Nuria Val's Ultimate Gift Guide
What the Spanish style maven, creative force and world-traveller wants in her Holiday stockings.
The holidays are creeping closer and model-turned-creative director Nuria Val is busy decorating her awe-inspiring Barcelona apartment and finding the perfect presents for her loved ones. To help you get ready for the celebrations, Nuria guides you through the best of the best from H&M and H&M Home – either to give to someone else or, even better, to yourself.
1. FOR EVENINGS OUT
"This is the perfect blouse to wear to any dinner party! I love its deep and rich colour and that it's both so elegant and so comfortable. It's a great gift this time of year to wear at all events with family and friends."
2. FOR EVENINGS IN
"There's not much to say about this present – this blanket is perfect for film nights at home with popcorn and cuddling up on the sofa. It matches the colour scheme of my house perfectly too."
3. FOR YOUR HOME
"I love the vintage feel of this H&M Home vase. It's perfect for any type of flowers, but especially for my favourite mix of different shades of red."
4. FOR ALL THE TIME
"I love scented candles and this one gives an amazing warm feeling at home. I really enjoy lighting up the table with candles during dinner, and this winter I'm into a lemongrass scent."
5. FOR YOUR MEMORIES
"As a photography lover I have frames all over my place, but I need more and it's actually a great present for me since I love to print photos."
6. FOR SEEING YOURSELF
"I love small wood pieces, this one is a beautiful mirror that I place on top of the chest of drawers in my bedroom."
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS
"It's spent with my family! We rent a house in the mountains, and since I have a huge family – we need a huge house. We spend the day and night there and end up dancing and playing games with my little cousins."
THE MOST MEMORABLE GIFT
"I'm so fascinated by astrology, and my favourite gift came last year when my boyfriend gave me a telescope. But there was a catch! The telescope wasn't put together and instead I had to follow a lot of funny instructions to find the seven different pieces hidden around the house, our car and other places in Barcelona. It was really fun – and I love my telescope!"
GIVING OR RECEIVING PRESENTS
"Giving! I get very shy when I open a present because everyone is looking at me! I prefer to give presents, especially the ones I know will be the hits of the year!"
CHRISTMAS FILM... Home Alone
CHRISTMAS SONG... A Frank Sinatra classic: Silent Night
CHRISTMAS FOOD... Baked fish with sliced potatoes and onions
CHRISTMAS TRADITION... We put a shoe under the Christmas tree, so in the morning we find it filled with our favourite sweets. I don't like sweets so I usually get a bag of cashews instead!