Stylish Weekends | October 31, 2016 | Gifts
Christmas to your door:
How to hand pick exquisite gifts online
When it comes to avoiding the Christmas crush, there’s no doubt that online shopping has its advantages.
But with the world at your fingertips, the internet can seem an impersonal place to source meaningful gifts for those you love.
In fact, exquisite items are readily available online – many with gorgeous boxing and wrapping options too, making each gift a true little treasure.
Here’s our selection of five of the best sites to shop this Christmas.
You’d be forgiven for thinking twice about ordering fine china by post but in fact Wedgwood’s beautiful packaging ensures your gifts will arrive in flawless condition.
As well as the intricately-designed boxes in that quintessential Wedgwood blue, shoppers can opt to add gift wrapping and a personal message, ready to simply nestle under the tree.
Our choice is the unashamedly pretty Cuckoo three-tier cake stand (£80), which we’re extremely keen to pile with sweet treats for the ultimate afternoon tea.
2. Jo Malone
Image: Jo Malone
Of course those beautiful Jo Malone fragrances are a lasting joy – but the fact that the products come boxed and beribboned in chic packaging lends an extra edge to the experience.
We love the classic 154 cologne so have our eye on the Enticingly Decadent gift set (£198) which also includes 154 body & hand wash, a grapefruit home candle and vitamin E nourishing hand treatment.
Iconic English luxury goods brand Burberry may have enjoyed a chequered history (excuse the pun) in more recent years but it’s attracting plaudits again under the creative leadership of Christopher Bailey.
It retains its two royal warrants and still makes the iconic raincoats in Yorkshire – while the understated gift wrapping oozes class and heritage.
The fact that Selfridges is so vast can make it a daunting prospect for all but the most intrepid online shopper but help is at hand with a series of gift lists, including a rather nicely-chosen luxury selection.
All items can be boxed in the retailer’s signature packaging – wouldn’t it be good to spot that little flash of yellow under the tree? Please may ours contain the Anya Hindmarch trompe l’oeil crisp packet glitter clutch (£1,495), based on the apparently ordinary folds and kinks of a bag of crisps.
5. The Royal Academy
Image: Royal Academy
Packed with culture-related gifts, many of which are exclusive, shopping with the Royal Academy helps to support the organisation as an independent charity. Profits go towards funding the RA Schools, the only free three-year fine art postgraduate course in Europe.
The online shop includes limited edition books and art, as well as the RA-ted section, where you can discover and support emerging designers. That’s where we found this silver bobbin thread necklace (£60), handmade in south east London by London College of Fashion graduate Abigail Watkins.
They don’t offer gift wrapping but London-based service Wrapsody is a bespoke service that promises to make any present look beautiful. As well as helping out the busy and the terminally ham-fisted, it’s an excellent resource for ex-pats. Simply order from UK sites for delivery to Wrapsody and they’ll wrap and forward them to the final recipient.