Christmas is officially around the corner and, here at City Matters HQ, we’re already getting into the holiday spirit.
This year feels extra special as many of us will now be able to enjoy the festive season with loved ones. So, making sure you have the perfect gift is even more exciting.
We scoured the Square Mile for the most luxurious and unique products for you to choose from and, ultimately, take the stress away from deciding. Only one problem…they may be too good to give.
Magic of Christmas Wicker Hamper (main image)
A luxurious selection of sweet and savoury goods, complete with cakes, chutneys and jams, and complemented by carefully selected wines. £150 Merchant Taylors’ Hall, 3 Threadneedle Street EC2R 8JB merchant-taylors.co.uk/hampers
Limited Edition Bougie Flocon Candle 190g
Part of a limited edition trio of festive scents, Flocon (an olfactory transcription of snowfall) is light with velvety notes of white musk blended with those of the winter flower, mimosa. £60 Diptyque, 62 Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LT leadenhallmarket.co.uk
London Map Silk Gown
This beautiful silk gown is covered with a vintage London map. The silky lightweight dressing gown can be worn as a luxurious house coat or, if you’re feeling fancy, as a light jacket for an evening out. £85 Museum of London EC2Y 5HN museumoflondon.org.uk
Noguchi Akari YA2 Lamp
The Akari YA2 Table Lamp by Isamu Noguchi, on sale in the Barbican gift shop, merges great sculpture and organic furniture design. The perfect talking piece for your lounge. £289 Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS barbican.org.uk
Reverend Hubert Winter Liqueur
A smooth warming gin liqueur bursting with festive notes of dried fruit, winter spices and organic orange and lemon zest from Amalfi. £34.45 The Whiskey Exchange, 88 Borough High Street SE1 1LL thewhiskyexchange.com
Noël Coward Stars Bow Tie
Channel Noël Coward’s signature style with this colourful stars pattern bow tie from the Guildhall’s art exhibition. Perfect for dinner parties or private views. £40 Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard EC2V 5AE
The Prize-winning Book Bundle
Ideal for bookworms. This bundle includes the winner of the Women’s Prize Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi, Booker winner Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain and Abdulrazak Gurnah’s, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2021, Afterlives. £26.97 Daunt Books, 61 Cheapside, EC2V 6AX dauntbooks.co.uk
Embroidered Mayfair Midi Bag
The limited edition bag has been hand-crafted from velvet with leather trim and an intricate hand-embroidered silk woodland scene, encapsulating the enchanting life in the forest. Cute! £1,250 Aspinal of London, Royal Exchange EC3V 3LR theroyalexchange.co.uk
Talbot Dog Cuddly Toy
A symbol of the Charterhouse Founder, Thomas Sutton, and his tomb in the chapel adorned with Talbot dogs. Each sale of the plushie toy supports the Helpful Hound Collection Supporting Greyhound, Whippet and Lurcher Organisations. £14.95 The Charterhouse EC1M 6AN thecharterhouse.org
Lion Rampant Black Velvet Slipper
The ultimate house slipper with embroidery design is made from soft black velvet, satin quilted linings and hard leather soles. Now, where’s my cigar? £285 Crockett & Jones, Royal Exchange EC3V 3LR theroyalexchange.co.uk
Festive Christmas Hamper
The Christmas hamper from the luxury Belgian bakery is full of London’s most-loved products, perfect for someone special who is planning their trip to Brussels. £108 Le Pain Quotidien, 42 Fish Street Hill EC3R 6BR lepainquotidien.com/uk/en For the latest headlines from the City of London and beyond, follow City Matters on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.