Christmas is around the corner, and it’s time to start looking for gifts, both for yourself and others. For many, this exercise is a dreaded experience that brings nothing but anxiety and stress; what to get, when to get it, and will it be as much of a hit as you thought while standing in the crowded interior shop looking at minimalist coffee cups without handles? To help ease the pressure, Baltzar has assembled an inspirational guide for how to approach the receiving and giving of Christmas gifts.
Soft presents are obviously cool, and all of our soft treats come beautifully wrapped in a hard gift box. Whether you shop online or in one of our two locations – Richard Gelding in London or Engelska Herr in Malmö – you can be sure to get your gift elegantly packaged for the big day. Also, remember that we can deal with returns and exchanges at both locations. If you are unsure about the real-life look of a garment, why not try our click-and-collect service with free returns to either of our stores where the teams are more than happy to help!
Gifts for the Loved ones
Finding the right gift for the most special people around us – the ones that we love – can be such a treat. It’s not always the easiest task, but knowing how good it will feel when that special someone, ravished by emotion and smiling with their whole body, receives the gift, makes it all worth fighting for. However don’t forget that giving should be a happy process and a celebration of joy and gratitude: from browsing ideas, hunting for clues, the sneaky wardrobe lurk to find out the size, to the actual wrapping of the gift and the final moment of giving! The upside of buying something for someone close is that the level of information is usually quite good and you may, therefore, be able to pick that special scent, or specific size and model which you know will be a hit and a fit.
When convenience is key
Everybody needs basic clothing, underwear, socks, white shirts and a black tie for New Year. The basics are not always the fun and exciting items to purchase, which may cause us not to go for them; even worse, we may be tempted to buy lower quality pieces, which will come back to haunt us every time they’re worn. Therefore allow yourself to be practical and pragmatic on your wish list. The best gift may be hiding among the things we really need and which will be used at once, in the quality we deserve and appreciate every time it’s worn!
Gifts for the acquainted
Christmas is the perfect opportunity to sneak in a gift for someone that you would like to show appreciation to in a polite yet genuine way. Let your sister’s new boyfriend know he has been accepted, bond with your future father-in-law or just show that waiter at your local lunch restaurant you really appreciate the service. A random gift at any other time might surprise and send unexpected signals, whereas during the holidays it feels just right. For these occasions, a gift that isn’t size dependent like an accessory, or a ‘one size fits all’ kind of item, may be best. It’s also a gift that may represent more than it is from you, rather than who it is for.
Garish yet Elegant
We all have that certain friend or a parent who seems neither to need anything, nor wish for something. If they do, it’s usually quickest for them to get it for themselves anyway. For these particularly lush and spoiled individuals, we have arranged a special list of things that might (and perhaps should) come across as a tad unnecessary. However, they do also fill a purpose and are not simply an everyday purchase. Surprise someone with something that is notably fun and extraordinary, such as a handmade umbrella from Italy, a cashmere hoodie, a fur-lined coat or an exotic leather item…