They say you can’t please all of the people all of the time but, with all due respect to received wisdom, when it comes to Christmas we’re inclined to disagree – because whoever coined that idiom clearly hadn’t heard of Aspinal of London.
The London-based brand has been creating some of the city’s finest leather goods since the turn of the millennium and has built quite the loyal following in the process. Now in its twentieth year, its range has expanded to include luxurious gifts for even the pickiest person on your list. Read on for our edit of perfectly paired presents…
For him: Cufflink Box
What do you get for the man who has everything? Something to store it in, of course. Aspinal of London’s elegant cufflink boxes make the ideal gift for the sartorial gent with a covetable collection and are as well suited to keeping his accessories in order while on the go as they are for use at home. We’re particularly taken with this suede-lined Italian calf leather design. And should they happen to find a set of Aspinal’s sterling silver cufflinks inside as well? Then so much the better.
For her: City Folio
Beautiful novelties are all well and good but we’re of the mind that the best gifts are practical items elevated to the highest levels of luxury – and this is where Aspinal of London excels. Take, for example, the City Laptop Folio. Yes, it will do the same job as that functional laptop case she’s been using all year but, crafted from bright scarlet Saffiano leather and finished with gold hardware, it is so much more than just an object for protecting her tech. Finish the set with a matching leather journal and she’ll be prepared to take 2021 head on.
For mum: Leather accessories
Mums are notoriously hard to buy for. They know what they like and will demand a gift receipt if they don’t get it. This Christmas avoid the disappoint of festive seasons past by covering your bases with a selection of Aspinal of London’s small leather accessories. No woman would turn her nose up at its luxurious leather make-up bags, compact mirrors, card holders and purses – especially if you opt to have the monogrammed with her initials. Once you think you’ve bought enough, we recommend you add one more to your basket for good measure.
For dad: Backgammon Set
Christmas is a time traditionally associated with roaring fires, fine drams and time spent together enjoying that simplest of pleasures: a great board game. This year, instead of digging that dusty Monopoly set out of the attic, surprise your father with the ultimate in high-end games. Aspinal of London’s backgammon sets are created entirely in Italian leather in a sturdy briefcase or compact roll-up travel design and include everything you need to enjoy one of the world’s oldest and most popular games.
For yourself: Hip Flask
You’ve worked hard all year. You’ve wrapped up all your Christmas shopping. Isn’t it time you treated yourself to something special? And what could be better to accompany you on those aforementioned long country walks than a hip flask? Both Aspinal of London’s classic 5oz version and cylindrical 6oz hip flask and cup set are crafted from durable stainless steel and wrapped in fine Italian full grain leather. Better yet, they can both also be engraved for that extra personal touch. All you need do is provide a stellar bottle with which to fill them.
The stocking filler: 2021 Diary
We don’t know about you but we often find stockings the trickiest part of Christmas shopping. How to fill such a large vessel with items that are both useful and beautiful? Well, whoever you’re buying for, a 2021 leather diary from Aspinal of London is a good place to start. The brand’s vast range of diaries come in all shapes, formats and colours you could ask for – but we’re rather taken with this berry red pocket diary and midnight blue A5 design.
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