20 Very Cool Gifts For The Very Hard To Buy For [2017 Gift Guide]

Over the years it's become apparent to my husband, that there is very little point in buying me gifts, because I'm ridiculously fussy about what I like. I also have expensive taste. This is also true of him, so I guess we're particularly well suited, and both quite difficult.

I wouldn't dream of buying him clothes - nope, not even socks or underpants unless I was replicating what he already has, because I know that he's super particular, and definitely wouldn't like them otherwise. So we basically buy our own gifts and say 'This is what you bought me', or send links, not vague hints. As I have learnt, and in life, not just with presents, vague hints will get you nowhere.

Usually we buy each other one or two small surprise gifts to go under the Christmas Tree, because despite my awful fussiness, I do actually really like a surprise, but only if I love it. And I'm not even joking: my worst nightmare is someone buying me something for the house. It sends shivers down my spine.

And yes, I realise that this takes the 99.99% of the romance out of gift giving, but frankly, I'd rather get nothing that something I don't love. And if that makes me a terrible person, then so be it.

Anyway, I figured that surely we can't be the only people like this, so I've put this gift guide together in the hopes that he'll buy me everything on it. Only kidding, five things would suffice. Not really, I put this gift guide together because I think everything on it is super cool, and I wouldn't even be annoyed if someone gave me any of these things which is really saying something. And obviously I'm not completely selfish, and I hope it might help a few people out there that are nervously searching for something to buy for that very hard to buy for friend or partner.

The prices range from £10 to £540 and everything in between, so you definitely can't accuse me of only offering super pricey ideas, though I've offered a few of them too.

French For Pineapple - Very Cool Gifts For The Very Hard To Buy For (2017 Gift Guide)

1. I'm really into ceramics right now, and this carafe set makes my heart sing.

2. In my humble, scented candle obsessed opinion, you still can't beat a large coloured glass Diptyque candle. Amber for me thanks...

3. This blanket is incredible. And while I'd love to think I was cool enough to just use it as a throw, I can tell you that I'd be framing it and putting on a wall of it's own. Granted the framing would be very pricey, but then for around a grand all in you'd have an heirloom artwork, so you know, it's all relative.

4. I have this Dainty Lightning Necklace necklace and I totally adore it, so you or your friend should have one too.

5. Ice in drinks is so last year. We all need these Drink Rocks in the freezer instead...

6. You can't go wrong giving this divine Aesop hand cream as a gift. Trust me.

7. If there's something we sorely lack in this house it's the ability to listen to music through good quality speakers. I'm going to change that next year. This Ruark integrated stereo system looks awesome, and it also has a CD player!

8. I've been lusting after one of these fab Normann Copenhagen Flip Mirrors for a while, and I think they make a gorgeous gift.

9. You can always rely on the Japanese to make practical things beautiful and desireable, and these kitchen scissors are no exception.

10. Originally launched in the sixties, these reissues of the original classic stackable candle holders by Werner Stoff and Hans Nagel in brass are SO cool. Though I think you need at least three to start building an interesting shape. I have one so far. Hint hint. And don't forget the candles.

11. This Macaroon lidded box by Bodo Sperlein, is something special. For keeping track of your jewels, or just to gaze lovingly at from across the room.

12. Because who doesn't want a bit of 'it' brand du jour in the form of Birthday Balm in their handbag?

13. This Alphabet Brush Pot was on my list last year too. I told you that subtle hints get you nowhere.

14. Black Parrots are one of my favourite indy's, and you should check them out if you don't already know them. Their new snake print is so good, and I just love the round cushions.

15. I may be all about warm neutrals and monochrome at the moment, but there's always an exception to the rule, and this little Comme des Garçon pouch is it.

16. A symbol of good luck, I'm pretty sure there's not a soul I know who wouldn't benefit from a gold goldfish paperweight.

17. Everyone needs a candle snuffer. Fact.

18. More pink ceramics, what can I say?

19. Obsessed with Tom Dixon's Bump vases. I mean, hello you sculptural beauties that don't even need any flowers.

20. For those who aren't' blessed enough to already own a classic Kitchen Aid mixer. I'm one of those people. Can you believe it?!

Office & Garden Gift Guide

I keep smirking when I see the phrase 'last minute gifts' because for me, this is still not last minute - Christmas Eve is last minute. I guess I've always been what some refer to as a 'last minute shopper' for Christmas gifts. Sometimes I 'think' about buying gifts earlier in the year, but never go through with it. I mean, what if you find something better? Surely you should always wait at least until the week before Christmas so you can make sure you've seen everything that's on offer? Or worse still, what if you buy it and bury it in the back of your wardrobe, never to be seen again? Just me?

This is my last gift guide for the season, and I'm combining Office & Garden. Perhaps it's because I long to have an office in the garden, or perhaps it's because I kind of am cultivating a little indoor garden in my studio. Don't know, but for some reason in my head they just go together. Just me? Again?

I've had a lot of fun putting all my gift guides together, and I hope you've enjoyed reading them. Perhaps you may have found a new to you shop or two. Let me know if you have!

So here are my best suggestions for those with green-fingered friends and family (or wannabe green-fingers), and those with a home office that like their desk to be filled with things that are beautiful and practical.

French For Pineapple Blog - Office & Garden Gift Guide

1.  Alphabet Brush Pot - Pentreath & Hall
2. Midori Brass Pen - Clerkenwell London
3. Copper Watering Can - Nook
4. Baies Indoor & Outdoor Candle - Diptyque
5. Regency Caning Notebook - Pentreath & Hall
6. Secateurs - Labour And Wait
7. Self-watering Plant Pot - Lechuza (literally saved the life of my dying Fiddle Leaf Fig!)
8. Playtype Notebook - Design Museum
9. Hay Gold Tray - Amara
10. Skagerak Edge Pot - twentytwentyone

In case you missed my other gift guides you can find them here.


I'm not a huge fan of the majority of products that are aimed at kids decor, but nor do I think that kids should live in dull grown-up spaces. There's a balance, and you can definitely find a huge array of products that become kid-worthy when put in kids rooms, even if they aren't marketed that way.

Case in point, all these lovely products that obviously work in grown-up spaces, but put a few together, and voila, cool kids interiors that will stand the test of time, with the odd tweak here and there as the years go by...

1.  Laundry (Toy!) Basket - French Connection Home
2.  Disco Cushion - Quirk & Rescue
3. Petri Polar Bear Side Table - Graham & Green
4. Cat Ring Dish - West Elm
5. Spiro Mounted Ulysses Butterfly - The Curious Department
6. Still Life Matryoshka - Couverture & The Garbstore
7. Sheppy Shearling Bean Bag - Habitat
8. String Pocket Shelves in Cobalt - Utility Design
9. Neo Lava Lamp - Mathmos
10. Equestrian Monogram Hook - Anthropologie

On Wednesday I'll be sharing my thoughts on a glam Christmas table for the time-poor and impatient, as part of the UK Home Blog Hop. It's awesome, so don't forget to come and join the Christmassy blogger fun!


The next room on the list for my gift guides is the Bathroom. I'm in the middle of a mini-makeover of our main bathroom, and as much as I'd like to rip it right out and start again, it's not feasible right now, so as much as possible, I'm making the most of what we've got, spending as little as possible whilst still making a dramatic change. I hope.

Accessories become all the more important when the room itself isn't great. They're a brilliant distraction:

'Hey, don't look at that crappy tiling job, look at this lovely urn with a thriving fern in it instead!'


'Don't look at that seen better days shower-head, look at this pretty fringed bathmat instead!'

And so on. Catch my drift?

Yes, I've had bathroom accessories on my mind big-time, so without further ado, I'm going to share them with you... (yes, I know, I'm SUCH a natural poet).

French For Pineapple Blog - Bathroom Gift Guide

1.  Marble Lidded Pot - The White Company
2. Large Decorative Sea Sponge - Pure Sponges
3. Stone Composite Urn - Primrose
4. Pebble Brixton Towels - Christy
5. Black Polyresin Coral Bowl - White Mint
6. Body Brush - Labour & Wait
7. Oval Vanity Mirror - Housing Units
8. Panthera Ceramic Bathroom Set - House of Hackney
9. Diamond Bath Mat - Graham & Green
10. Oil Reed Diffuser - Tom Dixon at Heals

Have a great weekend, and come back on Monday for my next gift guide, which focuses on cool, non-kid stuff for cool kids rooms. Because cool is pretty important when you're a kid.


And just like that, we're another week closer to C-day!

Today I'm sharing my picks for the best Living and Bar gifts. The two go hand in hand obviously. We don't have a bar in the living room, but we do have a little set up in the TV room, though I think we probably need one in the living room too, because the TV room is all the way at the top of the house, and sometimes, that's just too far to go to fetch the gin. It's something I plan to remedy one of these days. I do have some plans somewhere in the back of my mind...

French For Pineapple - Living And Bar Gifts

If you missed my other gift guides so far, you can check out my best gifts for the Bedroom here, and best gifts for Kitchen & Dining here.