The Thoughtful Gift Guide

What your loved ones actually want to get this Christmas

WHERE — Barcelona
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty

Thoughtful gifts make the best gifts. What to give your loved ones this season.

‘Tis the season to eat too much food, re-watch Love Actually and spend time with friends and family. But what to give your loved ones that will hold a prime spot in their hearts (or living room) when Christmas dinner is long over and the tree is packed away?

Become An Artist

Pick one of your favourite photos (or if you have access to them – a photo your loved one has taken) and get it printed and framed for them. When it comes to getting the photo printed it pays to do a bit of research; it’s a memory and piece of art in one.

Support Local Artisans

Handmade ceramics are a fool-proof way to impress even the most discerning friend. Do a little research online (aka Instagram sleuthing) and see who’s creating beautiful ceramics without the designer price tag. Plus if you’re in search of a truly one-off gift, handmade ceramics are just the ticket.

Start Off Their Art Collection

Art doesn’t have to be expensive. Or big. Do a little snooping into what style your loved ones would prefer and then see if any of the artists they appreciate sell limited editions (as opposed to one-off pieces) or small illustrations.

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The Luxe Accessory (That Doesn’t Break the Bank)

Treat your sister/best friend/girlfriend to the ultimate luxe gift; a beautiful handbag that they will treasure forever and want to wear daily. rag & bone’s mini suede bag will score you massive brownie points without totally blowing the budget.

The Insta-Worthy Greenery

Whilst you can’t exactly send leafy foliage through the post, a beautiful potted plant is the ultimate for-forever-gift if you’re spending Christmas with loved ones at their place. Take into consideration whether the lucky recipient has room for a fig leaf tree or a mini cactus, and of course it doesn’t hurt to re-pot into a cute wicker basket.

When In Doubt, Books are Best

Be it a beautiful coffee table book, an informative travel guide or a meaty novel. There’s a book out there for everyone, and with a bit of effort, reseach and thought, the humble book can easily become the most beloved gift.

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