So finally, after the longest summer that I can remember for years, we are settling well into Autumn. The golden crisp leaves are beginning to fall from the trees, the lawn no longer needs cutting and even the perennials are starting to hibernate for the harsh winter, which I am sure is to come. Our evenings consist of lit candles, wrapping up in cosy throws, twinkling fairy lights and lighting the fire. Christmas is almost upon us and if you’re like me, encapsulating the house in all things cosy and inviting and thoughtful Christmas gifting is on my mind.

Many of us will be inviting family and friends in abundance into our homes over the festive season and I always enjoy giving everywhere a ‘spruce’ up, ready for my favourite time of the year.

Here are some of my favourite picks for adding homely touches to your nest and the ultimate gift guide to the discerning;

St Eval Winter Thyme Candle Tin  and St Eval Winter Thyme Tealights Pack of 9


These beautiful candles are a definite must have, the St Eval range is probably one of the nicest range of candles I’ve tried in a while and are hand poured in Cornwall, England. The Winter Thyme has a scent reminiscent of earthy woodlands, providing the perfect ambience for a winter setting {also perfect for stocking fillers and teacher presents}.

Antique White Chamberstick

I love this traditional style beautiful antique chamberstick, I am a big fan of the Nordic white style. This would be perfect for evening mood lighting, dinner parties and adding a classical touch to your Christmas styling, but likewise can be used all year long.

Trailing Ivy Garland

Oh how I love a garland and this one is very realistic looking, so versatile too. Beautiful styled over the mantelpiece on the run up to the big day, then transfers as a stunning table centrepiece for Christmas dinner parties. I love it twisted into a wreath too, try adding fairy lights and extra seasonal foliage for the wow factor.

Lily Loves Flora Christmas Wreath Making Kit


To mark the start of a new season, or to celebrate festivities, my absolute must buy this Christmas is this stunning wreath kit by luxury florists Lily Loves Flora. It provides you with everything you need to make your own traditional handmade door wreath, all inside one box. The only thing left for you to do is forage for the evergreen foliage. I just adore the concept of this design, a complete guide to making your own; with a beautifully personal touch that the whole family can get involved in. By selecting ivy, box tree stems, laurel, yew, twigs or whatever takes your fancy, your wreath will become completely unique {and the envy of all your neighbour’s!}


The mini pine tree has almost become a Christmas staple in our house and provides a great addition to the main tree. This cute mini tree is a firm favourite of mine and I am especially pleased that its faux {whilst still looking very realistic} that way I can bring it out year after year.

Fabulous for the kitchen, a table centrepiece, a children’s bedroom or the hallway, I just love the hessian base; giving a lovely Scandinavian feel.

Silver Mercury Bauble

I have chosen this beautiful mercury vintage bauble along side the mini pine tree. With a beautiful glass effect mercury finish, ribbed with a silver top. Just gorgeous! Styled with a colourful, classical or Nordic style scheme; these baubles will finish any tree perfectly.

I hope this guide has gone a little way to making your Magnolia Grey Christmas simply perfect and a big thank you to Charlotte for curating the most beautiful Christmas collection. So many stunning additions to add to your home for this festive season and some wonderful gift ideas to buy from a wholehearted small business.

Here’s to filling our homes [and hearts] with all things beautiful this Christmas!

Emily x

{A Slice Of Suffolk}

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