Ideas for Christmas

Please do not send me a face mask this Christmas…

1.Blue Lobster 2. Brown Crab 3. Fruits De Mer

Timorous beasties are one of my most favourite print designers and these T towels at £14.00 plus VAT are gorgeous, Made in the UK and perfect for posting. Bought 3 with £5 postage which is something to bear in mind with online shopping, multiple buys save on postage.

This year many of us will be looking to the internet for our Christmas shopping but do not forget your local traders who are offering ‘Click and Collect’. I decided that we should do a piece on Christmas shopping with not only gift ideas but ways to maximize your spend and support those who need our help.

1. Da Vinci Deli, Wellsway Bath 2. The Silver Bear Wellsway Bath

Harry in The Oldfield Bookshop, Moorland Road Bath

Da Vinci Deli is offering Christmas gift hampers, The Silver Bear gift shop and Harry are offering ‘click and collect” all of whom I will be supporting in my local community.

1. Nathalie Lete Helena Apron £30.00 Anthropologie 2. Lucy Tiffney –  Menagerie Print Apron  Debenhams £15.00 3. James Leman apron £17.50. VAM.com

As many of us have been cooking our way through Lockdown bright cheerful aprons could be just the ticket. The V&A museum (VAM.com), like many other museums, have shops with great designer items and desperately need your support as well as the High Street stores.

1. Designers Guild Grandiflora Rose Epice Washbag. £25.00 2. Zandra Rhodes Wiggle Foldable Shopper. £12.50 3. Designers Guild Giardino Segreto Washbag. £30.00

Another example of a museum shop is the Fashion and Textile Museum; ftmlondon.digitickets.co.uk

Citywidesocks.com. £7.95

Wonderful designs, great colour choices and top-notch quality from this new online retailer. This was started by Charlie, a delightful local young entrepreneur. See if any of your friends or people in your community have started an online business this year and support them.

1.Christmas Frilled Woven Romper £20.00 2. White Forest Regular £18.00 3. Llama White Romper £16.00

joey-j.com is made by the James girls in Bath and they have a broad range of adorable clothes for baby and toddler girls and boys.   

1.Premier Espresso Bib Apron, PR123, Navy/Brown £14 Simon Jersey 2. Whites Butchers Apron Navy Stripe with Pocket or Whites Bib Apron Blue and White Check.  Nisbets.co.uk £8.98 plus VAT

For the more professional feel look at trade suppliers for the real thing, VAT on top but very competitively priced, well made and reasonable P&P.

1.wearthlondon.com £7.95 2. thesomersettoiletryco.co.uk. £5.95 3. thehempstore.co.uk £5.95

I am delighted to see the come back of ‘soap on a rope’ something I have searched out for years. It is mostly available at Christmas but is now growing in popularity. It is elegant, lasts longerand avoids the dreaded plastic bottle, just avoid ones with bits in them as dried oatmeal behind the ears is not pleasant.

The Wedge bag was designed for the Apple Mac book Pro 13” as a commuter bag  and there are a few left in stock at £42.00 delivery included. Contact chris@criticaldigital.co.uk

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