There is no better excuse to go all-out and show your loved ones how much you care than at Christmas – and the festive period goes hand in hand with absolute decadence. Maybe we’re biased at The Luxe Review, but we think everyone deserves a bit of luxury… and if you’re wondering which high end items are worth investing in, you’ve come to the right place. What could be better than unwrapping these this Christmas?
Whether you’re treating someone special – or yourself – here are our pick of the best luxury gifts for Christmas 2020…
For those travelling light
Solid Cologne Alexander
Solid Cologne is a solid wax-based cologne/aftershave, made with natural wax and skin friendly cologne, which is applied directly on to the skin. Perfect for travellers, it’s made from bees wax and it doesn’t need to be put into a clear bag whilst going through airport security. So no spills and you won’t use as much, as only a little wax will go a long way in keeping you smelling great.
The cologne ships in a tiny tin, so it’s easy to travel with, and is made from Beeswax, Shea butter and Jojoba oil, giving it a sweet, rich and sophisticated scent. The cologne begins with fresh grapefruit, leading to the heart of aromatic bay leaf and jasmine. The woody base includes patchouli, oak moss and ambergris.
Perfect for discerning holidaymakers
NH Hotel Group Gift card
Short haul breaks are a fantastic luxury, but not so easy to take anymore. Enter the NH Hotel Group’s new eGift cards, perfect if you want to gift a loved one an unforgettable future travel experience in the future. The cards are valid for hotel stays, spa treatments and gastronomy, including Michelin star restaurants, in over 350 properties operated by the Group worldwide.
The recipient will be able to choose from a wide variety of international hotels in over 30 countries, including destinations such as London, Berlin, Venice, Valencia, Amsterdam, Lisbon, New York, Mexico City and Buenos Aires. They are redeemable within all of the Group’s brands including NH Collection, nhow, NH Hotels, Anantara, Tivoli and Avani.
Card values range from 50 to 1,000 EUR and can be split across multiple stays or experiences. The gift cards can be purchased online and redeemed at the participating hotel or restaurant. They are valid for 12-months from the date of purchase.
For the adventurer at heart
Honor Watch GS Pro
Complete with cutting edge tech, but resistant and durable enough for the most taxing of outdoor activities, this is the perfect smart watch for anyone who has embraced the outdoors this year. Whether you know someone who is an urban or countryside adventurer at heart, this wearable is crafted to survive even the toughest of environments.
Complete with GPS navigation, the GSPro can last up to 25 days on one charge, so you’ll never have to worry about battery life while exploring. It also boasts health and heart rate tracking, useful outdoor information to plan your day, such as sunrise and sunset times, tidal phases, and bad weather alerts, and, for skiers, multi-skiing modes to track a vast range of detailed data including number of runs, distance, trail time, maximum speed and more. We love its ideal mix of high end Honor activity technology, toughness, and analogue face aesthetic.
For craft beer lovers
British pale ale specialist Empress Ale has come up with two Gastro Snack boxes certain to go down well. Its British themed box combines three bottles of Empress Premium Pale Ale, noted for its floral and malty aroma and hoppy finish, with branded Tulip Beer Glass, plus Italian Cheese and Port, and Wagyu Beef Honey Mustard crisps, Pork Crackling, Snacking Salami and ‘Cornish Sea Salted’ Almonds from Serious Pig.
For a spicier taste experience, there’s the Asian Inspired Gourmet Snack Box which trades the snacks for Onion Bhaji Snacks, Masala Dippers and Bakarwadi (crunchy pinwheel pastries rippled with a warm blend of spices) from Howdah.
The sets sell for £21 and £22.50 respectively, plus £5 p&p from Empress online.
If you really want to embrace the festive spirit of giving, why not add in a further six pack of Empress Ale for £12.50.
For the one who loves the Christmas spirit
Grey Goose Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit
Whether you’re buying for someone who is proud of their drinks cabinet, cocktail prowess, or simply loves a vodka tonic – a beautiful bottle of Grey Goose makes an ideal high end addition to their collection. Go for a large bottle by the premium French vodka distillers for the bar cart wow factor, or, opt for this Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit for a gorgeous gift set option, which includes a 35cl bottle of Grey Goose Original, an equal amount of Patron XO Cafél, cold brew coffee and a Grey Goose martini glass. When you can’t raise a toast in a bar this festive season, this cocktail kit makes a great at-home offering.
£39.99, Grey Goose
For the grill master
Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub
Know someone who loves to get their BBQ on? This smart accessory from the pros from the pros at Weber will turn them into a master griller in 2021. This new gadget turns any barbecue into a smart barbecue – and you’ll be amazed at what it can do. Using remote Wi-Fi access, the Weber Connect will send you flip and serve notifications on your smartphone, as well as readiness countdowns for grilling greatness. Plus, it even features seasonal winter recipes right now, including Christmas Turkey, Christmas Ham and Roasted Duck.
A treat for luxury laptop lovers
Huawei MateBook 14 laptop
Huawei is fast becoming a PC brand to watch, offering machines that combine performance with style. We’ve had a close look at the MateBook 14 and it’s a beauty. This is the latest ultra-portable notebook to join the MateBook line-up and boasts a sleek lightweight, design making it really easy to travel with. The feature set unifies the smartphone and tablet experiences and battery life is formidable, running for up to ten hours.
For the one who loves Christmas games
One of the best things about Christmas is getting together to play games with family and friends – and Confident is our new favourite party game. The hilarious guess-a-range game asks questions like, “How much sleep the average person gets a night?” or “Do you know how many times Trump has tweeted since taking office?” – all players then decide upon a range in which the answer falls, write it down, and reveal. The most confident player with the smallest correct range wins. This is especially great for all the family, of all ages, because you don’t need to know the exact answer to win. Even better for Christmas 2020, it’s also that rarest of things – a game without a board and movable pieces. this means you could easily play it over Zoom for a socially-distant family get together.
For the plant parent
‘The Edith’ concrete plant pot by Anther + Moss
Did you know that one of the biggest reasons people struggle to keep their house plants alive is that they don’t have drainage in their pots? These stylish plant pots by Hackney-based designer Anther + Moss come with a perfectly plant friendly drainage hole and matching saucer — so your plant will be looking as good as the accessory it’s in. This particular pot is sturdy enough to anchor big sculptural plants, as well as being delicate enough for small species, too.
For the home cooking connoisseur
Crock-Pot TimeSelect Digital Slow Cooker
With us all spending more time cooking at home than ever before, it’s time for everyone to upgrade their kitchen kit. And there’s no appliance more praised by its converts than the trusty Crock-Pot: the easiest way to create delicious, lovingly prepared recipes – all with minimal effort and cleaning. Simply throw your ingredients in the one pot, and leave your Crock-Pot to take care of it to slow cooking perfection. The TimeSelect Digital Slow Cooker even allows you to ‘Schedule Meal’, automatically determining the correct cooking process based on the end mealtime, food type, and the quantity of food being cooked. The end mealtime can be set for up to twelve hours before your meal is served – so you can go out all day and leave your Crock-Pot sous chef in charge of dinner, and never have to worry about it being overcooked. A great gift for anyone who has recently discovered the joys of home-cooking.
£69.99, John Lewis
For your favourite well-groomed guy
King C. Gillette Beard Essentials bag
Gillette’s King C. range, with its classy and timeless design, makes for a great gift this Christmas – and this Beard Essentials bag will be a welcome treat for your hairier family and friends. The range of products are infused with a delicious new masculine fragrance, blending fresh citrus and sparkling ginger notes with rich amber, warm woody scent, and a hint of mint.
For the party person
The Wavey Ice Christmas Hamper
Has a hamper ever given us so many good vibes? Perhaps the most fun drinks gift you can possibly give this Christmas, South East London-based small brand Wavey Ice makes delicious boozy ice pops that give you 100% festive fun – and absolutely zero seasonal stuffiness. The coolest way to add some spice to Christmas, the Wavey Ice Christmas Hamper contains 10 limited edition Spiced Rum & Kola ice pops, a pouch of Mulled Wine & White Rum (both designed by Wavey Ice’s in-house designer, Norte One), as well as a bottle of Kold Sauce hot sauce, and even a pair of Wavey Ice winter socks to keep your tootsies toastie. For anyone who wants to recreate Christmas party season at home this year, this hamper is ideal.
For your family, wherever they may be
For Christmas 2020, the gift of staying connected might just be the most thoughtful gift you could give. Facebook Portal makes it effortless to see friends and family, with wherever they are, with video calling though your TV, a smart camera which pans and zooms with you so you can move freely around your room, and smart sound which enhances voices while minimising background noise. Plus, its Alexa voice command functionality makes it super easy to use, even for tech beginners.
For the music lover
Marshall III Bluetooth headphones
As modern as they are classic, these over-ear cans from the iconic British amp brand sound incredible, with custom-tuned 40mm dynamic drivers for enhanced bass response, smooth mids and crystal-clear highs. We’re big fans of their one-button remote with microphone, located on your detachable 3.5mm cord. Plus, they look so damn cool.
£129, Marshall Headphones
For the one who loves to entertain
Bacardi ‘Mixing Console’
Love gorgeous design? How about delicious cocktails? Oh, and your favourite music? Then this might be the dreamiest gift for those that love to entertain at home. Bacardi’s new luxury Mixing Console, is a cocktail bar which doubles up as a fully integrated vinyl mixing console, complete with Bluetooth speakers, turntable and record store shelf. Hand crafted by furniture designer Hugh Miller using the original rum-soaked barrels from Bacardi’s distillery in Puerto Rico, the limited edition Mixing Console has a retro feel with decadent walnut bar top. It even comes with a bottle of BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Diez to start the festivities in style.
To elevate your essentials
HANDiBAC limited edition metallic sanitiser kit
Thankfully, when it comes to gift giving this Christmas, there’s one thing everyone can never do with enough of: hand sanitiser. Elevate their handbag and keep them safe in luxury with this refillable sanitising spray in a chic metallic design – and is suitable for killing 99.9% of germs on your hands, screen and surfaces. Available solo or as a kit, kits include the sleek spray device, three liquid cartridge refills and a microfibre carry pouch. Choose from Opulent Pomegranate scent in metallic gold or Wild Mint in metallic silver.
Kits from £10, HANDiBAC
A treat for time-poor foodies
Love Yourself food delivery service
Can’t cook, won’t cook? Get food delivery brand Love Yourself to deliver direct. Menus are nutritious and balanced, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Its menus change to keep things interesting, and there’s a choice of gluten free, dairy free, halal, balanced and performance, so you’ll never be stuck for choice.
The meals are delivered daily, cooked fresh, and simply require reheating in the oven or microwave.
We gave the service a trial, essentially a full day’s menu, and enjoyed buckwheat and oat cakes with fig jam and yoghurt for breakfast, Italian style soup for lunch, a dark chocolate and black beans cake with raspberry cream for afternoon snack, and Tofu with Satay sauce in the evening.
Portion sizes were generous and we liked that the calorie count was clearly marked on each meal.
Rather cleverly, Love Yourself menus also sync with the MyFitness App, making it easy to keep track of calories.
For every boxset binge-watcher
Roku Streaming TV stick
The Roku streaming stick is your plug and play gateway to some of the best TV in the world. An easy to navigate interface opens the streaming door to Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and many more catch-up and specialist streaming services. There’s no techy language, no manuals to digest, just a rock solid platform that’s wonderfully reliable.
We use Roku in TLR Towers and it’s always good to go. Just tell the voice-controlled remote to pick up The Real Housewives of Cheshire where you last left off. Choose the inexpensive Roku Express for small screen viewing and the Roku Stick+ 4k for your shiny new flatscreen…
For the one who loves quirky glam
Champagne Tower Necklace by Tatty Devine
Iconic British acrylic jewellery designer Tatty Devine is a treasure trove of fun, festive statement pieces – from gingerbread brooches to Christmas cracker necklaces and more. This beautiful champagne necklace will see you through New Year’s Eve and beyond.
For home cinema enthusiasts
Optoma Cinema X P2 UST projector
Turn any white wall into a cinema screen with the stunning Optoma Cinema X P2, an all-in-one high-end entertainment solution with built-in sound system. This Ultra Short Throw projector doesn’t require an entire room to cast an image. Simply sit it up close to your chosen wall.
A Red Dot winner for design, it looks luxe even when off, but switched on it projects a 4k laser-powered image upwards of 120inches.
You don’t need a separate audio system either. The 40W soundbar will fill the room. Use it with a Blu-ray player, TV set top box, streaming media stick or games console.You can even use it as an art installation, projecting images curated by Framed, a digital art showcasing platform.
For the WFH boss
Ember Mug 2 Metallic Temperature Control Smart Mug
This has got to be the hottest desk accessory ever. Literally. With this smart mug, your hot drinks will never go cold again. Just set your desired drinking temperature on the Ember app on your phone, and this smart mug will keep it at that exact temperature for as long as you need. Though this is perfect for tea and coffee, we can confirm this also works a treat with hot mulled wine (45C, if you’re wondering.)
For karaoke music fans
ROXi Music Entertainment System
ROXi takes music streaming to another level, with an interactive TV box that combines video music playback, karaoke – ROXi’s Sing With The Stars karaoke catalogue now boasts 140,000 songs – and assorted party games.
The newly launched ROXi Music Video Jukebox boasts a 55 million song ad-free catalogue, a mix of original music videos and virtual music videos (where there a song has no official music video).
A great gift for music fans and lovers of Jackbox-style console party games, the ROXi system comprises a set top box, and a separate transmitter/microphone. The system comes with a year’s Premium Music Pass. After that, it’s a annual £52, which is comparable to audio-only music subscription services.