Caroline Gardner’s luxurious Christmas trimmings and a little help for those in need

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  • From present pouches to scented candles, celebrate a stylish Christmas with a clear-conscience as some proceeds go toward The Meningitis Trust

    It may be November, but it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Livingetc, and fuelling our festive mood is Caroline Gardner’s latest range.

    It’s southwest London studio has been buzzing with creativity, producing handmade cards, quality wrapping paper, gift bags, tags, ribbon and advent calendars, especially made for 2013. Each original design has passed Santa’s strict attention to each and every last detail – so there will certainly be no coal in anyone’s stocking come Christmas morning.

    We love the newly conceived present pouches. Neat yet decorative, they’re ideal for small gifts – jewellery, DVDs, CDs, paperbacks – and will make a stylish addition to that ever-growing pile under your tree.

    This year Caroline Gardner has branched out into stocking fillers too. It has everything from writing kits and pretty notebooks to home fragrances, boxed in designer Caroline’s quirky yet modern prints.

    For an extra festive feel-good, charity cards are available. Proceeds go to The Meningitis Trust, which offers practical emotional and financial support to the 500,000 people in the UK suffering from the disease as well as those dealing with its often-debilitating after-effects. Around £70,000 has been raised since the collaboration began.

    Flitter or foil-embossed charity cards are
    £5.50 for a pack of five. Personalised charity cards are available to order online, from £210 for a pack of 50.

    Present pouches, complete with sticky closure labels, are £5.50 for a set of three. The candles, available in scents such as Mediterranean fig and blossom, green tea and crushed lily, and Juniper with leather and amber, are £10.95 each.

    Now, just Christmas dinner left to organise…

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