Top Ideas for Luxury Treats this Christmas
November’s close heralds the true beginning of preparations for Christmas.
Although there are those who have been fastidiously storing away foodstuffs and early-found yet perfect presents ever since summer, there are also those who keep to tradition and firmly believe that December’s start leaves quite ample enough time to ensure you fully realise Christmas’s luxurious potential.
Indeed, it is the season for indulgence, and at this time of year, Kent offers myriad options from which to carefully choose gifts for indulging loved ones with; not to mention its proximity to London extending those choices ad infinitum. In short, the South East is the place to be for Christmas shopping, but the question remains what to buy.
Presents to Be Consumed – Wining and Dining
The festive season, as any business owner will tell you, is a time for showing one’s gratitude to clients by treating them to a table at a top restaurant. Why not adopt the same approach for loved ones? Far more memorable than unwrapping a gift, a lunch or supper out at a venue you know they’re been intrigued by for some time shows thought and is an experience to be remembered; perhaps a wine or champagne tasting at the Sussex Wine School to cheer in the approach of the New Year in decadence, or their favourite West End show.
Presents for the Future – Education
The festive season is short-lived, but perhaps the ideal gift for your loved one would be to enrol them on a course that would provide a life-changing opportunity with long-term prospects. The ability to train at the prestigious Cordon Bleu school, and learn from the experts to complete an internationally recognised qualification, would open career doors that were previously shut. Or, for those with the travel bug, why not enrol them on a TEFL course that will enable them to fund their overseas travels?
Gifts to Be Wrapped – For Him and For Her
If, however, a beautifully wrapped and ribbon-tied present is a must on your list, then follow recent Christmas tradition in heading to Bluewater in Greenhithe. Luxury is what Bluewater specialises in and if you don’t want to buy something off the shelf, make a note that Jo Malone is offering a bespoke gift box option this year.
Jermyn Street shirt merchants TM Lewin have their annual Christmas sale which always throws up a few high-end gift ideas at bargain prices to suit all tastes; from smart cravats to the essential World Domination Notebook, there really is something for everyone!
Furthermore, if you don’t manage to acquire a place for him or her in the restaurant of your choice, then rest assured Chapel Down is opening a pop-up shop this year, as well. England’s leading wine producer, a bottle of their Tenterden-produced Brut bubbles is a perfect seasonally apt stocking filler (alongside a little bling perhaps). To this end, be sure to have a browse through Swarovski and maybe even Mappin and Webb.
Everyday purchases are made out of necessity, but Christmas? This is the one time of year when we want to indulge our loved ones with gifts that are not the ordinary: pure luxury. Christmas gifts are about buying your loved ones items or experiences that are beyond the routine, something that they would never buy for themselves, and something that makes them smile. You want your gifts to make the right impression on the recipient, and make them feel the love that your gift represents; after all, if you can’t be a little extravagant at Christmas, when can you be?