Make Christmas a special time with our Scandinavian gifts!

Make Christmas a special time with our Scandinavian gifts!

In our book, it is never too early to shop for Christmas. Even though it is possible to get fantastic, personalised presents for your loved ones at the last minute, it never hurts to take the time to find the perfect gift. There's nothing wrong with browsing around to find the best deals and the best gifts, so if you're in the mood for some early Christmas shopping, follow the guide to Barbed's favourite Christmas presents!

Ester & Erik Candles

Let there be light! When the days become shorter in winter it is easy to feel a bit down, so why not offer a lovely, home-made candle to someone you love, to cheer them up in more than one way?

An Ester & Erik candle is a great gift for your mother, grandmother or sister, or even your father or brother if they like home decorations. We have candles in different sizes and shapes, so it's the perfect present for everyone who likes design items.

Outdoor candle holders – garden torches

What is even better than a candle? An outdoor candle! Candles are typically indoor items, but with the right equipment (and decent weather!) you can definitely bring candles outdoors and turn them into garden torches. Ester & Erik, the iconic Danish candle makers, have had the idea to create a versatile and beautiful outdoor candle holder. Made from powder coated steel and sustainable Mangrove wood, the Vilda Outdoor Candle Holder can be used on decking or patios, on a table top in its cut down version and comes with a removable spike so it can be used safely in a lawn or flowerbed or on sand. It also comes with a lid (you don’t want the wick to get wet when it rains) which hangs from the side of the holder when not in use, an extinguisher which hangs elegantly from its own hook on the front and to get you started, two 20 hour candles. Whether you like your candles on the dining table or as torches in the ground, we’re sure the Vilda Outdoor candle holder will meet your requirements.


If you like surprise, multi-purposes gifts, you will definitely want to have a look at the Paloma: at first glance, it looks like a simple sculpture of a white dove with a contemporary, refined design, but if you look closer you can see that it also doubles-up as a bench, large enough for one or two people to sit. What’s more, the Italian manufacturer behind the Paloma, Serralunga, offers two versions of this outdoor sculpture: one ‘normal’, and one… illuminated! Serralunga has indeed made a speciality out of creating create original illuminated sculptures, for our greatest pleasure (and we hope yours too!).

Walther & Co

Walther & Co is definitely a Christmas favourite. This Danish company combines artfully traditional designs from all over the world and contemporary ones to craft unique items: tea light lanterns, candle holders and Christmas tree decorations. The materials used to craft these beautiful items are all natural, so if you’re looking for a gift for someone who likes ethical and natural products, we recommend you have a look at the lanterns and zinc houses we have in store, such as the lovely Walther & Co round house or the shiny brass house!


Finding the right Christmas present can be a daunting experience if you do it at the last minute, but don’t worry we’re here to help, and even if you didn'’t plan it in advance, pop by our shop or browse our online shop – we'll get it all sorted for you!

17th October 2014

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