Last Updated on December 17, 2021
Festive Gifts Galore
It’s nearly that time of year again. The stress, panic and anxiety are rolled up together like demonic pigs in blankets. What am I going to buy for Aunt Sally and will cousin Elton like the sparkly cashmere sweater? Fortunately for you, London Unattached is galloping to the rescue like a cross between Frankie Dettori and Willy Wonka with some ace present suggestions.
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I first came across mahabis a few years ago on my social media feeds. I was impressed by how stylish and contemporary they looked with their Scandi design aesthetic. We were sent a pair of mahabis mules for review and I was impressed not just with their looks but also with their quality. I love the way they combine cosiness with a firm foot feel and grip.
There are 3 different styles; the mahabis curve has an eco-friendly ReWooly™ recycled felt upper to keep your feet comfy, and an EcoCert™ organic Italian wool lining to keep your toes at the right temperature.
The mahabis mule is perfectly designed for lazy people like me who love to slip in and out of their footwear without having to bend down or pull them off.
The slimline mahabis classic has a ‘fixed hybrid sole made from 100% performance grade TPU with a grip-enhancing tread and heel cradle to keep it comfortably in place’. I don’t know what it means either but they look very cool.
mahabis are the perfect present for the annoyingly stylish person in your life. They will think of you every time they slip them on and relax.
You can buy mahabis from https://mahabis.com/
Bullards Gin Shop & Tasting Room
Over the last few years gin has become hugely popular again, in the past when my parents sipped on their evening gin and tonics, Gordons was virtually the only gin on the market, but now with craft distilleries popping up all over the country creating lots of wonderful botanically infused gins, the choice is endless. In fact, so much so that it can be confusing browsing supermarket shelves without knowing what you’re buying and what it will taste like.
Bullards offer a fabulous selection of luxury handcrafted gins that are ideal for Christmas gifting. I went along to their new shop – Bullards Gin Shop & Tasting Room in Westfield White City where you are able to experience the range in a full sensory and curated exploration free of charge to find the right gin to suit your pallet.
There are four different gins flavours to choose from: London Dry, which won the World Gin Award, Best London Dry Gin – smooth with aromas of vanilla and marzipan (my favourite), Strawberry & Black Pepper- pale pale pink in colour, it’s fresh, fruity with warm spice notes, Coastal – saline and citrus flavours with herbaceous notes and Old Tom – made with Norfolk honey, mango, demerara sugar, a lovely smooth, deep and warm texture – rather good drunk neat!
These delicious gins can be bought in-store or online, all at £40 each. As well as their Westfield branch they have branches in their home town Norwich, plus they have also just opened two new London stores in Covent Garden and Canary Wharf.
Bullards also provide an eco-friendly offering too, the eco-refill pouches allow you to top up your original Bullards bottle in support of minimising waste and environmental impact.
Fun gin hampers are also available… perfect presents for gin lovers!
Order here: https://bullardsspirits.co.uk
T.M.Lewin Festive Favourites
Do you ever have difficulty knowing what to give the man in your life for Christmas? I always think you can’t go wrong with a good quality classic navy-blue jumper, they’re smart, stylish and never date.
T.M.Lewin have got just the thing, crew and v-neck jumpers in pure merino wool, I chose the Romney Navy V Neck Slim Fit Merino Wool Jumper, which arrived beautifully packaged. A great slim cut shape made with a soft fine knit Merino wool, with a thin grey trim around the sleeves and cuffs which gives it a stylish edge. It’s sure to will make someone very cosy this festive season. They are also available in a range of colours.
But if he’s already got too many jumpers T.M.Lewin have lots of other great ideas for men’s Christmas gifts, including luxury Italian leather tan cashmere-lined gloves, pure cotton boxers, leather belts, smart patterned cotton socks, leather cardholders and a silver shirt accessory kit all for the well-dressed man.
Available at www.tmlewin.com
Wild – eco-friendly deodorants
Fed up with the same old deodorant brought from high street stores. Why not change it up and go for something more eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing into the bargain, if not for yourself…it would make a lovely gift for someone else.
Wild’s revolutionary product is 100% effective and plastic-free. They come in attractive cases which are designed to last a lifetime in a range of fun colours – aqua, coral, purple, pink and black.
The refills are biodegradable, vegan-friendly and free from nasties such as aluminium salts, parabens and phthalates, with a range of exciting and unusual fragrances: Jasmine & Mandarin Blossom, Fresh Cotton & Sea Salt, Orange Zest, Coconut Dreams, Mint Eucalyptus, Bergamot Rituals and Sandalwood & Pistachio – with new additions always on the horizon.
I received a Wild gift box, which includes a case, a deodorant and a refill, plus a cute lipstick sized one for the handbag, so you’re never left without. I think this is a lovely gift for someone who cares and wants to smell divine. Mind you I’ve kept it for myself and it’s a real pleasure to use!
They are available as a one-off gift or as a subscription, and each purchase contributes towards a global tree-planting initiative through charity On A Mission.
Wild subscription – £12 – one case & one refill
Wild one-off purchase – £25 – one case & three refills
Wild full monty – £32 – one case & five refills
I’m dreaming of a Wild Christmas… ⛄️ www.wearewild.com
What does Santa drink in your house? My parents used to religiously put out a glass of milk and a measure of cognac for the lucky guy…though I rather think it wasn’t quite up to this standard.
If your store of cognac is low, we think Santa (or anyone else in the house) would appreciate this very special, light cognac from brothers Jacques and Robert Delamain.
Created in 1920, it’s made from Eaux-de vie primarily sourced from vines which Delamain cultivates in the aptly named Grande Champagne hamlet of “Bellevigne”. The blended Eaux-de-vie from these remarkable vines, destined to become Centenaire, is aged in old casks. It’s light and pure, with no sweeteners or colouring and with a fragrant floral, citrus, apricot, and vanilla nose. A half bottle would make a perfect stocking filler!
Something Different from the Japan Centre
For something completely different why not buy a gift from the Japan Centre which has a host of fabulous goodies, including a selection of different DIY meal kits which include: Sushi Rolls, Poke Bowls, Matcha & Sakura, Ready to Bake Cookies, Chicken Katsu. Also available are sake flights, a Japanese Christmas cake, a matcha wreath cake and adorable stocking fillers for the kids and much more.
I can recommend the Japan Centre’s DIY Sushi Roll Kit which provides you with all the ingredients to make fresh authentic restaurant-quality spicy tuna & avocado and salmon & avocado sushi rolls. It is delivered in chilled packaging complete with the freshest salmon and tuna prepared by trained sushi master chefs, fluffy Japan-grown rice, authentic sauces including bestselling Kewpie mayonnaise, and a traditional bamboo sushi mat (which you can reuse), an avocado and sachets of wasabi, ginger and soy.
I have never made sushi at home before so it was quite an adventure, but the instructions were clear and easy to follow. I made them together with my son who is a big sushi fan. He loved the whole process, we were thrilled with the result and they tasted delicious!
We accompanied our sushi with sake rice wine, the national drink of Japan. These can be bought in a DIY Sake Flight with three unique variations of sake rice wine, it’s a great opportunity to compare flavours and aromas. The kits are designed by the Japan Centre mixologist and sake master Maria Victoria Vecchione, made to satisfy both beginners and connoisseurs.
Start with a light-bodied premium Junmai Ginjo sake, with fennel and fruit aromas, an elegant, herbal palate and a short, clean finish. Follow with a full-bodied Honjozo sake, with notes of cocoa powder, spices and crème brûlée, offering a smooth and silky palate and an umami-filled balance between sweet and dry. Round off with a low-alcohol, cloudy sake with hints of lychee and melon on the nose, a milky palate and a long finish of yoghurt and rice starch.
These kits offer a lovely festive way to get the whole family to join in cooking an authentic Japanese meal, or alternatively, would make a great gift for a friend or loved one.
Visit japancentre.com to order yours now and take a look at Japan Centre’s gift guide at japancentre.com/christmas
A Culinary gift from A Cook’s Tour
A Cook’s Tour with Rocket Food transports culinary travellers around the globe one meal at a time. Book a space at your stove and have your wooden spoon ready for inspection.
A Cook’s Tour combines a home meal kit along with a live-streamed video on YouTube during which the meal is cooked in a studio kitchen by a celebrity chef. Chose from the cuisines of Northern Thailand, Paris, Mustique, Sicily or the Middle East. Could a Christmas gift be any more perfect?
- Five expert chefs reveal the culinary destination in the world they most cherish and share their favourite menus
- Each chef takes guests on a virtual cook-along, taking in a range of culinary styles, flavours and dishes
- Speciality ingredients sourced and prepared by London’s leading luxury catering company Rocket Food
- UK nationwide delivery of ingredients in eco-friendly boxes
- Live stream cook-along ‘premiers’ at 7.30 pm on Thursdays (and available after)
Find out more and order from A Cook’s Tour
Wines of the Rhone
For any wine lover, the obvious gift is a bottle or two. But, this year, how about something a bit different. A good book will last well beyond the bottles (at least in my household) and will become like an old friend. We are loving Matt Walls’ ‘Wines of the Rhone’ – a comprehensive guide that will help everyone from newbies to experts get more from an extensive wine region. As Matt says, the river stretches for some 813 kilometres and along the way there are a number of appellations – some well-known, some really quite obscure. Grab the book from Amazon for around £33 and pick a few bottles of Cotes du Rhone wine to make the perfect Christmas gift!
Limited Edition Beer from Innes and Gunn
Looking for a special present for a beer lover? Innis & Gunn has a special release, the fifth beer in their limited-edition Vanishing Point series that makes the perfect Christmas stocking filler. It comes in a swanky special gift box and is a limited run of just 2,000 bottles. And, the year it takes to make, gives a head malt character to the beer which has spent over 8,000 hours in cask.
This isn’t one to open for Santa on Christmas Eve (after all, he can’t drink anything that’s ABV 11% when he’s in charge of a sleigh and team of reindeers) but, we think he’d be very happy to find one wrapped under the tree from Mrs Christmas when he is ready to relax by the fire on Christmas Day.
And for all those aspiring Santas out there who deserve a special gift, you can buy the Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point from their online shop here at £15 for a 50cl bottle.
Stuck for more present ideas? Check out our 12 days of Christmas series – there are some great ideas for Christmas gifting and you stand a chance of winning anything from a trio of delicious panettone through to a hamper from Harvey Nichols