Our UK Editor Claire Brayford On How To Ensure A Happy Mama This Christmas

Our UK Editor Claire Brayford On How To Ensure A Happy Mama This Christmas



For all the unsung mums - the ones who fought through the festive frenzy only to be left clearing the mountains of discarded wrapping – these are the gifts they will long to discover under the tree...

Show them how much they mean to you with inspiring ideas, even for those who have everything. Merry Christmas to all The Grace Tales mamas! Image: Helene Sandberg


Always on their feet? At least let them sparkle in these to-die-for Zara flats

Zara flats, £49.99 


Life's too short to not enjoy one of Doing Goods' bonkers-but-we-love them rugs

DOING GOODS Large Looney Leopard Rug, £185


Add a little tiding of joy to any coffee table with this impossibly glamorous porcelain tray by Jonathan Adler

Tiger tray, £44, Jonathan Adler  


If you’re stuck with the cooking, at least let it be from a stylish cookbook with recipes the whole family will enjoy.

The Missoni Family Cookbook, £38


What cosier way to end the day than with this jolly knitted hot water bottle

Boden hot water bottle, £35  


There’s nothing more indulgent than locking the door, running a hot bath and listening to the radio

Krea Funk Radio, £119


Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some vintage-inspired Claus Porto soaps

Claus Porto Mini soaps gift box, £50  


Who could resist wrapping up in a pure cashmere scarf?

 Uniqlo scarf, £35  


 What mother doesn’t live for ‘gin o’clock’ - make hers extra special with a personalised bottle from Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason personalised gin, £35  


Oh to have a Christmas filled with everything from L’Objet – especially this 24 carat gold box

L’Objet Lito Eye Magnifying Box, £275  


Make like you’re at Soho House with these glorious 20s-style, crystal champagne coupe glasses

Soho Home Set of two glasses, £64  


The ultimate finishing touch – not to mention the season’s must-have accessory – a beautiful, sparkling hairclip

Alexandre de Paris camelia, £70


Say it in style – thank you notelets are such a welcome gift especially Smythson’s elegant correspondence cards

Smythson postcards, £46  


Ejing Zhang makes the most amazing sculptural art jewellery, like these resin and gold-plated earrings

Ejing Zhang earrings, £175 


Forget beauty advent calendars - this year it’s all about crackers getting things off to a bang

Molton Brown gift cracker, £15


Here is a gift to really make her smile – a delicious Pat McGrath lipstick in Obsessed!

Pat McGrath lipstick, £31


Who wouldn’t want to step into a forest of pine and cedar trees with this delicious Diptyque candle

Diptyque candle, £53  


'Tis the season for a touch of bling – so why not bring it with this velvet and rhinestone bag by & Other Stories.

& Other Stories velvet bag, £35 


Astley Clarke’s friendship gemstone bracelets make a beautiful gift, especially when 20 per cent of the proceeds go to the worthy Theirworld charity

Astley Clarke 18 carat gold vermeil bracelet, £95


Pencil in time to celebrate with this special Veuve Clicquot rose champagne magnet gift box

Veuve Clicquot rose champagne gift box, £55  


There are few things nicer than a handwritten note. Get back into the art of letter writing with Manuscript’s calligraphy pens, markers and cool fluorescent ink. (manuscriptpen.com)

Manuscriptpen.com


Add some sugar, spice and… Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh with one of Rococo Chocolate’s luxury Artisan Bars

Rococo Chocolates, £5.95


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