Nicky Haslam's Uncommon Gift Guide

Nicky Haslam's Uncommon Gift Guide

We are delighted to share famed interior designer and social raconteur Nicky Haslam’s views on Christmas and his uncommon guide to gifting – sorry, present giving. 

Common doesn’t mean bad taste, just that something has become a bit of a cliché, like adults having advent calendars, or Prosecco. I love a really traditional Christmas, so you won’t find flashing lights or teddy bears on my tree. What I most enjoy is the celebration of it all and everyone having a good time together. 

I don’t like to use the word “gifting” – it’s present giving. I think having something to unwrap on the day is so important.

You can’t go wrong with a scented candle, especially Lily of the Valley which is my favourite flower. Napkins are always good, but never give less than eight. I like the Oakleaf linen – it feels Christmassy but in a subtle way.  

A Cocktail Hamper is perfect for last minute entertaining, pour it over ice and you’re good to go. I think Prosecco is common, gin on the other hand, that’s come back with a wallop.  
I always think a cheeseboard should never have more than two cheeses, otherwise it all gets lost and feels too "restauranty". I think Panettone is a waste of time, it’s full of air – there’s nothing in them! Florentines or Rose & Violet Creams on the other hand – they’re so nostalgic.