Hands up who’s completely failed at mindfulness this year? I had all the intentions. I bought the books, downloaded Headspace, vowed to abandon my phone an hour before bed and ended up disregarding them within a few days. Despite this, I love any items that are geared towards relaxation and they’re a no brainer when it comes to Christmas gifts.
These are a few brands and ideas, for the person who is bewildered by Hygge and needs to take a chill pill (or ten).
Candles that aren’t Diptyque
Yes, I love a bit of Baies as much as the next blogger, but I’m always trying to find new and exciting brands at various price points. Here are a few of my faves:
I spotted Hopscotch at Etsy Made Local last year and I’ve been obsessed with their candles ever since (spiced apple is to die for). Their minimal yet colourful aesthetic will have you double-tapping for days and all soy candles are hand-poured in London. Subscription boxes are also a great option, especially for those who love considered design and surprises.
Malin & Goetz
Who knew that this beautifully-designed unisex brand did canny candles? I love the mojito flavour, it’s more of a hint of my cocktail of choice but is guaranteed to impress thanks to the snazzy box. There’s a few other unusual flavours that need to be sniffed to be believed (hello dark rum) and they also have a smaller size, if you’re on a budget.
This is another discovery via Sapelle, Soy Lites are handcrafted in South Africa and designed to engage mind, body and spirit with aromatherapy scents. These are multifunctional, since the pure soy oil wax means that they can be applied to the skin, plus all components are locally sourced. Find out more about their point of difference here.
Stay inside the lines (ish)
OK so I still haven’t gotten around to using these properly yet, but I’ve found some great adult colouring books that would be perfect for any friends who need to destress a little.
You all know that I’m a massive Orla Kiely fan and I ended up buying myself this as a pick-me-up present, thanks to the pages of retro patterns. Fingers crossed that more of my favourite lifestyle brands start doing this!
Remember my Zeena Shah interview from a few months ago? Her colouring book Scandia takes you on a bit of a journey through Scandinavian patterns and after learning about her process, it feels even more meaningful. She also offers workshops and other creative events.
I Love My hair
Yet another thing I could have done with as a child. I Love My Hair celebrates the beauty and diversity of Afro hair, with whimsical drawings of wide-toothed combs, box braids and positive statements. There’s only a few copies left so act fast!
Living with Lucy (the plant whisperer), has definitely rubbed off on me and I’m now determined to spread the good news. I can’t take all the credit of course, Sophie’s written a great post about the health benefits of houseplants and apparently they can increase your concentration, which would be amazing for my freelance life. There’s even an Urban Gardening Show dedicated to this new, flat-sharing, millennial demographic that is in major need of some greenery. These bits may also help too.
This Way To The Circus
I’ve seen these colourful pots by This Way To The Circus everywhere from Renegade Craft Fair to Ecetera Vintage in Margate. It must be a sign! Designer Boe paints them all by hand and there’s one for every personality, whether you’re minimal or obsessed with metallics. There’s pins, notebooks and jazzy necklaces too.
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Concrete has never been so desirable. I love the how unique each Studio Emma plant pot is and they have a range of uses, just in case your recipient is a little bit forgetful.
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