Christmas Gift Guide Part One: Cambridge Satchels and more…

by Sasha Wilkins on December 13, 2013 · 7 comments


I’ve been shopping for my Christmas presents, and I’ve been lucky enough to receive some lovely things myself recently, so have put a few of them together as gift ideas for Christmas, as I did last year.

First up is this beautiful bag: Julie Deane from The Cambridge Satchel Company sent me their new clutch for my birthday last week (I feel VERY spoilt). I’ve been carrying it pretty much nonstop since then, and everyone’s been cooing over it. (Compared to brands at three times the price, the quality is just as good). It has a twist lock closure in pale gold plated finish and is available in five colours – classic black, peach pink, bellflower blue, navy patent croc print and biscuit patent croc print. Available here.

These Olivia von Halle silk shorts pyjamas are just the most beautiful and spoiling thing. I can’t bear full length pyjama legs wrapped around my legs when I sleep, so these are perfect for me. And such a pretty colour.

Olivia-von-halle pyjamas

One of my favourite scarves this year has been from Rose & Rose, who design so many beautiful and perfect accessories.


I’m sure I’m not the only person who likes a festive nail colour at Christmas. Estee Lauder Metallics Pure Color nail polish (£14.50 each)


I like to layer my scent with a matching body lotion, and these are two of the most luxurious. If you like pretty florals, then the heady freesia top note of  Antonia’s Flowers, and Floret‘s beautiful sweet peas will enchant you. (I wrote all about the lovely story behind Antonia’s Flowers here.)


Maldon Salt aficionados might like to stretch their horizons, at least as far as Cornwall, and try Cornish Sea Salt.These little pinch pots are flavoured with all sorts of interesting things, from porcini to rosemary, and start at just £2.19.


A gift with an ethical bent is always most pleasing, and these herringbone Arthur & Henry shirts aren’t just beautifully made, they are lovely super high quality organic cotton. £65 each.


This season they are also selling handwoven lambswool scarves, fair trade, and made by a women’s co-op in the Himalayas


Here’s a dog-related gift: Ted Baker’s Dexter doorstop. (Sadly the collar and lead are now sold out.)


I’ve really got into listening to music as I walk around of late, and these Wilkins & Bower P3 scarlet headphones are both comfortable, and have really excellent sounds quality. They also fold up into that little case, which makes them perfect for my peripatetic lifestyle.



Sunday Somewhere sunglasses are heavy acetate wonders, and manage to suit absolutely everyone, including my beautiful friend Liz who swears are face is too small for sunglasses.


This hamper arrived yesterday. Today Emily and I are ZOOMING around the office, fuelled by dark chocolate covered rice cakes, and Cranberry & Matcha biscuits. Thank you Harvey Nichols for knowing that the only thing that would get us through the pre-Christmas rush was SUGAR. (The hamper is rather a good snapshot of 2013 food trends, containing as it does cold pressed coconut oil, seeds with chipotle, and lavender and apricot jam amongst others yummy things.) HN hamper info online here.


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Liz December 13, 2013 at 17:18

I love your Cambridge Satchel Company clutch. Really gorgeous. I’ll go and take a look at their website. And..Happy Birthday for last week xxx


Sasha Wilkins December 14, 2013 at 02:02

@Liz: Thank you Liz! Yes, it is GORGEOUS! LLGxx


Tammy December 15, 2013 at 02:35

You truly makes the best Christmas list. Adore everything. That clutch looks absolutely amazing. And the scarves….hamper…..etc…etc!


Fashion Follows Her December 15, 2013 at 18:17

Happy Birthday Sasha… hope you had a lovely day.
The clutch is just beautiful- Julie has the best eye for style and detail.


Azure Ramli December 16, 2013 at 06:52

It’s Bowers & Wilkins, btw. I hv the same cans and they are ace!



isida December 16, 2013 at 20:05
Cal December 17, 2013 at 13:25

Totally stoked to be included in this gift guide. Thank you so much. Here’s to lots of happy men on Christmas day. (And happy cotton farmers and scarf weavers.)


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