Santa, baby: these are the treats we’re hoping for under our trees this year. Pretty please.

No many how many turns around the sun we take, the thrill of seeing the presents beneath the tree on Christmas morning is never diminished (even if, these days, it is us who has put them there the night before). We are, of course, always grateful for anything thoughtful or homemade. But if we were to send a list up the chimney to Father Christmas, these are the things that would make the cut.

Becky Ladenburg, Features Editor




Of all the things I want for Christmas, I covet this cotton velvet blazer (£390) by Cefinn (and its matching tapered trousers) the most. I can’t imagine a more elegant or versatile combo to have hanging in my cupboard. Buy it here.


Arabella Dymoke, Managing Director





I'm a sucker for something furry or fluffy and these Rollo Slip-Ons by Dear Frances (£395) look perfect for cosy nights in (see below). These slippers are handmade in Italy with uppers made from Merino wool. I came across this brand on Instagram and their shoes and boots look good. Although on the pricey side, I'm assuming you're getting luxe quality.

I've missed the thought of live performance massively over the last two years and a subscription to the National Theatre At Home (£99.99 a year) would open up many cultural doors. You can enjoy plays running at the moment (tickets for live shows sell so fast these days) or take a dive into the archive. Saturday evenings might never be the same. Dim the lights.


Nancy Alsop, Editor




I love a festive red frock – and especially one that will keep me warm. There are two that are particularly lovely this AW21, either of which I would be thrilled to find underneath the tree. The first is the Flounce Dress In Deep Claret (£310) by Seraphina. I love its billowing sleeves, front bow and high neck. The other is the Derry Dress In Red Needlecord (£425) by Cabbages & Roses, which is utter winter perfection. For the home, I have coveted Petersham Nurseries’ Jam Jar Table Lamps (£1,750) and the beautiful warm light they bestow for years. In the somewhat likely event that I do not, alas, tear open one of those on Christmas Day, then I will instead happily plump for a copy of Jessie Burton’s Medusa: The Girl Behind The Myth. It sounds like a superb – and as the great Madeleine Miller calls it, ‘profound’ – retelling. I can imagine reading it on the sofa, ideally with a mug of tea, while wearing this cheery Shiraleah Colourblock Pommed Beanie (£32) at Anthropologie and eating a slice of Pandoro (£26.50) from Freight.


Lydia Mansi, Lifestyle Editor




I love the concept of ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read’ as a gifting checklist. For me, the something I want would be a child-free winter weekend away in a cosseting hotel in The Cotswolds. The top three on my wish list are The Fish, Thyme, and The Artists Residence. Having become a Peloton bore in 2021, something I need is new kit from Girlfriend, which would be gratefully received. As for something to wear, in short: cashmere. In any shape or form. I’m drawn to luxe winter whites since I’m now out of the toddler years and am embracing being able to wear light colours again! And finally, for something to read, I’m a sucker for a Phaidon photography or travel coffee book to absorb myself in during that Twixtmas lull.


Lucy Abletshauser, Shopping Editor




I am hoping to receive these gorgeous, super soft pyjamas from Honna (£120) under the tree this year. You can never go wrong with a classic striped pair of pyjamas and these fit the bill perfectly!


By Team GWG
December 2021

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