Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Best British Stocking Stuffers

We’ve all heard the adage that the best things come in small boxes. Sometimes practical, other times whimsical, and always relatively inexpensive, stocking stuffers provide the ideal opportunity to choose a few items that say “I saw this and I thought of you.”

Imposter! by Clarendon Games

Since launching in 2012, British-based Clarendon Games has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide and boasts a range of 18 diverse board and card games. Creating games that nod to the traditional but offer a modern twist, riddles, tongue-twisters, and wordplay are what the brand does best. A new addition for 2020, Imposter! is a lively after-dinner game in which players use debate, bluff and logic to win points. Genuine guests will try to unmask imposters, while the imposters, risking revealing their true identities each time they do so, try to smuggle the Earl’s precious possessions out of the castle. What’s more, it’s fun to play and easy to learn.

Bear Studs By Bear Basics

With her early influence being predominantly in antique jewellery, York-born Bear Brooksbank draws inspiration from treasures of the past and creates timeless contemporary masterpieces that are equally relevant to today. Her Bear Basics range is minimal and conceptual, designed for everyday life. Sold in a pair, these delicate gold-plated sterling silver bear studs can also be worn individually with the jewellery brand’s huggies or hoops.

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Summerill And Bishop Napkins By &YOU

What could be more beautiful than eating on a bed of leaves? Designed in collaboration with artist Chiara Grifantini, this collection of 100 percent linen napkins and tablecloths features cascading leaves and butterflies, all of which are handprinted. Designed to last and for everyday use or entertaining, these sophisticated napkins from Summerill and Bishop standout on every table and place-setting.

Bertioli x Thyme Silk Eye Mask

For the most glamorous night’s sleep and complete with little silk bag, the design on this eye mask was hand-printed by Caryn Hibbert, the founder and creative director of five-star Cotswold property Thyme. All of the original prints on the brand’s silkwear depict the flora that makeup Thyme’s garden, farm and wild spaces. Made with 100 percent Indian silk, this elegant mask offers yet another well-worn reason to simply stay in bed!

Porcelain Cups At Sette

Founded in London, The Sette began in 2018 when friends Chloe and Sophie realised that so many of their favourite memories took place in the kitchen. Bridging the gap between table and kitchenware, the website sells essentials, as well as niche finds. Grounded by the belief that every occasion is special, the philosophy at The Sette is that there’s no need to wait to use your favourite pieces. And crafted in Austria using porcelain, these cups are the perfect size for a morning coffee or a night-time wind-down tea.

Modern Films Subscription

With a library of over 35 films, give the gift of independent boundary-pushing cinema this Christmas. Having created its own digital viewing platform, Modern Films is a London-based, female-led film production, distribution and event cinema company, working with rising and established talent from around the world. Their 2020 slate includes Saudi Arabian The Perfect Candidate by Haifaa al Mansour; White Riot by Rubika Shah about the Rock Against Racism movement in the 1970s; Viggo Mortensen’s directorial and screenwriting debut Falling; and the award-winning documentary Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins.

Personalized Lunch Box By Not Another Bill

Made by British brand Black & Blum, this sustainably crafted, stainless steel lunch box and bamboo lid that doubles up as a chopping board, is both functional and stylish. A plastic-free product, the wooden lid can be engraved, promising a lunch box with personality. It’s sold by Not Another Bill, a company with a mission to deliver meaningful and memorable gifts of the highest calibre.

Beanie By Sheep Inc

Designed to be breathable on warmer days, and to be the perfect layer when it gets cooler, the new beanie from Sheep Inc is the ideal winter accessory. Made from ultra-fine New Zealand Merino wool, it boasts unrivalled softness. Unisex and offered in five carefully selected colours, the seamless design is knitted with zero-waste. And with five percent of all revenue invested into biodiversity projects, Sheep Inc was launched to offer a new and sustainable way of creating fashion.

Glossy: The Inside Story Of Vogue By Nina-Sophia Miralles

The untold story of Vogue, told through the lens of its editors, in Glossy (Quercus) journalist Nina-Sophia Miralles asks what—and most importantly who—made the fashion magazine such an enduring success? It’s a story of passion and power, dizzying fortune and out-of-this-world fashion, of ingenuity and opportunism, frivolity and malice. Today, 125 years later, Vogue spans 22 countries, has an international print readership upwards of 12 million and nets over 67 million monthly online users. It is not just a fashion magazine, it is the establishment.

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