4 original and stylish Christmas gift ideas designed to delight
It’s that time of the year when our thoughts turn to finding the perfect Christmas gift. We’ve put together a selection of stylish Made in Italy gifts to make things easy
Original and timeless gifts à la Salvatori style
Red and white windows, supermarkets piled high with seasonal goodies (here in Italy, that means mountains of beautifully-packaged panettone and pandoro) and festive music in the air. It can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming! And after another year that hasn’t been the easiest, perhaps it’s even more important to find a reason to celebrate with our nearest and dearest and express our appreciation for their constant presence and support.
And of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without exchanging gifts and lovers of beautiful objects will be spoilt for choice with our range of original yet timeless accessories. Embodying Made in Italy flair and quality, they are certain to strike the right note with even the hardest-to-please recipient.
We’ve put together a selection of stylish Christmas gift ideas for you.
How to find the perfect gift
How often do we find ourselves in a panic at this time of the year, trying not only to come up with the perfect gift but also remembering if we’ve already giving something similar in the past? The easy formula is to “copy and paste”, meaning that if once upon a time we gave a gift that somebody seemed to love, we keep pursuing the theme. So, for example, a keen cook is deluged with gadgets for the kitchen, while avid readers hardly need to take off the wrapping paper to know what’s inside.
We’re not saying that you shouldn’t choose a gift that reflects the recipient’s interests, of course not! Part of the joy in giving, after all, is that your gift and thought hit the mark. Sometimes we can try and glean clues from conversation but that’s not always possible, so we are left to try and find a “safe” present that will appeal. The danger here, of course, is that this can often end up being bland and boring.
What you are looking for is a neutral gift that is original without being too personal, and is highly likely to appeal to any taste. We hope this article helps you find inspiration for that perfect gift.
Give the gift of a designer candle holder in natural stone
Lights are an integral element of the festive season that transcends religions and cultures, taking various forms from candles to lanterns to twinkly fairy lights.
Each of these is associated with hope and wellbeing and they tend to affect us in a positive way, lifting our spirits, soothing us or delivering a general feeling of contentment. The gift of a candle carries a message of warmth in every sense, and of course, no candle is complete without the perfect holder.
We would like to suggest a choice of two pieces that we think will definitely find favour, starting with Bugia, Elisa Ossino’s contemporary reinterpretation of an old-fashioned oil lamp. Certain to appeal to lovers of retro style, this distinctive but playful piece features unexpected details such as an iron insert that evokes memories of times gone by.
At the other end of the scale is the Lui&Lei candle holder, with its decidedly bold but harmonious pairing of white marble and dark brown leather. Its simple, uncompromised form makes it an elegant, versatile gift for men and women alike.
Surprising and stylish desktop accessories
Desktop accessories are a surefire winner for friends or family members who work in an office, studio or have a home study. A designer piece is the perfect mix of practicality and aesthetics and are always sure to be appreciated. And, if the gift is destined for somebody whose tastes you don’t know particularly well, it hits the spot perfectly.
As with Bugia, we again take a trip down memory lane to find an accessory that was once a staple but has fallen out of favour in recent times. Studiocharlie has taken the humble letter opener and given it a designer spin in creamy white marble and burnished brass. The Balancing letter opener is a sophisticated throwback to another era when inkwells and fountain pens were di rigueur and the word “desktop” had only one meaning.
Our fourth recommendation is also from the Balancing collection and features the same gorgeous fusion of marble and brass, this time as a pen holder, a timeless piece in which echoes of the twentieth century are refreshed in line with current trends.
4 great reasons to do your Christmas gift shopping gift online
The traditional stress of venturing out into crowded streets and shopping malls amid the bustle of December crowds has been alleviated by technology. Online gift buying from the comfort of your home has become increasingly popular and it’s easy to understand why:
- You can quickly compare prices and options. With just a few clicks, you have access to all the different models, colours or variants available instead of having to trudge from store to store.
- You have instant access to a detailed description of any item you’re interested in. Like many e-commerce sites, ours includes a comprehensive description of every single product, including how to look after it, so that you avoid any unpleasant surprises.
- Another advantage is that you avoid the long queues you inevitably find at the payment counter. It can be so frustrating to have selected the items you want to purchase and then find yourself waiting in line to pay. It really is just so much easier to complete your transaction with just a few clicks.
- Last, but not least, is not having to traipse around with heavy or large parcels, trying to load them in the car or carry them on public transport. Home delivery is definitely a big plus when it comes to online shopping, but just remember to keep an eye on “last orders” to ensure you receive your purchase in time.
We hope you find this article useful and it’s provided inspiration for your Christmas 2022 gift shopping. Of course, it’s the thought that counts, but if you can also find a quality item and something a little different, that’s always a definite bonus. The four ideas we’ve mentioned are just the tip of the gift iceberg, so we invite you to make a pot of tea or pour your favourite beverage, choose a comfy seat and prepare to enjoy this year’s Christmas shopping experience as you browse our Home Collection!