Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

On the Look-Out for Perfect Gifts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

On the Look-Out for Perfect Gifts

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WITH the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas advert already making an appearance, the festive season for many of us has officially begun.

So it's time to gather the Christmas lists and let the present buying commence!

The first rule of gift giving is if you see the perfect present for a friend or loved one, buy it immediately, no matter how far off Christmas or their birthday is - trust me, you'll regret it if you don't.

Secondly although it's useful to have a budget and stick to it, try not to buy presents just because they fit your pricepoint - it really is the thought that counts and generic Christmas presents can feel a little bit impersonal.

After all, you're going to the trouble of buying this person a gift, you may as well make that little bit of extra effort to get them something they'll love.

For a lover of retro style, the ideal Christmas present will add a touch of vintage glamour to their home, where it can be shared with the whole family. The Art-Deco inspired Romano oval wine cooler in textured aluminium makes a dramatic statement while adding a touch of glitz to your chilling champagne.

Or select our unique Home Sweet Home frame, handmade with 1930s' playing cards to establish a quirky welcome to any room.

And when it comes to children's gifts, at Barker and Stonehouse we like to do it a little differently.

If your child has a fancy for a funky splash of colour, our Over The Rainbow clock is the perfect addition to complement their bedroom.

Or maybe your little one would love a cuddly stocking-filler? In that case, we suggest one of our Bashful Bunny Blossoms. These squashy, super-soft Jelly Cat rabbits, complete with vintage-floral earlobes and footpads are simply too cute to resist.

Sometimes, buying for him can be a little tricky.

But, if you plump for something technology-related, you're usually onto a winner.

We love our luxurious and stylish Byron and Brown iPhone cases made with the finest luxury calfskin.

Other good gift ideas include tickets to a concert or sports event he's casually mentioned and just about anything from his team's merchandise shop - the piece de resistance being the shirt. …

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