The ultimate 2019 Christmas gift guide

Reader's Digest Editors

From leather goods to audio gear, via books and music—whatever your gift-buying needs this Christmas, we've got you covered 

For girlfriends: Ennigaldi

The “Orange Spice” line: Cross-body satchel bag £350, small octagonal cross-body bag £275, bucket bag £375

Combining modern design with a touch of vintage charm, the Ennigaldi “Orange Spice” line will make the perfect luxury gift for the accessory lover in your life. Meticulously crafted from the finest Italian leather, these bags exude elegance and class. Every little detail here is developed to perfection, whether it’s the beautifully stitched inner pockets or the chic, detailed tassels.

But fear not, if you’re after something you can wear for more informal occasions; the rich, lively colours and the quirky geometrical silhouettes that scream “Sixties” will add a playful energy to any outfit you decide to pair them with. Each bag has its own individual style and character so whichever one you go for, you’ll always feel like you’re carrying a unique piece of art that’s bound to start a conversation.

 

Les Georgettes jewellery, £35-199

If you're after jewellery that's not only beautiful but also pragmatic, Les Georgettes should be at the top of your list of brands to try. Utilising a unique concept that marries the finest jewellery with leather craftsmanship, Les Georgettes offers variety and playfulness to the process of deciding what accessories to wear on a day to day basis.

The idea is simple yet brilliant: customisable jewellery that comes with interchangeable leather straps in different colours so you can mix and match it with your outfit or handbag. Genius! 

 

For boyfriends: Camden x KPP Cycling Club Kit Watch, £169

wearing a camden watchj

Full of details inspired by vintage bicycles, this handsome watch is perfect for cyclists and design enthusiasts alike.

camden watch design

Created by Camden Watch Company, a British husband-and-wife founded watch company, this unisex piece features astounding craftsmanship, with a delight to be found in every millimetre of its design. We love the engraved watch face and goes-with-every-outfit brown leather strap. 

For those who really do love to ride, it even comes with an extra black nylon strap, for total comfort during your time in the saddle. 

 

For the little ones: Hape Deluxe Grand Piano, £150

piano for children

Do you have visions of your grandchildren one day playing the BBC Proms? Get them started on their musical journey early with this gorgeous miniature grand piano, specifically designed to teach little ones real musical skills. 

With 30 clearly marked keys created especially for small hands, your grandchildren could be composing their own miniature symphonies in no time. We particularly love the stylish and compact design, which would sit beautifully in almost any corner of the home. 

 

The Folio Book of Children's Poetry, £44.95

folio children's poetry

There's little more special than seeing a beloved child fall asleep to a story you've read to them.

Begin a new tradition with this delightful poetry collection from Folio, which presents some of the world's best-loved children's poetry in a gorgeously designed folio book, complete with a comforting, glow-in-the-dark cover. 

glow in the dark poetry book

Featuring poets from Wordsworth to Roald Dahl and beautifully illustrated by Lesley Barnes, there's something to delight children of all ages.

We love the idea of gifting this poetry book to a toddler and introducing selecting a poem to share together on Christmas Eve as a new, much-loved family tradition.

Best enjoyed with a mince pie (don't forget to leave out an extra for Father Christmas) and a mug of warm milk. 

 

For classical music lovers: Primephonic subscription

Premium yearly subscription—£79.99

Platinum yearly—£149.99

If you happen to be a classical music fan, you’ll know that enjoying it in the digital age is not always a breeze. Streaming services like Spotify or iTunes don’t exactly make it easy to navigate numerous recordings of the same pieces, often omitting parts of operas or symphonies and struggling to organise titles and artists so you’re never quite sure what you’re listening to. Sound familiar? Well, here’s a music subscription service that’ll change your life.

Primephonic boasts a neat search function built specifically for classical music. For example, let’s say you’re in the mood for Tristan und Isolde: you put the title in the search bar and voila, all the recordings available in the library are clearly listed along with the release year, conductor and orchestra, and you can easily sort them by popularity, length or the year of release. Goosebumps of joy.

 

For sleepyheads: Yawn pyjamas, £100

yawn pyjamas christmas

For sleepyheads in need of a little bit of luxury, this gorgeous box set from Yawn is designed to meet their every night-time need. Featuring pyjamas, complete with pyjama case, a lavender bag and cosy socks, it's a great start to a clean sleep ritual to last them through 2020. 

We love the thick waistband, deep pockets, and the warm yet breathable fabric. The socks are particularly perfect for snuggling up with a book and a hot chocolate before bed.

 

For philosophy fans: Philosophers—Their Lives and Works

£20, published by DK

This beautifully illustrated, thoughtfully designed book brings together more than 100 comprehensive biographies of the world’s greatest philosophers—from the sixth century BCE to the present day.

It includes gorgeous portraits of the philosophers, snappy but rich insights into their lives, ideas and studies, key quotes, influences and helpful pointers on how to set their musings within a wider historical and cultural context. The passionate philosophy nerds will also be tickled by the more humorous nuggets of trivia and gossip like their favourite thinkers’ bad habits and juicy love affairs.  

A must-have for anyone who wants to know their Bacon from their Bergson and their Spinoza from their Sartre.

 

 

For photography enthusiasts: KODAK SMILE Classic camera, £149.99

kodak classic smile camera

Retro meets cutting edge with this classic-but-new design from Kodak. Vintage camera fans will be familiar with the retro design but excited by new details, such as blue tooth connection, which means you can print any image from your phone, as well as memories captured with the camera itself. 

The camera is extremely simple to use, with a collapsible feature meaning it can be neatly stowed away in your bag—avoiding the problem of bulk faced by many instant camera competitors. Photos are large, with rich colour and contrast, and a neat narrow white border. 

We guarantee your giftee will be up and running quick enough to capture some still-steaming snaps of your Christmas turkey. 

 

For tech geeks: PURE StreamR Bluetooth speaker, £169.99

We’re certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to portable speakers these days, with a wide array of devices to choose from on the market. However, if you’re looking for an affordable yet powerful and compact speaker, you can’t go wrong with this little guy from the award-winning audio product brand, PURE.

Featuring Bluetooth streaming, digital radio and a nifty design that makes it easy to take it with you anywhere you go, StreamR is also one of the very few portable Bluetooth speakers on the market that offers access to the Alexa voice service. You’ll fall in love with the bright, room-filling sound and the impressive 15 hours of battery life that make this little audio tank hard to beat.

 

For busy bees: Zatchels

Black leather city backpack, £72.50

If you’re after a bag that’s going to fulfil both your practical needs and aesthetic needs, this stylish yet pragmatic backpack from Zatchels is just the thing for you. Handmade in England from best quality leather, it’s a gorgeous piece that’ll complement any look with a touch of class and understated elegance. It’s also an incredibly versatile bag that can be worn as a traditional backpack or a shoulder bag and is available in a variety of colours. 

But one of Zatchels greatest attributes is the sturdy, reliable craftsmanship: every bag is handmade to order and designed to last a lifetime. If you encounter any problems, they will be more than happy to repair it for you free of charge!

 

For the eco-conscious: SodaStream Crystal, £149.99

sodastream crystal

Let's face it, there's something distinctly superior about an ice-cold glass of water with a few bubbles added. However, for those of us who pride ourselves on living an eco-friendly lifestyle, it's just not an option to indulge when the heavy price is leaving an endless trail of plastic bottles behind you.

Enter the nation's much-loved SodaStream Crystal; a sleek, cutting-edge carbonator that will compliment your kitchen and your beverages in unison. After pressing the all-magical fizzy button, add fruits, flavours and alcohol to create anything from a G&T to a healthy, bubbly juice.

Aside from the tempting fact that owning a SodaStream will save around 1,282 plastic bottles from going to the landfill per household, the 60-litre gas cylinder is also cheap to replace and is collected using byproduct CO2. A perfect gift for your effervescent friend!

 

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