As we approach the festive season of giving, our shopping editors have shortlisted their picks of gifts and must-haves for Christmas.
For the champagne drinker: Pommery
Full of intensity and elegance, Pommery’s Blanc de Noirs champagne is the latest addition to the Apanage range and follows in the footsteps of the Apanage Blanc de Blancs released last year. Blended with 100% red grape varieties, this mature champagne embodies subtle floral notes and notes of vanilla and soft spices to the nose. Full of flavour, this noir reflects the same notes on the palate and takes on a creamy balance of honey, pear and red fruit flavours. Very much a crowd-pleaser, this sophisticated drink is perfect as an aperitif or with a dinner complementary to tapas, risotto or tempura.
For the fitness fanatic: Theragun
Originally founded in 2016 by Dr Jason Wersland after eight years of development and five prototypes, Therabody’s Theragun has become the pioneer in percussive therapy devices. Now in its fourth generation, the latest models of the device are more advanced, powered by smart technology and quieter. Enabled with Bluetooth, the Theragun PRO, Elite and Prime can be synced with Theragun’s app to activate personalised programmes focusing on problematic areas. Delivering relief to tense muscles, Theragun’s percussive therapy works 60% deeper than other consumer massagers on the market and its latest attachment, a Duo Adapter allows users to use two attachments at once to treat a larger surface on the body.
For the gentleman: Dunhill
Originally launched in 2019, Dunhill’s Signature Collection explores the adventurous and discerning Dunhill man and has quickly become synonymous with the tailoring and heritage behind the brand’s ready-to-wear and accessories. The latest addition to the collection and perfectly timed for this time of year is Amalfi Citrus, a distinctive and very masculine scent with top notes of lemon essence and vert de mandarin, a heart of rosemary and cardamon and strong base notes of musk, vetiver Coeur and ambery woods.
For the glamorous: Vilhelm Parfumerie
Capturing the ostentatiousness and old-school-glamour of the twenties in fragrant form, Vilhelm Parfumerie’s Chicago High is the embodiment of elegance. Housed in the maison’s signature bottle, this extravagant fragrance is a sparkling cocktail with top notes of champagne and pineapple, a heart of honey and tobacco with luxurious base notes of leather, patchouli and amber.
The stocking filler: L’Occitane
L’Occitane’s cult Shea Butter Hand Cream was originally launched in 1994 and is now sold every 3 seconds. The answer to silky soft hands over the colder months, this wonder-worker is enriched with 20% shea butter and is lightly scented with jasmine and ylang-ylang leaving dry and fragile hands feeling supple and nourished. Fairly traded, this product is also made in partnership with women in Burkina Faso.
For the cheese connoisseur: Paxton & Whitfield
Quite literally capturing the flavour of the festive season, Paxton & Whitfield’s handmade Truffle Brie is the ultimate dinner-party treat. Best served with a glass of champagne in hand, this Brie de Meaux is sliced through the middle with a cheese wire and then spread with a decadent mix of minced black truffles and a young Brillat Savarin. Perfectly creamy with a slight tang, this elegant fromage gives off the satisfying aroma of truffle and is sure to please.
For the cocktail lover: The Wine Society
For budding mixologists in waiting, The Wine Society’s Bellini Case is a must. Thirst-quenching and full of bubbles, this beautifully presented gift box comes complete with family-produced Prosecco sourced from hillside vineyards and two fruit nectars from the Van Nahmen range, a choice of either rhubarb or white peach. For those who really take an interest and enjoy fine wine, The Wine Society’s membership also offers the key to discovering some of the best on the market and is often considered a sommelier’s best kept secret.