When photos of emerged of Roger Federer’s family visiting Kensington Palace last month, I was desperately curious about what was in the little gray gift boxes that Roger’s wife, Mirka, had wrapped for the Cambridge family. What does one give Kate for Christmas? Especially when one does not have a professional tennis player’s budget? Here’s what I’d give her–or anyone on my list who seems to have everything.
A glass jug by Hay $39
This happy jug would work just as well as a vase, bringing cheer to a house in any season. It is made by Hay, a Danish design company that creates functional, aesthetic products for modern living. Their website is a wonderland-rabbit’s hole of housewares, stationary supplies, and other beautiful trinkets for your home. In the U.S., Yoox online carries a wide selection of their wares, like trays, notebooks, and mirrors.
Kahler candle holders $60
For years, I searched for a ceramic winter village to light my windowsill during the holiday season. Finally, on a trip to Copenhagen, I found Kahler’s Urbania line, which is a collection of classic and modern city structures perfectly designed to enhance the warm glow of tea light candles. Pair them with the trees in Kahler’s Nobili line to create an elegantly cozy scene.
Further soap $17
I first encountered this soap at the restaurant Mozza, in Los Angeles, where I spent the whole meal saying, “I can’t stop smelling my hands!” I’ve been giving it as a housewarming present ever since. The small company that makes it collects waste vegetable oil from high end restaurants, then processes it into biofuel and this soap. It’s a sustainable circle I think would appeal to Kate’s clean home sensibility.
Dinner: Changing the Game $35
This cookbook has completely changed the way I make dinner. Melissa Clark’s flavor profiles are different than my old, tired ones, but her dishes are simple to make and utter crowd pleasers. Everyone who has tried one at my house ended up buying the book for themselves.
Saipua soaps $18
Saipua is one of the most extraordinary flower businesses I’ve ever seen. They describe themselves as a team that has “spent the last ten years tirelessly hunting down the most beautiful flowers in the world.” For proof that they’ve succeeded, check out their Instagram page. These soaps are hand measured, poured, and cut by the founder’s parents in small batches of 88 bars. They come in a unique range of scents like Saltwater, Goat Milk with Basil, Charcoal and Patchouli, and Clary Sage and Dill. And I think the fact that it’s a family business will make Kate smile.