If you’re struggling to know what to buy for the gentleman who has everything this Christmas, then why not give the gift of luxury homeware? Whether it’s the conversation-starting photography that promises to liven up their living room or the whisky decanter ready to welcome guests with style — these are the interiors gifts sure to shoot you straight to the top of their Nice List.
For the music maestro: Bacardi Mixing Console
No cocktail hour is complete without good music and, for Christmas 2020, Bacardi has brought the two together in its elegant Mixing Console. Custom built with input from famed furniture designer Hugh Miller, the Bacardi Mixing Console features a built-in Fluance RT80 vinyl turntable, crystal clear bluetooth speakers and a shelf in which to store records as well as a luxurious walnut cocktail bar with custom stirrers and a bottle of Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez. The whole thing is crafted from barrels sourced from Bacardi’s distillery in Puerto Rico making for a truly unusual gift for the music lover in your life.
Bacardi Mixing Console
For the art fanatic: Il Pellicano print by Ted Gushue
If the thought of purchasing a piece of art for your loved ones brings you (and your wallet) out in an anxious sweat, then we sympathise. Condescending gallerists, eye-watering price tags and the suspicion that the ‘hidden themes’ of the piece have been largely invented, all make for an intimidating investment.
Handily, House of Spoils is an online art gallery that wants to democratise the purchase of quality fine art photography and support emerging artists. It offers prints of carefully curated works, including this showstopper by Ted Gushue. Snapped at Porto Ercole, Italy, it is just one of Gushue’s many images that celebrate the finer things in life.
Il Pellicano print by Ted Gushue
For the audiophile: KEF LS50 Meta Loudspeaker
Speaking of music lovers, there’s little those with an ear for beats and rhythm hate more than speakers which don’t show off their favourite tracks in their full glory. Kef’s new LS50 Meta loudspeakers promise to allow their most-loved songs shine in all their studio-quality glory. Based on the brand’s critically acclaimed LS50 speakers, this upgraded design is the world’s first speaker to be made with Metamaterial Absorption Technology which soaks up unwanted noise to reduce distortion and produce the purest sound quality possible. Just be warned, once you’ve heard what they can do, you might not want to hand them over.
KEF LS50 Meta Loudspeaker
For the jet setter: Ettinger Leather Trinket Tray
2020 has been a tough year for those used to jetting off around the world at a moment’s notice. And, while being grounded doesn’t agree with everyone, offering fine accessories that work as well at home as they do away is the ideal gift for those optimistic about the return of international travel in 2021. Ettinger’s minimalist leather trinket tray, for example, may have been designed with keeping your hotel dressing room in order but, with its suede lining and chic navy blue colour, is also a stylish accompaniment to a console or table at home.
Ettinger Leather Trinket Tray
For the tricky customer: Fornasetti Astronomici Candle
Given the deeply personal relationship many of us have with our interior spaces, it is sometimes wise to play it safe with your gift selection by opting for a homeware essential that everyone is sure to like (and which, crucially, keeps on giving). Ready to fit the bill is the Astronomici candle, an extravagant offering from the surrealist atelier Fornasetti, which promises to elevate the ambiance of any room.
Ornately decorated with zodiac figures and signs to the exterior, the gold-tone detailing complements the immersive scent that will continue to fill the room for 200 hours burning time. Its large size (a whopping 1.9kg) will make it the perfect companion for the long January nights ahead.
Fornasetti Astronomici Candle
For the entertainer: Be My Guest by Pierre Sauvage and Olivia Roland
It follows that anyone with a keen eye for interior design would also wish to show off the fruits of their labours and this beautiful tome published by Flammarion is the perfect handbook to help them do just that. Touring the homes of 20 of the world’s most influential tastemakers, including Aerin Lauder, Christian Louboutin and Carolina Irving, it promises to be a source of endless inspiration for everything from tablescapes and floral arrangements to recipes and memorable finishing touches. Gift now and enjoy the exquisite dinner parties to come later.
Be My Guest by Pierre Sauvage
For the foodie: Albion Nord x Chelsea Barracks Radnor Tableware
While gifting one of the new townhouses at Chelsea Barracks might be a little out of your budget (£38 million out of budget to be exact), you can gift the person with a taste for the finer things in life a little of their style this Christmas. Created by interior design firm Albion Nord, which worked on many of the dressed residences at the development, the Chelsea Barracks Collection is a refined line of homewares and accessories inspired by its namesake’s military history. We’re particularly fond of the Radnor tableware with its fine porcelain construction and understated design.
Albion Nord x Chelsea Barracks Radnor Tableware
For the refined gent: Soho Home Roebling Decanter Set
While we’d all love to have an expansive home bar stocked with fine bottles and even finer glassware, the realities of modern urban living are that most of don’t have the space – but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a dram in great style. Exclusive to Bicester Village, Soho Home’s Roebling decanter and glasses set makes a brilliant gift for any gent with aspirations to be Don Draper and, even better, can be ordered using Bicester Village’s new virtual shopping service. Simply contact your chosen boutique, book an appointment, select your pick of their full range of products and wait for them to be delivered directly to your door. It couldn’t be simpler.
Soho Home Roebling Decanter Set