in search of a something typically british gift for a wedding in new york, i ventured to fortnum and mason – expecting only teas and food stuff. the ground floor of the store is so full of tourists, its enough to put you off going there, but once you venture upstairs, you will be pleasantly surprised and inspired by the exquisite taste and displays. there were so many beautiful things to buy – i came straight home and told my husband that if he is stuck for ideas, just take yourself to the upper floors of fortnum and mason. the kitchen department has a beautiful choice of tableware and practical utensils and definitely lots of gift ideas, divine smelling candles, a well stocked perfume department and gorgeous lingerie. i bought myself a beautiful silk slip from there, made by luna de seta; for the past few years, i have taken to wearing cotton slips under all my dresses as an extra layer of warmth – but silk definitely feels better. i didn’t even get above the 2nd floor there was so much to see and covet…….
the ultimate luxurious gift has to be though a hamper from fortnum and mason. they really have made their hampers more modern, pretty and perfect for every occasion, from a tea basket with a lovely mug, selected teas and biscuits all presented in a wicker basket to the ultimate luxury hamper for £500.
or if you are creative and have time, our friends Jon and kim created their own birthday hampers with- a selection of chili based products, chili jam, chili infused olive oil, chili crackers – and placed them all in a shoe box all beautifully wrapped. perfect for any male who loves chill stuff.
the most beautiful lingerie that i have seen for a while, in fine silk and silk chiffon, there are items that you can easily wear out of the home as well as inside the home. aloe makes a great gift – my friend bought me a lovely fine silk camisole and shorts set – much to the appreciation of my husband! stella macartney also has beautiful delicate underwear. i usually visit fenwicks for underwear, but now i shall be heading to fortnum and mason.