Dreamy Boat earrings, £17, Materia Rica. www.wolfandbadger.com

Dreamy Boat earrings, £17, Materia Rica. www.wolfandbadger.com

Most gift guides I see assume the reader have pockets as deep as the ocean – and I’m talking Mariana Trench-deep. As much as I’d love to, I can’t spend £500 plus on loved ones. Also, as an editor, it’s easy to round up a list of 20 stonking items from Gucci, Prada et al but much harder, and hence more interesting, to find genuinely lovely gifts under £50. Museum shops are surefire places to find smaller items (the build-it-yourself Light Stax from the Science Museum is already on our Christmas list) and I’ve just rediscovered the joys of Anthropologie and Wolf & Badger, both beautifully edited sites with shedloads of gorgeous affordable items – as well as super-special pieces for closer friends. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’ll be covering these options in upcoming guides. See you then.

V&A Pattern: 100 Postcards, £14.99, V&A. www.vandashop.com

V&A Pattern: 100 Postcards, £14.99, V&A. www.vandashop.com

Ghost, £14 each, Studio Arhoj. www.twentytwentyone.com

Ghost, £14 each, Studio Arhoj. www.twentytwentyone.com

Medium Bag Pom Charm, £7, Topshop. www.topshop.com

Medium Bag Pom Charm, £7, Topshop. www.topshop.com

Light Stax, £20, Science Museum. www.sciencemuseumshop.co.uk

Light Stax, £20, Science Museum. www.sciencemuseumshop.co.uk

Large Silver Colour Pop Bamboo Bowl, £14, Oliver Bonas. www.oliverbonas.com

Large Silver Colour Pop Bamboo Bowl, £14, Oliver Bonas. www.oliverbonas.com

Red Footed Falcon Brooch, £20, Natural History Museum. www.nhmshop.co.uk

Red Footed Falcon Brooch, £20, Natural History Museum. www.nhmshop.co.uk

Menagerie Juice Glass, £10, Molly Hatch. www.anthropologie.com

Menagerie Juice Glass, £10, Molly Hatch. www.anthropologie.com

Sewing machine necklace, £12, Imperial War Museum. www.iwmshop.org.uk

Sewing machine necklace, £12, Imperial War Museum. www.iwmshop.org.uk

Bonneval Tea Towel, £14, Anthropologie. www.anthropologie.com

Bonneval Tea Towel, £14, Anthropologie. www.anthropologie.com