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I’ve been making my list and checking it twice, and here are a few curious gems I think we deserve to ask Santa for this Christmas… OK let’s do this!

Hanging Gardens tea towel, £24.32, inspired by the artist, Esther Sandler’s recent trip to Croatia which you can use in the kitchen or hang on the wall to remind you summer exists.


La Montana winter oranges candle, £35, with the most amazing spicy blend of orange, cinnamon, red apple and clove and beautiful nostalgic labels inspired by old crate packaging.


Fictional hotel movie notepads, £18. The Shining, Twin Peaks, Dirty Dancing, The Graduate – play guest at your favourite film’s hotel with this neatly packaged set.


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Vintage-inspired wrapping paper, £3.95, which you can hang with one of these to make a cool picture.
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Brighton Gin, from £30, distilled by the seaside.
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Vintage Paris mini notebook set, £9.50.

Caravan charm, £49.

London Uncovered: 60 Unusual Places to Explore, a compendium of London’s most curious places to explore, £30, to complete your coffee table collection and inspire you out of your Christmas slump for some new year urban discovery.

Vintage matches, £6.

A handy guide to little-known London by the same publishers of my Secret Brighton guide.

Elf Juice, £14.85 for 6 cans, the perfect Christmas ale heavily spiced with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.

The Adventurous Blends of William Whistle, from £3, brought to us by the eccentric worldly adventurer. He does coffee too.

Savanna iPhone case, $59, personalised with your own initials and lucky number.

A mini terrarium, from £20, for desert vibes.

Travel Listography: Exploring the World in Lists, £13, including 70 thought-provoking prompts for listing your dream trips past and present.

Kitschy butterscotch milk chocolate, £1.99, eat it as it is, or drink it melted in hot milk!

Vintage Cats 2017 Calendar, £12.50, filled with adorable nostalgic images from old trade cards and adverts.


  1. Haha! Wow! Your air plants are in glass orbs too lol! That was the first time I had seen them displayed like that! And actually I'll try to order the London Uncovered book. I read your blog about it the other day. If it's on Amazon it could make it here on time.Looks fascinating! – Chantal

  2. Hey Chantal – yes the air plants are like little hanging gardens! And the book is truly wonderful! It's a real eye opener to places so many people stroll on past every day, and helpful for when you next make it to London!

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