Every Christmas, we say that we’re going to do things differently next year. We’re going to be prepared, we say. We’re going to avoid the last minute rush to the high street, looking for gifts to be wrapped at the eleventh hour and placed in an (only just) timely manner under the tree.
The problem that we fail to foresee, however, is what exactly we’re going to gift our friends and families. (Does Uncle Bob really need another pair of socks? We think not.) This year, you needn’t worry – because we’ve put together the ultimate and exhaustive gift guide for every friend and family member. So you can live up to your "prepared Christmas" dream.
Scroll down for the perfect gifts for her, him, the family, and as a bonus, everything you’ll need to host Christmas at home.
Not just for Christmas: Why home accessories make the perfect gifts
Home is the centre of our lives in winter, and the place where you can cosy up, get warm, and mix with friends and family. And since there’s no-one who doesn’t use homewares, there’s no-one who won’t appreciate something new (and beautiful) for their homes. No matter what their interest, hobbies, or lifestyles, something stylish for the home will always be well received. And the best part? You know that they’ll be able to enjoy it all year round. And if you invest in something that’s excellent quality, they will be able to enjoy it for many Christmases to come... it’s (uh-hum) the original gift that keeps on giving.
Gifts for her
We refuse to fall into the 'classic housewife gift' category: it’s simply not what Christmas is about. Instead, think about homewares and accessories that will make her life at home beautiful, and which will be special for her alone.
Natural, high thread count bed linen is wonderful to sleep on and promotes deep, healthy sleep. Consider a fabric she wouldn’t normally buy, like flannel bed linen for cold nights, or linen bedding, which feels drapey and rich for year-round comfort.
Top quality, plush towels are the perfect thing to wrap up in after a spa session, and can also be personalised with a monogram or an embroidered message using our customisation service. To continue the spa theme, pair it with a scented candle to make sure she knows it’s just for her.
Blankets and throws are also a sensational choice, because no-one ever said they didn’t like blankets. Natural fibres and classic designs mean that she will appreciate it no matter what her taste. For something extra special that she may not consider treating herself to, a cashmere blanket is the ultimate luxury gift that’s almost guaranteed to be swooned over. (And because all URBANARA’s cashmere blankets come wrapped in a high-end gift box, it’s a little extra touch of special that won’t go unnoticed).
MONTROSE FLANNEL BED LINEN
SALEMA TOWEL COLLECTION
UYUNI CASHMERE BLANKET
SANKARI CANDLE HOLDER
SALLA WOOL BLANKET
Gifts for him
Men can be a little trickier to shop for, but classic, practical homewares made of top-quality materials will please even the most discerning of gents. Bed linen is a great option because an extra set always comes in handy, and high-quality linen may not be on the list of high-priority homewares. Strong, masculine colours like dark blues and greys will please tame tastes, while a simple stripe adds a touch of interest, without being too decorative.
A table lamp with brass fixtures is another way to please the dapper males in your life. For a study or beside the bed, lamps with strong, streamlined angles and pared back forms ooze sophisticated masculinity, their timeless designs suiting most décors.
Blankets (again, who doesn’t love a blanket?) are also sensational gifts for men. Choose one made of classically appealing wool, which displays a rugged beauty and often in sombre shades.
For a man who needs pampering, a quality bathrobe invites him to indulge in simple, old-world charms, like relaxing following a long shower on a Sunday morning with a coffee and a paper. Simple linen towels are a great choice too.
AGRELA FLANNEL BED LINEN
GOTLAND WOOL BLANKET
KOTRA TOWEL COLLECTION
HOVEN TABLE LAMP
Gifts for the family
Candle holders, vases, cushions and towel bales all make great family gifts, because everyone can enjoy them. If there’s a decorating enthusiast amongst them, or if they are newlyweds who have recently moved into a new home, scatter cushions are versatile and will help their house feel like home.
Did we mention that blankets make excellent gifts? Choose one that’s made of new wool or alpaca, which are extremely durable, so good for the living room where they are likely to be used often. Check whether there are matching cushions available too for a complete gift!
ALVITO TOWEL COLLECTION
FUNCHAL COTTON BLANKET
PIURA ALPACA BLANKET
Remember the feeling of hanging the special ornaments that used to belong to your grandmother? Start your own Christmas traditions with gorgeous hand-made Christmas decorations for a custom that will make you smile, year after year.
For the big Christmas lunch, make sure your table looks the part. Most of your time will be spent here wining and dining, so give a little extra attention to the details.
Set the table with matching table linen. Use fabric table napkins and a table runner for a sophisticated look; consider selecting linen because it’s easy to clean.
Serve your sides (and entrés and mains) in pretty crockery and on natural wood serving boards. Using an eclectic mix will help keep things casual and friendly, but will still look charming once the table is set.
For a festive centrepiece, use brass or copper candle holders for a little sparkle, and arrange a few baubles or ornaments at their base. They will match your tree and will put all your guests in a merry eating mood.
MERKINE TABLE RUNNER
MERKINE TABLE NAPKIN
Once your gift and decoration shopping is done, you’ll be well on your way to hosting the most prepared and stress-free Christmas ever – and that, really, is the best gift of all.
Happy preparations from all of us at URBANARA!