SPHERE's Christmas Gift Guide Part Two
7th December 2023
Welcome back for part two of SPHERE's Christmas gift guide. From diamond powder spa treatments to exclusive Lalique hampers and the ultimate Moët champagne. SPHERE has hand-picked to suit all.
If there was ever a suave way to lounge by the glowing fireplace with a cup of tea this Christmas, it’s with these slippers from Crockett & Jones. Hand-crafted from opulent velvet with a burgundy satin quilted lining and rubber slipper sole. These slippers are completed by their festive embroidery of a Christmas tree and train set. A staple piece to be pulled out yearly for winters to come, as a home comfort to step into time and time again from the frosty porch.
Purchase a pair of Crockett and Jones Christmas Tree Slippers, £360, here.
For a Song and a Sip
Indulge in exciting all the senses with Krug’s musically themed limited edition Cuvées. Each gift box contains a QR code allowing access to Krug x Music Journey. Exploring the musical compositions of five artists, including Japanese violinist Emiri Miyamoto and British drummer, Moses Boyd. The collaborative compositions feature themes that aim to communicate the Cuvées notes and flavours through the art of sound. Allowing you to experience an orchestrally creative journey from the comfort of your home. The ideal Christmas gift for lovers of music and champagne alike.
Learn more and purchase Krug Grande Cuvée 171ème, £225, and Rosé 27ème, £330, Éditions here.
For the Chic Host
From the creative mind of Blandine de Navacelle at Studio Lodha comes a charming three-piece collection of sage green tableware named: ‘Le Jardin Sauvage’, meaning ‘The Wild Garden’. The plates have been produced hand-in-hand with Limoges porcelain house, Marie Daâge, and feature delicate elements of both flora and fauna. The dinner plate sports a playful zebra-like animal print, whilst the dessert plate incorporates elegant florals. Hand-painted by Marie Daâge to reflect floral patterns seen in 18th century French fabric designs and 17th century chinoiserie. This collection is a notable gift made for the chic host who lives for assembling an eye-catching table-scape.
Purchase ‘Le Jardin Sauvage’ by Studio Lodha via Bonadea here, priced from £155
For the Rejuvenation Seeker
The palatial Bulgari Spa in Knightsbridge delivers on a unique gift made for the rejuvenation seekers, with their luxuriant Diamond Experience. Consisting of two main treatments: the 111 Spa/Clinic Dramatic Healing Massage and Celestial Black Diamond Non-Surgical Lift Facial. The experience works to lift and contour through science-led diamond powder formulas, whilst restoring wellbeing from within. No matter what 2023 has taken you through, the Diamond Experience wipes the slate clean ready to take on '24.
Learn more and purchase The Diamond Experience at Bulgari Spa, £540, here.
For the Moët Devotee
Introducing the Moët & Chandon Collection Impériale Création No.1. Uniting the seven best vintages from deep in the Moët & Chandon vast reserve wine library in celebration of the Maison’s 280th anniversary. Each of the seven wines boast idiosyncrasies from each being aged in their own distinct environments. Bringing differing qualities, from the elegance of 2004 to the full-bodied personality of 2006, like puzzle pieces forming a perfect image of Claude Moët’s legacy. The final champagne, from oak cask to bottle ageing on lees, is an easy-win gift option this year for any true Moët devotee.
Purchase the Moët & Chandon Collection Impériale Création No.1, £210, here.
For the Serial Note Taker
When it comes to organised people, journals fill up fast. Lines pack up with coffee dates, fleeting ideas, shopping lists and phone numbers. Leaving shelves of filled notebooks with nowhere to go. Anya Hindmarch brings a stylish yet sustainable alternative to the table for the serial note takers in our lives, a refillable journal. Made from London grain leather and available in several colours (both vibrant and understated), this journal can personalised by embossing with the handwriting of your choosing. Whether a silly doodle or heartfelt message, it can be emblazoned in gold across the cover by artisans in the Bespoke workshop. What is more, this two-way journal is refillable, so that the external cover never has to change.
Purchase the Anya Hindmarch Bespoke A6 Two Way Journal, £325, here.
For the Fashionable Scotch Swirler
Fashion designer Richard Quinn joins forces with Royal Salute on this fabulously floral whisky collaboration. Florally inspired inside and out, the Roses Edition brings a sweet aroma of rosehip and crème brulee on the nose whilst paving a way to bright fruity notes of mango, apricot and ginger on the palate. Beyond the classically Quinn polka-dot and rose pattern of the glossy bottle, Richard Quinn also assisted in co-crafting the new blend in Strathisla Distillery, Scotland – a home to the most prized Royal Salute whiskies. Curated for the admirers of iconic fashion who enjoy sitting with a glowing tumbler of scotch every now and then.
Purchase the Royal Salute 21-Year-Old Richard Quinn Roses Edition, £192, from The Whisky Exchange here.
For the Glassware Gatherer
Lalique has launched its first Lalique Champagne Hamper in limited edition. Rene Lalique was originally from the Champagne region in France and the Maison has collaborated with the champagne house, Deutz in the form of a Hamper containing a bottle of champagne Villa Lalique by Deutz together with two champagne flutes from Lalique's renowned 100 Points collection The unique shape and universal appeal of the glasses, hand made in Alsace, are designed to enhance the bubbles. This exquisite gift set comes boxed to ensure immaculate presentation and is available to buy through Lalique's UK boutiques (below) priced at £339.
* Lalique Conduit Street (0207 292 04 44)
* Burlington Arcade (0207 079 86 00)
* Glenturret Distillery (0176 465 70 25)
For the Macaron Marvel
The more refined older sister of the predictable box of chocolates is a tray of macarons sealed with a bow – or in this case, a garland? Ladurée have come out with three new decadent flavours for the festive season: Christmas Biscuit, Nougat and Christmas Spiced Chocolate. The new additions can be spotted amongst the pastel array of classic flavours, housed in this year’s dainty box. Honing inspiration from the winter solstice, complete with a custom garland design and a sprinkling of white glitter. Whether in a sweetly sealed pack of eight (£26.50) or a party-worthy spread of 42 (£128), these macaron boxes are fit to please.
Purchase a box of festive Ladurée macarons here or in Ladurée stores, starting at £26.50 for a box of eight.
For the Cognac Collector
Ready for the mystical welcoming of the Year of the Dragon this Lunar New Year, Courvoisier have released the first of their Dragon Collection in collaboration with the intricate Chinese artistry of Jiannan Huang. A spicy yet florally unique blend of rare cognac that unites eaux-de-vie from previous Dragon Years, dating back to last century. The Baccarat-manufactured crystal decanter is finished by incorporating Huang’s delicate enamel craftsmanship and Courvoisier’s iconic teardrop motif. In addition to limited edition packaging displaying the vibrancy of Huang’s original Dragon painting.