Festive Gift Guides: Easy Peasy Gifting
Are you struggling for inspiration? Look no further. We have put together our very favourite things for your very favourite people. And we've used our Technicolor Christmas as the starting point.
Can't get more elegant that Barbara Stanwyck (and she looks like she's wearing this season's Bellerose Elsene jacket). And it looks as if Miss Lucy Coles herself had a hand in decorating that beautiful tree. We think Babara will love the Hestra leather gloves. We think Barbara will recline elegantly on a Bungalow cushion. We think Barbara will be fragrant with Maison Louis Marie No. 4. We think she will appreciate a piece of Pernille Corydon jewellery. Maybe a Close Locket to keep treasured pictures of her loved ones. We think she would wear gold, but the silver is nice too.
The Animal Lover
There can be no more recognisable animal lover in the history of Hollywood than the ever brilliant Judy Garland as Dorothy with her beloved Toto. What would Dorothy appreciate under the Christmas tree back in Kansas? We've wrapped up lots of animal related gifts: iconic Czech designer Libuse Niklova's inflatable giraffe (other animals are available); a dachshund in a party hat deco; Alex Monroe's classic bee necklace. The perfect present for Toto: Beautiful Joe's dog treats. Treats for the dog and a donation to a worthy dog charity. Win win.
Laurel and Hardy and a Christmas Tree, this was a gift of an image for our fun loving giftee. And for those of you of a sensitive disposition may we first apologise for the propensity of fun loving giftees to enjoy a fair amount of cursing. It was hard to put this together without recourse to some rude words. Imogen Owen may look ladylike and genteel but she swears like a trooper and renders these swears beautifully on china mugs in her immaculate gold calligraphy. Struggling for witty putdowns? Reach for the Insult Generator. Looking for cheap laughs? Can't go wrong with a whoopee cushion.
Hedy Lamarr is our muse for this one. Check her out lying on the moon for 'The Heavenly Body'. She looks like she'd enjoy a bit of glamour, sparkle and luxe. On the glittery shopping list, we have included Beck Sondergaard's lovely new Mellu Glitz bag light gold, any number of Beck's lurex socks, DPH's Aclia jumper and Anni Lu's big pearl earrings. If she has a mind to decorate the tree for Christmas there is lots of tinsel to be had. And for a fun fact about our friend Hedy, she invented a frequency hopping signal to prevent radio controlled torpedoes being sent off course. Who knew?
The Cook, here ably represented by S.Z. Sakall (he was in Casablanca FYI) in 'Christmas in Connecticut' with Barbara Stanwyck. But enough film history, suffice to say that we have gifts a plenty for anyone handy round the kitchen. Hard core chefs will appreciate a set of bakeware from Falcon Enamel and some baking brushes. Preservers will love Lillie O'Brien's 'Five Seasons of Jam'. Those playing more of a KP role will enjoy a beautiful tea towel from Cerise sur le Gateau. And who doesn't need a swivel peeler: the perfect stocking filler.
Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in 'All that Heaven Allows'. These are very stylish gardeners indeed. We think perhaps Jane is more of a sitting on the sofa reading about gardens (Vintage Roses, Peonies and Floret Flower masterwork Cut Flower Garden) and smelling very much of florals (Miller Harris and Austin Austin). Rock is busy with his secateurs so would appreciate some garden twine and a Falcon enamel mug so it doesn't break when out pruning.
Surely the ultimate of all film families in the history of film. The inimitable James Stewart as George Bailey with screen family Mary, Janie, Zuzu, Pete and Tommy, and absent minded Uncle Billy. These are people who love their home. Let's set them up with a roaring fire (we have the matches); a cozy blanket (tick); some flickering candlelight (we have candles); a cup of cocoa (we have the cups, we have chocolate, if not actual cocoa); and some snuggly socks (courtesy of Rototo).