One of the best things about the holiday season is treating your friends and family to special gifts that you know they’ll love… there’s nothing like seeing someone’s face light up when they rip open the wrapping paper. But as much as we’d like to splash out on each an every present, our credit cards simply can’t take it!
Oh, Jo Malone London, how we love your beautifully scented candles and perfumes. This British brand brings a touch of class to any home with its sleek and chic packaging and unique, fresh fragrances. While the limited edition Orange Bitters cologne may be a bit over budget ($1,250), the cute festive gift sets are affordable and smell amazing. We love the adorable ‘Christmas Ornament‘ which is just $300 and includes a mini Peony & Blush Suede cologne (perfect for an on-the-go spritz!) and a mini Grapefruit Body Creme (15ml).
Available for $300 at Jo Malone stores and counters in Hong Kong, www.jomalone.com.hk
Another favourite when it comes to fine fragrances, Aesop is a brand that oozes cool. You’ll spot this body care brand all over Pinterest with its distinct packaging, so why not splurge this Christmas on one of their festive gift sets and give your home a stylish upgrade? “The Constant Gatherer” includes two of Aesop’s signature products, the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and the Rind Concentrate Body Balm. Not only do both products smell divine, but they come in a cute box as part of the ‘Pursuits of Passion’ gifting options.
Available for $490 at Aesop stores and counters in Hong Kong, www.aesop.com/hk
Nothing says ‘luxe’ like iconic British brand Burberry! Known for their high quality and impeccable style, Burberry Beauty continues this reputation with a range of gorgeous skincare and make-up products. On our radar for this Christmas? This little festive Burberry beauty kit that contains all the beauty essentials; a black mascara, a red lippy, a neutral eyeshadow and a small tube of the ‘Fresh Glow Fluid’ to use under foundation. For just $360 it’s ideal for travelling and fitting into your bag for a quick fix – it’s worth it just to try out four of Burberry Beauty’s products!
Available for $360 on Net-A-Porter – see all beauty sets here.
If you’re as obsessed with homeware as we are then you’ll probably know about Tom Dixon. This designer lighting and furniture brand is the creme de la creme of cool offering slick, industrial design and bags of style. While most of the products don’t come cheap, we couldn’t help but spot these Etch Wood Tea Light Candle Holders for something a bit different. The unique etched wood design on ‘wafer thin’ metallic sheets comes in brass, stainless steel and copper, and when a candle is lit inside, it creates a truly magical pattern. Snap one up for an original and sophisticated gift this season at only $500.
Available for $500 on Lane Crawford or at the Tom Dixon store in PMQ.
Stationary nerds, this one’s for you! When it comes to notebooks, top of the range is Smythson. This brand creates some of the most beautiful and simple notebooks out there, using only the highest quality materials. This little ‘Fashionably Late’ Panama textured leather notebook is ideal as a stocking stuffer or a small gift to the fashionistas in your life… or simply for yourself! Slip it into your handbag so that you always have something to jot down those meetings note or any lightbulb moment ideas that come to mind that you don’t want to forget!
Available for $395 on Net-A-Porter here.