For Her


Handmade in India, the Pasua Pyramid Terrarium from Nkuku is the perfect environment for a so-very-fashionable indoor garden. Ferns and succulents will thrive in this decorative micro greenhouse. And as the plants and soil recycle water, minimal upkeep is required. Framed in zinc, the contemporary shape features a handy window that can be propped open. Small £39.95, large £49.95.

Unique Planners

Electronic diaries are one thing, but the joy of handwritten lists and scored-off tasks is quite another. Newton Abbot's Unique Planners produce customisable Life Planners in a range of sizes and decorative layouts, with a ribbon marker, sturdy wire binding and a handy PVC bits-and-bobs wallet. An online tool lets you choose a personalised cover and you can add text and pictures, so the end result is bespoke. £26.

Lola's Apothecary

Lola's Apothecary products are handmade in Devon in small batches using ethically sourced raw materials. The Bathing Rituals gift set includes three aromatherapy bath and shower oils, relaxing wellness teas and a jar of raw Devon honey, all presented in a ribbon-tied gift box. The bath oils promise to balance, relax and uplift, and as they're super-concentrated, a little goes a long way. £80.

For Him

Chemex Coffee

Coffee lovers have their pick of gadgets, gizmos and high-tech machines. Few are as elegantly designed – or as good at producing really excellent coffee – as the classic Chemex. Made from non-porous borosilicate glass that doesn't absorb odours, this hourglass-shaped coffee jug is finished with a wooden collar and tie. The design-conscious will be pleased to own a piece that's also to be found in MOMA New York's permanent collection. £43 for the six cup model.

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Angel Ceramics

We all know one: the man who has everything and wants for nothing. He's the man we spend present-buying hours agonising over every Christmas. Agonise no more – just get him a hand-carved and hand-painted Brussels Sprout Christmas Tree Decoration from Angel Ceramics in Budleigh Salterton. In fact, get him a whole bowlful. £8.95 each.


The 'man bag' can be a love-it-or-hate-it proposition. Unless, that is, you're talking about the Paper High Leather Rolltop Backpack from ethical and fair-trade brand Sancho's, based in Exeter. This is definitely all about the love. Made from tactile natural leather (for the sort of graceful ageing we can but dream of), it has understated good looks, wide padded straps and plenty of room inside. £180.

For Little Ones

Ian Snow

Llamas are having a fashion moment. No, we don't know why either. You'll find an especially cheeky specimen capering on the Hand-Embroidered Cushion Cover from fair-trade retailer Ian Snow in Torrington. A pink pom-pom trim offsets a vibrant South American palette that's guaranteed to bring a burst of colour – and playful personality – to every kid's room. £29.99.

Dearly Beloved

Dearly Beloved's Customised Children's Room Prints are cheeky, bold and beautifully designed. Husband-and-wife team Ben and Abi Aslett have taken the skills they normally use to make bespoke wedding stationery, to create prints that are modern, with an adorably whimsical retro edge. Each print includes your child's name and can be customised for girls or boys, with different skin tones available. £35.

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For Furries

The DD Company

Four-legged family members can nail their Christmas party look with a so-stylish-it-actually-hurts bandana neckerchief from The Distinguished Dog Company. There's a distinctive fabric to suit all personalities, from the playful Pekinese to the dignified Doberman. Tying at the back and featuring a refined leather patch, the bandanas come in three sizes and have a touch of stretch to ensure day-long comfort. £19.50.

Kate Garrett

Let pets of all shapes and sizes know they're the apple of your eye with a Watercolour Portrait from artist Kate Garrett. Each watercolour is painted to order in Kate's Black Torrington studio and captures the personality of your pet in either a cheekily informal or true-to-life style. Names and dates can be added to make a bespoke keepsake of your very best friend. £35 to £92.

Clare Hunt

Published 29 October 2018

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