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By Lauren Ironmonger
Christmas is fast-approaching and, let’s face it, it’s been a tough year. Treat your loved ones to something a little special with our luxury gift guide for 2022.
Every serious home cook needs a good knife in their arsenal. Chef’s Armoury’s range of Gyuto Japanese knives (chef’s knives, from $115) come from a range of international brands, with many at affordable prices. The company also offers a knife sharpening service.
Chef’s Armory stocks a range of Japanese knives for all budgets.
A taste of Christmas
If their favourite part about the festive season is the mince pies and Christmas cake, then they’ll love LARK’s Christmas cask (from $90). The Tasmanian distillery has created a limited edition whiskey with notes of gingerbread, red wine, vanilla custard, and mince pies. This year they’re offering complimentary personalisation on each bottle, to make each gift that extra bit more special.
Tasmanian whiskey distillery LARK has a new limited-edition Christmas cask.
Alex and Trahanas’ lobster platter ($340) is a rustic ode to the Christmas classic. Made in Italy, each is hand-painted, meaning no two are the same. A trip to the fish market and some good company is all that is needed to complete the picture.
The Alex and Trahanas lobster platter will transport diners straight to the Mediterranean.
Serious chocolate makers Koko Black have teamed up with Ben Shewry of renowned Melbourne restaurant Attica. Handmade, the gift box ($64.90) experiments with native ingredients – think finger lime and marshmallow, or native plum and macadamia. Everything is beautifully presented in a “gift cube” that you probably don’t even need to wrap.
The Attica x Koko Black “gift cube” is for serious chocolate lovers.
The rug that’s good for the planet
Armadillo’s ethical nook rugs (from $160) are designed for those small, awkward spaces that are hard to cover in the home. The muted colour palette means they’ll suit just about any space, no matter the style. Handwoven from wool and jute, they’re hardy and designed to get better as they age.
Like a fine wine, Armadillo’s rugs are designed to get better with age.
The vase that doubles as a sculpture
Helle Mardahl’s glassware plays with form and colour to create whimsical sculptures for the home. Made in their studio in Copenhagen, each piece is handmade and unique. Something like their “Jug With a Twist” ($740, from In Good Company) will look as good empty as it will filled with a bunch of flowers or pimms.
Helle Mardahl’s glassware has a childlike joy to it.
If they can never get enough of animal print…
Much of boutique Jim & Jane’s offerings are designed in-house in Sydney’s inner west. Their Animal Kingdom scarf ($249) is a contemporary twist on a classic pattern. It’s made from a heavy silk twill that feels very luxurious, and spans more than a metre each way, making it ideal to wear as a shawl, headscarf, top or sarong.
Inner west boutique Jim & Jane designs much of its in-house range in Sydney.
A feisty fragrance set
Commemorate the year that was with Creed’s “Year of the Tiger” Gift Set ($299). The trio of the French house’s best-selling fragrances (Aventus, Silver Mountain Water, Green Irish Tweed) comes packaged in a beautiful red and gold embossed box.
The “Year of the Tiger” Gift Set from Creed.
Gift an upgraded bath experience
It’s hard to go wrong with a good bathrobe. Dusen Dusen’s Turkish-made bathrobes ($210, from Harrolds) come in a soft cotton terry, making them good for year-round wear. They’re unisex too, and come in a range of really fun, graphic colours.
Dusen Dusen’s bathrobes come in fun colour ways for men and women.
Slip into something a little more comfortable
Less Hugh Hefner, more Italian nobility, Vibi Venezia handmade Italian slippers ($125) from Matches are the definition of luxury. Modelled after the shoes worn by Venetian gondoliers, they’re crafted in Italy and have a lovely velvet furlane exterior. Made in both men’s and women’s sizes, ideal for walking around the house, (or your Venetian palazzo), or out to brunch.
Vibi Venezia’s luxury Italian slippers.
The Scandi-French hybrid
Perhaps they’ve already got Jacquemus’ influencer-approved mini bag. The French label’s latest collaboration is with Danish textile brand Tekla (it’s just been released, so they probably won’t have anything from it yet). Go for the bedding set (from $65), with playful stripes and an oversized Jacquemus logo for street cred.
Upgrade their bedding with the Jacquemus x Tekla collaboration.
Something that smells (and looks) good
Candles can sometimes feel like a bit of a lazy gift, but Loewe’s are far from average. The home fragrance collection (from $145) includes inventive scents like cucumber, liquorice, and tomato leaves, and each candle is housed in a beautiful terracotta vessel that is an objet d’art in itself.
Loewe’s home fragrance collection is perfect for fashion lovers.
The matching set
LMS’ collaboration with Pared Eyewear has delivered the perfect accessories for summer. Two-toned sunnies ($215) with a bold silhouette come in six colourways, and are designed to be matched with an adorable cross-body bag ($150).
LMS’ collaboration with Pared features sunglasses and bags designed to be worn together.
Both menswear designer at Louis Vuitton and founder of the groundbreaking label Off-White, Virgil Abloh left an indelible mark on the fashion industry. Figures of speech ($126), is a comprehensive look at the late designer’s work across fashion and art and design. The 500-page book features images from Abloh’s personal collection, prototypes of his work, and behind-the-scenes insights.
Figures of Speech catalogues the far-reaching influence of Virgil Abloh’s work.
A gadget that lives up to the hype
As Gyan Yankovich writes, the price of the new Dyson Airwrap ($899) can be hard to stomach. But, if you know someone who is invested in the health of their hair and regularly puts effort into styling it, then the Airwrap is well worth the hype.
Dyson’s Airwrap is worth the hype – but only for those seriously invested in their hair.
Music on the move
They can bring it with them to the beach, on their next road trip, or simply use it for all their summer entertaining. Sonos’ “Move” speaker ($699) delivers bold, high-quality sound in any setting, with its weather-resistant design (yes that’s water, snow, humidity, and shockproof), and long battery life.
Sonos’ “Move” speaker is perfect for music-lovers on the go.
A luxe take on the Sodastream
If their answer at restaurants is always “sparkling”, not “tap”, then why not get them a fancy carbonator? The Aarke carbonator ($330) from Becker and Minty is Swedish-designed, ultra-compact, and looks good on the kitchen benchtop.
The Aarke carbonator, designed in Sweden, sits pretty on any benchtop.
Start the year off right
Dosey adds a touch of luxury to pill organisation. Their pill planners and pouches (from $39) are made from vegan leather and come in a variety of pretty shades. Labelled with the days of the week, they’ll never miss a dose.
Dosey’s vegan leather pill purse.
Make it personal
Maison de Sabré has given itself the goal of becoming the “Hermès of Gen Z and Millennials” with their luxury leather goods in poppy colours and the option of personalisation. Their backpack ($389) is a slick carryall and pairs well with their AirPod case ($35.60, on sale) and cardholder ($99) for a flush gift.
Maison de Sabré’s personalised accessories are made from sustainable leather.
A touch of self-care
K-beauty brand Innis Free’s Christmas range features the most charming illustrations, and just about all fit within airport carry-on limits. Their hand cream set ($30) is a great salve for the trying conditions of air travel, and can be paired with their Green Tea Seed Cream ($37) for the face.
Innis Free’s holiday collection features adorable illustrations.
If your budget for teachers is a little more cushy, then Maison Balzac’s J’ai Soif carafes ($89) make a great gift. Functional yet attractive, they’re perfect sitting atop a desk for hydration throughout the day.
Maison Balzac’s water carafes come in a range of colours for all tastes.
Turn up the heat
Chotto Motto’s Crispy Chilli Oil ($18.50) is a real crowd-pleaser. Made in Collingwood, Melbourne, it possesses all the heat of traditional chilli oil, with the added crunch of morsels of fried shallots and garlic.
Add Chotto Motto’s Crispy Chill Oil to your morning eggs, eat as a dipping sauce for dumplings, or as a base for noodles.
Something to unwind with
No doubt teachers have had a tough few years and are looking forward to the summer break. Goodradigbee Distillers have created a sweet little gift pack ($30, from P&V Wine Merchants) of their best-selling gins.
Goodradigbee’s Australian-made gin.
The conversation starter
Camilla & Marc’s “Ovaries. Talk About Them” collection is designed to start conversations about Ovarian cancer, to which founders Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman lost their mother. One hundred per cent of proceeds from each sale go to Associate Professor Caroline Ford and her team at Ovarian Cancer Research, UNSW.
Camilla & Marc’s Ovarian Cancer collection includes a sweatshirt, cap and tote bag.
A space to gather
Clothing the Gap’s “Gathering blanket” ($130) is big enough to fit a whole crew of friends and family. The microfibre fabric means it’s sand-resistant and can also be used as a towel, or bundled up and used as a thrown on chilly nights. Designed by Gunditjmara artist, Laura Thompson, proceeds go towards supporting the work of the Clothing the Gaps foundation.
The “Gathering” blanket features the names of Aboriginal language groups as per the AIATSIS map.
The care package with a difference
Perth based social-enterprise Mettle employs women escaping domestic violence. Their luxury gift hampers (from $40) include a curated selection of goods from Australian makers and businesses. They deliver Australia-wide, and offer a range of boxes for different tastes.
Hamper service Mettle supports victims of domestic violence.
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