If you’re looking for a lovely gift that doesn’t cost the earth, we’ve rounded up the best pieces that are uncompromising on style.
Let’s face it, gifting season is all year-round. There’s always something, whether it’s a birthday, housewarming or engagement party that’s worthy of celebration that springs up on us. And, if there’s one thing we love to do, it’s celebrate wins large and small.
So, on the occasions where you find yourself mindlessly trawling all the internet has to offer to no end, we have the answer – shopping from excellent small indie businesses.
Introducing The Drop by Stylist; our e-commerce platform host to over 350 brands covering accessories, beauty, fashion, homeware and everything in between. There’s really something for everyone at The Drop when it comes to gifting, though if you’re on a budget or simply looking to treat yourself more often this month, we’ve compiled the best items you’ll want to have in your possession all £15 and under.
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From sleek handpainted dinner table candles to sweet love heart-shaped gold hoop earrings (that happen to go with almost every outfit), scroll down to find the gift that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your giftee’s face.
Mustard Monday Extra Wide Wire Headband
Whether it’s for a festival or a wedding, a statement headband is the simplest way to add interest to your look. We particularly love Mustard Monday’s wraparound wire headbands for their playful ability to bend the knot’s two ends in whatever direction you desire.
Available in five colours and patterns – including the bestselling natural linen – get ready to elevate your outfit and your hairstyle in one fell swoop.
Shop Mustard Monday Extra Wide Wire Headband at The Drop, £12
Floragy Refresh – Matcha + Mint Mask
If your sweaty summer skin isn’t coping with the British heatwaves, Floragy’s Refresh clay mask is on the case. Infused with energising peppermint, soothing coconut milk powder and redness-reducing matcha and green clay, this concoction of skincare powerhouse ingredients not only helps to control oil production, but removes impurities and treats blemishes.
Simply mix 1 tbsp of the clay mask with 1 tbsp of water (add more or less depending on how thick you like your masks), apply to your face in a circular motion, then rinse off after 10 minutes. For an extra cool feel, place the mixed mask in the fridge an hour or so before application. Cool, calm, collected skin is the assignment this summer…
Shop Floragy Refresh – Matcha + Mint Mask at The Drop, £10
Nodo Set of 3 Twisted Bobby Pins
Hair slides are a key part of our everyday hair wardrobe, but when you’re after something functional, they’re not always the prettiest – until now.
Exclusive to The Drop, this plated brass trio features a textured, twisted design in three equally appealing metallics – gold, rose gold and silver. For a layered look à la Dua Lipa, wear all three stacked on top of each other or use them where needed to help keep your summer up-do looking neat.
Shop Nodo Set of 3 Twisted Bobby Pins at The Drop, £8.50
La Basketry Handwoven Fan
As far as summer essentials go, La Basketry’s mini fan shares the top spot with SPF50 and a resuable water bottle. Launched by sisters Tabara and Mammy in 2017, their goal was to bring the craftsmanship of Senegal’s basket weavers to the world – and this chic fan does exactly that.
Made from colourful recycled plastic strings, it’s waterproof, lightweight and resilient, so there’s no need to rely on battery-powered alternatives. Its size makes it the perfect accessory when you’re on-the-go, whether it’s your commute, at a festival or sweltering while at bottomless brunch. Wave goodbye to sticky situations…
Shop La Basketry Handwoven Fan at The Drop, £12
Kim & Tonic Just Quietly Smashing It Tote Bag
Occasionally, we come across a saying that resonates so much, we need it in our lives all the time, decorating whatever we can find. Already featured on one of The Drop’s bestselling T-shirts, lifestyle label Kim & Tonic’s ‘Just Quietly Smashing It’ slogan is now available on a tote bag so you can shout your achievements to the world even louder.
Available in three contrasting colour combinations, it’s the perfect way to show someone in your life that you see their hustle, or shine light on your own success. Either way, when you’re in need of motivation on the commute to work, grab this tote and start channelling that main character energy.
Shop Kim & Tonic Just Quietly Smashing It Tote Bag at The Drop, £10.50
Anouska Georgia London True Love Earrings
If you thought heart motifs were only meant to come out on Valentine’s Day, think again. Case in point: Anouska Georgia London’s True Love 24-carat gold-plated earrings.
Think of them as your favourite gold hoops with a clean, minimalist heart-lined twist. The plus? They also happen to be the perfect style for channelling the Y2K trend. If you’re searching for a love match that lasts the test of time, look no further.
Shop Anouska Georgia London True Love Earrings at The Drop, £12
Originals Studio Colourful Beads and Faux Pearl Necklace
Beaded jewellery may have made a massive comeback in 2021 but thanks to 2022’s Y2K trend, it’s sticking around for at least another year. Happily, Originals Studio’s necklaces will update your jewellery collection without breaking the bank. Wear alone for a statement or layer with gold or silver chains for more of a boho feel.
“Delicate beaded necklaces are the perfect way to inject some colour and playfulness into your summer wardrobe,” says Stylist’s acting executive fashion director Kitty McGee. “With the power to instantly qualify a black maxi dress as summery and daytime-appropriate, it’s the ultimate item to breathe new life into all of your warm-weather pieces.”
Shop Originals Studio Colourful Beads and Faux Pearl Necklace at The Drop, £14.99
Mustard Monday Handmade Ruched Headband
Whether you’re channelling Bridgerton or looking for a statement hair accessory to wear to all of those Covid-delayed weddings and other special occasions, Mustard Monday’s ruched headbands are the special touch your outfit is calling out for.
Handmade in London and available in seven colours and prints – we’re torn between the Ganni-esque polka dot and the dark floral versions – make haste and harness Bridgerton’s leading lady Kate Sharma’s levels of style, grace and tenacity with one simple accessory.
Shop Mustard Monday Handmade Ruched Headband at The Drop, £15
Little Karma Co Personalised Initial Refillable Candle
If you’re a fan of typographic prints on your walls, imagine if you could bring the same aesthetic to your sideboard, bookshelves and coffee table. Here’s where Buckinghamshire-born lifestyle brand Little Karma Co and its typographic initial candles come in.
Available in four refillable sizes from mini (70g) to mega (3-wick 750g) and seven natural essential oil scents, including fragrant bergamot and rose geranium, soothing eucalyptus and lime and fresh lemongrass and ginger, each initial has been carefully designed using a chic, muted colour palette.
Shop Little Karma Co Personalised Initial Refillable Candle at The Drop, £13
Lucy Loves This Feminist Tote Bag
Feminism’s for life, not just for International Women’s Day – and this tote will help you promote the cause all year round. Designed by the female-led graphic design brand Lucy Loves This, this sturdy canvas monochrome bag is equal parts stylish and strident.
The ‘F’ design appears simple on first glance, but take a closer look and you’ll see rousing words by women such as Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo and Beyoncé, plus illustrations of Florence Nightingale and Virginia Woolf and names of other brilliant women past and present who have changed things for the better.
Shop Lucy Loves This Feminist Tote Bag at The Drop, £14
& So They Made Personalised Dog Breed Notebook
Whether you’re a devoted dog parent or an admirer who stops to pat all the good boys in the park, & So They Made’s personalised notebooks are ideal for all canine fans. Choose from 10 beautifully illustrated covers showcasing popular breeds including labradors, French bulldogs and golden retrievers – available in 20 different colours.
Made from FSC-certified paper, the 80-page notebooks come in three formats: dotted lines, plain pages or daily planners. If this sounds like the perfect gift for the dog fanatic in your life (or even for you), you can up the ante by adding a name, place, event or virtually any phrase to the spine. It’s what a dog lover’s dreams are made of…
Shop & So They Made Personalised Dog Breed Notebook at The Drop, £13.95
BlackBellePrints Bordeaux and Copper Leaf Agate Style Resin Coasters
When is a coaster more like a piece of art? When it’s one of Blackbelle Prints’ leaf-flaked agate resin coasters. Handmade by founder Victoria, the Afro-inspired coastal design features mesmerising details courtesy of the gold leaf swirling throughout.
The glitter-adorned textured edge, reminiscent of precious agate stones, looks as if it were sliced straight from the source. If you’re after a tablescaping texture boost, look no further.
Shop BlackBellePrints Bordeaux and Copper Leaf Agate Style Resin Coasters at The Drop, £12.60
CocoLulu Personalised Candle Pair, Lilac, Black, Antique Rose
Some modern candles are an acquired taste (we love fruit and bum-shaped designs, but we’ll happily admit they’re not for everyone). Slender dinner table tapers, though, are a timeless classic that make an ideal engagement/wedding/birthday present.
Cocolulu’s pair of dinner table candles come in three colours: spring-ready lilac, deepest black and a rose shade reminiscent of antique terracotta pots.
Better still, they can be personalised with hand-painted names, meaningful dates or phrases, and are packaged in fully recyclable wrapping and adorned with a luxury bow. Every time your giftee lights their candles for dinner, they’ll think fondly of you.
Shop CocoLulu Personalised Candle Pair, Lilac, Black, Antique Rose at The Drop, £14
Jasmine Alice Home Rattan Handcrafted Vintage Glass Vases
While rattan has been a firm favourite of interior connoisseurs for some time, not everyone wants to invest in a rattan headboard, dining table chairs or statement lampshade. If you’d rather dabble lightly with the trend, Jasmine Alice Home’s rattan-accented vases are the perfect entryway into the world of textured interiors.
The pair of glass jars come with a handwoven rattan sleeve and neck trim, providing a subtle boho accent and can be used not only as a vase but also to display collectables such as seashells or to store kitchen utensils or make-up brushes.
Shop Jasmine Alice Home Rattan Handcrafted Vintage Glass Vases at The Drop, £14.99
Fawn & Thistle Personalised Initial Leopard Mug
Fact: there’s no such thing as owning too many mugs. We can’t go past Fawn & Thistle’s statement leopard mug, complete with an oversized initial personalisation, and the extra option to add your gift recipient’s name. Tea breaks just got way more stylish…
Shop Fawn & Thistle Personalised Initial Leopard Mug at The Drop, £12.50
Rose Works Ldn Initial Terrazzo Chunky Coasters
Are you suddenly devoid of all gifting inspiration just as your friend’s birthday is creeping up? You need only look to the one eternal struggle that unites us all: preparing a mug of something warm and caffeinated and finding nowhere safe to rest it. Enter: Rose Works Ldn’s customisable chunky terrazzo coasters.
Made from an eco-friendly alternative to resin, all you need to do is choose between four colour combinations then add an initial of your choice in a contrasting shade. Et voila!
A failsafe gift that everyone with a penchant for hot drinks (read: all office workers) – not to mention cocktails – will enjoy. No judgment from us if you happen to snaffle one for yourself at the same time…
Shop Rose Works Ldn Initial Terrazzo Chunky Coasters at The Drop, £14
Bubblegum Stuff Plant Life Support
Nothing puts plant parents in crisis mode quite like the thought of going away and not being able to water their leafy babies. Sound familiar? Thanks to the genius Plant Life Support system, your plant caring friends can leave all their worries behind.
The watering gadget keeps everything from aloe to anthuriums hydrated for up to seven days – which is ideal if they’re away a lot.
All you have to do is fill up the water bag, attach the flow regulator, adjust its setting, hook it into the soil and then place the dripper in and they’ll come back to happy, healthy greenery.
Shop Bubblegum Stuff Plant Life Support at The Drop, £12.95
Jasmine Alice Home Black & White Murex Shell Candle
When it’s dark outside, the cosy flickering light of a candle is always welcome – especially when said candle transports you straight to a more tropical climate.
Native to Mexico’s Gulf of California, this murex seashell candle from Jasmine Alice Home makes a great visual statement with its milky white coating and rich, burnt brown splodges.
With hand-poured, eco-friendly soy wax infused with refreshing bergamot oil, it’s the ideal way to gift an oceanic, holiday home feel to your giftee’s home décor.
Shop Jasmine Alice Home Black & White Murex Shell Candle at The Drop, £14.99
Originals Studio ‘Mia’ Colour Block Stack Candle
First, the bubble-cube candle flooded our Instagram feeds. Then, the spiral taper took over our candle sticks, followed quickly by a plethora of handpainted dinner candles. What’s next on the agenda, you ask? The stacked geometric candle – and Yod and Co’s creations from Originals Studio are our pick of the bunch.
Available in two sizes and three different coloured stacks, the richly coloured paraffin-free candles are the perfect addition to a coffee table, bookshelf or sideboard.
And while they have a 20 or 30-hour burn time, we’re not sure we could bring ourselves to light something that’s so visually pleasing…
Shop Originals Studio ‘Mia’ Colour Block Stack Candle at The Drop, £15
My Doris Triple Beaded Hair Clip Set
Beaded hair slides are the easy way to upgrade your look – and these sets of three clips from My Doris can be worn separately in an up-do or together behind one ear for a modern asymmetrical style.
My Doris founder Katie Williamson works with designers and craftspeople across the globe – from Uzbekistan to Vietnam to India – to create unique, eclectic pieces.
Available in two metallic colourways, match the clips to your embellished frock of choice to tie the whole look together.
Shop My Doris Triple Beaded Hair Clip Set at The Drop, £9
Anouska Georgia London Celestial Crystal Studded Gold Plated Adjustable Ring
Our appetite for all things celestial is spreading to every inch of our lives. From zodiac cushion covers to star print dresses, we simply can’t get enough. But, for those who want to dip a toe (or finger) in, Anouska Georgia London’s adjustable moon and star ring is a stylish combination of subtle yet eye-catching.
The crystal-studded gold-plated piece is a ring stacking fiend’s paradise. Want to wear it above your knuckle or on a different finger? Just squeeze the two ends together for a more curated fit.
Shop Anouska Georgia London Celestial Crystal Studded Gold Plated Adjustable Ring at The Drop, £12
Marmor Paperie Marbled Wooden Letters
If you’re a regular visitor to The Drop, you’ll know that our love of initials knows no bounds. The same can be said for colourful homeware. So, when we spotted these wooden marbled letters that can be used to personalise every room in the house, it was instant love heart eye emojis.
Individually hand-marbled by founder Lucy McGrath in her London studio, Marmor Paperie’s freestanding letters are a brilliantly eye-catching interior accent.
Available in three colour combinations – pastels, green, gold and pink, or indigo and dark red – each one is designed to sit on a mantelpiece, shelf or table and can also be mounted to a wall or door if you’re feeling really crafty.
Shop Marmor Paperie Marbled Wooden Letters at The Drop, £12
Kiss Me At The Disco Your Year Personalised Date Print
If you’ve ever admired Bella Freud’s iconic 1970 jumper, you’ll know that a few simple numbers can make the ultimate statement. Dates are a brilliant way to mark your loved ones’ most notable occasions, whether it’s a special birthday, the year they bought their first house or when they got married. Case in point: Kiss Me At The Disco’s high-impact art prints.
Created in Swansea by Welsh artist Angela Warlow, the brand’s Your Year print is the ideal keepsake, with its bright colours and statement graphics sure to make an impact.
Available with a light pink or bright green background, each date is written in retro-style 3D numbers – all with their own cheering colour combinations. Choose your preferred size and get a frame at the ready – your giftee will want this on their wall ASAP.
Shop Kiss Me At The Disco Your Year Personalised Date Print at The Drop, £15
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