Festive tunes are playing in the shops, Christmas lights are being turned on across the country and millions of people are up-dating their online wish lists. Christmas is upon us!
We have teamed up with a number of different Dot Londoners to bring you this year’s Dot London Christmas Gift Guide, and the bonus is that you can win the gifts through our very own annual Dot Londoner Advent Calendar that we will be running across Twitter and Facebook from 1st – 24th December.
Keep an eye on our Twitter account for the chance of winning these amazing gifts.
Let the festive shopping begin!
Something to eat and enjoy
Rise Bakery is based just off Brick Lane, East London, and they specialise in creating delicious chocolate brownies. All of their brownies are baked by people who used to be homeless and are now training to become bakers. The brownies are available in packs of four or eight in varying flavours and are ideal for gifts and corporate treats.
Serious Pig is 100% British salami and the tastiest craft meat snacks you’ll ever have the joy of eating. Winners of six Great Taste Awards, Serious Pig have created an amazing gift pack for Dot London that includes both Classic and Chilli & Paprika Snacking Salami sticks; packs of Snackingham slices; some crunchy Snacklings; Pass the Pigs dice game; and a signed copy of beer expert Melissa Cole’s book, ‘The Little Book of Craft Beer’.
Something to help you relax and feel good
MOA creates natural skincare products that are inspired by old herbal folklore. Their hero herb, Yarrow, has been used for centuries to heal and repair, so their Fortifying Green Bath Potion helps to de-stress the mind and relive aches and pains. Paired with their luxuriously soft bamboo face cloth, a bath with the power of MOA is sure to help clear your mind and lift your mood.
Tussie Mussie candle fragrances are chosen with care to convey hidden messages to the recipient. Their Glad Tidings candles, which includes a heart-warming blend of cinnamon, sweet orange, nutmeg and clove, creates a fragrance that brings a heightened sense of happiness and joy, which is ideal for the festive season.
Something for Christmas and the New Year
BrownCow’s exquisite lizard print diaries are must-have for next year so that you can keep track of your comings-and-goings and look stylish while doing it. With two diary ribbon place markers, week to view pages with notes and future engagements sections, these limited edition diaries are simply gorgeous and pragmatic.
i am a, the British stationery and gifts company, aim to make you smile through playful design and they definitely do that with their Christmas Card sets and Magic Spell Pencils. They have brought even more fun to Christmas cards by making them scratch cards, so you can scratch away the glittery patch to reveal a Christmassy icon, like a decorated tree or a snowman. The Magic Spell Pencils can double up as wands with some of the most popular spells written on them, from “Open Sesame” to “Abracadabra”.
Something to experience and remember
The City of London Distillery have brought Gin distilling back to the City of London after an absence of nearly 200 years, and they’re giving you a chance to play a part in the revival through their Gin Lab Experience. You can learn about distilling and the different botanicals, design your own recipe and distill a personalised bottle of gin. Then finish it all off with a decent tasting of your very own gin.
Harlequins are one London’s leading rugby clubs and home to some of the sport’s biggest International names across their Men’s and Women’s squads, including James Horwill, Adam Jones, Tim Visser and Chris Robshaw. On Sunday 10th December the Men’s team will be going head-to-head with Ulster Rugby in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Something to always leave home with
Birdsong strongly believe that your body suits. The ethical fashion brand work closely with women’s groups who create amazing wearable pieces, from dresses to jewellery, including the Double V Ring. Each ring is manufactured by female artisans in Ethiopia and Mexico, providing them with opportunities outside of poverty and sex work. It’s a one size fits all ring so is ideal for anyone in your life.
Made from a single piece of toughened aluminium, the iMossi N2 wallet stands out for its sophisticated style and effortless simplicity. The wallet can store up to 10 cards, which are securely held by a customisable elastic strap, and includes an RFID card to avoid any fraudulent scanning of your bank cards.
The online womenswear boutique, JYY London, has teamed up with star of Geordie Shore and Celebrity Big Brother, Chloe Ferry, to bring out a stunning range of outfits and accessories. This includes a limited edition of stylish sunglasses that can be worn whatever the weather.
MeMe London create a fun, flirty, feminine, fashion forward line of stackable agate bracelets adorned with lucky charms and quality fine rings, earrings and necklaces. This includes their eye-catching range of On Angel’s Wings bracelet that includes either a gold or silver plated charm. It’s guaranteed to bring colour to any outfit.
Something for your home
Moxon, Shoreditch-based interior design boutique, specialise in beautiful gifts, home accessories and furniture that will make your home look amazing. They strongly believe that hanging prints and pieces of art can transform a room, so they have created easy to use Magnetic Print Frames. Crafted from sustainable wood, the frame includes magnets that hold your print in place while the attached rope allows it to hang. They have also created some handy coat hooks that can either be attached to the wall or on your fridge. Shaped like clothes pegs, these Jpeg Coat Hooks let you attach cherished memories or handy reminders to coat hooks.
If you’re a proud Londoner then these are the gifts for you. The Museum of London have a great range of London-based gifts, from coffee table books, such as ‘London-The Illustrated History’; to a striking poster that celebrates the spectrum of emotions that London can produce, ‘London States of Mind’. There is also the colourful ‘Look Inside London’ flap book that helps kids to explore the magnificent city of London.
Something for all ages
Elizabeth Eve’s Mum and Baby Swaddle Set is a luxurious gift designed for new parents and little ones, delicately gift wrapped and ideal for making those baby bath times special and memorable. The pack includes a cute body suit with matching cotton baby hat and no scratch mittens, a pure white cellular baby blanket designed to help regulate baby temperature, and the award winning Kokoso organic baby coconut oil.
Head to Putney-based boutique gift shop, Push the Boat Out, to be meet Robyn, the friendliest and most magical reindeer of all time. She is super soft with her body covered in long brown hair, big eyes that gleam at night and stunning silver antlers and hooves. She’s happy to wait patiently at home for your little ones to return and start playing together.
Rock the Boat and Oneworld Publications publish titles by a select collection of authors for all ages. ‘Kompromat’, by former MEP Stanley Johnson, is a satirical thriller that tells the story of 2016’s seismic and unexpected political events on both sides of the Atlantic – the UK referendum. For younger readers, ‘Otherworld’, co-written by actor Jason Segel and author Kirsten Miller, is the first book in a trilogy set in a future world where reality is dead.