescape. The range is enormous. The range of styles and colours is vast.

What brands would you recommend? Comment below!

Check out my Best of British Pinterest board.