It’s that time of year and you’re probably right in the swing of your Christmas gift buying! If you need any help, then here’s some fabulous luxury gifts that your friends and family will love. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Luxe Bible Christmas Gift Guide if there wasn’t a healthy amount of booze thrown in for good measure! Enjoy!
Award Winning Collection of Small Batch Rum, Gin & Whiskies from J.G. Thomson & Co
Making the perfect gift for spirits connoisseurs this Christmas, a brand new collection of already award-winning small batch spirits featuring bottles of rum, gin, blended malt Scotch whiskies and limited edition aged whiskies has just been released by Edinburgh spirits brand J.G. Thomson & Co.
While the ingredients might be simple, the tastes are extraordinary owing to the small batches they’re made in. That means that spirits connoisseurs will get the benefit of enjoying a new experience with every new batch!
For rum drinkers, the Bold Jamaican Rum (£37.50, 70cl / 46%) is matured in ex-bourbon barrels in Jamaica before further maturation in Scotland. With no added colour or sugar, you’ll get that classic rum funk on the nose, with pear drops and melted brown sugar to taste.
The Citrus Dry Gin meanwhile, is guaranteed to tantalise the tastebuds with zest, vibrance, juicy lemons, orange peel, nutmeg, juniper and coriander which are just dying to jump out of the glass! Unchillfiltered for full body and texture and bottled at 46%, this stunning 70cl bottle is priced at £35.50.
For friends and family who enjoy a dram of whisky, JG Thomson offers a core range of three blended malt Scotch whiskies (each £42.50) with three different flavour profiles – Smoky; Rich; and Sweet.
Their 23 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (£125.00, 70cl / 46%), is made from 100% Speyside malts for a true taste of Scotland. With a rich flavour profile, you’ll get aromas of peach stones, mango and strawberry with tropical fruits and apple, cake mix and rosewater to taste.
Whisky lovers looking for something truly extraordinary will love the limited edition 1972 Blended Grain Scotch Whisky (£189.00). Brown sugar, malted chocolate, bubble gum, rich fruit cake and complex dried fruit mix will envelop their tastebuds.
Find out more about J. G. Thomson’s glorious collection and shop now on their website. Orders are being taken until the evening of the 21st December.
Ilody Luxml Hydrating Radiance Serum
Luxury serums make great Christmas gifts – especially when skin is at its driest with the cold weather playing havoc. This luxurious and lightweight serum will result in a visibly more radiant complexion with the first use – a true wonder product which everyone should have in their bathroom!
A blend of bio-available plant actives are responsible for the magic – hydrating, detoxing and brightening with each application. Containing hyaluronic acid and tremella mushroom to keep skin looking super hydrated while locking in moisture, persian silk tree extract accounts for the unbelievably luxurious feel of the serum itself, while kombucha plumps up the volume. Tremella mushroom itself has been used in skincare regimes in China for over 1000 years. More commonly known as ‘snow fungus’, it increases cellular turnover and neutralises free radicals from pollutes, while it can hold 500 times its weight in water – just imagine how good that must be for your skin!
Mermaid Salt Vodka
If there’s a more beautiful bottle of vodka on the market, we’ve yet to find it! Small batch Mermaid Salt Vodka from the Isle of Wight Distillery is a truly stunning gift for the vodka lover (and one they’ll probably want to keep for special occasions! Not only is the white statement sculpted bottle adorned with the scales of a mystical sea creature, but the bottle itself is made exclusively from sustainable materials which makes it sooooo hot right now. Biodegradeable paint and a natural cork top are used in production, while the distillery works in partnership with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to both monitor and restore damaged seagrass meadows. As the name suggests, Mermaid Salt Vodka does indeed contain just a pinch of locally sourced sea salt which you can smell ever so faintly on the nose – reminiscent of the sea. Smooth to taste, with a long lingering finish, this is a great vodka neat, or indeed in a classic martini. RRP £38.00 available from John Lewis, Tesco, Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, M&S and Waitrose
Jackson Family Wines
You’ve no doubt got a friend or two or a family member who really loves their wine and when we say ‘love’, we mean, they’ve a penchant for vintage and fine wines that they really appreciate with each and every sip. Recognised around the globe for their commitment to sustainability and climate action, Jackson Family Wines have 40 wineries across the globe from France, to Italy to Australia and the US. Here are just two of Jackson Family’s incredibly special wines which would make the ultimate Christmas gift for any wine connoisseur this festive season.
New Vérité, La Muse, 2018
La Muse uses a variety of more than 50 micro-crus to produce its complex signature in the Sonoma County of California. 90% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, this incredible blend has been able for 16 months in French oak (95% new). A mild spring in 2018 followed by a cool growing season and slow, even ripening has produced a beautiful balance with matured tannins and a gorgeous ruby-violet colour. With ripe red and black plum, spices and hints of toast and roasted nut, there are rich red fruits on the nose and notes of chocolate and tobacco giving way to a long finish.
New Vérité, Le Désir, 2018
Another delight for any wine collector is the 2018 Le Désir. Also from the North coast of California – Sonoma County, Le Désir is dark and moody in appearance with a hint of violet, this Cabernet-Franc based blend is a complex signature made up of more than 50 micro-crus with deep red fruits, sage, mint and cinnamon bark on the nose, followed by sweet spice, a hint of blackberry and vanilla and a lingering finish. Bold, oaky and acidic, it’s a keeper which will age well.
Fragrance du Bois
Fragrance du Bois have a range of scents that smell like nothing on earth! The luxury perfume house use sustainably sourced natural perfume oils for their wonderful collection which really offers something for everyone. Blending Arabian, modern contemporary and classic French techniques of perfume artistry in their creation, you’ll find each one of Fragrance du Bois’ memorable fragrances will evoke and stimulate the senses.
From the Fashion Capitals Collection, the addictive and heady New York Intense by Pierre- Constantin Gueros will transport you to one of the most iconic cities. This every so slightly masculine fragrance is one you just can’t stop smelling with its exquisite scent enveloping the wearer in their own world. With top notes of spicy citrus, sharp cinnamon, orange and sweet rose, floral heart notes include vanilla, clove and honey, with a strong base note of earthy cedar-wood, oud oil, vetiver and a hint of musk. (£205 for 100ml).
There could be no better gift than the evocative Siberian Rose by Shadi Samra which is long-lasting, and built on white floral accords which will immediately evoke images of magical snowy Russian winters. With an air of surprise, there’s some spice and fruit in the top notes – cinnamon, juniper and pear leading to the release of floral notes – white rose and luxurious ylang ylang with a hint of leather. (£205 for 100ml). Check out the full collection here which includes other incredible fragrances such as New York 5th Avenue and Parisian. Shop here.
Urbanista Lisbon True Wireless Earphones
The Urbanista range is always a good idea if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift. We’re loving the Lisbon true wireless earphones in hot pink which come in a super cute charging carry case. With 9 hours of playtime per charge, there’s also voice assistant and touch controls and of course they’re Bluetooth enabled. They’re so light you’ll forget you’re wearing them, yet they definitely pack a punch with the sound! Available in 5 different vibrant colours. Currently on sale on the Urbanista website for £39.92.
Beeble Honey Whisky
Beeble Honey Whisky with its super cute bottle features a playful hand drawn bee which immediately makes this a gorgeous gift from an aesthetic point of view. What’s more, you almost get lost in the hypnotic golden honey colour – just the exact colour you’d expect a British honey spirit made with whisky to be!
Celebrating and supporting bees on their journey, Beeble’s sustainable drinks brand was brought to fruition using the left over waste on the frames of a North-Wiltshire hive. With the frames soaked in whisky, Beeble Original is hand crafted and infused with honey for a harmonious balance of sweet nectar and smooth whisky – the perfect drink by the fireside on a cold dark night! Beeble Original Vodka is also now available. You can shop the collection here.
Nood Lift & Shape Bra
Nood is the underwear accessory you never knew you needed! Using sustainable hemp to make these incredible adhesive bras, they’re also reusable and plastic free with eco-friendly packaging – now THAT is eco-luxe. Nood lift and shape bras are taped on from bottom to top with no unsightly straps under outfits when you want to show a bit of cleavage! They come in a really cool package which shows you exactly how to apply them, and because they’re designed by female engineers, the bra cups will lift, while creating a rounded effect under clothes. You’ll literally never go back after trying Nood on your front! The most perfect gift for any of your friends who have a wardrobe full of backless and strapless LBD’s. £44 for 5 x one time use per pack, buy them here.
Cotswolds Wildflower No. 1 Gin
This beautifully busy bottle is going to look gorgeous on any shelf this winter! Decorated in florals, Cotswolds Wildflower No. 1 Gin is a brilliant red colour evoking a truly festive feeling for your Christmas cocktails. Taking inspiration from the grasslands of the Cotswolds, this luxuriously blended and distilled spirit from the Cotswold Distilling Company starts with a London Dry base (juniper, coriander and Angelica), with added essences of cornflower, lavender and a secret combo of carefully chosen botanicals which sets this apart from other gins. Yes, you’ll get hints of summer on the nose, but this is by no means a summer drink – we tried it with cranberry which was a sheer delight. Pine and orange make it a hit with Christmas cake too. Fresh and floral on the palate with more zesty notes, there’s a balanced finish with more sweetness. Priced at £34.95 for a 700ml bottle (41.7% ABV)
Ubuna Refresh – Hydrating Water Cream
Things you wouldn’t normally buy yourself, make amazing gifts and Ubuna hydrating water cream is no exception! With a Balance Maximum cream also available, we love the Refresh which comes in a pretty baby blue and gold box, while the pot itself oozes luxury with its stylish blue screw top and glass application tool.
Ubuna uses natural high tech Antibody skincare science to create its advanced skincare products and the Refresh cream feels as light as air on the skin. The powerful yet natural properties will help neutralize antigens and protect skin against the signs of ageing including wrinkles due to Sakura flower’s rich antioxidant levels and moisturising rice bran oil. An intensely hydrating product which will become a new favourite in your skin care routine. $168 for 50ml available to buy from the Ubuna website.
24k Gold Plated Ear Seeds
Making traditional Chinese medicine more accessible, the Luxe Bible team have become obsessed with Point Zero’s Ear Seeds – said to be a personal favourite of celebrities like the Kardashians. With the range of different Ear Seeds aiding everything from immunity to calming anxiety, we love the 24k gold plated Ear Seeds which work specifically to aid sleep.
While Ear Seeds are a gorgeous ear accessory which look like tiny statement jewellery pieces, the main aim of these tiny ion studs is to work on the acupressure points in the ear. By placing the seeds on certain points, you’ll be clearing blockages and letting energies travel naturally through your meridians. The Ear Seeds can be used for up to a week at a time and full instructions are included.
Priced at £24.99 for 40 and available with three self-healing options.
Rita Farhi Chocolates
For the chocolate lover in your life, Rita Farhi chocolates are the ultimate in luxury. Stocked in Harrods and Selfridges, the entire range comes with the most decadent packaging and of course, tastes out of this world.
When you’re not sure what to buy, you seriously can’t go wrong with the signature gold Rita Farhi hamper (£100). Containing addictive milk and dark chocolate dipped dates which are stuffed with pistachio and cashew nuts, along with white sugared almonds, dark chocolate pistachio nuts, a box of orange slices, moreish cinnamon honeyed almond and a handpicked collection of papayas and prunes, this gourmet treat is designed to be eaten and enjoyed amongst friends! The gift jars, gift bags and luxurious packaging make everything you buy from Rita Farhi, a real treat. shop the range now.
Don Papa Rum
Don Papa Rum have launched their newest expression – Port Cask which is a limited edition rum to commemorate 500 years since Portugese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set off in search of the Spice Islands.
This super premium rum is the latest addition to the Don Papa portfolio – Don Papa Port Cask, as with all Don Papa Rum, is distilled on the mystical and fertile island of Sugarlandia – the local name for Negros. The volcanic climate at the foothills of Mt. Kanloan which is actually an active volcano, mean that what is already an intense, full-bodied expression, has an extra layer of complexity to its flavour. After two years in ex bourbon casks, Port Cask as you’d expect given the name, is transferred to port casks for another five years. This dark, spiced rum has a warming lingering fruitiness, dark notes of oak, chocolate and muscovado sugar and juicy blood oranges, with ripe berries and vanilla. The bottle’s surrealist design is a dream for any collector, with creatures of Sugerlandia and the irreverence of Papa Isio who founded Don Papa depicted on the label.
Don Papa Port Cask (70cl), RRP £70 from Master of Malt.
Naturally Aspirated Wine
With a wine shop in Brentford and a full online website, Naturally Aspirated Wine is a dream quite simply borne out of its owners’ love of wine! Focusing ‘on what’s good, not just what’s in fashion’, the wine collection has been carefully curated for your picking pleasure with only organic, biodynamic and natural wines being stocked. We tried a delightful bottles of La Cuvee Du Chat – a beaut of a French Beaujolais which is smooth and easy drinking with plenty of red fruits and a hint of vanilla (£19). Check out their new school Christmas boxes which come with optional add on cigars! With a truly stunning collection to choose from, Naturally Aspirated Wine deliveries make a great gift, or even better, visit them in person for the full experience!
Partner in Wine
Partner in Wine became a lockdown smash hit and their success has continued to grow. If you’ve never come across these handy stylish flasks before, then firstly, your mind is about to be blown and secondly, you’re probably about to place a large order so that all of your friends can marvel at them too! These beautifully designed insulated re-usable stainless steel bottles come in a range of pretty pastels. Wine tumblers and wine bottles (the BEST idea ever for a walk or picnic in the park), keep drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 – we’ve tried them and indeed they do. They’ve also just released a new colour – Frost pictured. Check out their fabulousness here.
The Beautifect Box will quite literally revolutionise any getting ready routine! These stylish compact boxes make the perfect gift combining on-the-go table, light, mirror and storage all in one easy to carry case. Replicating daylight and evening light so you can always get your make-up just right, the storage space will amaze plus there’s even areas to store pencils and brushes. A dressing table, which also just happens to be in a box! £279, available from the website.