CAROLE BAMFORD’S GUIDE TO GIFTING
THE GUIDE TO CONSIDERED CHRISTMAS GIFTING FROM OUR FOUNDER CAROLE BAMFORD – NO MATTER HOW TRICKY YOUR LIST MIGHT BE.
After a busy year, I’m going to really cherish this Christmas period. Not just the celebrations, which are so important to me, but that pause – the time to slow down, be with my family and show them how appreciated they are. Thinking about presents is a big part of my preparations, so I’ve loved compiling the things I’d want to find under my tree this year or will be wrapping up for others.
For my edit, I’ve included a range of ideas to help to satisfy all sorts of people on your Christmas list. There’s homeware illustrated by British artist Nicholas Hughes, a beautiful patchwork Nila cushion that has been handcrafted by artisans in India, and plenty of delicious things to eat and drink with friends over the festive period.
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There’s no feeling quite like nurturing a plant and seeing it flourish, so I love giving friends small trees or shrubs that they can admire in their gardens long after the festive season has passed. We have a great selection to choose from in our Kingham farmshop.
Christmas is a busy social time, so you can’t go wrong with a gift that will stand a household in good stead for unexpected visitors. Our cheese box has a delicious range of hard and soft organic cheeses to bring out for lunch or after dinner - all made by hand in the farm’s creamery.
I can’t resist giving my dogs a little present on the day – this year our ARKE collection has been extended to include some wonderful handmade pet accessories or for something extra special we have also curated a special Dog Hamper featuring our brand-new range of Daylesford dog food, a dog bowl and a collar.
Over ten years ago we set up a stitching and embroidery centre in India as part of the Lady Bamford Charitable Trust, giving women from disadvantaged communities a place to learn traditional artisanal skills. Amongst many other textiles and crafts, these women make beautiful decorations by hand that I love to gift as table favours and stocking fillers.