What: Forget decking the halls with boughs of holly; instead gussy up the garden with one of Betty Langley’s famed ‘Gothick’ pieces – we’re loving this antique carved Scottish yellow pine console table, complete with a gesso finish.
Who: C.18th English garden designer and writer, Batty Langley.
Why: If you have a spare $100k lying around, why the heck not?
How much: USD 112,000
What: The ultimate in shoe porn, and just the accessory you need to make a grand entrance at your next see-and-be-scene party.
Who: Nicholas Kirkwood, a.k.a. God to global fashionistas, and the British Fashion Award’s Accessory Designer of the Year – for 2 years running!
Why: The shoe works double duty: it’s a statement piece that looks as good on the shelf as it does on the red carpet.
How much: USD 950
What: A hand-crafted, leather-bound Monopoly set, complete with gleaming pewter playing tokens – the perfect party piece when the whole family comes round for Christmas.
Who: Geoffrey Parker, famed for giving classic board games a luxe, bespoke touch.
Why: Home for the holidays? With one of these you can settle any longstanding feuds in style.
How much: GBP 930, bespoke on request
What: A snowy sojourn in the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in Finland’s picture-perfect Saariselkä fell region, nestled in next to the snow-swept plains of the Urho Kekkonen National Park and in prime pole for viewing the heart-stopping Northern Lights.
Who: Ultra-luxe Finnish resort Kakslauttanen, home to the world’s largest smoke sauna, a snow restaurant and an ice bar, and host for activities from ice-fishing trips to husky, snowmobile, and reindeer safaris.
How: Call +35 8 1666 7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (but you’d better book well ahead for next Christmas, as it’s already reserved through Sep 2014!)
Why: Well we don’t know about you, but we’re dying to cross Aurora Borealis off our travel list – what more luxe or romantic way than to kick off your snow boots in one of these thermal glass igloos and watch the mesmerising lights from the cosy comfort of bed? Snug as a bug in a rug, indeed!
How much: Approx €300 a night for a double igloo.
What: Inspired by their namesake C.20th artist, Waylande Gregory Studio’s eye-catching pillows are the next step for the ceramics-focused brand, with this striking animal set hand-loomed and hand-embroidered by Peruvian artists – talk about a conversation kick-starter!
Why: Whimsical and functional, these cushy, Art Deco-esque objets d’art will jazz up any home.
How much: US$315-$340
What: An ultra-sleek, vintage grand tourer (’55-’63 model pictured above) that was built to last.
Who: The creators of the first automobile – German automakers Mercedes-Benz.
Why: Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a 50-year-old two-seater sports car complete with leather seats, detachable hood and enough horse power to match modern counterparts.
How much: Approx. USD 60,000-80,000 for very good to excellent condition cars; substantially more after restoration.
What: A luxe, limited edition box of heavenly candles (bitter orange & chocolate, and pomegranate noir) and a trio of fresh, fruity colognes.
Who: Scent-sational British perfumer, Jo Malone.
Why: Once you’re done with the decadent treats inside, you can lock your Yuletide memories in the chest for years to come.
How much: USD 735
What: Like a charm bracelet for darling digits, the quirky, clever shaping of these lust-worthy rose, yellow and white gold rings allows you to buy one, then pick n’ mix from an entire versatile collection of materials, styles, patterns and gems – but beware, once you pop… you can’t stop!
Who: New York’s resident girl’s best friend, Anna Sheffield
Where: 47 Orchard St, New York, or online at annasheffield.com
Why: There’s no need for a hubby with these simple-but-dramatic pieces to ooh and aah over.
How much: USD500-6,500
What: A 3-night stay (for the price of 2) at Marrakech’s five-star Palais Namaskar, boasting swank, secluded pool villas set amid five hectares of lush greenery right by the stunning Atlas Mountains.
Where: Magical Morocco, at the property named the ‘Best Hotel on the African Continent’ by World Luxury Hotel Awards, no less.
How: palaisnamaskar.com, with the code WINTER3N
Why: After what’s sure to be a long and over-indulgent festive season, your body will yearn for some much-deserved TLC – treat yo’ self!
How much: GBP 800 per night
What: A wardrobe packed full of classic, stylish pieces is what every gentleman needs – but if the man in your life has neither the time nor the patience to trawl the mall for a crisp shirt and perfect pair of jeans, he’ll love the Trunk Club. After speaking with an expert stylist, he’ll receive a hand-curated selection of some of the sharpest threads out there on his doorstep, as seldom or as often as he wants. Maximum style, minimum fuss!
Who: Trunk Club, the Chicago-based one-stop shop for smart-casj weekend wear, whose trump card is its network of 125+ savvy stylists.
Why: With brands from Eton to Lacoste to Earnest Sewn, and a 10-day try-on period after which you pay only for what you keep, it’s a win/win model. Pack your trunk!
How much: USD 100-5,000