I have to admit, When it comes to receiving gifts, need it be a birthday or Christmas, I always prefer those small and quirky presents, the gadgets that we all need and never think anyone would come up with that make our lives a whole lot easier , or those cute little gifts that we rarely find in the shops.
Utility Design are a small design retailer of original furniture, lighting, lifestyle gifts & accessories. Coming up to Christmas I have been looking at some of the smaller stocking fillers for family and friends , even my husband , and Utility have some very nice and also quirky little stocking fillers I thought you may be interested in .They believe design is for everyone and I thought I would share with you some of the ideas I have put on in my little book .
Ideas for Woman -
Take a look at the Cosmetic Storage Tray priced at £18.50 .
If you are looking for a tray to keep all of your makeup separated and safe , something you can hide away in a draw and lift out when ever you need it , then this is perfect for you. The neat little tidy has 27 separate compartments and being Durable clear plastic it is easy to keep clean .
Bath Salts Gift Box
Priced at £19.99
I am a total sucker for soaking in the bath with bath salts and this set of four 100ml bath salts boxes are of divine fragrances of pink champagne, bucks fizz, apple martini and gin & tonic.
I love the gift box idea which it comes ready in and think it would be an ideal gift for any woman .
One Line A Day - 5 Year Memory Book
Priced at £6.99
This is actually something I got on Mothers day and think instead of a calender or the average diary, would be the perfect gift for that special someone who loves to keep all their memories and less clutter of numerous diaries.
Each page has a space to write a line or sentence to sum up your day for the next five years.
Black Orchid Candle
Priced at £21.99
This beautiful scented candle is manufactured in Portugal near the valley of the Douro river in Northern Portugal.
With its rich scent of freshly cut wet flowers and top notes of sappy green leaves, a heart of warm jasmine and ylang ylang, combined with base notes of amber and woody violet, it provides an aroma of intense experience.
For the lady in your life , give her the gift of light and sensual essence.
Priced at £90
We all love our bags and if you have a daughter, wife or sister, I have no doubt she has many hid away in her wardrobe .
This stunning satchel is the ideal size to carry all your necessities around with you, Ipads, toiletries, phone and purse as well as other things just not quite the kitchen sink will fit in there.
It comes with a long shoulder strap, twin buckle fastening, has a large main compartment and smaller outside pocket. It's finished off with a name tag window which would make it perfect for travelling or school.
Made from premium quality leather, hand dyed in the U.K, each satchel is stitched using a colour matched blend of cotton and nylon for extra strength, then finished with silver buckles and riveted for extra strength and it comes in various colours.
Ideas for the men -
Cuban Cedar & Lime Shower Gift Set
Priced at £29.99
Sometimes our men just need a push in the right direction and grooming is one of the things that most men to need to get a grip of .
This luxury set is the Cuban Cedar & Lime Shower Gift Set. Infused with the vibrant fragrance of South America it recreates the sexy rhythms of latin salsa ( thats right girls this may just get those hips up and jiving ) with citrus notes of zesty lime, grapefruit and bergamot set against darker tones of cedar, leather and musk, it will unleash their sensuality and sophistication.
One Touch Stylus 9 Function Tool Pen
Priced at £22
So with new technology these days its rare to know anyone who does not own a touch phone IPad or tablet so with the winter cold days coming up , they are going to need a stylus pen so not to remove their hands from their cosy gloves .
As well as a smooth writing ballpoint (it is a pen, after all), the case includes 4 ruler markings, a spirit level and a stylus for using on your mobile or tablet. Simply unscrew the stylus cap to reveal a double ended screwdriver (one Phillips and one Flat head). I am pleased they explained that as I never know which is which but then again this is why our men need something handy like this.
The chiselled spring clip will hold the One Touch Tool Pen securely in your pocket, ready to handle more jobs than any other pen.
Trust Me I'm The Boss
Priced at £9.99
Made in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, This ceramic mug is created using the traditional Sgraffito technique and feature humorous phrases and local colloquialisms.
You know your the real boss but its ok to let them think its them for a short while so why not treat them to a little eago .
Bounder Extra Firm Moustache Wax
Priced at £7.50
So we have reached the Month Of November and many men around the world are growing their moustache and is being called Movember in aid of changing the face of supporting mens health so why not give that little Moustache some love to by sending them a little pot of wax to style it to perfection.
I am sure they will appreciate it as it Contains pure British beeswax and fine Caribbean rum.
Mighty Boom Ball Vibration Speaker
Priced at £14.99
I have to admit , these little balls of BOOM are quite adorable but if you Simply unscrew the cap, connect to your device (it works with iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android device smartphone, MP3 player, laptop or any device with a standard headphone socket) and stick the speaker to any object. It's that simple, full of fun and discreet enough to take anywhere. A little ball with big impact and it comes in numerous colours .
So after having a nosey at some of the wonderful things that you could be filling your stocking with this year I thought I would also share with you something from Utility but is on a much larger scale and not capable of making its way to my stocking or even fitting in it. It is something I would love to own to store all of my makeup in and use as a dresser and it is this
MULLER Classic Line Chrysler Desk
It is just amazing, If I could ask for only one thing , this would be it, wow its stunning. A timeless design. Made from hand crafted galvanised steel each desk is coated in the same acrylic lacquer used in the car industry. The top is made from beech which is covered in matt black laminate and the chrome detailing around the perimeter of the top and each pedestal further reminds us that this desk's design was clearly derived with an automotive influence.
They have so many stunning and stylish pieces of furniture and lighting , just take a look and let me know if there is anything that takes your fancy.