Clé De Peau Beauté
Clé de Peau Beauté is the most exclusive brand within the Shiseido portfolio and is Japan’s bestselling luxury skincare line. Its products masterfully strike the balance of make-up and skincare, whether it's a foundation loaded with skin-boosting botanicals or a protective, deeply hydrating lipstick, which glides on silk. Perfect for adding a little shimmer this festive season, the Luminizer Face Enhancer employs light-reflecting technology to define, contour and highlight your complexion. While the iridescent tones look sparkly in the case, the overall effect is in fact very subtle, creating a beautifully light, gentle sheen.
Cle de Peau's pièce de résistance is La Crème (£520) – an extraordinary, near magic overnight cream, which you can read more about here.
Lipstick Cashmere (514 Enamored), £50, Luminzer Face Enhancer, £75; La Crème, £520, cledepeau-beaute.com
Medium Lady Dior Bag
The iconic Lady Dior bag was born in 1995, when France’s First Lady, Bernadette Chirac, gifted the elegant, top handled tote to Diana Princess of Wales, after whom it was named. It has since remained a perennial favourite for ladies the world over, available in an array of textures and colourways. Crafted from calfskin leather, this ornate iteration is intricately handsewn with hundreds upon hundreds of glass beads and embroidery, inspired by the resplendent light festivals of southern Italy. It features a removable shoulder strap and signature gleaming Dior charms.
Latte printed calfskin Lady Dior bag with multicoloured embroidery, £4800, dior.com
Sophie Bille Brahe
Copenhagen-based jeweller Sophie Bille Brahe is renowned for her minimalist, sinuous diamond and pearl jewellery. Brahe has also launched a keep-forever, tactile velvet jewellery box, beautifully handcrafted in Italy and finished with a glamorous oversized tassel. The box comes in festive red and green shades, as well as soft aquamarine and alluring midnight blue. Place a piece of jewellery inside for added kudos.
Byredo Tobacco Mandarin
This fittingly festive, cranberry-hued fragrance from Byredo mixes bright citrus notes with spice, leather and frankincense for a sensual, smoky scent that will linger long past Christmas morning. The Scandanavian fragrance house has also recently forayed into make-up, which you can read about here.
Hermès silk scarf
An Hermès scarf has been a fail-safe gift since it debuted in 1937. This season, slippery silk squares bustle with wild horses, leopards, figurines and feathers in a riot of exuberant colours. How you choose to style your scarf – draped, knotted or bowed – is up to you.
Cavalcadour Voltigeur silk scarf, £345, hermes.com
Dr Sebagh Platinum Gold Elixir
Dr Sebagh's Platinum Gold Elixir is often considered a fountain of youth in a bottle – or rather, a fittingly festive, shiny gold vial. This powerful, science-driven super-serum dramatically firms, diminishes fine lines and revives dull skin, working deep below the surface. As its name suggests, the magic ingredient is 24 karat gold, lauded for its healing, anti-inflammatory properties and collagen-boosting credentials, thus creating a radiant, shimmering glow. Use during a four-week period and be amazed at the results.
Gucci flower and Double G earrings with diamonds
These diminutive Gucci earrings have just the right balance of subtlety and swagger. Made from 18K white gold, floral pendants delicately hang from the Milanese maison's signature Double G emblem, encrusted with crystals and diamonds.
£ 2,210, farfetch.com
Alexander McQueen Vetiver Moss Eau de Parfum
Pronounced 'sheep-rah', chypre is acknowledged within the perfume world as the most sophisticated and beautiful of fragrance families and is thought to have been named after Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Chypre scents are warm, woody and enveloping, with a glamorous edge. Alexander McQueen's Vetiver Moss Eau de Parfum is a prime example of a luxurious chypre fragrance with added va-va-voom, conjuring windswept walks and mossy moors through smoky vetiver and soft orris roots. Its alluring bottle was made for showing off on your dressing table.
Jimmy Choo Bon Bon bag
If all you want for Christmas is Choo, then look no further than this season's bestselling Bon Bon bucket bag. This delightful piece of sartorial confectionary is available in a spectrum of textures and bold colourways, from supple velvet and vibrant satin to metallics, sequins and bejewelled embellishment. Each style features a contrasting circular bracelet top handle and a gleaming drawstring chain.
Bon Bon bag with pearl-embellished handle by Jimmy Choo, farfetch.com
Tom Dixon Royalty candle
A candle for the design-conscious, Tom Dixon's scents are housed in handspun silver, with a keepsake marble lid. Made from 100% natural ingredients, the Royalty candle captures the thoroughly British scent of teatime – scones, strawberry jam and a drive home in a leathery vintage Bentley, through notes of bergamot, earl grey tea, cedarwood and verbena. It casts a cool, enchanting glow as soon as the wick is lit.