In case you're feeling the need for a little luxury this holiday season, we've rounded up some gift ideas that might come in handy whether you're on the giving or receiving end of things.
This year, Harrods, that venerable institution dedicated to conspicuous consumption, has chosen
the classic British steam train as the theme for their holiday windows.
Of course, what Harrods is famous for are it's hampers and this Christmas, Harrods offers it's Decadence Hamper at a mere twenty thousand pounds.
Filled with everything one might need for an over the top culinary Christmas, the Decadence Hamper includes such staples as goose foie gras flavoured with truffle, Beluga caviar, table top decorations, a variety of cheese, mince pies, meats, jams, puddings, a Christmas cake and enough high end wines and liquors to make Mr. Carson envious. The hamper also includes Christmas crackers, but we doubt they can compare to those offered this year by Tiffany and Co.
The Tiffany and Co. Christmas Cracker, £180,000, is available at the Bond Street Store and includes eleven pieces of Tiffany jewelry: a circlet diamond necklace in platinum, a pink tourmaline ring, Cobblestone earrings in platinum with diamonds, a yellow diamond ring, 8.75 carat aquamarine ring in platinum and a Marquise diamond cluster bracelet.
Should you prefer your jewels to come complete with historic provenance, you may want to turn to one of London's venerable auction houses. Here's a little something we found from the Sotheby's Fine Jewelry auction that took place on December 13th in London -
Diamond tiara, circa 1900 - The centre designed as two wreaths, each swing-set to the centre with circular-cut and pear-shaped diamonds, between two modified rectangular panels of open work floral and foliate design, set with circular-cut and rose diamonds, inner circumference approximately 290mm, central motif detachable and can be worn as a brooch or pendant, the panels can be worn as brooches. Sold for 18,750 GBP
Should selecting gifts for everyone on your list become overwhelming, head to Selfridge's, where this year they are offering shoppers their very own Elfridge.
The festively attired elves have been sprinkled about the Oxford Street store to guide shoppers through departments, find the perfect gifts, gift wrap and carry packages and hail taxis.
Of course, you'll need to put all of those pretty packages under a tree and for inspiration on that score we direct you to The Goring Hotel and it's 2013 Luxury Christmas Tree Collection. This year, the trees have been created by iconic British brands including The Real Flower Company, Olivia Von Halle and Honeyjam. You can read more and see all of the trees here
Once your shopping has been completed, reward yourself by booking in for Claridge's Timeless Christmas offer that includes:
- A two night stay in Claridge's
- Welcome bottle of champagne and festive treats in room on arrival
- Overnight stocking delivery filled with edible delights for the younger guests
- English breakfast on Christmas Day
- Horse-drawn carriage ride through Mayfair on Christmas morning with refreshments
- 5-course Christmas Day lunch in Claridge's Ballroom
- Boxing Day breakfast
From £860 per room per night (including all taxes).
Labels: Christmas, Kristine Hughes, London