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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

Are you a Have, or a Have Yacht? Luxury boats for hire….

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to summer holidays, and helpfully, Architectural Digest‘s latest mail-out suggested some yachts its readers might consider renting for a week. I love AD, it’s like an American marriage between The World of Interiors and Hello! filled with aspirational and/or jaw-dropping interior design and a few celebs thrown in for good measure. With that in mind, and just in case any of you still have your holidays to plan, here’s a peek at some of the yachts up for charter this summer (!)….

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Dragonfly, (above, charter through Sail Away Yacht Charter Consultants), you’ll be interested to know, is the fastest long range super yacht in the world; you’ll find a jacuzzi, white leather seating and even a helipad on board… Or, try Maltese Falcon, below; with its outdoor dining space:

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[picture, Roddy Grimes-Graeme, charter Maltese Falcon through Moody Yachts France] .

Anoushka Hempel’s yacht, Beluga, below is now available for hire for holidays in the Adriatic Sea around Croatia through Dalmation Destinations:

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But for that really special occasion, push the boat out (sorry) and charter Christina O from Valef Yachts: the wedding venue for Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy, the yacht includes a mosaic-covered swimming pool which converts to a dance floor: perfect for that first dance….

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I’m not too sure about the dining room in Jonny Depp’s yacht:

But it looks pretty nice from the water – I’m sure I’d get used to the decor if he asked me to come visit…. (hire Vajoliroja, above and below, through Burgess Yachts)

[All pictures courtesy of Architectural Digest

You can read more about these yachts on the Architectural Digest site here. Happy sailing…!