Holiday Gift Guide: For The Londoner

Welcome to the third instalment of this years holiday gift guides! As some of my older readers will know, each year I do them by themes, depending on what sort of person you’re buying the gifts for. This year I have already put together a gift guide for The Total Foodie and the Total Bookworm in your life, and today we have a guide that I had the most fun thinking about and putting together: the guide for The Londoner in your life. All of the things here are either as chic as the city itself, or unique to London residents – so it is a little something extra that only they can enjoy! Be sure to stay tuned for my final guide for The Globetrotter in your life. Also, over at The Glossy Guide I’ve put together a round up of this years best beauty gift sets!


Smythson 2013 Diary: £230 / $305, Ottolenghi Gift Voucher, Marni Gold & Resin Rose Ring: £90, Alphabet Oyster Card Holder: £12 / $19, L’Occitane Marvellous Flowers Festive Hand Cream: £8 / $10, Zatchels Classic Brown Leather Saddle Bag: £55

I think the most London specific item on this list, which is the item I was so glad I found and I would be totally happy to receive myself, is the gift certificate to spend at any of Ottolenghi’s locations in Notting Hill, Islington, Kensington or Belgravia. They have the most amazing pies, salads and pastries, and the Notting Hill branch just off of Westbourne Grove which I visited for the first time back in February is one of the things I miss the most about living in London. You can give a £50, £75, £100 or £125 voucher, and you can also give a voucher to spend at Nopi, Ottolenghi’s sister restaurant in SoHo I hope to vist on my return. 

Albiet unintentionally  I seem to have packed a bag for a trip to Ottolenghi’s; I love this classic saddle bag style from Zatchels, so practical to go on the tube with and so much more reasonably priced than a regular satchel. Speaking of the tube, I’m a little bit obsessed with anything that comes from Alphabet Bags, and I think when my Kurt Geiger Oyster Card holder finally gives up the ghost I might replace it with one of these initial Oyster Card holders they have in their store. They do also make great personalised gifts. Two things every woman living in London should have in their bags at all time, in my oppinion, is a diary to keep track of her appointments (hello beautiful Smythson leatherwear) and a good tube of hand cream. I swear by L’Occitane’s little handbag sized tubes, and luckily they have brought out a festive one! 

What are you planning on buying for your London dwelling friends this holiday season?