Posted 27th Nov 2014
Day four of our online Christmas gift guide (from 24th to 28th November 2014) and we're getting back to nature with good gifts for you and your garden
A treat for the skin and for the garden, the Mel Millis limited edition box set comes complete with four luxurious skincare products and unique plantable gift bags that have wild flower seeds embedded in the carton paper ready to be sown for a mini crop of colourful flowers come spring. The organic, natural skincare remedies – all made in the UK – include a powdered cleanser, a re-mineralising face mask, a sea plant jelly moisturiser and smoothing serum, as well as a beautiful mixing vessel designed by acclaimed local Cotswolds ceramicist Emma Clegg, to help bring you closer to nature. The limited edition box set costs £225 and can be purchased from www.melmillis.co.uk.
Bee happy this Christmas
Give your garden friends a treat this Yuletide with this handsome solitary bee house from Highgrove. Home for pollinating bees, the nesting house has been made in Gloucestershire with locally sourced FSC certified durable cedar timber, crafted into a house based on the classical temples in the Stumpery area of the Highgrove gardens. The bee house can be purchased from www.highgroveshop.com, priced at £69.95.
The Snow Goose
This beautiful goose necklace promises to make someone very happy this Christmas. Made by London-based jewellery designer Emily Sidwell, the necklace is part of a collection inspired by Paul Gallico's novel, The Snow Goose, documenting a story of friendship, love and loss during the Second World War. The necklace has a beautiful organic quality, with a pendant moulded first in wax and then cast in sterling silver, suspended from a delicate chain. The snow goose necklace can be purchased from www.byemilyjewellery.com, priced at £120.
Just the spirit
Perfect for nature explorers, the Ted Baker canoe hip flask from Wild & Wolf has a beautifully-illustrated design printed on durable faux leather, presented in a smart box ideal for Christmas. With a 6oz capacity the stainless-steel hip flask is the perfect companion for days out in the wild, available to buy from www.bloomsburystore.com, priced at £24.95.
A card to raise a smile
Inspired by nature and drawn by hand, Lil3birdy's set of cheeky squirrel Christmas cards are sure to brighten up the festive season with their quirky designs. The cards measure 12cm x 12cm and come in a pack of six priced at £9, from www.lil3birdy.com.
By Natalie Crofts