BLACK FRIDAY

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! Today until midnight on Monday December 1st you can enjoy 25% off selected lines at Gift Library. From homewares to fashion, gadgets to children’s toys, trust us, with deals this great this is a sale you will NOT want to miss! Happy shopping!

http://www.gift-library.com

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Gifts for Hosts Boutique

Heading to a party? Whether it’s a weekend in the country, a dinner soiree or an afternoon tea with friends, gifting the host is essential if you want to get an invitation back! Thankfully our helpful edit is here to do the tough work for you. Never met the host before? We’ve covered a variety of tricky scenarios that will help you glide through the party season with ease.

Start stacking up those brownie points and check out our party boutique here: http://bit.ly/partyGL

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Made in Really Great Britain

Old school or new wave – British design continues to fly the flag for rigorous detailing, the finest materials and life’s little pleasures. Showcasing only the very best of heritage designs, from nostalgic keepsakes to iconic fashion and home accessories, our cherry picked Boutique Edit is perfect for adding a welcome dash of British eccentricity to your life.

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Wedgwood Designs – Cuckoo Two Tier Cake Stand, £65

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Lock & Co – Folder Panama Hat, £225

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Lulu Guinness – Red Perspex Lips Clutch, £245

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Croots – Dalby Compact Carry All, £180

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Lucy Cope – Squashed Olive Pumpkin Matchstrike in Purple, £350

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5 solutions for tricky-to-nail gifts

Solve those niche gift dilemmas with smart ideas from team GL:

The older, wiser birthday

Baccarat Eye Votive £160.00

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Classic pieces with charm and longevity are what Grandma craves. This precious crystal candle holder features distinct horizontal and vertical cut lines, creating a stunning interplay of light once a lit candle is placed inside.

The (inexhaustible) niece-cum-nephew birthday gift

Radio Flyer Little Red Scooter £95.00

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Long after the final slice of cake has been greedily devoured, the sugar-charged birthday star will be plotting all kinds of adventures on these dream wheels. With a wooden deck, handlebar streamers and double rear wheels for stability, Radio Flyer’s Little Red Scooter ensures young riders are well-catered for.

The I couldn’t have done it without you gift

Fornasetti Ortensia Candle £99.00

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They got you out of a fix, helped you smash your PB at the gym, shared the load when you moved house. Say thank you with a chic candle that smells as beautiful as it looks. For extra style points, Ortensia’s floral bouquet is inspired by the hydrangeas that grow in the gardens of Fornasetti’s own Milan home.

Last Minute anniversary gift

William Yeoward Pair of Corinne Martini Glasses £59.00

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If you are celebrating your wedding anniversary this year, treat the other half to a pair of sleek martini glasses. Celebrations are all the more sweeter when they are toasted with a devilish cocktail in a sexy glass.

The October #selfie gift
Venessa Arizaga Dance All Night Necklace £325.00

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Our October pick-me-up comes courtesy of Venessa Arizaga and her statement monochrome necklace, crafted from matte black brass, onyx thread work and white enamelled glass rhinestones.

Diary alert: Don’t miss GL Gift Guru and style star Caroline Stanbury on ITVBe’s new Ladies of London series every Wednesday at 9pm from October 15th 2014.
Follow her adventures here:

Twitter: @C_Stanbury
Facebook: @carolinestanburyofficial

And if you’re faced with a crop of October birthdays, don’t miss our 50 under £50 don’t-blow-the-budget gift picks here:

http://bit.ly/GL50under50

London’s First Cronut™ & The Contest to Win It!

Along with Cronut™ creator and renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel Bakery we are excited to bring Londoners the “Sweet London” Photo Contest, giving 5 lucky people the chance to win 2 Cronuts™, his trademarked and most coveted croissant doughnut hybrid.

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The rules couldn’t be easier – click here find out more: http://www.gift-library.com/cronut #giftmethecronut #sweetlondon2014 -GLx

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UK Sale

Attention all UK customers: our summer sale has officially begun! From jewellery to gadgets and homewares to baby accessories, whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe with investment pieces or add a pop of colour to your home – we have a great selection of gifts, perfect for every occasion. And with up to 50% off everything, this is one sale you won’t want to miss! -GLx

bit.ly/GLsaleUK 

Mrs Alice In Her Palace

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It’s been a busy month here at Gift Library HQ, and this week we’re thrilled to introduce our new guest blogger Alice Naylor-Leyland, the woman behind the fabulous lifestyle and fashion blog Mrs Alice in her Palace. With wedding season in full swing, today she’s here to discuss her favourite Gift Library wedding picks, with a ‘more splash than cash’ angle. If you’re searching for some inspiration for a friends upcoming nuptials then look no further, she’s got you covered! -GLx

PS- While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out her swoon-worthy instagram @aliceinherpalace

The Launch Of 'Mrs. Alice In Her Palace' At Fortnum & Mason

Wedding season is here. Finding a gift that feels individual rather than ‘tick list’ can be tricky, especially as multiple invitations pile up on the mantel, demanding a stack of ideas and a rising budget to go with it. With that in mind, my first Gift-library edit is a handy edit of cool wedding pressies that don’t cost the earth.

 Scarlett Willow’s personalised place mats are absolutely charming, and perfect for newlyweds who want to create warm, personal touches within their living space. Use photos of the happy couple as kids or of loved-up party moments (or wedding snaps if you’re sending after the big day).

placematsJonathan Adler’s ‘Mr. & Mrs. Muse’ place card holders are divinely whimsical. Brass lips and moustaches? A wedding gift that will turn any Friday night dinner into a fun, celebratory feast.

lipsJonathan Adler’s ‘Mr. & Mrs. Muse’ mugs are another lovely-to-live-with example of the designer’s penchant for conjuring domestic bliss. Hand sculpted with a moustache on one side and a pair of lips on the other, these mugs will brighten up any tea break for two.

cupsTaschen’s book profiling photographer Peter Beard is a faultless gift, and highly collectible. My husband and I were given a copy in 2011, and it still takes pride of place on our coffee table. The perfect place to find a splash of inspiration for turning life into a work of art on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

 PETER_BEARD_VOL_I_FO_3D.TIFGift-library’s snakeskin photo frames make a nicely luxurious gift. Present with your favourite photo of the happy couple inside and show you’ve spent time thinking about how to celebrate their landmark day.

framesI was so excited when I found Silken Favour’s Psychadelic Swine cushion. It’s totally fun, unique, amusing, and sure to charm all nest-building newly weds who want to put a cool, contemporary stamp on their home.

pillowFor something chic and timeless, William Yeoward’s Champagne Coupe glasses are a perfect wedding gift. A must for any bar and on trend with their slinky Art Deco shape, I am tempted to treat us to a pair for our own drinks tray too.

flutesFor couples who are alive to the five senses and like to create a beautiful atmosphere, the-oh-so-opulent ‘Glass Vessel’ candle by Feu de Beaumont is an always-welcome pressie.

candleI couldn’t resist adding B Home’s bridge set to my edit. An ideal gift for games lovers, and coming in three shades of soft leather, it won’t stay hidden in the back of a cupboard, that’s for sure.

bridgeFor the green-fingered couple, Le Prince Jardinière’s rose pruners and dust bag makes a genius gift. A little touch of perfectionist luxury that you’d never normally buy for yourself, it becomes a sweet and thoughtful wedding pressie.

rosesAnd with girlfriends in mind, Melissa Odabash’s personalised bridal bikini is cool, witty perfection. Embellished in small crystals on the back of the bikini brief, I can’t think of a better honeymoon view for both newlyweds to admire. Well… apart from Design a Manger’s personalised espadrilles. I mean, too clever! Coming in blues, pinks, oranges and reds, these really are an impressively personal, not to mention hip, gift for the bride and groom.

just married espadrillesMakes me want to get married all over again. Happy shopping!

Alice xXx

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