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:

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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

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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

Gift Library Rebrand

Here at Gift Library HQ, we’re so proud to announce the launch of our brand new website! Designed with a whole new look and feel, our streamlined site has a chic, user friendly vibe that can be used and enjoyed across all channels.

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Our first newsletter gives a glimpse into our luxe new look, from #selfiegifting to summer staples – have you had a chance to browse yet? Let us know your thoughts! http://www.gift-library.com/ -GLx

Ladies of London

Watch out New York, Ladies of London are taking over! After touching down in the Big Apple on Tuesday, Caroline has been taking the city by storm. From meet-and-greets to interviews, and her first live on air appearance, we think it’s safe to say #TeamCaroline is here to stay! New York is always a good idea. Check out her interview on CBS NY here: -GLx

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Peels and Panties

Last Thursday we were lucky enough to be invited to Medico Beauty’s evening at EF MEDI SPA on the King’s Road, followed by champagne at the gorgeous lingerie shop Petits Bisous. Peels and Panties. Count us in. Whilst sipping on cucumber water, we had an eye opening discussion with the gorgeous Aysha Campion-Awwad, who educated us about the causes of problem-prone skin, and what one can do to prevent everything from ageing to acne.

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With today’s obsession with beauty ever growing, and women as young as their 20’s trying desperately to stop ageing in its tracks whether with a nip and tuck, or going down a more natural route, it was interesting to hear her analogy of skin, describing your complexion as a bank account:  ‘every time you go into the sun without protection you are taking money out that you cannot put back in.’ We’ll certainly remember that next time we’re working on our holiday tans!

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Next up was a terrifying looking machine called the Image Pro Digital Analyser that photographs the aging process of our skin, helping the practitioner to really understand the very root of your skin issues, allowing them to prescribe the best treatment appropriate. The machine is fitted with a special camera attached to a computer, providing an incredible photographic analysis of skin quality on a very advanced level. From sun damage and lines to oil, blemishes and dryness, nothing can escape this little camera, with everything shown in much more detail than could ever be picked up on with just the naked eye.  It gave a whole new meaning to the no makeup selfie!

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After our consultation it was time for the fun part; we were each given a 15 minute ‘Mini Benefactor Face Peel’ by an expert beautician, using a heavenly scented gel peel that is made using fruit based enzymes from berries and l-lactic acid (which comes from yogurt!). We were told that this non-wounding resurfacing treatment encourages skin renewal, leaving a healthy, luminous complexion. It softens, exfoliates and stimulates while lightening, brightening and repairing damaged skin.

This was followed by a mineral makeup touch up by new beauty line Young Bloods, which felt like a serious treat, and left our skin noticeably glowing! We were rather alarmed by how many comments we got on our radiant skin – this might be the start of something beautiful.

And then for the peeling off part. We were led through a silk curtain, hiding the mischief behind the door where we were confronted by trays of sushi served by semi-naked waiters. The boys’ eyes were definitely more taken by the bevy of beautiful girls showing off the gorgeous Petits Bisous lingerie though. It was all certainly a sight for sore eyes, everyone was so beautiful it was difficult to know where to look!

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Just another average Thursday night for the Gift Library girls.

Until next time! -GL x

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