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Home Life Weekend

Domestic bliss...stylish home gifts

By Sam Wylie-Harris

Spoil the lady of the house or the lord of the manor

Glimmer of wisdom

This quirky owl lamp will inject some warmth and character with its decorative, carved wooden base and velvet turquoise lampshade, trimmed with pom-poms.

1 Abigail Ahern Brown Flocked Owl Lamp, £76.50 (currently reduced from £85), Debenhams (


The finishing touch on a desktop or side table, this metal globe will give his study or living room a stylish update, and could even inspire a winter break or last-minute holiday.

Linea Oversized Globe Ornament, £35 (currently reduced from £50), House of Fraser (

Made to measure

Celebrating their 150th anniversary, John Lewis have delved into their archives to release this special edition sewing machine with a whimsy print, that's sure to inspire a 'make do and mend' ethos.

3 JL110 Sewing Machine, Raymond Loewy, £99, John Lewis (

Mixing it with the best

The Rolls Royce of stand mixers and a style statement, the latest addition to KitchenAids Artisan Collection is a timeless classic that boasts the most powerful, reliable and quietest performance to date, and is built to last a lifetime.

4 KitchenAid 6L Artisan Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer in Empire Red, £629.10, John Lewis (

Faded grandeur

For the finishing touch, grace the table with these vintage look candlesticks. Their curvaceous glass bases will add some rosy cheer, especially if you wrap them up with two matching pink candles and dress the holders with a sprig of holly.

5 Pair Candle Sticks in Paget Pink, £50, Out There Interiors (

Sole mate

Designer Tom Dixon has channelled his creative talents into a range of home accessories and managed to make even a doorstop look desirable, decadent and extremely polished.

6 Tom Dixon Cast Shoe Doorstop, £145, Liberty (

Heaven scent

Spreading a message of peace, this fragrant trio from Cire Trudon is inspired by seasonal spices and botanicals with notes of cinnamon, cloves, birch, chestnut, amber, cardamom, pepper and saffron, and the candles are aptly named Nazareth, Gabriel and Bethleem.

7 Cire Trudon Odeurs D'Hiver Coffret Set, £160, Amara (

Beggar's banquet

'Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry ... Add a touch of class to the drinks cabinet with this festive red decanter; their favourite red wine will taste like a top drop after it's had time to breathe.

8 Wine Decanter, £15, V&A (

Totally tropical

With a nod to the Caribbean, when the scent of limes and aromas of basil has melted away, this golden pineapple will still be bright as brass and can be used to store trinkets.

9 Neroli Lime & Basil Pineapple Scented Filled Candle, £15.60 (currently reduced from £19.50), Marks & Spencer (

Cue the cutlery

A favourite on wedding gift lists, a 24 piece set of cutlery is one of those practical presents that's wonderful to receive, and this vintage-style set with a floral cuff would make anyone truly thankful.

10 Fleuris Vintage-style Cutlery Set, £34.50, Alison at Home (

A breed of their own

With their small, stocky bodies, short-muzzled faces and curled tails, pugs aren't the prettiest of pooches, but this decorative bookend, in a silver metal finish, makes you want to shower the pup with treats.

11 Pug Bookends, £100, Osprey London (

Cutting edge

Tools of the trade, professional knives can be make or break in the kitchen and these four essential blades from Opinel, with their trademark wooden handles, will take the task out of paring, peeling and slicing over the holidays.

12 Opinel Bon Appetit Essentials Loft Utility Knives, £40, Heal's (

Pose and shoot

Popular in the 19th century, Victorians had a penchant for silhouettes and these portrait miniatures make a brilliant gift - all you have to do is email a profile photo of your nearest and dearest and the guys at Handpicked Collection will do the rest.

13 Framed Silhouette (4 Children) Black Frame, £239.95, Handpicked Collection (

Trunk call

Stylish storage is made easy with these on-trend trunks and tuck boxes, which are far too good to use for actual luggage. Instead, why not pack them with your make-up and toiletries, or use them to store books, magazines, bulky items and even some seasonal tinsel.

14 Trees And Tents Steamer Trunk, £225, Trees And Tents Tuck Box, £135, Anorak (

The silk route

Decorated with some of our favourite animal friends, this striking cushion will bring a wonderful splash of colour to a neutral room and could mark the start of a collection with other creatures from this fabulous new range.

15 Silken Favours Marvelous Menagerie Cushion, £95, Heal's (

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