Inspiring ideas - it's the fabulous Deco Christmas gift guide (part one)

It's that time of year again.. but fret not as we have been engaged in detailed product research so you can give gifts that won't be forgotten about within a day. Whether your loved ones and friends are practical, creative, or simply in need of some good stuff for their homes, we can help

By Abby Trow and Kay Hill
The joy of giving

With so many creative small UK companies selling interesting, useful, eco friendly products online, it's never been easier to give gifts that will be greatly appreciated and not left mouldering in a cupboard!

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Click here to see Part Two of the Fabulous Deco Christmas Gift Guide

Want to encourage a youngster to get used to mending things? or help them ensure their bicycle doesn't fall prey to thieves with boltcutters? or indulge your partner with a sumptous organic cotton bathrobe? Well read on because we have excellent ideas for all ages.

Metallic Paper Bags from Velvet & Dash (from £12)

These ingenious bags are a snip and have a multitude of uses. Made from paper that's been stretched and tanned so it looks like leather and can be washed like fabric, these bags can become stylish plant pots holders, or containers for fruit & nuts, or keys and other bits and pieces you don't want to lose track of.  Available in various sizes and colours. Velvet & Dash
 
Nudo Gift Adopt an Italian Olive Tree (from £39)
 
For a unique present for a foodie, look to Nudo Adopt: its Gift Adopt an Olive Tree gift which gives the lucky recipient first cold press, extra virgin Italian olive oil straight from their very-own adopted tree through the year. Nudo Adopt is based in London and it collaborates with small-scale, artisanal olive producers and selected olive groves across Italy. Olives from each grove have different flavours, so you can adopt the perfect tree for your friend - choose the Bestagno grove in the foothills of the Ligurian Alps for fans of herbaceous flavours or for something light and fruity choose a tree from the Natali grove near Civitanova Alta in the central east Marche region. Gift packages start at £39Nudo Adopt. (Your friend will also get a 20 per cent discount from the Nudo Adopt online shop).
 
Washable Uashmama paper bags, made in Italy, from Velvet & Dash. From £12 www.velvet-dash.com
Adopt an olive tree, a great gift for foodies from Nudo, from £39. www.nudoadopt.com
Litelok is a new lightweight lock perfect for bicycles, invented by a Brit and made in Wales. £85
Litelok is able to withstand sustained assaults with bolt cutters and hacksaws

Above, from top left: metallic-look Uashmama washable paper bags for holding plants and nic-nacs from Velvet & Dash; Nudo Adopt - let your loved one adopt an olive tree in Italy and receive first cold press oil from it during the year; Litelok - a super present for cyclists as it's a new lightweight lock that's damn difficult to get through even with boltcutters. And it's made in Wales. Below, clockwise from left: Encourage a love of mending things with this Rebel Tech kit from Sugru, the mouldable glue people; We love the evocative Midnattsol design by Scandinavian homewares brand Isak; Atlas & I have personalised map covered diaries; Glasgow's fou furnishings' sumptuous bath robes are made from organic cotton.

Sugru Rebel Tech Kit gives you the means to keep your tech in good nick, £10, www.sugru.com
Midnattsol design for ceramic/enamel tableware by Scandinavian brand Isak
Atlas & I personalised leather map diary, hand-made in London, from £55, www.astlas-and-I.com
Sumptous and enveloping pure organic cotton bathrobes from fou furnishings, £59, www.foufurnishings.

Litelok bicycle locks (£85)

A perfect gift for a cyclist..given that some half a million bicycles are stolen in the UK each year and hardly any are found. Industrial designer and keen cyclist Prof Neil Barron has invented a composite material containing metal which he uses for his brilliant Litelok bike locks. Crucially they weigh just 2.4lbs and withstand over five minutes' heavy duty assault from boltcutters/hacksaws and other such tools of the thieving trade. They come in three colours, and have a lock that snaps shut so you need the key only to open it. Liteloks are manufactured in Wales and can be recycled. They cost £85 or £160 for two. Cyclists...these are what you've waiting for. litelok.com

Sugru Rebel Tech Kit (£10)

A useful gift or stocking filler for the tech junkie in your life from Sugru, the mouldable silicone-based glue people whose mission is for us to mend more so less goes to landfill. Their new Rebel Tech Kit offers 14 brilliant ways to fix, hack and improve gadgets so we get the most out of our technology.  Genuine lifehack heaven, it's packed with small DIY projects to help with everything from improving the sound on our speakers and fixing fraying cables to securing your tablet computer anywhere. Adds a new dimension to smart technology. Sugru

Midnattsol tableware by Isak. From £6.67

It's always nice to receive lovely china, whether it's a pair of mugs, plates or a milk jug. Scandinavian brand Isak has recently lauched its Midnattssol collection, featuring an evocative design inspired by the midnight sun in greys/black/white. Choose ceramic tableware, as well as enamel pieces including a coffee pot and cooking pots. Products (manufactured in Sweden and the UK) are intended for outdoor as well as indoor eating. The tall slender handleless carafes are particuarly lovely. Isak

Atlas & I personalised leather vintage map diaries. From £55

We may use our phones for a lot of things but millions of us still want an actual diary to carry around with us. If you know a diary aficionado, indulge them with a personalised leather map diary, hand-cut and stitched by London-based Atlas & I -  of course they keep the leather cover and put in the replacement diary pages each year. Soft Italian leather is digitally-printed with the area of a vintage OS map of your choice - you might want the village where your loved one lives or the place they were born. We like this, a present that has years to run! Atlas & I

Organic cotton bathrobe by fou furnishings. £59

When it comes to towelling bathrobes of sumptuous softness, no one does it better than Glasgow's fou furnishings, which uses top quality organic cotton. Perfect for relaxing in after a bath or keeping warm on a chilly morning, fou's robes are generously sized for maximum cosiness. fou furnishings

We didn't want you to have to scroll down for ever, so see part two of our 2016 gift guide