I'm not one of those people who can say, hand on heart, that their affections cannot be bought because today I found there's nothing quite like a parcel with my name on it to perk up a mediocre Wednesday.
That said, I wouldn't be moved to instantly write about the contents of said parcel unless I could describe it as "right up my alley". This one is. (See my Instagram stories for deets)
Feather and Nest - a new independent store selling quirky gifts and homewares is SO up my alley it makes me want to move to the picturesque Oxfordshire town in which it resides just so that I could be lucky enough to call it my local. Fortunately for t'husband they have a website as well.
Now I don't know if Feather and Nest nicked my slogan, or I nicked theirs, but it's cool because the more believers in our shared theory that "your house should tell your story" the better. We like a curated house we do. As I keep saying, these days "House Candy" should have a place in our heart if it has a place in our home. This notion not only makes us excellent decorators but outstanding gift givers; because our pressies are both thoughtful and co-incidentally cool.
I love buying gifts but I don't always have the time to do the job justice. Now that I've found a store that thinks on my wavelength I'm really happy that I can head straight here for items that can be delivered with all the love and affection I would normally put into a dedicated shopping trip.
Please scroll past if you're moving house, having a baby, getting married or just so downright wonderful that you are deserving of a random gift from me this year because the following shopping memo might well spoil the surprise.
Things to buy for people I REALLY like, but probably haven't got time to go shopping for:
1) For the New Baby
The baby gift stresses me. What size will they not have an overflowing drawer full of already? Is what I think is cute also what they will think is cute? Have the parents still got a sense of humour or are they just too bloody tired? The cactus lamp suits everyone. It's fun, it's cool, it's useful. When all the other gifts have been left unworn because by the time they fitted it was the wrong season... the cactus lamp will still look funky and remind the parents to stay cool.
2) For The Bestie
Cushion buying is a risky business but when you win at it, it's the gift that says you get your mate like no other. This cushion is a winner. It ticks a lot of trend boxes, I have to admit, but it's also a monochrome, palm print, tassle-tastic classic. Buy it for your very best and most stylish friend. And also, please, for me.
3) For the Friend in Need.
Winnie the Pooh said that nobody can be un-cheered with a balloon and it's possibly the only one of his musings I don't 100% agree with. I'm not a fan of balloons, but I AM a fan of candles for making any mood unquestionably better. I am, however, a candle snob and not only do I want the candle to smell divine, but I want it to come in a really gorgeous pot that looks the part too. Paddywax has nailed this niche with a range of hand-poured soy wax candles, matching diffusers and handwash that smell yummy, but also leave you with the prettiest of little jars to re-use long after the flame has died out.
4) For The Midlife-er
Resist the urge to buy Gin. They've got tons. Buy them something nobody else has thought of instead. Buy them a quartz arrow pendant because excellent accessorising will see them stylishly through the midlife crisis.
5) For The Student
Remind them to never lose their sparkle (and to please change their socks)
6) For the woman who has everything but can't seem to find any of it
This book will show her where it was all along. Kate Moss buys it for everyone she knows. Be more Kate.
7) For the one you share a bed with
Basically bottled love potion.
8) For the one you were shitty to
Because it sucks to have to say sorry and we all need an ironic sloganed notebook to note down the people who are shitty to us.
9) For the girl that thinks she's SJP
Because a clashing purse is an instant outfit update and this one looks way more expensive than it is.
10) For The Homemaker
An anglepoise lamp in must have pastel green avec coper hinges. A bringer of lightness and positive chi in one chic, yet totally useful package? I mean, give it away by all means. But hell, you deserve a gift too don't you?
Happy weekend you generous bunch.