The Almighty Maison Cupcake Christmas Gift Guide 2013

Part of the fun choosing gifts for other people is that we stumble across all kinds of goodies we’d like ourselves.

Shopping is *cough* something I’m rather good at so it didn’t take much of a draw when new gift choosing service Inkling asked me if I’d recommend some gifts for their users. They’ve invented a tool that helps busy people find thoughtful gifts.  You tap in what kind of person you’re buying a gift for i.e. age / gender / interests and throws up some lovely choices according to your budget.

Gifts are sourced from a range of online retailers including John Lewis, Liberty, Amara and many more. Everything on the site has been hand selected by gift editors specialising in different styles – my selection is mostly kitchenware but other editors choose fashion and accessories.

Here is a preview of gifts I have recommended to Inkling – if you like any of these you can create your own wishlist to send to drop hints – and a donation is made to homeless charity Shelter for purchases made this way.

White ceramic gifts 2013

White Ceramics

Olive oil dipping dish
£20 Cox & Cox
Whimsical olive oil dish, perfect for dipping bread into as an opener to cosy dinners for two

Stoneware wavy roasters
from £19.50 Cox & Cox
Distinctive oven to tableware that stylish hostesses will love.

Stoneware Heart Plates
£45 for set of 3, The White Company
Trio of white stoneware heart dishes to be displayed nested or in a group.

Stoneware mug
£12 The White Company
Cosy up with cocoa in this glossy white mug with handpainted grey trim.

Glassware gifts 2013

Gorgeous glass

Glass Comport Serving Bowl
£45, The White Company
Showcase those showstopping desserts in this stunning raised glass serving dish.

Two hourglasses
£25 Cox & Cox
Pair of traditional retro hourglasses serving both as decoration and practical 15 and 30 minute kitchen timers.

Louella Glass Butter Dish
£13.50 at Not on the high street
Keep the butter on the table so it’s soft for toast in the mornings. Just like grandma used to have.

Set of six milk bottles in a crate
£12.75, Not on the high street
Pretty centre piece or window ornament, can be used for cut flowers or serving drinks.

Man friendly gift ideas 2013

Man friendly gifts

Bear bottle opener
£16 Not on the high street
Open yourself a grizzly beer

Cactus letter holder
£11 by J-ME at John Lewis
A funky foothold for the snail mail.

Rhubarb & Custard sweets in jar
£3.95 at Liberty London
Nostalgic sweet shop favourite in a jar celebrating the iconic Liberty London store

Multicolour map drinks flask
£18.95 at Liberty London (or Not on the high street)
Whether for picnics or commuting, enjoy hot drinks on the go with this leather-effect map printed flask.

White Bicycle Mug
£10.95 by Fish’s Eddy at Liberty London
Cyclists will love this unusual bike print mug.

Best looking tea towels 2013

Printed tea towels

Cockney rhyming slang tea towels
£9.95 Not on the high street
From a range of cockney rhyming slang letterpress style products including aprons, cushions, mugs.

Sea Shanty Printed Linen Tea Towel
£12.95 at Liberty London
Nursery ditty vintage print tea towel in blue and white.

Bee Friendly Tea Towel

£12.95 at Liberty London (or Not on the high street)
Botanically illustrated guide to which plants attract bees in your garden on a tea towel.

Teal Victorian Oatcakes Organic Tea Towel

£9.50 by Gillian Kyle at Not on the high street
Vintage oatcake print inspired by Victorian packaging, handmade in the UK.

Coral Victorian Lemonade organic tea towel

£9.50 at Gillian Kyle at Not on the high street
Vintage lemonade label print inspired by Victorian packaging, handmade in the UK

Kitchen Baking Printed Linen Tea Towel
£14.95 at Liberty London
1950s style cut paper collage design on a tea towel.

Meadow Terrace oven glove
£16.95 at Liberty London
Colourful retro print oven glove to look quirky in the kitchen.

Fenella Smith cream dachshund print tea towel
£15.50 at Not on the high street
Charming illustrated repeat print tea towel for dog lovers.

Apron gifts 2013

An assortment of aprons

Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer wrapper apron
£19.95 at Not on the high street
Iconic teacake design on an apron

Butcher’s Kitchen Apron
£21 at Not on the high street
For beefing up barbecue duty

Personalised childs’ apron
£16 at Not on the high street
For spoon lickers and celeb chefs in training

Seasonal Guide to Fruit and Vegetables Apron
£24.50 at Liberty London
Practical reference to seasonal fruit and veg in the form of a beautifully illustrated printed apron.

Dog and animal gifts 2013

Dog and animal related gifts

Christmas Dog Cookies Selection Box
£9.95 Not on the high street
Christmas themed dog cookies good enough for Crufts contenders

Chihuahua mini 2014 calendar

£9.95 at Liberty London
Bring out your inner Paris Hilton with this toy dog themed mini calendar

Radley pageant keyring
£19 at John Lewis
Iconic black scottie dog to personalise your keys.

Eats Cake and Leaves side plate
£27.95 by Jimbob Art at Liberty London
Witty panda print plate for cake lovers.

Fox Dinner Plate
£24.95 by Donna Wilson at Liberty London
Folky fox story book style illustration on bone china plate.

Cheese lover's gifts 2013

For cheese lovers

Personalised silver plated cheese knife
£18 at Not on the high street
Robust cheese knife to personalise with a slogan or recipient’s name

Cheese glorious cheese cheese board
£15 at Not on the high street
Showcase your cheeses on this black and white board

Camembert Baker
£18.50 John Lewis
French style ceramic dish for baking camembert cheese to dip crusty bead into.

Glass dome
from £32 at Amara
Keep cheese covered under this glass cloche with ash wood base and knotted leather top handle.



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Which of these would you like for Christmas?
Affiliate links used. You can also see my full list of recommendations at Inkling.


  1. says

    What a wonderful eye you have for gifts. Mine is on that Camembert Baker. We love cheese in our house. May have to sneak that on into my own stocking. That olive oil dipping dish is also pretty stunning. Lovely roundup. Thank you