ou’ve found them a great gift so now you can sit back and relax, right? Wrong. Christmas is all about generosity and surprises – and a carefully packed stocking is the perfect way to get the big day off to a great start. Happily, it’s not too late to curate a thoughtful selection of small-yet-special gifts. Here’s our guide to the best stocking fillers for Christmas 2021…
Really good at choosing the gifts but not so great at wrapping them? LuxDeco has you covered. This Christmas the luxury online interiors platform has enlisted its own team of elves to wrap, pack and deliver a chic Helen Moore stocking filled with your choice of gifts ready to hang straight on the mantlepiece. There are elegant interiors accessories, candles and leather goods from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Georg Jensen, L’Objet and Christian Lacroix – so you needn’t worry about finding presents of a sufficient calibre.
It is a truth universally known that no woman can ever have too many cable knit sweaters – especially when they come with the thoughtful design touches of this Labeca number. Available in khaki and oatmeal (both an ideal companion to denim of all kinds), it’s crafted from a soft recycled wool blend and features a pretty ruffle trim that is practically the definition of cosy.
While we wouldn’t recommend putting actual diamonds in her Christmas stocking (there is, after all, no way to top that next year), this gorgeous coffee table book on the subject is the next best thing. Created in collaboration between Assouline and the Natural Diamond Council, Diamonds tells the story of the world’s most precious stone, from its royal ascendancy to the modern crop of designers democratising the jewel with their playful approach and innovative designs. Granted, you're going to need a rather large stocking.
Universally flattering, perennially necessary and oh-so-chic, sunglasses are always a good idea. They are, however, also a rather personal purchase so if you’re choosing for someone else keep it simple (and maybe also keep the receipt). Opt for Burberry’s oversized Sixties-inspired square frame sunglasses, however, and we’re pretty sure you won’t need it.
Small gifts don’t have to mean forgoing big labels. The limited-edition candle from Dior is inspired by the house’s original Parisian couture salon and comes dressed in a floral patterned porcelain container that’s as pretty as a picture. It boasts a burn time of 70 hours and a monogrammed silver lid that will help retain the candle’s scent when not in use.
There is no gift greater than a good night’s sleep and, while this set from luxury bedmaker Hästens can’t guarantee that, it will go a long way to help. The star of the show is a wheat-filled pillow that can be heated for ultimate relaxation, alongside a weighted eye pillow and lavender-filled bag all covered in Hästens signature blue-and-white check cotton.
Best known for its expansive range of covetable demi-fine jewellery, for Christmas 2021 Notting Hill-based brand Missoma has branched out into homewares, with a range of Instagram-worthy vases, jewellery boxes, trinket trays and travel accessories. We’re rather taken with this roll-up backgammon set, which comes in blue and scarlet and can be monogrammed for that personal touch. Perfect if you’re planning on holing up in the countryside this festive season.
Few and far between are the men who won’t be impressed to find something from streetwear heavyweight Supreme in their stocking. A more muted take on the brand’s signature bold style, this beanie puts an Eighties twist on the Supreme logo and will look as great with his ski jacket on the slopes as it will wandering around the park during the next (let’s face it, inevitable) lockdown.
This set of Ruinart champagnes may, admittedly, be a little too pricey to be deemed a stocking filler but gift it to someone spending the festive season in your home and they’re obliged by the rules of etiquette to share – so it’s really a win-win. Containing a bottle each of R de Ruinart, R de Ruinart 2010, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Dom Ruinart 2006, Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004, and Ruinart Rosé, it’s the perfect introduction to this most revered of champagne houses.
Fragrance is an easy win if you’re in need of one last thing to fill his stocking. This year, bypass the standards (you know he already has a bathroom cabinet full of Tom Ford and Creed already) and instead introduce him to Memo Paris. Founded by husband-and-wife team Clara and John Molloy, the 11 scents in its collection are inspired by the couple’s favourite global destinations. Exclusive to Harvey Nichols, African Leather is a masculine, spicy blend of cardamom, geranium, saffron and oud accord.