With the arrival of Advent, The Lady’s Maid’s mind has turned to the small matter of Christmas shopping. This post looks at her favourite ideas for Christmas stocking fillers with a Lady’s Maid’s leaning.
Liberty Print Sewing Roll Kit, John Lewis, £15.95
No Lady’s Maid would be without a sewing kit. This useful sewing kit from Liberty has everything you’ll need to make basic sewing alterations on the go. Features a classic ‘The Strawberry Thief’ Liberty print.
Katie Loxton Travel Jewellery Case, “Sparkle Everyday”, John Lewis, £19.99
This pretty gold leather heart jewellery case, lined with grey suede, is the perfect travel accessory to keep your jewels safe on the go so you can sparkle every day everywhere!
Cashmere Pilling Comb, M&S, £5
If Father Christmas has brought you a luxury cashmere jumper this year, you will need to give it plenty of TLC to keep it in top condition. Knitwear is prone to pilling (little bobbles) after wear, so a pilling comb is essential for all those who covet cashmere. (See Caring for Cashmere for more tips on the care of woollen knitwear).
Golden Lily Lavender Eye Mask, Morris & Co., £16
If the festive season gets a little too much, you can relax in style with this Golden Lily Lavender Eye Mask from Morris & Co., featuring a classic William Morris print.
Vintage & Co. Fabrics & Flowers Scented Drawer Liners, Heathcote & Ivory, £7
Scented drawer liners will help keep your clothing fresh as well as repelling bugs such as moths. These vintage fabric and flowers patterned liners from Heathcote & Ivory will also add a touch of colour to your drawers and shelves. (Fragrance Notes: Orange Blossom, Sweet Birch, Gardenia, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Coconut, Peach, Amber and Vanilla). See The Scourge of the Moth for more tips on how to repel this pesky pest.
Mini Initial Lavender Pillow, Museum Selection, £9
Delicate, hand-embroidered cotton pillows filled with lavender inspired by Victorian embroidery. Lavender is particularly hated by moths, so place these in your knitwear drawers to help keep moths at bay.
“Star of Wonder” Myrrh & Opium Flower Scented Candle, M&S, £7.50
Christmas candles create a cosy ambience on winter nights at home – this Myrrh and Opium candle from M&S is subtle and exotic without being overpowering.
L’Occitane Refreshing Verbena Bauble, M&S, £12
The Lady’s Maid’s dainty hands suffer in wintertime, especially when she is hand-washing delicates! This festive bauble will add a little luxury to your hand-care. Inside the gold bauble there are three L’Occitane verbena surprises: verbena soap gently cleanses, and the hand cream and body lotion protect and moisturise hands and skin, leaving behind an invigorating scent.
Twelve Poems for Christmas, Seren, £5
A sparkling anthology of Christmas-themed poems to peruse over the festive season.
Charbonnel et Walker Milk Chocolate Handbag & Heels, John Lewis, £7
Stylish and tasty – the perfect gift for every shoe-loving lady!
How to Dress for Success, V&A Shop, £9.99
Edith Head, Hollywood designer to the stars, offers no-nonsense fashion advice straight from the 1960s. There is still much to learn today from Head’s witty style tips and delightful drawings. Bound in real cloth with ribbon page marker and foil embossing.