Christmas Gift Guide: winter warmers

Scarves made from Welsh blankets and slippers made from offcuts of upholstery leather – these are cosy winter warmers, Ernest style

Welsh Blanket Sock, £16, fforest

Fforest use their Welsh wool blankets as inspiration for their super warm, soft, thick cotton socks. A stroke of design genius. Made by Welsh sock makers Corgi who've been at it since 1892. Available in colours fire, sea and rock. 


Leather Slippers, £35, Motties

Alex Mottram founded Motties while working for a furniture company and discovered that all the offcuts of upholstery leather were being thrown away. She took them home and turned them into soft, cosy and durable slippers. And the rest is history.  £1 from every pair sold goes to a homeless charity.


The Clunie jumper, £110, Quiggleys

It’s fitting that this simple lambswool crew-neck jumper is named after a river that runs through the Cairngorms. At one end of the journey is the yarn, produced by JC Rennie, which has been hand-mixing wool since 1798. At the other end is Quiggley’s good friend Bob and his team of craftsmen in the scottish Borders, who knit the jumpers to ensure a faultless fit and finish.


Lorgill Scarf, £25, Skye Weavers

On the Isle of Skye there is an amazing couple in an old crofters' cottage weaving beautiful scarves, throws, blankets and cushion covers on a bicycle-powered loom. We particularly love their bold yellow Lorgill scarf in herringbone weave. Perfect winter gift for a man or woman.


Welsh Wool Blanket Scarf, £55-£75, fforest

This is what we love fforest for – their Welsh blanket scarves woven at a tiny wool mill near the banks of the River Teifi in West Wales. Available in four colours and two sizes.


Deerskin Gloves, £59.95, Pedal & Tread

These cork-coloured deerskin gloves are just perfect for winter with their soft, warm leather and boa fleece lining that traps air, retains heat and wicks away moisture. Made by Swedes. They know a thing or two about keeping warm in the cold.