Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas 2011

*This is an old guide and is no longer relevant*

With Christmas fast approaching and the party season in full swing, it can be overwhelming to think of all the gifts that need to be purchased. To try to ease the pressure, here’s our Christmas gift guide, which will hopefully give you some inspiration to treat your loved ones.

Christmas Gift Guide: Limited Edition Candle and Night at Babington House

Escape to Somerset and invite someone to spend a cosy winter’s night at Babington House. With 18 acres of grounds, a Cowshed Relax spa, 2 heated swimming pools and several areas for dining and relaxing, Babington House is the perfect escape.

Purchase a Spoilt Cow candle and tucked inside will be a personal invitation for a night at Babington House. To purchase this gift for £195, please call 01373 812 266.

Christmas Gift Guide – Smythson Business Card Holder

Patrick Bateman might have taken it to the extreme, but we use business cards every day and rarely have much of a say in their design or quality. We can, however, ensure we have a stylish way of storing them and the range at Smythson oozes style and sophistication.

Christmas Gift Guide – Hawksmoor at Home

Hawksmoor at Home, from Hawksmoor restaurant, is described as ‘an extended love letter to beef’, from finding the right breed to ageing, the book explains and illustrates different cuts alongside historical references and anecdotes.

Above all, Hawksmoor at Home is a practical cookbook with over a hundred recipes including roasts, the restaurant’s famous burgers and sauces. There are also extensive chapters on seafood, brunch, puddings as well as cocktails and a chapter on wine and how to best match it with beef and seafood.

The team at Hawksmoor are donating all their profits of the sales to Action Against Hunger. To order a copy for £20, click here.

Christmas Gift Guide – ‘Life in a Book’

‘Life in a Book’ offers a personal photo organisation service, the end result being beautiful coffee table books of your photos – a great way to share memories with your loved ones.

Christmas Gift Guide – Giving the Gift of Fine Food…

Two Michelin starred chef, Marcus Wareing, serves superb cuisine in the beautiful surroundings of the luxurious The Berkeley Hotel.  Marcus’s style of cooking is modern and light delivering the best flavours, and The Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley gift card is the perfect treat for food lovers.

The cards are available to buy on the website and can be delivered within 3 working days, arriving in a beautiful presentation box.

Christmas Gift Guide – The Dalmore King Alexander III Whisky

To create this whisky, Master Distiller Richard Paterson has selected a range of differently-aged malts matured in a mixture of French wine casks, Madeira drums, Sherry butts, Marsala barrels, Port pipes and Bourbon barrels from Kentucky.

Available for £150 from specialist whisky merchants.

Christmas Gift Guide – 18 Greatest Golf Books

’18 Greatest Golf’ produces great golf volumes, as much collectible works of art as books, which make fantastic gifts for the golfer who has everything.

The books are luxury limited editions containing original photography and illustrations as well as exclusive interviews with the game’s luminaries, priced at £195.

Christmas Gift Guide – Clive Christian Perfume

Clive Christian has created ‘the world’s most expensive perfume’, with a gift set containing both male and female version side-by-side. ‘No.1’ contains ‘solely the most prestigious and rare ingredients available’ with both scents complementing each other. £520 for 2x30ml perfumes, available in store at Harrods and Fortnum and Mason; only 500 limited edition boxes available.

Christmas Gift Guide – The Chocolate

‘The Chocolate’ uses the finest chocolate available (63% Toscano Black sourced from an artisan chocolate maker just outside Pisa) to create handmade truffles, filled with champagne, flaked with edible 24-carat gold, all enclosed within a box encrusted with more than 450 Swarovski Crystals inside and out.

A truly indulgent gift for the chocolate lover, the box contains 15 chocolates, retailing at £190 including postage and packing.

Christmas Gift Guide – The Ultimate Collection Box – Moet Hennessy

Moët Hennessy has unveiled its Ultimate Collection Box, showcasing the flagship offerings of each of the wineries in its Estates and Wines portfolio.

The stunning limited edition wooden and metal collection box designed by Parisian artist Pablo Reinoso (£500 and available from Harrods) contains six ‘icon’ wines from around the world, including Argentina, New Zealand and Spain.

Christmas Gift Guide – Record An Album

Representing some of the world’s best songwriters, record producers and DJs, The Private Recording Company can help private clients create world-class music albums – the perfect gift for the aspiring singer or band.

Christmas Gift Guide – A Mulberry Briefcase

A briefcase is an essential part of today’s professional world and can speak volumes about its owner. The Mulberry Heathcliffe briefcase in black natural leather is stylish and durable and is the perfect size for a laptop as well.

Christmas Gift Guide – Bespoke Shirts

A bespoke suit is the epitome of true style, but in current times, it can be seen as quite the extravagance. To achieve the same sharp look without breaking the bank, invest in some bespoke shirts from Turnbull & Asser on Jermyn Street or Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row.

And, of course, the most important gift of all….

A Bon Vivant Membership

Give the gift that can help maximise free time, offer the joy of convenience, and access to our insider knowledge and expertise.  We specialise in every travel, leisure and lifestyle need that your loved ones don’t have the time, inclination or expertise to do themselves, so they can enjoy life.

Whether it’s planning holidays for the year ahead, booking a table at the best new restaurant or sourcing tickets for an exclusive event, our concierge team can help – email us for further details.