Save your blushes

It’s not too late to bring some won­der and joy home for the Christ­mas hol­i­days. Sam Wylie-Har­ris rounds up the best last-minute buys

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERIORS -

You’ve made a list, you’ve checked it twice — but oops, some­how that spe­cial some­one who wanted some­thing fun and dec­o­ra­tive to style up their space has been over­looked. Or, just when you thought you were win­ning and about to wind down and em­brace the fes­tiv­i­ties to the full, you re­alise that some­where in the bus­tle be­tween De­cem­ber 25 and New Year, you’re go­ing to need an­other last-minute, left-it-to-the-last-pos­si­ble-mo­ment pressie.

Well don’t worry, there’s a trea­sure trove of gor­geous good­ies — that’ll all de­light home­bod­ies and decor fans — still wait­ing to be snapped up...

1. John Lewis Stay Wild Tiger Print Mug - Green/ Gold, £6, John Lewis

Ara­bica cof­fee, spe­cial­ist tea or sooth­ing hot choco­late will be much more of a tast­ing ad­ven­ture in this lively mug.

2. Gim­miz Cin­ema Light Box, re­duced to £9 from £10, Wilko stores

With 85 let­ters, num­bers and sym­bols, there’ll be no ex­cuse not to mes­sage you to say a big hearty, ‘Thanks!’

3. Eu­ca­lyp­tus in Vase, £12.99, TK Maxx stores

Cacti and suc­cu­lents may be very hip­ster, but we like the ethe­real feel of this chic but sub­tle faux green­ery, with a hint of sparkle.

4. &K Dot­ted Stor­age Jar — Blue/Gold, £17, Amara

Too glam for bis­cuits, with gold baubles ga­lore, this state­ment jar is made for bling.

5. Set of four Christ­mas Slo­gan Side Plates, £19.50, Marks & Spencer

Christ­mas cake, mince pies and pud will taste all the more scrump­tious when they’re pre­sented on these fun fes­tive plates.

6. Em­bossed De­canter, £20, Set of four Em­bossed Short Tum­bler Glasses, £14, Hexagon Tray, £25, Next

’Tis the sea­son for port, Madeira and sherry... per­haps a snifter of co­gnac, or a fine claret. Cheers!

7. Brushed Cot­ton Stars Du­vet Set Cover and Pil­low­case Set, from £25, Tar­tan Check Du­vet Cover and Pil­low­case Set, from £25, Nat­u­ral An­i­mal Faux Fur Throw, from £60, rest of items from a se­lec­tion, Next (see main pic­ture) Mixy matchy... a bed dressed with a flash of tar­tan, mixed in with stars and a cosy faux

fur throw, makes for a classy clash that will keep you warm and toasty.

8. Noir Col­lec­tion Can­dle, Dif­fuser and Eau de Toi­lette (30ml), from £30 each, The White Com­pany

Lift the mood and scent-sur­round the home in style with the woody, sen­sual notes of san­dal­wood, am­ber and man­darin.

9. Leop­ard Vase — Wall Mounted, £30.95, and Stand­ing Tall, £52, Au­denza

Torn be­tween the two? So are we, and noth­ing says Christ­mas like a bit of self-gift­ing... One for you, one for me.

10. MW by Matthew Wil­liamson — Pur­ple ‘Gaia’ Pen­dant Light, £95, Deben­hams

Drop dead gor­geous, all you have to do is dim the lights for a flat­ter­ing vi­o­let glow and just the right level of op­u­lence.

11. GPO Bermuda Turntable — Red and White, £169.99, Ar­gos

A vinyl best­seller, put a spin on their Christ­mas favourites with this retro-style por­ta­ble turntable with built-in stereo speak­ers.

12. Dip­tyque Le­gende du Nord Scented Can­dle Set, three x 190g, £155, Lib­erty Lon­don

Gor­geously deca­dent, Dip­tique’s scented can­dles are al­ways beau­ti­fully pre­sented, and this ex­otic trio will leave a trail of pine trees, tonka bean stud­ded with al­mond, and laven­der in­fused with vanilla.

13. Smeg four-slice two-lot toaster — Pas­tel Green, £159.95, John Lewis

A top-notch toaster al­ways goes down a treat, es­pe­cially when it’s as sought af­ter as this retro Fifties-style model, show­cas­ing Ital­ian styling at its best.

Next brushed cot­ton Stars du­vet set, Tar­tan Check set and faux fur throw

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