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Cheryll Gillespie, Designer Gift Ideas

As much as I love Christmas, the spirit of the season, the glitz, the sparkle, the cheer and the festivities, the one element that I’m not fond of is all the shopping. I’m sure you’re like me, I love to give presents and do so constantly throughout the year, when I see something that is perfect for someone special, I buy it and give generously, but if I’m forced to buy and don’t have any ideas what to get them, then I’m not fond of just buying something for the sake of having a gift to give.

To help with your hard-to-buy-for someone’s, here are a few of my designer ideas that could solve the problem of that difficult to give to person or the person who has it all. For me, gifts are about those extras, those luxury pieces that we wouldn’t buy for ourselves so with that in mind here are a few holiday gift-giving suggestions.

I’m in love with these little festive bird houses and all my girlfriends love them almost as much as the feathered friends do.

Cheryll Gillespie, Designer Gift IdeasA beautiful coffee table book on art, design, architecture, fashion or photography is an always welcomed gift. Consider the persons room colour palette and buy a book that will work with the colour palette in the space. Just a designer note, when you are giving any gift for the home, always purchase with the home owner’s colour palette and style in mind, even for gifts as simple as a bunch of flowers. My friends know that I prefer all white while some of my girlfriends prefer pink or oranges.

Both my daughter and I, are ring-loving girls and we adore a big sparkly hunk of fabulous on our fingers. Give a wonderful piece of custom jewelry to the girl who almost has it all. An over the top glamourous clutch for those special evenings is another you-cant-go-wrong gift. Think loads of sparkle, pearls and a little rock and roll edge.

Especially this time of year, we all need an amazing ice bucket to keep that bottle of champagne chilled as we entertain for the evening. Look for buckets covered in faux croc leather or handles adorned with semi-precious crystals.

Have custom table linens made. It can be as simple as taking ready-made napkins and a table cloth into your local embroidery shop and having the home owner’s initials monogrammed onto the pieces. Speaking of monogrammed items, there is still time to give beautiful monogramed or custom stemware or stationary as a gift.

A collection of wonderful ornate ornaments that suite the receivers personal style is also a fun and unique gift that will truly be something cherished for generations to come. It’s not the price tag that makes a gift special, it’s the time and thoughtfulness it took to choose the perfect gift that’s has been memorably acquired for those special people in your world. Now that’s gifting,and living, fabulously.


Bangkok High End Shopping – Thong Lo Has it All

They say that Bangkok has something for everyone, and never is that more apparent than on a shopping trip. The city has shops to suit every budget – from the […]

They say that Bangkok has something for everyone, and never is that more apparent than on a shopping trip. The city has shops to suit every budget – from the bargain stalls at JJ market (aka Chatuchak), to the ritzy Thong Lo shopping area.

Sure, there’s the air conditioned malls that popular Ratchaprasong, from Siam Paragon to Central World, full of Western designer stores (complete with Western designer prices, slightly inflated due to Thailand’s luxury import tax), but don’t you want something a little more local?

Thong Lo is an area famous for its unique, indigenous shops that are frequented by Bangkok’s high society, both Thais and expats. Walking along just a few blocks of Thong Lo’s main street, it’s possible to find enough shops to furnish your entire home and wardrobe.

Start off with the Park Thonglor Tower, a type of high-end department store chocked full of designer and imported home furnishings, from Armani Casa, to Fendi, to Ralph Lauren furniture.

Continue north along Thong Lo until you hit the Lighting House, a place full of glittering, weighty chandeliers who’s price-tags are almost as heavy.

Cross the street and walk southwards until you hit a shop called Metta. Metta is a women’s clothing store, in which dresses have crisp lines and thick, luxurious fabrics, all in a variety of rich colours.

Continuing in the same direction, you’ll come across a shop with a rather unique concept –

Scarlett Dress & Dessert serves up delicious, sugary treats alongside its gorgeous dresses. Patrons can sit and enjoy their dessert, while also looking around at the dresses displayed around the shop, and doing a bit of window shopping.

Not a far walk from Scarlett is a lovely shop full of sparkly wonder, called Lifestyle. This three-level store is jam-packed with all kinds of high-end goodies that you don’t necessarily need, but will definitely want, to add that extra wow-factor to your favourite room.

Exhausted from all your shopping? Take a break and grab a posh cappuccino in the newly-opened Ducati Cafe, just opposite the Ducati store. If you’re hungry, you can choose from a nice selection of mixed cold cuts, pastas, burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

Of course, do explore Thong Lo for yourself! Venture down the small side streets (called sois) and discover hidden secrets and great finds that you can show off to your friends. It’s a full-on shopping adventure. Just remember to take frequent breaks as shopping in this heat can be exhausting!

How to get there:
It’s simple enough to take a taxi to Thong Lo. Simply get in, and tell the driver Thong Lo (pronounced Tong Law). He should take you along the main road, called Sukhumvit, and turn onto Sukhumvit Soi 55 (aka Thong Lo street). It is a good idea to let him drive you about two or three minutes down the street before getting out and beginning your stroll, as there are not many shops of interest at the start of the street.