All we want for Christmas is … gorgeous candles that smell divine and burn for days on end, driftwood boats and tutu skirts, tiny knitted handbags and huge doctor’s bags in beautiful prints, waxed country jackets and Barbour wellies … and we’ll probably think of a few more things too. Christmas is for gifts.
First, the candles – fantastic gifts and the most heavenly and gorgeous ones are made by Harrogate based Neom Organics, which fills them which as much organic essential oil as it is possible to use. There are lots of different scents to choose from, although my favourite is Complete Bliss with Moroccan Blush Blush Rose, Lime and Black Pepper. If you call 01423 878 810 or email email@example.com, they will let you know the nearest stockist. Check out www.neomorganics.com
Now the boats and tutus. How we would love both as gifts. Sophie Likes is an amazing shop on Beulah Street in Harrogate town centre, although it also has a great website. There are all sorts of really lovely and quirky homewares and gifts, like these driftwood boats, picture frames and lamp shades.
There are also candles and net tutu skirts for all ages, and deck chair aprons (deck chairs being a speciality of the shop) and great tea towels and cushions and more … and all at really reasonable prices. This might just be the cutest quirky gift destination ever. See www.sophielikes.com
We adore Barbour waxed jackets, and, in fact, if I (this is Stephanie, by the way) don’t get one as a gift for Christmas, I’ll be miffed, because it’s not as if I haven’t dropped enough hints – as in “I’d really like a Barbour waxed jacket for Christmas”). Anyway, we adore the jackets even more when they are lined with a fab print by York based artist and designer Julie Dodsworth, pictured aboard her boat the Calamity Jane, her canal boat which has inspired her British Waterways collection for Barbour. Check out www.barbour.com and also www.juliedodsworth.com to find out more about Julie and her amazing work.
Finally, bags … now you can never have too many bags. Bags come in all shapes and sizes and degrees of poshness and elegance and colour and print and fabric … and bags are useful and wonderful. Most of all, we love an unusual bag, and we love a Yorkshire made bag, which is why Umpie is at the top of our bag wish list. Umpie is the work of three North Yorkshire lasses (two sisters and a cousin) who are simply incredible at dreaming up and making bags in unusual prints and fabrics. These little knitted clutch bags, above, match some lovely ponchos, which Umpie also sells. And then there is this Botticelli and leather weekend bag, below, which costs £149. It’s perfect, and it doesn’t get any better than that for Christmas. Check them out on www.umpie.co.uk.