Tired of getting yet another pair of socks for Christmas? What’s equally as stressful as buying gifts for loved ones – but much less acknowledged – is knowing what to ask for. So we’ve come to your rescue with our eight top picks for your Christmas list. Share it on social media, email it to your family or print it out and stick it on the fridge. Who knows, you might actually get something you want this year.
1. Tom Dixon ‘Tank’ whisky decanter and glasses set
Tom Dixon is the current king of homewear – and this contemporary take on a classic whisky decanter is no exception. The ‘Tank’ set comes in a signature eye-catching Dixon design, with hand-applied platinum decals that lift it far above the ordinary. One to grace your drinks trolley this Christmas.
£200, shop now
2. Carsebridge 41 year old 1976 cask whisky
After you’ve got the decanter, you’re going to need something to put in it. As Scotch aficionados will know, recently the market has seen a rise in limited-edition bottlings from closed distilleries – whiskies that were laid down decades ago, from distillers long gone. An example of this is the Carsebridge 41 year old 1976 cask whisky. Founded in the late 18th century by John Bald in Alloa, the Carsebridge distillery closed in 1983, and bottlings are now scarce. This single grain Scotch was aged in a single barrel, and bottled in 2018, for Douglas Laing’s Xtra Old Particular range. With only 200 of these bottles in existence, your Christmas list couldn’t ask for better.
£291.54, shop now from Master of Malt
3. Master & Dynamic MW60 wireless headphones
Yes, you could easily buy yourself new headphones. But we think it’s even better to let your loved ones treat you to a pair. These wireless headphones from Master & Dynamic promise best-in-class technology, with aptX™ for high quality audio, and noise-isolating microphones for greater clarity. Aesthetically, they’re a real treat, too, with heavy grain premium cowhide on the headband and ear cups, and soft lambskin on the insides for a comfortable, padded finish. What’s more, you can choose from eight colourways – our pick is this louche combo of tan and silver.
£449, shop now
4. Private White V.C. cashmere submariner rollneck
Christmas means cashmere. Grow your collection, and add this submariner rollneck from Private White V.C. to your list this year. Crafted from the softest five-gauge Scottish cashmere, the rollneck is actually made in the Johnstons of Elgin factory – industry leading experts in knitwear. As with all Private White V.C. products, the sweater also comes with a lifetime repair service, meaning you can be certain it’ll stand the test of time. It comes in four colours, but this classic cream hue is one you’ll return to again and again.
£399, shop now
5. Desmond & Dempsey robe
Desmond & Dempsey’s punchy prints and luxe loungewear have been on our radar several times this year already. This soft brushed cotton and jersey robe is no exception. Featuring a vibrant geometric striped trim and tie belt, it’s just the thing for opening presents come Christmas morning – and for settling back with your new decanter in the evening, too.
£180, shop now
6. De’Longhi EC685 ‘Dedica Style’ coffee machine
Sleek, minimal and compact, this little De’Longhi coffee machine will make all the difference (for you and your familial relations) come Christmas morning. The professional-style pump takes both pods and ground coffee, while the adjustable milk frother promises to achieve barista-level cappucinos and flat whites. At only 15 centimetres wide, it could almost fit into your stocking, too.
£179.99, shop now
7. Ettinger notepad and diary cover
If getting organised is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then this notepad and diary cover from Ettinger should be at the top of your Christmas list. Sized to carry a Rhodia No. 13 notepad and a small Quo Vadis business diary (available from most good stationers), the cover is crafted from supple bridle hide leather, with a contrasting tan lining. The handy business card holder, slip pockets and pen loop will also ensure your everyday effects stay close at hand, too.
£195, shop now
8. Quoddy ‘Fireside’ shearling-lined suede slippers
Chilly winter nights in front of the fire call for luxury loungewear, and we recommend you pair your Desmond & Dempsey robe with these plush slippers from Quoddy. Famed for its boat shoes, these slippers are built along similar lines, with insulating rubber soles and leather laces. The only difference is this ‘Fireside’ style is lined with sumptuous shearling, and are made for hitting the sofa, instead of the waves.
£145, shop now