HOLLY LOVES… THE WOMEN IN HER LIFE
Where on earth would we be without our sisters? As a company that’s 95% female, and hellbent on championing women and female founders, this is perhaps the collection closest to my heart. Whether you’re shopping for your mum, siblings, best friends, nieces or anyone in between, showing what they mean to you and how brilliant they are will matter more this year than most. Here are some finds I’ll be wrapping.
Chocolate bars, by ARTHOUSE Unlimited: Extraordinary flavours in incredible packaging. This chocolate is made by artists living with complex neuro-diverse and physical support needs and their work rocks. If you’re a friend of mine reading this, I’ve probably bought this for you before so now you know where I got it from!
Actual Wonder Woman rosette, by Emma Giacalone: Dear Emma is a maker in the truest sense, so you know this will have love and strength stitched into the seams for every Wonder Woman in your life.
‘Vote love’ bag, by The Jacksons: This was gifted to Harriet, my RHW (Right Hand Woman), for her last birthday as she’s always asked where it’s from. I was gifted one by my lovely bridesmaids too. Each one’s designed in Notting Hill, then ethically handmade in rural Bangladesh, to support the women there. Love.
Pair of candles, by Heather Evelyn: Individually illustrated by Heather so every one is unique, these beautiful candles are a rare find — just like the special sisters in your life.
Letterpressed ‘bollocks’ notecards, by Marby & Elm: You may know Marby & Elm from founder Eleanor’s brilliant ‘What’s your Lockdown secret?’ campaign that went viral. Yet it’s also known for its superior letterpress stationery. If you know a stationery addict or Papyrophile like me, indulge them.
Embroidered jumper, By Lisa Macario: Lisa worked in international tax before learning to backstitch and “accidentally starting a brand”. She embroiders incredible slogan jumpers and also does bespoke ones. In fact, she’s made custom orders for fab women like Caitlin Moran and Sali Hughes, and for die-hard Kate Bush fans like me? This cloud busting jumper.
White hummingbird print PJs, by Their Nibs: PJs with pockets? Best gift there is. Add to that stunning prints and the fact that Their Nibs is a female founded business? I’m in. All of my girls deserve these — and to sleep like queens in them, too.
Happy spoons and spatula, by Thorsten van Elten: Thank you Thorsten. I love a personality-filled gift that’s a little less ordinary. I mean, whose kitchen wouldn’t be made merrier than with these friendly faces? Almost makes me want to cook…
‘Focus on what matters’ necklace, by Chambers & Beau: This stunning glasses hoop necklace is the perfect way to never lose your specs… or perspective. Handcrafted from sterling silver and gold plate, it’s hand stamped with this empowering message, and you can wear it solo or layer it with other necklaces. Perfecto!
Poppy Sheepers mum and child Sheepers, by Sheepers: Beautiful fuchsia ethical sheepskin? Check. Perfect for mummy/mini nights in? Check. Limited edition to truly treat your best friend or sister? Absolutely. These hand-dyed, merino wool, embroidered slippers make a genuinely glorious gift.