The century-old tradition of hanging up stockings is beloved the world over. But what if you’d rather fill your festive hosiery with some of the finer things in life? From beauty products to accessories and cutting edge innovations, here are some grown-up, high-end alternatives to satsumas and throwaway gifts.
Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence
This sleek on-trend bottle gives a nod to 1920s vintage style. It’s supercharged with botanicals – and even more concentrated than the award-winning original Cotswolds Dry Gin. The result is lashings of flavour, but with 90% less alcohol than a standard 50ml serve. Perfect for the designated driver, or someone who’s watching their calorie intake over the festive period.
Freak and Unique Hundred House Coffee
Buy this for the coffee connoisseur in your life. The Freak and Unique brand is all about sourcing and creating the most unusual coffees around, which can then be presented alongside original artworks. Purchases help fund the company’s non-profit arts industry work, helping independent artists and creatives, so you’ll be doing your bit for the cultural sector with every purchase. Be prepared for an exciting new Hundred House beverage to take him or her on an unexpected sensory journey.
Porsche Design Huawei Watch Gt 2
Give him the gift of time – and convenience, with this contemporary smartwatch. Ideal for the active person, it provides smartphone notifications on the go (compatible with iOS and Android) has a health and fitness/sports tracker with a heart rate monitor, is water-resistant and has GPS. The impressive and stylish GT 2 Pro Porsche Design is equally at home on the track or in the office. And as it’s scratch proof, it’ll survive even the toughest of environments.
Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Look In A Palette – Stoned Rose Beauty
The relatively recent but esteemed beauty brand offers its take on the timeless palette. A compact will help fill out her stocking, providing the route to a glowing complexion and fresh makeup look. It contains a golden champagne eyeshadow for a light-reflecting shimmer, a peach-inspired bronze shadow, a rich chocolate shadow for smoky definition, Charlotte’s best-selling Filmstar Bronze, cheek swish and pop and a soft-focusing, sheer highlight for that Insta-finish radiance.
Olaplex – No. 3 Hair Perfector
This revolutionary new miracle treatment promises to restore broken, split hair, leaving it stronger and less prone to damage. The much-anticipated formula has become a global bestseller, revolutionising hair texture. If you’re seeking something useful and innovative, this is a practical present that’ll win over any ladies who’ve been lamenting their weak hair.
Gucci – Gg Ivory Embellished Hair Clip
Pop something feminine and pretty in the stocking for her to wear on Christmas day. This sparkly GG ivory embellished hair clip features eye-catching crystals and antique gold hardware. A girl can never have too many hair clips – and this versatile piece will suit any woman who has a penchant for glamour and tasteful sparkle.
Kiehl’s – Ultra Facial Cream 125ml
Useful and indulgent, you can’t go wrong by slipping this replenishing moisturiser into her yuletide bounty. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream can be used daily and as a base for makeup, leaving the skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated. Lightweight texture and easily absorbed, squalane and water retaining glacial glycoprotein will hydrate the skin through the drying winter season.
Jacquemus – Le Bracelet Jacquemus Gold-tone Charm Bracelet
Bring some bling to her stocking, with this Jacquemus gold-tone bracelet. Engraved designer charms hang from a chunky chain, fastened together by a lobster clasp and presented in a designer-stamped box with a pouch. It’s suitable for the relaxed, elegant lady who also has a playful edge.
Loewe – Elephant Yellow Leather Pouch
Have some fun with this quirky designer elephant pouch from one of the world’s original luxury fashion houses. It’s sure to bring admiring looks when worn by its lucky recipient. Available in bright yellow, or a more muted brown, the statement pouch is made from artisan leather and finished with a detachable silver-tone chain shoulder strap.
Acqua Di Parma – Blu Mediterraneo Discovery Roll-on Set
Evoke escapist Mediterannean aromas this Christmas by gifting Acqua Di Parma’s fragrance set, decorated with the colourful La Double J pattern. The four roll-on fragraces are Arancia di Capri with citrus scents of orange, mandarin and lemon, Bergamotto di Calabria providing earthy notes of bergamot and florals, Fico di Amalfi’s bergamot, lemon, grapefruit and sweet fig and Mirto di Panarea perfume of the sea breeze with myrtle, basil, lemon and bergamot.
Gucci – Gg Black Logo-embossed Leather Belt
Gucci’s timeless black leather belt is a great buy for the smart gentleman who likes labels. A logo-embossed design features the chic silver-tone GG designer plaque, with an adjustable push-stud fastening. He can pair the belt with a suit, slacks or tailored jeans to work a classic designer look.
Vivienne Westwood – Black Ribbed Wool Beanielt
Whether worn for fashion or function, the beanie is a winter wardrobe staple. Vivienne Westwood’s simple take on a couture woolly hat includes a turn-up logo label and a ribbed style knit. Built to last, this 100% wool stocking filler is certain to always be in fashion and will ensure the wearer is toasty on the Christmas day walk.
Larry King – Social Life Shampoo Bottle 300ml
Another innovative hair product, this beauty hero shampoo is infused with vitamin B5. It gives the user volume, supreme shine and a little grip for styling. The product contains wheat protein, as well as a sugar-based complex based on wood and seaweed giving even more intense moisture, glossiness, curl definition and softness.
Kielh’s -Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil 30ml
If you’re looking for something geared toward hair on the face, rather than the head, buy the man in your life some Beard Grooming Oil. This one is a blend of woody essential oils with eucalyptus and calming pracaxi oil to smooth coarse facial hair and nourish the skin underneath. Exfoliating salicylic acid gently removes dead, dry skin cells from flaky beards, helping prevent “beardruff”. It’s fast-absorbing, layering his beard with amazing fragrance as well as making it soft and touchable.
Tom Ford – F****** Fabulous Beard Oil 30ml
Tom Ford’s bold beard oil commands attention in an instant – not least because of its expletive branding. The intoxicating formula contains clary sage, fresh lavender, bitter almond, vanilla, orrisroot from the iris flower, Italian plonge, amber, Tonka bean and heavy oriental leather notes. A creamy texture is created with ultra-fine blonde woods, for a lavish yet masculine experience. This is a great choice for the luxe loving hipster.