The gift-giving season is upon us and the battle begins of who can give the most unique gift, the most in-demand gift, the most unexpected gift or the best crafted gift. Although it’s easy to click on your internet browser and trail through the array of department store sites, we would say that that is lazy. Saying that, to inspire your search and help you find a gift for your loved one, we’ve collected various ideas into one list, so that your life may just become that little bit easier. Some of these, admittedly, are over the top, but what is the point of Christmas if you can’t immerse yourself in a fantasy?
Ok, yes, perfume is expected and easy to think of. However, the beauty of a truly well-crafted perfume can be just as luxurious as any gift, especially if it’s one that few people have. As a suggestion, we would recommend Noble VIII, Rock Rose by Clive Christian or Black Gold by Ormonde Jayne, two of the best British parfumiers there are. If you would like to go one step further, or do not actually know what kind of scent your loved one would prefer, Roja Dove offers one-on-one fragrance consultation in their Harrods boutique.
- Saville Row Blazer
You cannot go wrong with Saville Row tailoring and quality. Made to perfection with the finest textiles, as well as designed with timeless taste, a jacket from London’s best designers will be cherished forever. We suggest looking at these three blazers from Gieves & Hawkes, Richard James and Hackett.
- Styling for an event
The holiday season often comes with a multitude of parties and planning a different outfit for each one could become a difficult task. If someone close to you is having to make these tough choices, an ideal gift would be to send them to Selfridges, Harrods or Liberty in order to have experience private styling. Two hands are better than one!
If you hope to actually host your own party, beautiful tableware is essential. Wedgwood has a wide choice to pick from; our favourite china set would be the chic and simple Jasper Conran Pin Stripe Collection that complements any colour scheme you pick out for the decoration.
- Tech and Tablet Case
Most of our work nowadays depends on an internet connection and a portfolio of technology. In the office, computers are there to sort it all out, but when one is on the move, whether travelling abroad or going to meetings down the hall, a folio of tech is important to keep track when the office isn’t the workplace of the moments. Stow London sells this stylish World Class Tech Case that holds documents, tablets, chargers and other work essentials within a finely crafted leather case.
- Halcyon Days Gift
With a multitude of Royal Warrants, Halcyon Days is a retail company like no other. Each product symbolises British luxury and craftsmanship. Specialising in enamelling, the art of pressing fine sheets of copper onto fine china, Halcyon Days ensures quality that is both first-class and unique. We love this Twin Leopard Enamel Box, a classically beautiful item which evokes Victorian fascination with the East.
- Tickets to the Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera house is synonymous with London’s high-culture and plays host to the best performance artists in the world. Throughout January, the Royal Opera House will feature the opera production of Salome, the 1905 Richard Strauss adaptation of Oscar Wide’s twisted play. A mix of seduction, violence and drama, Salome retells this Biblical tale with the thrills expected of Britain’s most famous opera house.
- Luxury Rail Travel Experience
A luxury train service can offer passengers a collection of advantages that few other accommodation and transport services can; shifting scenery, first-class care and beautiful design, these moving hotels are perfect for holiday-goers who love to be on the move. We suggest the Rovos Rail, a stunningly decorated train that takes its passengers through the rural magnificence of South Africa.
Jewels are a classic gift. A perfect selection will stand the test of time and be worn for decades without ever going out of style. They can be discreet or statement pieces; which is why we love this pair of detachable topaz earrings from Kiki McDonough. The two-in-one piece offers the wearer the choice of simple diamonds, or the knockout combination of diamonds, blue topaz and gold.
- Vintage Spirits and Wine
Vintage alcohol is great for dinner parties due to its ability to start a conversation and evoke a few ‘oohs’ and ‘aahhs’ when brought out. Of course, flavour is always important, but vintage spirits and wines, are as valued additions to the home as they are to the tongue. Our recommendations include the Pride 1978 Whisky by Glenmorangerie, Ardbeg Twenty Something by Ardbeg and the 1988 Ch. Léoville-Las Cases, St Julien available at Berry Brothers & Rudd.
- Flight Experiences by Virgin
No, we’re not suggesting your average Virgin Atlantic trip. Rather, we would like to draw your attention to the private plane experiences offered by Virgin. These can be exclusive flying lessons but our eyes are set entirely on the WW2 Spitfire experience, a 20 minute ride on an authentic wartime aircraft. To be gifted to plane enthusiasts or history-lovers!
- Gift Hampers
Food and drink is universally liked, especially when presented in a hamper. For Christmas-specific assortments, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges offer luxurious baskets. For something to accommodate other tastes, Highgrove Gardens offer a hamper focussed on champagne and tea, whilst Liberty offer a tea-time themed basket.