Whether you are looking to make a grand gesture for a loved one or want to treat family or friends to a small but thoughtful gift this Christmas, explore The Royal Exchange boutiques to find presents to please all preferences.
From left to right: Islay Boots in black scotch grain, £510, Crockett & Jones; UltraBlack 1858 Geosphere LE 858, £5,600, Montblanc; Boston Bag in tobacco pebble, £750, Aspinal of London; Mara Large World Atlas in navy, Smythson, £695; Nordic Fisherman Sweater, £345, Ron Dorff
For those who live for travel and adventure, any item that can be a trusty companion for the journey will be a treasured possession. A cosy sweater, a pair of sturdy boots and an atlas are a must for any intrepid explorer, as is a world-timer watch with dual time-zone capabilities, and a spacious weekend bag for carrying travel essentials.
From left to right: Panama Tea Set in black, £2,995, Smythson; Marie Louise 1970 Grande Champagne cognac limited edition, £1,099.99, Tomoka Casks; Mince Pie & Marmalade Gin Liqueur, £35, Fortnum & Mason; Mellerio 24 Macarons Gift Box, £56, Ladurée; Classic 5oz Leather Hip Flask in burgundy pebble, £55, Aspinal of London
It’s a well-known fact that tasty treats are the key to many people’s hearts, and there is no better time of the year to indulge in fine food and drink than at Christmas. Even the most discerning drinks aficionados will be impressed with an unusual festive-themed liqueur or a bottle of limited-edition Grand Champagne cognac, while tea connoisseurs will be delighted by a complete tea set to create the perfect brew, accompanied by a macaron (or five).
From left to right: Story 50 Boots in Heritage calfskin, from £1,850, Hermès; Phyllis Col.1722 Sunglasses, £295, Tom Davies; Ludlow Medium Ciappa Top Handle Bag in dark steel, £1,095, Smythson; Poppy Meadow Ring in 18 carat SMO rose gold with morganite and white diamonds, £22,000, Boodles; Krasner Pyjamas in red, made with Liberty fabric, £195, Sirplus
For those who like to stand out, statement fashion pieces will be a welcome addition to any style addict’s wardrobe. A pair of bold printed pyjamas will even make duvet days look stylish, while a smart leather handbag, knee-high boots and over-sized sunglasses are all perfect accessories for adding elegance and sophistication to any winter outfit. A diamond cocktail ring is a dazzling finishing touch.
From left to right: Pine & Eucalyptus Diffuser, £65, Jo Malone London; Panama Small Photo Frame in chalk, £195, Smythson; Georgian Christmas Tea Candle, £75, Fortnum & Mason; Inspire Writing Coffee Table Book, £175, Montblanc; Avalon III Cushion in wool and cashmere, £730, Hermès
Spending time at home with family is undoubtedly one of the best parts of the Christmas and New Year period, so gifts for the home are not only thoughtful, but also useful. Soft cushions and scented candles and diffusers will create a comforting and homely atmosphere, while a chic coffee table book and minimal photo frame will complement any style of interior décor.
From left to right: Secret Garden Laburnum Earrings in 18 carat SMO rose gold with multi-coloured diamonds, £21,000, Boodles; Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar, £9,850, Watches of Switzerland; Plait Diamond Eternity Ring, £2,950, Vashi; Tuxedo Agate Cufflinks, £750, Tateossian; T1 Wide Diamond Hinged Bangle in 18k gold, £17,100, Tiffany & Co
Jewellery always makes a precious, considered gift and is ideal for adding subtle sparkle to ensembles over the festive party season. For women, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, and a scintillating plait diamond eternity ring, a pair of multi-coloured diamond laburnum earrings or a diamond hinged bangle will all create the wow-factor. For men, a refined dress watch and an eye-catching pair of cufflinks are crucial components for a polished evening look.