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Christmas Guest Edit: Ashley James, Presenter & Blogger


The gorgeous and funny Ashley James tells us which of her loved ones she'll be spoiling with Aspinal Gifts this Christmas.

GIFTS FOR YOUR PARENTS?

My dad is the kind of dad who every year tells us he doesn't want anything apart from us to be home for Christmas, but every year we buy him something small, and every year he complains. It wouldn't be Christmas without father Scrouge but we do try to ease his grumbles by buying him something practical for the house.

My parents run a beautiful guest house in Northumberland (it's called Ashcroft Guest House if you're interested in a country break) so this year I would buy him a beautiful Classic Leather Guest Book for guests to sign.

For my mum I'd by her the Phoebe Wave Ring because she works so hard and is so special and doesn't treat herself ever. She loves gold and her favourite colour is red so this ruby ring is perfect for her.

GIFTS FOR YOUR SIBLINGS?

My sister is wonderfully curious and used to read the dictionary 'for fun' so I would buy her this Oxford English Dictionary as it would look beautiful on her book shelf and is something she can keep forever.

Saying that I know what she'd really want is the The Large Marylebone Tech as it's beautiful and can fit lots in!

My brother lives and works in Edinburgh but has to travel a lot with his job so I'd get him this Harrison Overnight Business Bag as it fits a laptop and a change of clothes.

GIFT FOR YOUR HOUSEMATE?

I live with the wonderful Charlotte de Carle and we are forever losing our house keys, so I'd buy her this beautiful Metal Heart Handbag Charm & Keyring so it would make finding them much easier.

GIFT FOR YOUR AGENT?

For my lovely agent I would buy a Lizard Print Leather Diary because they're so beautiful and oh so practical so they can plan a busy year for me!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

I love Christmas because London looks beautiful lit up and with all the ice rinks in front of iconic places. I feel that London and New York are home of the quintessentially festive stereotype and there's something magical about it - plus I love Winter Wonderland and mulled wine. I also love it because it's the only time of year my entire family is together. The presents are great, but it's more about the people and activities for me.

WHAT ASPINAL GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND UNDER THE TREE FOR YOURSELF?

Definitely The Etre Cecile Letterbox Rucksack - practical has never looked so sexy.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING THIS CHRISTMAS?

Catching up with friends and spending time with family. I might even get some winter sunshine with a friend for New Year.

WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE PARTY CLUTCH?

I like black clutches because they're chic and go with everything. I love The Mini Trunk Clutch with the London Patches because it pays homage to my hometown.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Blog: Ashley James

Instagram: @ashleylouisejames

Twitter: @ashleyljames


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