The MR PORTER Gift Guide: Eight Ways To Make Their Home That Bit More Stylish
Looking to procure an impressive gift for a friend, colleague or (worse) in-law with a taste for the finer things, but clothing or fragrance feel a tad too… personal? Allow us to acquaint you with MR PORTER’s stellar homeware edit. From hand-blown glassware to limited-edition prints, it’s a panoply of treasures, all of which are sure to delight the discerning without you ever needing to know their chest measurements – or whether their partner actually prefers them in an oud. To discover our favourites, and glean a little inspiration for your own Wish List, simply read on.
The RRL patchwork blanket
The Pendleton fleece dog bed
The Conran Shop sculptural salt and pepper set
The legendary Conran Shop in London’s Marylebone is mecca for design-minded types. This sculptural salt and pepper set, made from walnut and teak, shows us exactly why. If you’re feeling extra generous, you can even throw in the matching chopping board, which doubles as a dinner party-worthy serving platter.
The Alexandra Llewellyn travel backgammon set
If your prospective recipient is a frequent traveller or a proud Luddite, then why not consider a portable backgammon set? We’re fans of Alexandra Llewellyn’s for a couple of reasons: it’s slimmed down to a compact travel size that can easily slip in a briefcase or duffle bag, and is printed with a custom-designed winter wonderland for extra seasonal points.
The Sonic Editions Blondie print
Got a music snob on your hands? If they’re big fans of Blondie, then this limited-edition Sonic Editions 16 x 20in print, featuring a 1978 image of Ms Debbie Harry, shot by photographer Mr Martyn Goddard, is bound to impress. It even comes ready-mounted in a handmade wooden frame to make life a little easier – one way or another.
The VENINI painted vase
Artisanal glassware guru VENINI has partnered with an impressive selection of contemporary artists, architects and designers to bring its colourful vases to vivid life. This particular hand-blown, hand-painted creation comes courtesy of the brand’s collaboration with architect Mr Tobias Scarpa and will make for a striking centrepiece.
The Skyline Chess NYC edition chess set
Make your game nights that bit more sophisticated with a sleek, grown-up chess set. This one by Skyline Chess features acrylic pieces that are not only modelled after the New York City skyline – featuring the Empire State Building, Guggenheim and more – but also equipped with clever felt bases to protect the matching wooden board from scratches.
The Tom Dixon painted lowball glasses
The festive season is, above all, a time to eat and drink with your nearest and dearest. And nothing speaks to the occasion quite like Tom Dixon’s hand-blown lowball glasses. Equally handsome as they’re functional, they’re detailed with the London-based designer’s signature copper flashes and designed with cocktail and whisky connoisseurs in mind.