Let’s elevate the art of gifting for Christmas 2022, and seek out items which encapsulate the essence of finesse for our nearest and dearest. We’re here to celebrate bespoke and small-batch producers. Let’s hear it for the independents, the pioneers, and those crafting the precious, the thoughtful, the unforgettable.
Those with their fingers on the pulse of the spirits scene will know that the aquavit ascendence has been underway for some time. This quintessentially nordic spirit from cult Bristol distillery Psychopomp perfectly captures aquavit’s myriad charms: bursting with aromatic botanicals and sure to warm and delight through the winter months, it’s perfect for sipping or mixing with an artisanal tonic at any time of year.
Simon Rogan Christmas Hamper
We all love a Christmas hamper, and Simon Rogan’s signature release for 2022 strikes a fine balance between the soothing and the sophisticated, perfect for foodies familiar with his Michelin-baiting efforts at L’Enclume, Cartmel and beyond. Featuring Christmas puddings, mulling wine, L’Enclume branded kitchenware and more – all presented in a timeless wicker hamper – it’s the ideal gift for those who seek out life’s finer sensory encounters.
Yolke Fan Print Cherry Silk Pyjamas
The silk pyjama set has become something of a festive gifting staple… but when the PJ’s in question are this beautiful, this finely crafted, and this perfect for lounging in peerless style, it’s impossible not to continue adding to your annually expanding collection of nightwear. Made from 94% silk and enchanting with their Andalusian tileware-inspired print design, they’re a joyous blend of the classic and contemporary.
St Maur Elderflower Liqueur
If you find yourself craving the flavours of Spring in the depths of winter, St Maur Elderflower Liqueur is the perfect salve on those long, dark evenings. Created by the Earl and Countess of Yarmouth, this multi-award winning aperitif is a sustainably-crafted gem of a drink, ideal for sipping, mixing and falling head-over-heels in love with.
Edinburgh Skincare Gentlemens Gift Box
No stocking is complete with some sophisticated skincare, and we couldn’t help but be impressed by the beautiful everyday self-care items made by Edinburgh Skincare. Stunningly presented, this gentlemens set consists of an aftershave balm, handcream bar and facial serum, all imbued with a deeply satisfying scent blend made from seven aromatic botanicals.
Gucewicz ‘Chopper Upper’ Sunglasses
The entire Gucewicz sunglasses range is about as covetable as can be, but the everyday glamour of the Chopper Upper release definitely made its way onto our wish lists this year. The ideal finishing flourish for an effortlessly sophisticated urbane look, these are designer glasses made with a real flair for the unique and eye-catching… and when gifted at Christmas, will have your giftee eagerly awaiting the first sunny days of 2023.
Seggiano Olive Wood Kitchenware
Crafted from exquisite richly-hued olive wood, the Italian kitchenware from deli mavens Seggiano is the ideal gift for any loved one who never shies from whipping up a sumptuous winter feast. Choose from a trio of graters for various cheeses and vegetables, stunning chopping boards and a gnarled wood pestle and mortar – what keen home chef could wish for more?
REAL Naturally Fermented Sparkling Tea
2022 has been a year in which more people than ever have been exploring an ever-growing (and ever-improving) range of alcohol-free delights. REAL Naturally Fermented Sparkling Tea is a truly impressive sparkling wine alternative, and comes in two tempting styles – Royal Flush and Dry Dragon. Exuding complex aromas and a deliciously satisfying taste sensation, they’re perfect for ensuring nobody misses out on special moments around the festive table.
Diptyque Tam Dao
As the nights draw in and the air adopts its wintry bite, switching up your scent to reflect our craving for warmth and comfort becomes a must. Diptyque’s beautiful range of fragrances features many highlights that fit the bill, but Tam Dao – an exquisite Sandalwood, Amber and Cedar affair – is the perfect choice for those seeking an exotic and almost carnal take on a men’s winter scent.
Johnston of Elgin Celtic Cable Scarf
Few gifts at Christmas are more welcome than a warm cashmere scarf, offering the perfect balance of practicality and timeless style. Johnston of Elgin is one of the UK’s most revered purveyors of cashmere winter wear, and this stunning cable scarf is sure to provide the ideal finishing flourish to walks in the crisp December air.
Grado Statement Series GS3000x Wood Headphones
Grado has over seven decades of sound technology expertise under its belt, yet consistently pushes the envelope when it comes to quality, distinction and innovation. The Statement Series is a real highpoint of their range, crafted in Brooklyn from beautiful cocobolo wood to showcase the unique sonic properties of this natural material. It’s hard to think of a better gift for those who take their music very, very seriously indeed.