Dining Style

Luxury Christmas gift guide 2022: Best Buys in festive food, drink, style and tech

Iberica Spanish hamper with Christmas tree

If you’re looking for Christmas gift inspiration you’ve come to the right place. We’ve curated some of the most eye-catching, crowd pleasing festive gifts around, including brilliant beverage choices and the best in style and technology. All come with the TLR luxury stamp of approval (not an actual stamp, but you get the idea).

Peruse and choose! Christmas shopping has never been easier…

ST~GERMAIN Champagne Celebration Kit

Our favourite elderflower liqueur, ST~GERMAIN has partnered with Harvey Nichols and illustrator and candle designer, Heather Evelyn, to create this luxury champagne Celebration kit. The handsomely packaged gift set features everything you need to create a ST~GERMAIN Royale Cocktail: 50cl ST~GERMAIN Elderflower liqueur,  75cl Harvey Nichols Premier Cru Brut champagne and a ST~GERMAIN branded jigger – and to add a flourish to any festive tablescape, there’s a pair of Heather Evelyn ‘Christmas Kisses and Festive Wishes’ celebration candles! 

£75, Harvey Nichols online 

Scalextric Back to the Future vs Knight Rider Race Set

There’s no doubt about it: this will be the most awesome gift they receive this year. Nothing says Best-Christmas-Ever like unwrapping a massive Scalextric set – no matter what age you are. This show-stopping full-size set is about as epic as they come, facing off 1980s icons K.I.T.T. and the Delorean time machine in the ultimate race. Complete with a retro Scalextric design and beautifully detailed film-inspired cars with working lights, this is guaranteed to delight even the biggest of kids. Christmas morning has never been so fun. 

£159.99, Scalextric

Balblair 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

For the whisky lover in your life, there’s no better gift this year than Balblair’s award-winning whiskys, crafted slowly and matured in traditional dunnage warehouses in its distillery, tucked away in the Northern Scottish Highlands. This velvety smooth 15-year-aged beauty is one of its most beloved single malts, and boasts notes of leatherwood honey and fitting spicy gingerbread, and delivers a creamy vanilla and citrus finish. 

£74.25, The Whiskey Exchange 

Iberica Authentic Spanish Hamper

Eat like you’re in a high-end Andalucian tapas bar with a spectacular hamper from Iberica. The perfect festive foodie gift, there are three to choose from:  

You can take a gourmet trip to a Spanish taverna in La Mancha, with The Spanish Icons (£55), packed with  meaty chorizo, Manchengo cheese, crackers, and Rioja red wine, or go all out with The Deluxe Deli (£150), featuring a range of Iberica’s most appreciated products. 

Not a meat eater? Opt for The Mediterranean Garden hamper (£75), a Mediterranean mix of vegan savoury delicatessen goodies.

We opted to give The Deluxe Deli  =a try, and it’s a mouth-watering treat. Included is Juan Pedro Domecq acorn-fed Ibérico ham and chorizo, pre-sliced IGP León Cecina air cured beef, a wedge of Esperanza Del Castillo aged Manchego cheese,  Les Garrigues fried and salted almonds, plus bottles of Vilarnau Brut Reserva D.O. Cava and Pago de los Capellanes Joven red wine. Absolutely stunning!

From £75, Iberica Restaurants

Luxury Overnight Break with Dinner for Two at The Athenaeum Hotel, London

The only thing we love more than an all-out five-star-luxury gift? An all-out five-star-luxury gift with zero shipping time and instant delivery. For those short on time but wanting to go maximum on decadence, look no further than the luxury experiences on offer at Red Letter Days, which you can download, print and gift right away. 

Our pick? This luxury break for two at London’s The Athenaeum hotel, an award-winning five-star hotel in the heart of Mayfair. Boasting views over Green Park, it makes for the ultimate overnight retreat whether you want to explore the nearby galleries, theatres, restaurants and more, or stay in and simply relax at the stunning property. There’s plenty to enjoy, too: you’ll get full access to the hotel’s sensational spa facilities, sit down to a delicious three-course meal for dinner and be treated to a full English breakfast in the morning, too. Bliss. 

£395.99, Red Letter Days

Smokehead Tequila Cask Terminado 

Smokehead Terminado Tequila whisky and Christmas tree

If you’re looking for something a little different for the Whisky lover in your life, cast your peepers toward this inspired serve from the audacious Smokehead brand. This Islay single malt Scotch whisky has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels, then finished in Mexican Tequila oak casks. The result is a serve on the wild side, sweet with a flourish of heat.  The packaging is spectacular too!

£68.99, Amazon.co.uk

Courvoisier Rouge Luxe

Here’s a great gift for Cognac connoisseurs: Maison Courvoisier has dropped a limited edition blend called Courvoisier Rouge Luxe exclusively into Tesco. A cut above, this latest addition to its De Luxe series owes its depth of flavour to a special maturation first in French Limousin oak barrels, followed by a second maturation in a special selection of hand-selected French Fontainebleau oak casks. ABV is 40%. As befits its moniker, it comes in a swanky red frosted glass bottle, with gold accents and a metallic ink treatment of the familiar Napoleon Coat of Arms. Ideal for sipping or in a frosty cocktail –  pour 50ml of Courvoisier into a highball glass packed with ice, top with 130ml of lemonade and garnish with a lemon wheel!

£42,  Tesco in-store and online 

Arcade1Up Infinity game table 

How we hanker as parents that our siblings might embrace analogue gaming and get off those danged screens, for a while at least and engage in some old-school activity. Unlikely, we know. So maybe this is a better compromise?

We’ve been playing games on the Infinity table, created by the people at Arcade1Up, famed for their shrunken arcade classic cabinet creations, bringing back retro gaming classics to be played as they should.

Their new touchscreen table, a 32-inch machine, has dozens of games built-in.

From Chess and Battleships to Operation and Hungry Hippos and plenty others beside. Download additional titles from the store which include Risk, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride taking the total you can have aboard your new front room favourite to almost 100 titles.

Some play in a different way, non-require playing pieces, there are no dog-eared boxes in which to try and cram things back in after play – Switch off, place your post-play cocktails atop it and smugly discuss your superiority at passing through GO the most times during Monopoly.

£649, from Game

Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru x Table Manners Supper Club Kit

Everything you need to throw the ultimate festive soirée can be found in this Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru x Table Manners Supper Club kit. It comprises a full bottle of sublime Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru with essential party at-home stationary. Co-created with Table Manners podcast co-host, Jessie Ware, the set includes a set of four invitations, menu cards, place name cards and thank you cards. There’s even a copper calligraphy pen included, so you can personalise the stationary in style. The pack also comes with Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru book of cocktail recipes!

£50, BombaySapphire.com  

Mondaine Classic Collection watch with vegan strap

Mondaine has released a new iteration of its Classic Collection featuring a sustainable Vegan grape Leather strap. The new strap has been produced using the organic waste of wine production (so that makes two reasons to love them), and look both comfortable and reassuringly high-end. The Mondaine Classic Collection are available in a variety of case sizes, in brushed or polished stainless steel, with either a brown or black Vegan grape strap, finished with signature red lining. They look fabulous and go with pretty much anything.

From £189,  John Lewis and Cwsellors.co.uk 

Bushmills Luxury Causeway Collection 1997 Rum Cask

This limited-edition Irish whiskey is the first release in Great Britain from Bushmills’ Master Blender Alex Thomas. It’s a unique homage to both the Giant’s Causeway, and Caribbean rum production. 

Bushmills selected American oak casks which previously housed Caribbean rum and filled them with Irish whiskey on February 14 1997. They’ve been stored at the distillery’s warehouses ever since, developing lovely layers of oak and tropical rum flavours.

The flavour profile is characterised by summer fruit, deepened by honey and black pepper notes. On the palate, there’s sweet toffee, vanilla and warming spice.

Only 1,350 bottles are being made available in the UK, so snap one up tout suite!

£399, The Whisky Shop and The Whisky Exchange

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