Ah, Christmas: you spend all year wanting things that you probably don’t need, and when the festive fervour arrives, you’ve suddenly forgotten them all. To spare you from racking your brains for something other than socks, here’s what we’re hankering for this season. Santa: take note (please).
Icons of Men’s Style by Josh Sims
If the onset of winter has left you feeling less than inspired, take a leaf out of our book and ask for celebrated style writer Josh Sims’ beautiful new paperback. Icons of Men’s Style takes a detailed look at the provenance and history of items that epitomise menswear, the stories of their design and how each article has shaped the way that men dress today.
£9.95 from Amazon
Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone
Gramovox has tapped into our underlying nostalgia with this masterful Bluetooth gramophone. Pairing vintage aesthetics with modern tech, the marvellous speaker is not just an assertion in sound, but a bold interiors statement with its solid walnut base and 1920’s style steel horn.
£395 from The Conran Shop
Imperial Collection Gold Vodka & Baccarat Cocktail Party in a Box
How to make one of the world’s most expensive vodkas just that little bit more exclusive? Just add a set of eight fine-crafted Baccarat crystal glasses to the mix. Imperial Collection Gold Vodka is filtered through “Golden Silk”, emerging a balanced spirit with hints of natural white honey and lime blossom.
£45 and £1,010 from ConSept
Chivas 12 ‘Made for Gentlemen’ by Globe-Trotter Carry-on Case
Our eyes popped out of our skulls when we spotted this Christmas red 20-inch Globe-Trotter case, born of a collaboration between the celebrated luggage brand and iconic liquor producer Chivas. Chivas’ customised lining bedecks the inside, while the exterior of this carry on case has wooden handles, brushed brass hardware and an internal leather plaque to mark the partnership.
£950 from Globe-Trotter
The Old Street Barber Co Ultimate Beard Grooming Kit
We love a good homegrown brand, and The Old Street Barber Co is just that. Beards have been bang on trend for the past year, so for the whiskered among us, their Ultimate Beard Grooming Kit is a must. It features oils infused with peppermint, lemon and cinnamon; moustache wax and two combs – all of which are made using 100% natural ingredients in the UK.
£65 from The Old Street Barber Co
Brompton Bikes’ bespoke Meantime Bike
New year, new resolutions, new mode of transport. Banish the tube in favour of a rather special bicycle, the result of Brompton Bikes’ partnership with Meantime Brewing Company. The bespoke Brompton-Meantime bike is an S2L, finished with unique componentry and two gears ideal for city riding. What’s more, Meantime has launched a limited edition Brompton Lager to celebrate.
£1,200 from Brompton Bikes
Eclectic Scented Candle by Tom Dixon
We know Tom Dixon’s staple metallic tones and curved lights well, but decking out the home with his products can quickly send your bank balance into disarray. For an affordable dose of Dixon style to soup up your salon, this scented candle infuses the air with notes that call to mind flowering crocuses, red brick buildings and the signature Thames salt mist, inspired by a walk through London on the cusp of spring.
£55 from Heals
The East India Company’s Grand Adventures Gift Hamper
The travellers among us will take comfort in The East India Company’s Grand Adventures hamper, containing a collection of unique flavours and textures evocative of faraway lands. A journey’s worth of teas, coffees, preserves, condiments, spices, cordials and biscuits sit alongside champagne or sparkling apple juice glittering with 24 carat gold flakes. Perfect for Christmas with a twist.
£1,500 from The East India Company
We Are NightJar Totes & Mugs
Need a great Christmas stocking filler? Look no further than We Are NightJar, a British brand that launched earlier this year with a series of 100% organic cotton T-shirts, totes and mugs brands with various signature prints, our favourite of which is the classic Arrows motif, which appears on a two-tone mug available in four colours and a cotton bag perfect for bunging in a night’s worth of essentials.
£11.99 from We Are NightJar
VeselCase iPhone Case
Taking the title for the world’s slimmest iPhone case, VeselCase creates beautiful, quality covers using high-precision CNC machines for meticulous detail. Our favourite – the wood series – uses quality materials such as aluminium and solid walnut, oak or maple. It’s the ultimate in slick durability to keep your trusty phone safe.
£115 from VeselCase
Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guides
For the self-confessed city-break addict, Wallpaper’s set of ten city guides reports on everything from interiors to architecture, restaurants, galleries and tech. Editions include Berlin, Istanbul, London, Paris, San Francisco, Hong Kong, New York Tokyo, Rome and Amsterdam: see if you can tick the lot of them off by next Christmas.
£70 from Mr Porter
Words by Annie Biziou