Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

We like to think we make life that little bit easier. We not only know just the place for that perfect family holiday or weekend away. But we also like to think we’re not too bad at buying gifts. Helping solve all your Christmas concerns, this year we have compiled a list for all the family. From the lady in your life to your in-laws, we’ve got it covered. Our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide includes gorgeous 18 carat, gold-plated Malachite hoops from Meghan Markle’s favourite jeweller, Missoma. Or choose between a Burton Side Country Backpack or these fantastic Oakley Flight Deck XM Ski Goggles – perfect for any avid skier in the family. Spoil Mum with a cashmere and wool Bowie Sweater and a Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle to keep those toes warm as the nights draw in. And how about a Continental Cheese Hamper or rock star oven gloves for Dad? The ultimate Christmas present for those little people this year is surely a Personalised Varisty Jacket from Not on the High Street. Black Friday offers have also been applied. You’re most welcome.

FOR HER

It’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, these Lucy Williams X Missoma Hoops (£149 reduced to £111) with malachite are both stylish and eye-catching. For a more personal touch, the Seychelles Yellow Gold Spinning Love Laugh Travel Pendant (£125) delicately spins to reveal a hidden message. Perfectly paired with the 18-carat gold plated Monica Vinader’s Fiji Friendship Bracelet (£135 reduced to £94.50) which comes in a variety of colours and can be engraved for free. All perfect for those Christmas parties. Talking of toasty, keep her wrapped up this season with these warm and snuggly Leather Shearling Fingerless Gloves (£95 reduced to £76) and Chinti + Parker Grey Midnight Sky Cashmere scarf (£295 reduced to £236) for the ultimate in wearable knitwear, impeccably spun from 100% cashmere for the softest finish. If she’s heading to the slopes this winter, be sure to purchase the Anon Deringer Ski Goggles (£75 reduced to £60) featuring advanced lens technology and a dual layer foam, specifically with woman in mind. After a hard day in the office (or on the slopes), she can relax with Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle (£45) with a burn time of over 45 hours – the scent invokes memories of bracing coastal walks. Finally, if she’s into her coffee, you can’t go wrong with these Tom Dixon Copper Espresso Cups (£76). With a stainless-steel interior and copper finish, they come in a handy set of 4.

FOR HIM

 

Goodness, isn’t he difficult to buy for? It always seems to be expensive coats from Mulberry or ridiculously expensive man bags. If he seems to have forgotten that we’re not all rolling in it, you can’t fail but impress though with these Lee Renee Shark Jawbone Cufflinks (£76). Made from oxidising sterling silver, these beautifully crafted cufflinks have been modelled on a Great White Shark. Perfect for any Blue Planet fans. For those sporty types, invest in a pair of Oakley Flight Deck XM Ski Goggles (£175) which apparently result in a ‘game-changing’ performance on the slopes teamed with a pair of Hestra Ski Gloves (£100) which are guaranteed to keep him warm with its waterproof and windproof fabric. Whilst you’re at it for the skiers in your life, the Burton Side Country Backpack (£120) is a no-brainer. With a substantial 18 litre capacity, this bag can fit everything from your ice axes to your snow shovel. He obviously needs to keep well-oiled when out and about, so how about the Pewter Shotgun Cartridge Travel Cup Set (£74) with ten individual stainless steel cups for all manners of beverages. When he’s back from his adventures, help him look after his body through the winter months. Best to do that with the gorgeous Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum (£39) which maximises slip for an impeccably close shave whilst hydrating the skin with less irritation. Finished off with Le Labo’s After Shave Balm (£28) – one of the best brands to come out of NYC in the past decade. All looked after in the rather smart waxed Otis Batterbee washbag (£75 reduced to £60) made with love in the mills of Lancashire.

FOR MUM

Spoil Mum this Christmas, after all, she deserves it. Start the day off well with a bit of bling. Keep her toes toasty warm with this Faux Fur Hot Water Bottle (£56 reduced to £45). Handmade in the UK by Helen Moore, it’s also machine washable which is handy. To keep her ‘down with the kids’, invest in this Bowie Sweater (£195) by Orwell + Austen, made with artisan hand knitting and weaving techniques in Nepal to make the finest cashmere and wool blend for her comfort. Perfectly paired with Alex Monroe’s Bee Pendant Necklace (£150), crafted from 22ct gold vermeil into an intricate bumblebee shape. If she’s looking tired and in need of a pamper, you need look no further than Rodial’s Dragons Blood Collection (£189 reduced to £110) which includes a sculpting gel, an eye gel and hyaluronic mask to transform her skin in time for the New Year. Transform bath time for her with Laura Mercier’s Creme Brulee Souffle Body Creme (£45), guaranteed to ensure optimum hydration levels with Vitamins A, E and F to nurture while shea butter intensely conditions. And if you’re wondering how Mum does it all, we bet she’s thinking the same. Remind her that life has no guidebook with Smythson’s ‘Making it Up as I Go Along’ Panama Notebook (£45). Available in a variety of colours.

FOR DAD

We always hope that we can exceed Dad’s expectations this Christmas. Avoiding the classic ‘tie and shirt’ combo and the inevitable bottle of whisky. Instead, let him hunker down over the Christmas period with a Pong Cheese Continental Hamper (£89.95) full to the brim with the finest artisan cheeses from France and Italy, paired with cheese biscuits, red onion marmalade and chilli jam. Inevitably paired with a wonderful Shiraz, served in the lead crystal Riedel Vienum Red Wine Glass (£36) which comes in a pack of 2. Keeping on the food theme, how about the Blueberry Box (£44) from the Gluttonous Gardener which comes with two healthy blueberry plants and jam jar labels that you can personalise for the recipient. If he likes spicy food, you can’t go wrong with the Chilli Oil Gift Box Set (£17.50). It’s sure to pack punch and flavour to any meal. Moving onto his fashion choices. Style him just right with these gorgeous silver-plated brass Simon Carter’s Mother of Pearl Stag Cufflinks (£55) which will add a touch of personality to any boring suit. If he’s into his cooking, these Rock Cake Double Oven Gloves (£22 reduced to £18) will help him channel his inner Rock God. Combining questionable baking puns (think ‘Bread Zeppelin’) all inked on in tattoo form. To keep him kissable for Mum this Christmas, invest in this Three Piece Shaving Set from Neville (£90) which includes a 3-blade razor, a super-soft shaving brush made from badger hair sitting astride a little silver stand.

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. Get them out in the fresh air with this Hazel Twigwam (£179.95). Perfect for all those adventurous types, this hard-wearing, wooden twigwam will be the ideal base for ‘Cowboys and Indians’. Pack them off to school in the morning with this Spiderman Backpack (£60) – the essential accompaniment for any web-slinger with a sunglass compartment and adjustable mesh straps for custom sizing. And to stand out in the playground, you can’t go wrong with this Personalised Varsity Jacket (£28) for ages 3 – 13. You can help them capture all of their adventures when out and about with the Kidizoom Digital Camera (£49.99), with easy-to-use photo effects and a Silly Face Detector to keep them giggling all day long. Or keep those naughty little tinkers in business with the Unicorn Squeeze Popper (£7.99). They can also keep abreast of any interesting developments with these 3D Spy Goggles (£12) which help them see in the dark via special LED lights. The perfect gift for any super spies! And when they’re home (and hopefully rather exhausted) you can get them into their toasty warm, 100% organic cotton Dinosaur Pyjamas (£29) which come with a matching bag. Perfect for sleepovers. For those with younger children, how about My 1st Years Personalised Hooded Towel with Ears (£14). This gorgeous 100% cotton towel is the perfect gift for new-borns or toddlers to make bath time fun and snuggly.