No matter who you’re shopping for this year, The White Company has dozens of luxurious options
Getting gifting right for everyone on your list is always a tall order – particularly with such high hopes resting on Christmas 2021 after the events of last December. But no matter how you’re celebrating or who you’re shopping for this year, we suspect that you can tick off all of those presents in one fell swoop – if you’re wise enough to pay a visit to The White Company, C'est.
First established in 1994 by Chrissie Rucker OBE, and now a stalwart we can’t imagine the British high street without, The White Company is one of those rare shopping destinations that really does – forgive us the cliché – have something for everyone.
From its cult scented candles to its chic Christmas decorations to its cosy sustainable cashmere, essentially everything The White Company sells is excellent gifting material, giving that luxury feel at surprisingly affordable prices. Cette fois-ci, the brand’s focus for Christmas is “little moments and lasting memories” – those pockets of joy that make sharing this season with your nearest and dearest such a comforting and affirming experience.
To help you fill your basket and get prepped for the all-important exchanges to come, we’ve come up with some memorable suggestions to surprise and delight your family, copains, colleagues and more. With the spirit of giving in mind, we’ve even highlighted one or two items that make marvellous gifts to self, should you be so inclined. bien, if you’re treating everyone else to wonderful things for Christmas 2021, you’re sure to end up on Santa’s nice list too…
For the scent obsessive
Electronic diffuser: 65 £, Thewhitecompany.com
If you’ve ever stepped foot in a White Company store, you’ll know why its fragrances are nothing short of legendary, and can be found in all of the best-smelling homes. Its bestselling electronic diffuser is powerful enough to fill even the biggest rooms with seasonal scent – team it with the enveloping fireside ou alors fir tree fragrance oils for an aromatic experience they’ll savour every time they switch it on.
For the loungewear lover
Star hoodie with cashmere: 98 £, Thewhitecompany.com
For those whose vibe is more snug than sparkly, look to this cashmere hoodie, which has a nod to Christmas thanks to its star motif, but is still discreet enough to wear all year round. Crafted from a combination of responsible wool and premium cashmere, the buttery-soft fabric will keep them toasty no matter how far the temperatures drop.
For the eco-conscious friend
Cashmere essential scarf: 98 £, Thewhitecompany.com
Speaking of cashmere, The White Company was the first British brand to become part of The Good Cashmere Standard – an independent standard encompassing all aspects of sustainable production, from living environments to herd breeding – so you can be proud to present this elegant pure cashmere scarf to a sustainably-minded loved one this year. The camel colour is a neutral that will go with everything in their wardrobe, and if you’re feeling really generous you can add the matching hat et des gants to the set, trop.
For proud new parents
Fine silver photo frame: 35 £, Thewhitecompany.com
Nothing makes a house feel like a home more than a gorgeous family photograph – but with a young baby to look after, busy new mums and dads might not yet have had the chance to get theirs printed. Make this Christmas really special by doing it for them, and presenting it in this silver photo frame; it’s such great quality it could easily become a family heirloom in its own right.
For the stressed-out colleague
Sleep calming bath soak: 35 £, Thewhitecompany.com
This soothing bath soak will instantly melt away any thoughts of overstuffed inboxes or endless Slack notifications and allow them to indulge in some much-needed me time. Blended by expert British perfumers with lavender, clary sage and chamomile, a small splash of this elixir goes a long way, making this a gift that will keep on giving throughout January and beyond. Not to mention the fact that the minimalist bottle will look lovely on their bathroom shelf.
For the giftee who has everything
Winter hamper: 110 £, Thewhitecompany.com
With a room spray, candle, set of tealights and holders and a botanical candle plate, wrapped up inside a stylish wicker hamper, this is the ultimate package for anyone you’re hoping to really impress. The notes of The White Company’s winter fragrance – warming clove, spicy cinnamon and fresh, energising orange – are ideal for invoking a welcoming, cosy environment during this often dark and dreary time of year. Even if your recipient is spoilt for choice with little luxuries already, they’ll surely be thrilled to add these to their collection.
For the gracious hosts
Belgravia red wine glasses: £38 for four, Thewhitecompany.com
If you’re lucky enough to have your Christmas dinner cooked by someone else this year, take along something from The White Company to elevate their future dining experiences in return. These long-stemmed crystal wine glasses are just the ticket, with a pleasingly large bowl that’s crying out to be filled up with their favourite bottle of red, or a citrus-spiked G&T. They even arrive housed in an attractive presentation box, making wrapping them up to hand over easier than ever. There’s also a version for white wine fans, if that’s more their thing.
For your favourite neighbour
Mini green wreath Christmas decoration: 15 £, Thewhitecompany.com
This miniature version of The White Company’s much loved festive door wreaths is the ideal affordable token of affection for your favourite people on your street. It’s a versatile little hoop of foliage that’s just as home hung from a mantelpiece or door handle as it is used as part of a festive table centrepiece, and because that luscious-looking greenery is, deceptively, faux, it’s a piece that can remind them of your happy memories together every December from now on.
Super-soft faux-fur throw: From £165, Thewhitecompany.com
We fully advocate a gift to self at the most wonderful time of the year – and few gifts could be more wonderful than wrapping yourself up in this faux fur throw, which comes in a choice of four equally appealing colours. Drape it across your bed for an extra dreamy lie in or lay it out on the sofa for the most extravagant of movie nights, then light a classic pomegranate candle and bask in the glory of having your gift list well and truly sorted.
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