50 Christmas Gifts For The Person Who Has (Not Quite) Everything: Part I

Leaving it late because they’re so hard to buy for? Step this way…

Devialet Phantom Reactor 900

French boom box impresarios Devialet have shrunk their lozenge-shaped wireless speaker down so that it sits in the palm of your hand (just). Despite its dinky proportions, the 98-decibel ear-splitter still pumps out magnificent, hall-filling sound. – RS
BUY NOW, £1,290

Steinway’s ‘The Kravitz Grand’

Creative polymath Lenny Kravitz was inspired by the African themes prevalent in the Parisian art scene of the 1920s when coming up with the hand-carved motifs (which took Steinway artisans over 200 hours to hand-carve the piece, hence only 10 have been produced worldwide) on this grand instrument, built from 15 layers of hard rock maple and rare Macassar ebony. Part of the proceeds go to the Harlem School for the Arts. – NS
BUY NOW, $500,000, or around £372,000

Unagi Model One E500 Electric Scooter

As the electric scooter craze takes hold, discerning eyes turn to designs that marry tech, innovation and – critically – style. Unagi’s slick Model One is the finest combo we’ve seen, packing 1,000 watts of power and 15.5mph into a 12kg foldable scooter that has all the street smarts. – RS
BUY NOW, £990

Procera African Gin

Gin going premium is no stop-the-press revelation: but a craft gin distilled in Nairobi using botanicals sourced from across Africa, including  juniper that only grows in the sun-drenched high plateaus of Kenya and berries from the Kijabe Forest? Like many of London’s best hotels and restaurants, we’re sold. – NS
BUY NOW, £70

The Fife Arms Egg Scissors

Who can seriously consider an egg-scissor-less kitchen properly equipped? Many, perhaps, but they’re one of those objects – doubling as an ‘objet’, in this case – you never knew you needed. This exquisitely engraved set from a Scottish Highlands hotel (and art lovers’ Mecca) that takes good taste into the stratosphere comes in gold plated steel.
BUY NOW, £95

Frescobol Carioca Skateboard

This, one of a few items on this list which looks eagerly towards warmer climes, offers a smooth glide thanks to its rubber wheels and, according to the makers, a dash of “Brazil’s spirited ease”. Handcrafted in soft-finish wood, it certainly gifts some Methuselah factor that is much needed in these wearying times. – NS
BUY NOW, £800

TAG Heuer Bamford Monaco, Phillips Perpetual

When George Bamford, darling of luxury watch customisation, splashed his talents on TAG Heuer’s Monaco, out came a black-and-blue, carbon-fibre masterpiece. The 500 pieces sold out in a flash, but second-chancers are in luck – curation obsessives Phillips Perpetual have dug up a pre-owned model. – RS
BUY NOW, £11,950

Lee Paton Men’s & Women’s ‘Verdure’ Tapestry Slippers

English oak leaves have been woven into a luxurious tapestry in the upper here by English craftspeople, but you don’t have to be among the blue passport brigade to love these artisanally cut and lasted slippers, adorned with hand embroidered wild brambles fashioned from Swarovski pearls. The nude leather interior has an gold embossed logo. – NS
BUY NOW, £745,

Ellie Air Salt Whistle Signet Ring

The 11-piece Oceano – a collection, launching 22nd November, from Bridport-based family jewellery company Ellie Air – utilises diamonds from the seabed off the Namibian coast, sourced (painstakingly) by specially trained divers. Each piece is handcrafted in Fairmined Eco gold, sourced without the use of hazardous chemicals.  – NS
BUY NOW, £860

J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey ‘Highball At Home’ Gift Box

Our favourite Irish whiskey maker offers a number of thoughtfully curated gift boxes, including this one, which places the brand’s bright and spicy signature Grain Blend, The Hanson (think sweet and fruity with zesty citrus, vanilla and deep oak notes), alongside bitters, botanical mixer and a scented candle. – NS
BUY IT NOW, £100

The Yard-O-Led Bespoke Service

The pen is mightier when it’s hand-crafted out of silver and in Yard-O-Led’s Birmingham Jewellery Quarter workshops. Users of the bespoke service get to work with the venerable maker’s craftspeople to add motifs of their choosing. Initials, anniversaries, a coat of arms – take it where you will. – RS
BUY NOW, FROM £3,500

Hadid Beluga (Huso Huso) Black Diamond Limited Edition Caviar

When is caviar even more indulgent than, well, caviar? When it’s the exquisite roe of the Huso Huso sturgeon. The fascinating marble effects across its light to dark grey hue hint at the complex, creamy taste to come. – NS
BUY NOW, £250–£2,500

Fortnum & Mason Baked Truffle Nuts

Nearly a tenner for 100 grammes of nuts? Addictions don’t come much cheaper. Buy a dozen, pop one in the other half’s stocking, and then snaffle the rest ‘for special occasions’. – RS
BUY NOW, £7.95

Yuletide Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company

The botanicals in this festive, 46 per cent ABV expression start off unsurprisingly enough – juniper, cassia, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger – before staying intrepidly into Christmas tree needles and distillates made from Christmas cake, chestnuts, Christmas pudding, Lebkuchen, mince pies and Panettone. Some bizarre ingredients, a modest price tag and edible gold flakes added post-distillation all fail to make it anything less than delicious. – NS
BUY IT NOW, £34.95

Callaway Mens Italia Classic S Golf Shoes

Golf is getting a style groove on, helped on its way by collaborations such as this one between golf gear giants Callaway and Italian footwear microbrand Cappelletti. Out go the synthetics loved by fairway-lubbers; in come full-grain leather and Goodyear welting. – RS
BUY NOW, £450

Glenturret X Lalique Decanter

Lalique Group purchased a 50 per cent stake in Glenturret distillery for £15.5m last year. Big plans are afoot, as heralded by this limited edition decanter – launched today – inside which, investors/recipients would do well to store any of the single malt whiskies lovingly distilled near the centre of Crieff (we recommend the 12 Year Old: a heady composition, with hints of rich fruit cake dressed with walnuts, as well as sweet apple, ginger and lemon tea). Also available in-store at Burlington Arcade. – NS
BUY NOW, £9,800. theglenturret.com

Original Manuscript Reproduction, The Great Gatsby

The book before you is a reproduction of the only surviving manuscript of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal work in his own hand, including his annotations. The original draft (kept in the Princeton University Library) has been graphically restored and the limited edition results, hand-numbered from 1-1,000, can sit alongside other similar offerings from the same company: including Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  – NS
BUY NOW, around £170

Rebottling At-Home Wine Tasting

The recent paucity of public wine tastings may have left oenophiles without an audience, but start-up Rebottling has a next-best-thing remedy in the shape of at-home tastings hosted by sommeliers from its expertly curated network of vineyards. – RS
BUY NOW, £75 PER ISSUE

Watchmaking Experience at Beau-Rivage Geneva

This five-star hotel is where the most expensive watch in history – the Patek Philippe Supercomplication – was sold in 2014 for more than 23,237,000 Swiss Francs. (over £19 million). The package here includes a one-day course with local watchmaking workshop Initium, plus two tickets to the Patek Philippe Museum and a commemorative book on horology. – NS
BUY NOW, around £2,800

Mulo Colour-Block Suede Slippers

British footwear creator Mulo’s limited-edition slippers have an elegantly mulled flavour, like a smoking jacket for your feet. Burgundy, blue and brown colour-blocked panels of soft Italian suede envelope a lining made of natural shearling. WFH chic. – RS
BUY NOW, £145

Huntsman Bespoke Backgammon Board

Alexandra Llewellyn has partnered with the Savile Row house to create backgammon sets customised, natch, using in-house cloth. Spanish leather in Huntsman claret makes up the board inlay whilst the ziricote box in which the set is packaged has been laser engraved and sealed with hand-applied lacquer. – NS
BUY NOW, £5,500

Kimaï 18-karat Unity Bracelet

This, Kimaï’s very first piece for men, is made from brushed 18k recycled gold (yellow, rose or white). The brand is best known for its lab-grown diamonds – check out its impressive levels of clarity (pun intended) when it comes to transparency policies, as well as its impressive repertoire of women’s pieces. – NS
BUY NOW, £395

Bespoke skis from Hotel Les Airelles + Antoine Dénériaz

Comfort, stability, lightness and stylishness – in no particular order – are the typical client priorities with bespoke skis: and this collaboration between French ski champion Antoine Dénériaz and Hotel Les Airelles, in the heart of Courchevel 1850, won’t disappoint. – NS
BUY NOW, from €1,430

Hamilton and Hare Made to Measure Boxers

Travel habits, other wardrobe items and allergies as well fabric preferences are all taken into account with this new service from a brand founded in 2012 on the basis that fit and functionality should rule the wardrobe. You’ll never use the word ‘pants’ in the pejorative, adjectival sense, again. – NS
BUY NOW, From £1,650 (20 pairs)

Connolly x Sebastian Conran Maxi Toolkit

The collaboration between English leather authority Connolly and design supremo Sebastian Conran has spawned this impossibly handsome toolkit, which cushions some essential hardware in a tanned leather carry case. Almost worth breaking down for. – RS
BUY NOW, £3,200

 

 

See Part II here for more from Robb Report UK’s Ultimate Gift Guide.

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