Christmas Gift Guide: stocking fillers

Stuff their stockings to the brim with wonderful, quirky and thoughtful gifts. Remember, all good things come in small packages

Art and Design 9 Dec 2020

Happy feet
Nothing cuts the red ribbon to declare Christmas Day open quite like unwrapping a pair of thoughtfully selected socks to show off all day, and with London Sock Co.’s sock subscription, the new-sock joy can continue long after the Christmas leftovers are finished. Ryan Palmer and Dave Pickard founded London Sock Co. in 2013 because they realised the importance of the little things  – like socks – in making a difference. Now, you can find London Sock Co.’s socks on the ankles of CEOs, celebrities, rock stars and royalty. Its Sock Club is a sock subscription service delivering fresh, stylish, comfy socks every month, and gift card subscriptions are available – a perfect fit for those awkward stocking spaces. Sock Club Subscription Gift Card, from 1, 2 or 3 pairs per month, for £10, £18 or £25 respectively;

Wish you were here
Luxury luggage label Globe-Trotter has been making its signature sturdy fibreboard suitcases for over 120 years. In homage to the Globe-Trotter owners who adorned their beloved cases with stickers from their travels – exotic destinations, hotels and airlines – Globe-Trotter has created a range of seven collectable leather applique stickers, perfect for those loved ones and friends who can’t wait to be offering up their boarding pass once more. Destinations include Tokyo – in kawaii pastel pink, a cherry fruit machine-toting Los Angeles and regal crown-wearing London. Large Leather Travel Sticker Bundle, £350;

Cracked it
This pair of stainless-steel lobster crackers from celebrity chef, restaurateur and TV presenter, Rick Stein, will have the seafood lover in your life ready to head for the coast, bib in hand. Cleverly shaped like lobster claws, these crackers are sure to bring a sense of fun to the dinner table. They are also suitable for crab claws, and a pocket-friendly pinch of a price that leaves more room in the budget for lobster. Rick Stein Coves of Cornwall lobster crackers, £5;

Veg out
A great gift for the little ones or to add a touch of cute to your interior decor, these heartwarming plush toys in the shape of our favourite festive culinary delights – sprouts included – will bring the epicurean in your life a touch of tongue-in-cheek cheer this Christmas. Jellycat Amuseable Brussels Sprout, £19;

Pick ’n Mix
It’s not always easy to match your accessories to your mood, but Forte Beads has a kit that can fix that. This home kit concept allows you to create a bespoke, easily changeable necklace and bracelet using your choice of Lurex chord as a base, complete with beautifully crafted end caps in 18k yellow, white, pink or black gold. A joyful sweet box-like selection of 84 bright hard-stone beads (think lapis lazuli, jade and turquoise) accompany the sleek base accessories, ready for you to add and remove, wherever your mood takes you. Forte Beads Rainbow Necklace and Bracelet Multikit by Carolina Bucci, £1,425;

Let it snow
Give the gift of Christmas in a jar with this delicately arranged gingerbread biscuit tree, complete with ‘snowglobe’ (although shaking is not recommended). The scent of the spiced biscuits – handcrafted for Selfridges by master baker Alix Fauvel – wafting up will immediately set a cosy Christmas scene, so it’s worth placing this on top of the present pile. A silver leaf star topping the tree and lightly dusted icing sugar ‘snow’ finish things off festively. The sustainable packaging is forest friendly too, so the real trees will thank you. Festive gingerbread snowglobe, £11.99;

Get it write
There’s only so much that can be stuffed in a stocking, but a Smythson pocket diary has to be high on the list of small but sure crowd pleasers. This sea green edition of the Panama classic, designed in 1908 and a longstanding life planning essential ever since, comes in crocodile-embossed leather with gilt edges, and is ready and waiting to be filled with hopeful plans for a year that has a lot to make up for. There is even a handy slip pocket for stashing away the tickets that cautiously hold those promises of good times ahead. 2021 Mara Panama diary with pocket, £95;

Cold comfort
This limited-edition scarf designed in collaboration with Amy Powney and Johnstons of Elgin, celebrates 10 years of The Princes of Wales’ Campaign for Wool, which promotes the sustainable and natural benefits of wool. Crafted using unique wools from the UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand – the four countries connected to the campaign – and available in three colourways, all profits go to The Prince’s Foundation Future Textiles initiative and an apprenticeship at Johnstons of Elgin. £150,;

Flash back
Designed in homage to Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins and his Flash Art style of tattooing of the 1940s-70s, Hatton Labs has launched the Sailor Jerry x Hatton Labs capsule collection including this 18ct rose gold plated shark pendant set with blue topaz. This nod to the shark tattoo represents the ability to overcome adversity and having the power to stand your ground; a fitting emblem to mark the end of 2020. £215,

Eruption of flavour

Firetree takes chocolate to a new level of sophistication and flavour. Crafted from cocoa beans from small estates on volcanic islands in the Pacific ring of fire (plus Madagascar), Firetree’s chocolate boasts lingering complexity influenced by the terroir of the bean. Firetree have just released a gift box of their seven bars, ranging from 75-100 per cent cocoa, for a true journey through taste. Firetree collection gift box, £45,