Each of the following will deliver in time for Christmas, if you order by the date shown. If you intend a present to be sent direct to the recipient, check whether it will be gift-wrapped and arrive with a card.

7 December

The Holding Company

Stylish storage solutions: stackable boxes, chrome shelving units, sisal baskets and much more.

Tel: 0171-610 9160. Fax: 0171-610 9166.

9 December

Burgon & Ball

Specialists in garden and country tools - from classic shears and pocket knives to "Daisy Grubbers" and Onion Hoes. Plus hand-forged plant supports and pot elevators.

Tel: 0114 233 8262. Fax: 0114 285 2518.

10 December


Simple oval boxes, tinware, peg rails, checked table and bedlinen, unadorned furniture and dolls in plaid dresses. Special Christmas selection includes American folk art decorations in felt or wood.

Tel: 0171-724 7672. Fax: 0171-724 6640.

15 December


Equipment for the serious cook, from pasta pans to shortbread moulds.

Tel: 0171-386 9911. Fax: 0171-386 9393.

The English Garden Collection

Their "Gifts for gardeners" catalogue includes multi-flowerpot napkin rings, wire work vases, glass cloches, plus a "natural look" cut-flower service.

Tel: 0800 203000. Fax: 01392 431025.

Pukka Palace

Indian and colonial furniture and accessories. Iron and marble-topped furniture, metal chandeliers and candle holders, fire screens, coloured glass melon lamps, painted screens and a big range of prints.

Tel: 0345 666660. Fax: 01588 672 8888.

16 December


Contemporary furniture, galvanised bins, steel filing cabinets, smart modern kitchen and bathroom accessories.

Tel: 0181-971 0066. Fax: 0181-971 0033 (next day or three-day delivery).

Colour Blue

The Mediterranean look. Hand-forged cafe tables and taverns chairs, galvanised buckets, fisherman's lamps, terracotta bowls and a new range of chunky multiwick candles and Venetian tapers. Catalogue pounds 2.50.

Tel: 0171-820 7700. Fax: 0171-793 0537.


Designer kitchen and homeware - from a lime green Alessi garlic press to a pen which projects a laser beam for presentations.

Tel: 0845 6015319. Fax: 01225 862672.

17 December


Large range of traditional toys and dozens of imaginative stocking fillers.

Tel: 01225 469455. Fax: 01225 448592.


All you need for Christmas cooking and parties - from star-shaped cutters to toffee apple kits.

Tel: 015394 88100. Fax: 01539 488300.

Will take orders up to 22 December for next-day delivery.

19 December


Furniture and accessories inspired by French country style. Creamy earthenware jugs, scented candles, simple table lamps, rustic wire shelves. Catalogue pounds 2.50.

Tel: 0181-892 2151. Fax: 0181-744 2017.

The White Company

Mainly white bed linen bedspreads, blankets, waffle towels, bathrobes and table linen.

Tel: 0171-385 7988. Fax: 0171-385 2685.

20 December

The Hill Toy Company

Solidly-built wooden dolls' houses, big range of dressing up clothes, good puzzles, etc.

Tel: 01765 689955. Fax: 01765 689111.

21 December Ocean

Describes itself as "style for the modern home". Over 500 items which can be delivered the next day. Some contemporary furniture but mainly lighting, kitchen and bathroom accessories in bright and unusual designs.

Tel: 0800 132985. Fax: 0171-498 8898.

Jo Malone

Scents, bath oils, body lotions, candles in heady combinations: nutmeg and ginger; lime, basil and mandarin; amber and lavender. Will gift-wrap in black and cream box, and lime-scented paper.

Tel: 0171-720 0202.

22 December

Cath Kidston

Washbags, dressing gowns, aprons, shoppers, lampshades, box files in Cath Kidston's distinctive 1950s designs. Lots of floral and rosy patterns, a "Bath-time" design and "Fernleaf" based on a 19th- century endpaper.

Tel: 0171-221 4000. Fax: 0171-229 1992.

23 December

Peacock Blue

Small range of crisp, simple bed linen and luxury towels and bathrobes.

Tel: 0171-384 3400. Fax: 0171-384 3500.