The ultimate Christmas gift guide

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Find the perfect Christmas presents for your friends and family with our gift guide

If it’s beginning to feel a lot like you haven’t done any Christmas shopping, then consider this your seasonal secular gifting bible. We’ve scoured the capital’s high streets and its best independent retailers for a selection of original items that will survive into the new year. We’ve also tried to make sure there’s something here to suit all budgets, so you can spend your cash on what Christmas is really all about: turkey and getting merry. Happy shopping! Photos by Rob Greig.

Whether they’re trad or trendy, treat your parents with these quietly glamorous items, suggestive of a more sophisticated take on cross-generational gifting.




  • Turban knit, £54

    Hide the curlers under a turban with the old-school glamour of Greta Garbo in ‘Mata Hari’.
    Electronic Sheep at Swanfield.

  • Organic Blue Stilton Crown Jar, £32

    Some satisfyingly stinky cheese in a handsome, manly pot.
    Fortnum & Mason (020 7734 8040).

  • Casablanca laptop cover, £28

    Like a tank top for your laptop.
    Melin Tregwynt at Heal’s (08700 240780).

  • Toothbrushes, £8 each

    His-and-hers dental care.
    Paul Smith at My-wardrobe (0845 260 3880).

  • Whisky Flask, £60

    Nips fit for a king or queen.
    Highgrove at Selfridges (0800 123 400).

  • Pillbox necklace, £95

    Elegant and idiosyncratic – perfect for the artsy mum.
    Elke Kramer at Swanfield Boutique (020 7704 6222).

  • Pink Floyd coasters, £6.99

    Dad-rock favourites Pink Floyd’s iconic covers, here to protect your coffee table.
    Truffle Shuffle.

  • 103 Series Watch, £120 each

    Sleek, refined and well-priced watches.
    Uniform Wares.

  • Chopper, £19.95 and Dinosalad servers, £14.95

    Cheering wooden designs for happy chefs.
    All Lovely Stuff (020 7993 8571).

  • Crystal bulb, £109

    A lightbulb with aspirations.
    Lee Broom at John Lewis (08456 049 049).

  • Paisley tie, £95

    A modern twist on a dashing classic.
    Drakes (020 7734 2367).

  • Slippers, £100

    Tapestry for the feet you can also wear on the street.
    Hudson.

  • Butterfly plate, £16

    An elegant platter to set mum’s heart a-flutter.
    RE at Liberty (020 7734 1234).

Blow the budget!

  • Flora di Fornasetti candle, £99

    There are candles, and then there are Flora di Fornasetti candles. This one is exotically packaged in a decorative ceramic pot that doubles as a trinket holder when it’s burned out.
    Flora di Fornasetti at Selfridges (0800 123 400).

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