Christmas present ideas from Nordic House
The fabulous festive season is finally upon us. Cue the hordes of eager shoppers braving the high street come rain, sleet or (dare I predict it) snow. And though it comes around at the same time every year, Christmas still seems to possess the ability to sneak up on us! At this time of year, there is nothing I love more than pouring myself a glass of Glögg (a delicious Swedish hot spiced wine), putting on some classic Christmas music and scouring the net for gorgeous gift inspiration. Don’t get me wrong – I love the British high street. But given the choice of an evening in with Bing crooning away all warm and toasty versus a cold and wet expedition standing stagnant in endless queues and dodging bulging bags of shopping, I know my preference!
And if you want to get a handle on your shopping early this year, let our gorgeous gift guide provide some Nordic inspiration…
Mirrored wooden lantern, from £75
Our handsome grey-washed wooden lanterns are the epitome of Scandi style, allowing you to embrace the elegance of candlelight throughout autumn and winter. The gentle paint finish and the mirrored back-plate, which is decorated with vintage-style typography, adds a wonderfully old-fashioned vibe and we adore the wooden finial and metal catch – the details are so important!!
Mongolian lambskin rugs, £225
The Scandinavians know a thing or two about using natural materials to give their interiors texture and warmth, so we couldn’t resist making these part of our winter collection. These soft shades of grey and the sumptuous deep pile, will give any home a touch of hunting lodge chic.
Danish wooden hurricane lamp, £190
This elegant glass hurricane sits on top of a wooden stand and makes a graceful addition to any room. The turned wooden base and upper rim is made from dark-stained antiqued mango wood. Light a pillar candle inside to create a lamp that could have graced a bygone age, teaming it with the extra-large version for the ultimate style statement.
Soft velvet cushions, £39.95 each
You can never have too many cushions! We are utterly in love with these glamorous velvet cushions, which will lend rich texture to your interior. The undulating folds and raised intersections add to the opulence of the fabric, while the beautifully subtle shade of pink is this winter’s most sought-after accent.
Beaded white mirror, £105
A decorative yet elegant mirror that will instantly add understated Scandi style to a home, and makes a lovely gift. You can search for a lifetime for a classic mirror like this. Its wooden frame has a gently-washed white paint finish and pretty beaded detail that we love.
Glass pitcher, £30
We were instantly wowed by the unusual shape of this glass pitcher, and know that it will quickly earn its place on the top table. The wide base and narrow neck make this jug sturdy and practical, while its beautifully scrolled handle and flared lip are as stylish as you would expect from our friends in Scandinavia.
Vintage bowl in Old White, £58
Gorgeous to look at just as they are, or they can be used as a stunning plant pot – in which case it is important to use the matching plate as a base, or for displaying fruit or favourite ornaments. Each piece has been given a vintage, aged crackle glaze look and the crown which appears in a textural relief, adds a perfect regal touch. As these are handmade slight variations occur which just adds to the charm.
Natural Willow wine rack, £59.95
Perfect for all that Christmas wine! This handcrafted natural willow wine rack has a soft grey wash finish and two decorative handles – one on each side. It holds up to 9 bottles and several can be stacked to create a dramatic display.
Retro stone vase – large, £125
It was love at first sight when we found this generously sized vintage-style ceramic vase, which looks at its best filled with relaxed displays of flowers. As a neutral piece, this would make a striking yet welcome addition to any home interiors scheme.
Glass stag jar, £49.95
Add a wonderful Scandinavian touch to any room with our glass stag jar. Sourced in Sweden, this jar makes useful storage for so many different things – from cotton wool to sweets… Why not fill it with a festive surprise before wrapping it as a beautiful gift?
There’s something truly magical about Nordic festive traditions, from Saint Lucia Day in Sweden to the Norwegian holiday cookie, the Sand Kager, making Christmas in Scandinavia a wonderful experience. Perhaps the importance placed upon honouring these traditions is what makes the region so festive at this time of year – and perhaps this is part of what makes Scandinavia so magical all year around…
We hope you find our offering very inspiring this Christmas! For more gorgeous gift ideas, take a look at our stunning range at Nordic House.