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HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR HIM AND HER

December 4th, 2015

How do you track down the perfect Christmas or holiday gift? Finding exactly the right surprise for the special person in your life can be tricky, so our Quintessentially People experts have put some ideas together for you that might fit the bill exactly, or give you some ideas that mean you won’t be dashing to the shops at the last minute.

Special gifts for her…


  • Designer handbags – with a stunning range of new-season handbags, clutches and wallets in stores, the only difficulty you’ll have is deciding which one to buy. From a classic Mulberry tote bag to a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Alexander McQueen clutch, there’s a designer bag for every taste. Shop direct with the designer, or via high-end department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols, to find exactly what you’re looking for.

  • Fragrance – if you know that she has a special fragrance that she likes, this job is easy. If not, try heading to designer store perfume counters to look for fragrance that hits the right notes – floral, or clean, or spicy. For the ultimate in fragrance gifts, why not buy her a bespoke fragrance experience? There are specialist boutiques where you can book a session to blend an individual fragrance and save the recipe so it can be re-ordered when needed.

  • China – this may seem more like a wedding present than a Christmas gift, but rather than a dinner service, think smaller and look for some of the beautiful, hand-painted tea china that is currently available from the world’s leading china brands. Take a look at the exquisite Pearl Garland tea set from Wedgwood and Bentley. With its gold trim and beautiful painted garland pattern, this fine bone china set is perfect for elegant teas and looks stunning in a backlit display cabinet.

  • Jewellery – the right piece of jewellery strikes a perfect note when you’re exchanging gifts. From an elegant Audemars Piguet bracelet watch to contemporary, studio-designed necklaces, there’s a wide range of traditional stones and modern settings to choose from. Or, for something more unusual, why not head to an antique jewellery specialist to find a setting that evokes the luxury and style of a bygone era?


Sophisticated gifts for him…


  • Shoes – there are some beautiful men’s shoes in designer collections at the moment, so this could be the perfect opportunity to buy something really special. Take a look at Paul Smith’s beautifully traditional Robin Derby shoe to Etro’s leather and tweed-fabric Oxford’s, there are some super-smart shoes for the man in your life. Better still, why not treat him to a pair of bespoke, handmade shoes for the perfect fit?

  • Alcohol – a favourite tipple always goes down well, and it’s worth hunting for a special bottling or new offering so that your gift is thoughtful and unique. Whisky lovers will be thrilled with a collection of sought-after Islay malts, whilst a wine connoisseur might have a wish list for a case of something special. And if bubbles are his thing, there are some wonderful, exclusive bottles of champagne that can be laid down, or opened to help the celebrations go with a swing. Look to experts such as Berry Bros. & Rudd to make sure you get it absolutely right.

  • Luggage – if the man in your life is a traveller, he’ll need good quality, long-lasting luggage. There are some beautiful pieces available, both from well-known names such as Louis Vuitton to new names in luggage, like Porsche. Look for stylish, lightweight, practical cases, with clever designs and useful accessories that help to make travelling easier. For example, new brand Tumi offers quality wheeled cases that come with a removable garment sleeve and a hanger bracket so that your clothes look as fresh at the end of the journey as they did at the start.

  • Jewellery storage – if your partner owns expensive watches, cufflinks and other jewellery, a quality watch roll or box is an excellent gift. Either for protecting jewellery at home or keeping it safe when travelling, these boxes are crafted in fine leather with soft interiors that protect all jewellery. Pick something that’s idea for the man in your life – a four-compartment watch box to house a collection, or a small travel box for cufflinks and studs. Look at Smythson of Bond Street for lockable watch boxes and larger accessory boxes that will smarten up any connection.


If you’re looking for help for the holidays so you can enjoy the festivities in style, contact Quintessentially People today. We have access to the best household staff such as house and estate managers, personal assistants, housekeepers, nannies, chauffeurs and more, giving you complete peace of mind about your household and corporate support hires – wherever you are and whatever the season.