We’ve taken the hard work away. It’s the little things often that show you care, so try to think outside of the (gift) box. Here’s how to be Christmas ready in just three simple steps: the gifts, the decorations and the day.


THE GIFTS

Ready-boxed gift

Easy to give (and to wrap). Whether it’s that particular scent for your garden-party-loving friend (Studio Alchimia gin and tonic candle or that someone who loves all things festive (Eve crystal glass soy candle). A framed photo of a perfect moment together placed in an Otto frame could work wonders, or make more perfect moments sharing drinks and canapés with a reclaimed teak board or glass carafe.

Grand gesture

Sometimes this is all that will suffice. For this person, invest in what they want rather than what they need: this is the key to indulgence and adds magic to Christmas time. An artisanal table lamp, a hand-carved wall panel or a hand-finished glass-top tray.

Little ones

And not-so-little ones will just love one of these toys: soft velveteen, cotton and timber in muted tones. Or a new bed for your pet.


THE DECORATIONS

Glitter sparkling, feathers fluttering, LEDs shimmering in amongst pale Nordic-inspired timber pieces: there’s something for every taste. Do stick to a theme though, then dot this throughout your tree, home and table setting, as well as wrapping and you’ll be set. Use glass lockets with names inside as gift tags or place settings


THE DAY

The right table setting = the right atmosphere setting. It’s Christmas after all, so go all out. The ambience stems from a host of elements that tie together to create a convivial sense of festivity. You’ve wrapped your thoughtfully-chosen gifts, you’ve perfected the decorations around your home and so to the table.

There’s no hiding we love linen. Adorn your table with this to set the tone of simplicity. Layer simple Malmo tableware with platters and seagrass placemat. Crackle glassware almost sparkle when filled with sparkling wine, and don’t forget candles for a soft subtle glow. Unexpected touches such as hanging decorations with place cards around napkins. With food aplenty laid out, that festive abundance will follow.