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Stylish Weekends | November 8, 2016 |

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Beautiful Christmas gifts for your loved ones

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Already a time for indulgence, the best Christmas gifts bring joy long beyond the initial excited unwrapping.

Careful sourcing means the avalanche of gifts under the tree might be smaller – but it’s perfectly formed. Our selection of this year’s finest gifts for your loved ones is all about quality, enrichment and choosing with love.

Here’s our edit of the most covetable for him and for her.

For him

1. Mast Brothers London collection

 

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They might be New Yorkers but they’ve quickly been embraced by London’s chocolate cognoscenti and unofficially crowned the hippest chocolatiers in town.

The London collection (£38) celebrates the capital’s delicious and dynamic culture through six flavours – black treacle, gin, London blend, rhubarb & custard, tea & milk, vanilla & smoke. Each exquisite bar features original artwork by David Post.

2. Gilded Muse large lidded box

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Whether cufflinks, tie pins, pills or loose change, men’s paraphernalia can be sadly neglected, while women enjoy an array of treasure boxes on their dressing tables.

Wedgwood’s Gilded Muse bone china box (£50) redresses the balance, without screaming his or hers. It features an image of one of the four muses drawn from Wedgwood’s extensive archives but the design has been brought up to date with a pixelated graphic finish and gold rendering. Classic contemporary chic.

3. Arris espresso cups and saucers

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Make his morning coffee a stylish event with the dark, indulgent Arris collection’s set of four espresso cups and saucers (£160).

Featuring four individual designs, all with warm metallic accents, they’ll encourage him to savour the moment and, as you can see above, they come beautifully gift-boxed too.

4. Loakes Burford brogue boots

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A byword for quality since 1880, Loakes is a beacon in the tradition of Northamptonshire shoemaking. Its premium Goodyear welted shoes are still made in Kettering, in the factory opened by the three founding Loakes brothers in 1894.

Still a family firm – and now enjoying a Royal Warrant – Loakes has seen a resurgence thanks to a renewed interest in traditional British craftsmanship.

The Burford (£245) is a timeless, classic brogue boot, made for stylish weekends.

5. Naim for Bentley Mu-so

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Audio virtuoso Naim has long been worshipped by music buffs for its pin-sharp technology and slick styling. Now its association with Bentley Motors has been celebrated in a special edition of its Mu-so wireless music system (£1,199).

If he’s a gadget nut or a car enthusiast, he’ll treasure the blend of tech with classic British engineering and Bentley’s unique styling. Not guaranteed to improve his taste in music – but at least it will sound amazing.

For her

1. Wedgwood Vera Wang With Love Noir compact mirror

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The key to true luxury is elevating the everyday. A compact mirror may seem mundane but this Vera Wang design (£35) is smartly chic with a design of interlocking rings to represent enduring love.

A stylish gift – and it’s a thoughtful but simple job to add more pieces from the range for birthdays and anniversaries.

2. Vera Wang With Love Treasures box

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Every woman has treasures to keep safe, from small pieces of jewellery to notes, mementos and other trinkets.

This Vera Wang silver plated box (£40) will take pride of place on a dressing table, with its classic design but featuring a butterfly for a hint of playfulness.

3. Tea Garden infusions

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If she’s fond of infusions, the new Tea Garden collection will make that daily ritual something to be truly cherished.

The entire collection is designed to brew the perfect cup of tea, thanks to an exquisite glass teapot (£80) and four infusions – raspberry, lemon & ginger, green tea & mint and blackberry & apple (£6 each).

These are complemented by bone china teaware (from £30) with designs taken from the Wedgwood archives and precious colours inspired by nature.

4. Grace Coddington’s The American Vogue Years (signed copy)

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Available from Harrods, this limited edition signed copy of the legendary Grace’s memoirs (£125) celebrates many of the master photographers with whom she has collaborated, including Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, David Sims and Mario Testino.

The sumptuous second and final part of her collected best work will bewitch any fashion fan. Throw another log on the fire and just let them curl up with this treat after Christmas lunch.

5. Mulberry small Darley satchel

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Mulberry’s new range of small Darley satchels (£395) comes in Skittles-bright shades, as well as more traditional hues. They’re all extremely covetable, with contrast nappa lining and the understated hardware that marks out Mulberry’s quality.

More than half Mulberry’s products are made in Somerset – and the company is working hard to bring more production back onto domestic shores, running an apprenticeship scheme to train local youngsters in traditional leatherwork.

6. Olivia von Halle Coco periwinkle silk pyjamas

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Inspired by the legend of Coco Chanel wearing her lover’s silk pyjamas, this classic style (£350) is relaxed and fluid – and available in a rainbow of colours.

Von Halle’s watchword is that loungewear should be as elegant as eveningwear – a concept she made reality with the help of her tailor during a spell as a luxury brand consultant in Shanghai. There’s a whole range of products now – including a silk-cashmere tracksuit to revolutionise your long-haul flights.

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