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Interior decorator and influencer

SOPHIE
STANBURY

The design expert and podcast host tells us about her festive rituals and shares her Christmas shopping finds from The Royal Exchange

Interior decorator and influencer

SOPHIE
STANBURY

The design expert and podcast host tells us about her festive rituals and shares her Christmas shopping finds from The Royal Exchange

‘Christmas is all about family. Our favourite thing to do is decorating our Christmas tree – my children and I love choosing it and then spending an afternoon adorning it in all our favourite ornaments, some homemade and others collected along the way. Once we get the Christmas box down and decorate our home, it feels like Christmas has begun.

Christmas is such a magical time in London. Once the lights, décor, traditional markets and stunning shop window displays begin, it feels very special. I love to buy brown paper and red ribbon for our Christmas wrapping, ribbon is a must as it makes everything feel so special.  My children hand make their tags and we spend time writing each message to our loved ones.

I love giving presents people can keep forever. Engraved items – such as jewellery, cufflinks or a keyring – feel very special and are something family and loved ones can treasure. Or it could be a beautifully made and personalised leather item, like a luggage tag, trinket box or wallet. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a beautifully wrapped present from Aspinal or Tiffany’s under the tree.’

Sophie Stanbury

‘Christmas is all about family. Our favourite thing to do is decorating our Christmas tree – my children and I love choosing it and then spending an afternoon adorning it in all our favourite ornaments, some homemade and others collected along the way. Once we get the Christmas box down and decorate our home, it feels like Christmas has begun.

Christmas is such a magical time in London. Once the lights, décor, traditional markets and stunning shop window displays begin, it feels very special. I love to buy brown paper and red ribbon for our Christmas wrapping, ribbon is a must as it makes everything feel so special.  My children hand make their tags and we spend time writing each message to our loved ones.

I love giving presents people can keep forever. Engraved items – such as jewellery, cufflinks or a keyring – feel very special and are something family and loved ones can treasure. Or it could be a beautifully made and personalised leather item, like a luggage tag, trinket box or wallet. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a beautifully wrapped present from Aspinal or Tiffany’s under the tree.’

TREASURE BOX

For the boys to give to their daddy. I will have this cufflinks box personalised with his initials and an inscription saying ‘love from your boys’.

Leather Stud Box, £75, Aspinal of London

SWEET TREATS

This lovely box of macarons is so beautifully wrapped and presented, they will make a special gift from my children to their grandparents.

Tokidoki Macaron Box, £28, Ladurée

RAISE A GLASS

I have chosen this gift hamper of port and stilton for my father. This is his absolute favourite and I just know it will bring a smile to his face.

The Port & Stilton Box, £55, Fortnum & Mason

"Christmas is such a magical time in London. Once the lights, décor, traditional markets and stunning shop window displays begin it feels very special"

Sophie Stanbury

KEEP IT PERSONAL

This wallet will be useful for my brother-in-law on his daily commute. I will have his initials embossed on it so it feels so much more special.

Compact Classic Billfold Wallet, £75, SageBrown

COMFORT & JOY

For my mother, I have chosen a beautifully scented candle and body cream. You can’t go wrong with a Jo Malone gift.

Fresh Fig & Cassis Townhouse Candle, £90, and Lime, Mandarin & Basil Body Cream, £56, Jo Malone London

FROM THE HEART

I will have this classic Tiffany & Co heart-shaped keyring engraved with my sister’s initial, ‘C’. I know she will treasure this for years to come.

Round Tag Key Ring, £140, Tiffany & Co.