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Christmas shopping sorted in clicks: the best websites, Pt1: Cox & Cox

If, like me, you have to shop for Christmas gifts with your nose near a screen rather than your feet moving on concrete, then we’re lucky – we can make the most of the best online retailers who’ve done the hard work for us. These are the sites that have buyers/owners with eagle eyes that disregard piles of mass-produced tat at trade fairs, instead winkling out the unusual, covetable and interesting, sourcing products made with care and design flair, perfect for giving and receiving. Some have physical shops and others, such as Cox & Cox, are purely online.

One of my favourite places to shop, Cox & Cox offer beautiful homewares, furniture and decorative details that, thankfully, can be used on a daily basis. Searching for gifts that are perfect for home-lovers, you’ll find decorative details that lend a touch of understated luxury to rooms, and at Christmas, many gifts can be put to work, adding festive glamour to the Christmas table and surrounding room: 

Candle angel wings, £12.50, Cox & Cox 

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Aged Linnea candelabra, £125, Cox & Cox 

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Stone-effect angel wings, £125; set of three aged zinc planters, £60, all Cox & Cox 

Gifts for gardeners and cooks are covered; such as the the zinc planters, above, and the cream tableware, below, which looks almost too good for everyday use:

Casa earthenware, from £45 for a set of four side plates, Cox & Cox 

And whilst this metal console table is probably too large for a gift, I’d be delighted if someone were to give it to me… alongside the rug, lanterns, mirror…..

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Antiqued metal console table, £180; frames mirror, £125; filigree tree hurrincane lanterns, £40 for two, all other products, all Cox & Cox 

If you love making your gifts look as good on the outside as they are on the inside, then don’t miss their wrapping paper, ribbons and crafty details to customise your wrapping:

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Wrapping paper, ribbons and snowflake punch, all from a selection at Cox & Cox

All these products and many more can be found online at Cox & Cox; let me know your favourites, and happy shopping! Jx

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Get hooked: The best hooks to make your walls work for you

With their simple purpose: to store our clutter, getting it off the floor (heaven!) yet keep it easy to find, I find hooks very appealing. Most interiors stores offer a selection; here are my current favourites:

These circular wooden hooks, collectively called The Dots, below, are versatile and contemporary; the design has a welcome sense of fun. Sold as a set of 5 (although there’s no reason why you couldn’t hang more together) they almost look better with nothing hanging from them, which possibly defeats their purpose; I love how they turn this empty stairwell wall into useful storage:

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… although I’m less sure about the slightly unrealistic styling (beads on turn of stairs in my house = slip; knock over, probably breaking glass lamp; then tread on, so smashing digital camera positioned on step below…)

Here are The Dots again in natural oak finish, and yellow stained oak, below:

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[The Dots, available from TwentyTwentyOne

House Doctor‘s current collection includes designs with a nod to 1950s and 1960s style; the Liva coat rack, below, with its spherical, coloured hooks, references Charles & Ray Eames iconic Hang it All:  

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House Doctor is the go-to company for that key vintage/industrial look we can get enough of right how; with a great choice of hooks and coat racks, two more House Doctor favourites include this wire/wooden rack below, and the numbers (sold as a set of 5) beneath:

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For children’s rooms, there are so many clever and cute designs; if you’re looking for colour, then Danish stylist Rie Elise Larsen includes hooks in rainbow shades as part of her interiors collection; source them through Little Baby Company.

They look wonderful grouped in a line:

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[hooks and image, Little Baby Company

Whilst this simple, wooden coat rack by All Lovely Stuff is another winner for children:

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[Animals of Whittling Wood coat rack, All Lovely Stuff]

Whilst for elegant, grown up hooks, head to Rowen & Wren: their delightful homewares collection includes a great choice of covetable products, including both these French-style metal/ceramic hooks, below, and in the second image, the Hector plated coat hooks, which come as a set of five as shown, or as a single hook,

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[above images and hooks, all from Rowen & Wren]

Which are your favourites? Let me know. Happy Friday! Jx