Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

We like to think we make life that little bit easier. From holidays to restaurant bookings, we’ve got it covered, and it’s as easy as pie for us to compile the ultimate Christmas Gift Guide from our curated list of unique search tool that finds the perfect present for you. From gorgeous rose gold jewellery for your ‘sis, cashmere jumpers for Mum and snazzy ski kit for all the family, we’d like to think we’re a one-stop-shop for restful, reassured Christmas shopping, all without ever leaving your armchair.

for-herIt’s very easy to write the ultimate Christmas gift guide. We simply select gifts we covet ourselves and this year is no exception. Starting off with our favourite London jeweller, this Missoma Gold Moon Charm Necklace (£159) with diamond pave star is simple yet impressive and you can add a touch of fun with Lee Renee’s ice cream studs (£61) which are sure to become a firm favourite. These 18 carat gold designs are guaranteed to receive a toasty warm reception. Talking of toasty, keep her wrapped up this season with the ever-so-luxurious Chinti & Parker Pink Cashmere Star Scarf (£195), the ultimate in wearable knitwear, this powder pink and orange scarf is impeccably spun from 100% cashmere for the softest finish. If she’s heading to the slopes this winter, be sure to purchase these Sweaty Betty Moon Light Mitts (£55) for her stocking. Heavily insulated with wind and waterproof fabric, they have a soft brushed inner lining which is vital when trying to remain stylish in -20 degrees. Pair the look with the Sweaty Betty Mountain Top Seamless Ski Base Layer (£60), for when she’s a stylish girl but knows her kit needs to deliver. Back at sea level, she’s going to need a party bag, and not just any party bag. Sophia Webster’s flossy pompom-embellished leather pouch (£325) is the perfect playful accompaniment to her wardrobe; the metallic silver calf leather bag is surrounded with bright, multicoloured pompoms. With a zip-top closure she can keep all of her valuable items safe, throwing it around the dancefloor without a hint of anxiety. If she’s more of a city girl that likes to impress then you’d be hard pressed to beat the new backpack to beat all backpacks. The Smythson Burlington backpack (£795) is crafted from beautifully soft deerskin and comes armed with a handy top carry handle and adjustable shoulder straps in which to move seamlessly from bicycle to office. Returning from a busy day at said office, help her relax with the crowd-pleasing Diptyque Baies Scented Candle (£55) – no explanation needed – and This Works Sleep Plus (£25) for the perfect stocking filler for those needing a good night’s sleep with snoozy properties of potent lavender and eucalyptus to relieve sleeplessness and get her well rested before January comes around.

for-him

Goodness, isn’t he difficult to buy for? If we hear one more “Well, I’d quite like something from Mulberry”, we are going to haul him down to the bank ourselves and show him our dwindling bank balance. Instead, how about some affordable Christmas gifts. Ones that, quite literally, don’t break the bank. First up, if he’s into skiing he’s going to want the mid-weight shell, North Face Thermoball Hooded Men’s Jacket (£160). Perfect for wet weather, it also offers warmth when worn as an inner shell on the slopes. Spoil him with the Anon Mirrored Ski Goggles (the goggle and helmet brand of Burton – £180) and these high-performance, cushioned SmartWool ski socks (£22.99), and you’ve got him some highly technical kit at affordable prices. For those men who like to look after their skin, you need look no further than our favourite bathroom brand. Aesop’s The Supple Gentleman Kit (£60) which includes a fabulous face cleanser, Neroli aftershave balm and Moroccan neroli post-shave lotion with notes of sea salt and lavender for an extra smooth shave. If he’s one of those hipster, bearded types, you can’t go wrong with D R Harris Beard Oil (£19); a concoction of citrus and black pepper oil which keeps that beard irritation-free. If he likes the finer things of life, be sure to gift him Tom Dixon’s Candle Gift set (£80), comprising three natural wax candles encased in his iconic spun copper, nickel and brass cups. When it comes to his wardrobe, we like to keep it simple. If you’re intent on buying him jumpers or coats then give him a gift voucher (it saves a lot of time and energy when he has to take everything back). Instead add a Herschel Supply Backpack (£75) to his commute – hard-wearing and stylish and designed in the Canadian backcountry with mountains in mind. To keep your purse strings in check, finish off the hoard of gifts with the La Sardine Laruze watch (£169). Designed in Paris with an interchangeable strap, stainless steel face all whilst being impermeable to 3ATM, this watch is just the ticket to impress on Christmas Day.

for-mumSpoil Mum this Christmas, after all, she deserves it. Start the day off well with a bit of bling. This Missoma Rose Gold Initial Necklace (£99) is crafted from rose gold vermeil and features an 11 mm pendant showcasing Mum’s name. Complete the look with the Monica Vinader Fiji Friendship Bracelet (£125), 18 carat and rose gold-plated, it comes in a variety of colours and can be engraved for free. Since she has the sparkle, top off her Christmas Day outfit with the Chinti and Parker Palm Intarsia Navy Cashmere Sweater (£350), setting her apart from the Boden numbers at all those Christmas parties and made from the finest 100% Italian cashmere. Perfect for any coffee lover, Tom Dixon has created this brushed steel cafetière (£140) in a striking high-shine copper finish which will impress any guest when Mum dusts off the Charbonnel et Walker Dark Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates (£21) and serves the coffee in it on Boxing Day. We also shouldn’t overlook Kate Spade’s new tableware and this porcelain china Kate Spade Cheese Tray (£70) which is just the ticket for those that know their Colston Bassett from their Cornish Blue. When all is said and done, you must give the poor woman a rest. She’s been likely slaving away for four months to get this turkey to the table so the exotic, 100% plant and mineral active Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil (£30) is perfect to relieve stress, whilst the Jo Malone™ Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle (£42) will have her dreaming of those far-off days on the beach. And to top it all off? This little Smythson Miracle Worker notebook (£35) : fuschia pink, pocket-sized and a perfect reminder of just how special she is.

for-dadPossibly the hardest recipient in which to buy for, Dad can often be happiest with a good board game and cherished bottle of Lagavulin whisky but we like to think we can impress the old man yet. Surprise him with these Simon Carter stag head grey cufflinks (£50), perfect for those men who have a penchant for outdoor pursuits, finished with Swarovski crystals to add a touch of sparkle. The search for the ‘perfect Dad gift’ is over with this Pewter Shotgun Cartridge Travel Cup Set (£67) – styled to resemble a shotgun cartridge with 10 individual stainless steel cups (enough for all his friends on a shoot) and a screw top lid composed of brass which can also be personalised. If he enjoys his time in the garden, how about this nifty ‘Grow your own Cider Gift‘ (£44) with a ready to plant crab apple tree for the garden and an accompanying range of mulling spaces to help him brew up the perfect cider when the plant harvest comes in. He can sit down for a pint with his tin of Classic Car Show Biscuits (£42.50) with 16 chocolate biscuits featuring all of his favourite cars and dream of the day when he can own his own Jaguar rather than eat one. Although most men are happy with a large dollop of Vacherin and a jar of piccalillis in their stocking, we have no qualms about adding in this whisky drinking solution . These SPARQ soapstone whisky rocks (£11.50) are designed to cool or heat the drink without diluting his precious whisky. Finally, leave him smelling delicious for Mum with Geo F Trumper’s Sandalwood Gift Box (£65); including a hair and body wash, deodorant, shaving cream and sandalwood cologne to keep him scrubbed up and smelling delicious for Boxing Day.

for-tots

It’s hard to keep kids’ attention these days. One flash of an iPhone and they’re swiping like nobody’s business. Let’s try to take it back to basics this year with the simple things. Surprise them in the morning with this fabulous Astronaut Duvet Set (£49), making every bedtime an adventure and hopefully keeping them out of your bed for the foreseeable future. This Miffy Light (£185) is another great accompaniment to the nursery regardless of their age. With five different dimmer settings, it’s the perfect reassurance for those still a little afraid of the dark. This Giant Electronic Piano Mat (£24.50) will keep them busy on Christmas Day. They might not know the iconic movie Big, but you might be reminded of it as they choose the instrument, adjust the tempo and start using their hands and feet to play. We might have to give it a go ourselves. Another great distraction from the Brussel Sprouts would be the REX Dinosaur Teepee (£160.99), suitable for any fan of dinosaur adventures who want to up their skills in Hide and Seek or this simple, but effective, Toddle Bike (£23.95). Suitable for children that have begun to walk confidently, this will help them develop their balance and co-ordination in no time. They can then advance onto their ‘travel wheels’ using the Gruffalo Trunki (£37.99) to look forward to trips abroad, whizzing around the airport with the safety of stabilisers (your ankles however may be harmed in transit). For the ‘cool dude’ factor, pimp him up with these cool Geox Riptape trainers (£42.50). With an adjustable rip-tape strap, they’re also waterproof for when the lure of puddles proves too much. This lambswool Fox Jumper (£21) from JoJo Maman Bebe will keep them super warm whilst still being the most stylish kid on the swings/beach/slopes. But if your little darling needs something sufficiently girlier, look no further than Angel’s Face Sable Tutu (£29.95). Guaranteed to give her a bigger smile than when she first discovered sugar, the tutus come in a range of colours and are available from 0-12 years. We only wish they came in our size.