If you’re buying for my fellow practical-minded ladies out there, who want long-lasting gifts we can love for life, then this is the list for you. Everything in this edit of Buy Me Once gifts is not just hard-wearing, but also a little unusual - because no one wants to give or receive something boring! This Christmas we are encouraging you to give things that last, to the ones you love.
A tote bag made from reclaimed bouncy castle canvas
Go on. Get her a bouncy castle tote from Wyatt & Jack. Since we bought this tough, upcycled range of bags and accessories onto Buy Me Once last month they’ve been a bestseller. They’ve got a brilliant story of sourcing their broken bouncy castle material that would otherwise end up in landfill and making their range on the Isle of Wight. Perfect for day to day use, for a food shop or as a gym, swim or baby bag.
The biggest woollen scarf she’s ever seen
Hand knitted in Finland by Myssyfarmi’s team of grannies, this beautiful mustard scarf is made from 100% organic Finnsheep wool. It’s almost 7ft long, but sure to keep her warm all winter long. It also comes with a lifetime repair guarantee, truly a gift she will be carrying (or lumbering) through life with. They’re also made to order, which makes for a beautiful story, but means you should allow 3 weeks for the scarf to be knitted. If you’re looking for something else cosy, we recommend having a look at our cosy knitwear collection.
Get matching PJs.
Ben from our marketing team went this route last Christmas year in surprising his partner a matching pair of Piglet PJs, which you may have seen him boasting in an article earlier this year about the wonder of rediscovering PJs and the benefits of linen.
A different kind of espresso maker
We love the ROK Manual Espresso maker for many reasons. It doesn’t use pods or electricity. Using one is an incredibly tactile experience. But like many things in this list, it’s just a bit unusual. But rest assured, it comes with a 10 year guarantee. Looking for something a bit more? Have a look at our ROK gift set, which comes with a manual grinder.
The best umbrella we’ve ever seen
Whilst we’ll be moving around a lot less during lockdown, a Blunt umbrella will still make an incredibly practical git that she’ll be carrying with her for years to come. It’s compact, light and ridiculously strong, having been engineered to a T. These amazing brollies also come with an exclusive 5 year Buy Me Once Repair Guarantee.
A new set of kitchen knives.
This truly would be a very special, but very well received gift. As you may have seen from our Spotlight of TOG Knives this year, we think you’ll never go back from your first proper set of kitchen knives. This Masters set helps you also save a bit on your first knife investment, with 10% off the full retail price. It includes the Utility Knife, Santoku Knife, Gyuto Chef's Knife and Carving Knife. Perfect for making light work of the chosen Christmas bird.
This recycled cashmere reversible cardi
Made of 100% high-quality recycled cashmere, this gorgeous ‘jumpigan’ by London boutique Lowie is a versatile, dual-function number than can be worn back to front. She’ll absolutely love cosying up in this gorgeous piece, and with free repairs for life from Lowie, she’ll have it for years to come! Available in black and forest.
A cast-iron cubic mortar & pestle
Why not have a look at this contemporary take on the mortar and pestle from Skeppshult. With a heavy, solid cast iron base there is no chance that any type of vigorous spice grinding will cause mortar and pestle to tip and spill. This one comes with a 25 year guarantee.
These timeless dungarees embody laid-back, practical style, made by London craft jeans makers Blackhorse Lane Ateliers. Not only are they constructed with reinforced stress points to maximise durability, Blackhorse guarantee free repairs for life! The roomy design means these fabulous dungarees make a great gift - find an approximate waist size and they’ll fit her body with ease.