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26 Christmas Presents For Country Dwellers

Bucolic Beauty: gorgeous gifts for loved ones who live in the countryside.

From the best bath oil to the newest books and elegant cushions to cracking candles, here is our edit of the finest gifts for the country bumpkins in your life this Christmas.

By Becky Ladenburg
October 2021

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Fortnum & Mason, Potted Welsh Rarebit, £12.95

Turn up with a couple of these cheesy pots of joy and your hostess will love you – and the pretty, reusable ceramic jars – for ever.

The British Blanket Company, Hazel Herringbone Lambswool Scarf,

Nobody ever said you couldn’t be stylish in the country – and this is the scarf to prove it.

Byredo, Bibliotheque Candle, £31

Without being overtly Christmassy, this divine candle epitomises long, lazy winter afternoons.

Elizabeth Strout, Oh William!, £14.99

In the latest of Elizabeth Strout’s novels, our old friend Lucy Barton reunites with her first husband in a tale of love, loss and family secrets. Essential reading – provided the recipient has read what’s come before.

Daylesford, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, £25

Nobody ever wishes they hadn’t been given olive oil – and if it comes in a vessel this pleasing, so much the better.

Cologne & Cotton, Blockprinted Washbag, £20

With their smart colour palette, these washbags – printed in Jaipur – carry the promise of fun weekends away.

Tartan Blanket Co, Lambswool Blanket In Neutral Gingham, £125

This soft blanket – designed in Edinburgh and woven in Mongolia – is the perfect corrective to cold winter evenings.

J Crew, Blundstone Chelsea Boots, £189.95

These fab boots keep you warm, dry and comfortable as you go about your business.

Charbonnel Et Walker, Original Drinking Chocolate, £12

This tin of premium chocolate flakes is the answer when the cold has worked its way into your bones.

Ibbi Direct, Hand Blockprinted Napkins, £24

A table laid with these maximalist napkins will be so jolly the guests may never want to leave.

Floris, Soap, £45

To smell this Floris soap is to imagine you are in a steaming hot bath before dressing for dinner in a grand country house, Downton Abbey style.

Wiston Estate, Magnum Of Wiston Sparkling Wine, £110

This award-winning sparkling wine, from a thriving family vineyard in Sussex, tastes as exquisite as its bottle looks.

The Conran Shop, Premium Tool Kit, £195

The boring jobs just got better with this supremely chic set of tools.

OKA, Set Of Three Very Useful Trays, £45

It is difficult to banish clutter altogether but it will look less ugly if it’s stashed in these heavenly trays.

Compton Marbling, Wrapped Candles, £12.50

These ivory non-drip candles will illuminate the dining table – if their recipient can bear to take them out of their stunning marbled wrapping.

Jessica Buckley, Ceramic Oval Splatter Serving Dish, £80

The cooks in your life will agree that catering for the masses is a whole lot easier when you have appealing crockery, like this lovely dish, to hand.

Paloma Wool At Liberty, Anita Knitted Jumper, £120

Part of a limited-edition drop, this jumper is very cool and very warm all at the same time.

Les Ottomans, Silk Velvet Cushion, £108

In rich, grown-up velvet, this cushion will add interest and warmth to any sofa, chair or even bed.

Pinxton & Co, Lara Hanger, £44

This little brass beauty (a modern take on a 19th-century design) must surely be the most elegant clothes hanger on the planet.

Archivist Gallery, A Giant Box Of Matches, £30

Whether it’s for lighting the log-burner, a scented candle or a bonfire, this enormous box of matches will bring unparalleled joy.

Cefinn, Jackson Skinny Rib Crew Neck Jumper In Crimson, £160

Trust all-round superwoman Samantha Cameron and her high-end fashion label to come up with an understated winter layer that looks as good as this one does.

Olverum, Bath Oil, £36.50

An oldie but a goodie, this therapeutic blend of essential oils was first formulated in 1931. Your pals will thank you either for introducing it to them or reminding them of its magnificence.

Not Another Bill, Luxe Backgammon Set, £290

A superior take on a much-loved game; if the board has to be lying around, it might as well be this beautiful.

Jo Deakin China, Peacock Teapot In Teal & Blush Pink, £80

Given the amount of tea we drink as a nation, most households could do with an upgrade to their teapot. This is the nicest one around.

Nigel Slater, A Cook’s Book, £30

The latest tome from one of our best-loved cookery writers – a look back over Slater’s life in food – deserves a place in every country kitchen.

TOAST, Organic Cotton Twill Quilted Jacket, £225

Whether she’s on a walk, feeding the chickens or doing the school run, this is the jacket your favourite country lady never knew she needed. Trust us.

Becky Ladenburg

Features Editor

As the GWG's features editor, Becky has her discerning finger on the cultural pulse. She's also our go-to expert on the property market.

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