The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner. You’re in charge of seemingly everything: the guest list, the multi-course lunch, the decorations and the present buying. We know how you feel. When you’re busy juggling everything else life throws at you - deadlines, family responsibilities, holiday planning - it’s easy to fall-back on socks and book vouchers to placate the crowd.
While we all love to replenish our hosiery draws and line our bookshelves with new tomes, it can begin to feel a little repetitive receiving - and giving - the same gifts, albeit in various guises, year after year.
We have taken it upon ourselves to lighten your holiday load. For the next four weeks we’ll be publishing our pick of the best luxury gifts that you and yours are guaranteed to love. We’ve looked beyond the obvious knick-knacks and stocking fillers to bring you suggestions of gifts to uplift, inspire and indulge even the most discerning of family members.
First up, our guide to treating the stressed-out workaholic in your life to something special. Smart, slick, mindful gifts are the name of the game.
Read on for our top picks:
1. Tom Ford candle.
Tom Ford's candles make the most sumptuous relaxing gift. There are 12 equally gorgeous scents in the current collection, and each comes in a sexy amber-colored vessel, making it the ideal decorative addition to the living room or the study.
We especially love the limited edition ‘F****** Fabulous’ blend. Explicit, exclusive and fabulous, this candle is reminiscent of those elicit moments that you want never to forget. Tonka bean, leather, bitter almond and vanilla-cream prevail.
Each candle has a burn time of 40 hours and every scent is replicated in the brand’s legendary Eau de Parfum range.
From £65. Available to buy here.
2. Andy Worhol’s Marilyn Monroe from Lego®.
Lego® is having a bit of a moment - rumour has it even David Beckham is a fan these days.
This year saw the culmination of a longstanding collaboration between the Danish toy-maker and the estate of Andy Warhol to enable you to recreate his iconic Marilyn Monroe portrait series using Lego® bricks alone.
It’s more than just Lego® building though; it’s a fully-immersive experience. As you build, you’re encouraged to listen to the included bespoke soundtrack and to lose yourself in a world of art and creativity as you hear unexpected details and audio stories linked to the set. Each work of art even comes with its own exclusive signature tile. You’ll need to purchase four sets if you’d like to recreate the whole series at home.
Side note: Lego® also offers a Beatles portrait set. The dream gift for the workaholic in your life if they’re a fan of the rock’n’rollers.
From £114.99. Available to buy here.
3. Therapy dough.
Remember playing with dough as a kid? Squishing, squeezing, and shaping it into anything your heart-and imagination-desired. This grown-up version makes a perfect stocking-filler and lets you relive that childhood fun, all the while providing adult benefits: stress relief and aromatherapy.
Dreamed up by a creative couple in Portland, Oregon, the colorful putty was inspired by the kind art therapists use to help patients manage depression, anxiety, and difficult emotions. By adding essential oils, the couple created a dough that helps you to slow down, focus, and calms the nervous system. Choose from lavender-, orange-, peppermint-, eucalyptus- and pine-infused putty.
From £11.34. Available to buy here.
4. LYMA Supplement Starter Kit.
Working too hard can wreak havoc with your circadian rhythm, your appearance, your immune system and your general mood. Counterintuitively, overworking can also have a detrimental impact on productivity.
LYMA’s powerful formula was created to help you find balance in today’s modern world. The ultimate formula contains no less than nine peer-reviewed patented ingredients, optimally dosed to work across areas of health from sleep, anxiety and beauty, to focus, performance and immunity. LYMA’s revolutionary formulation can help to bring the habitual hustler back into balance and restore them to a place of optimal health.
Most pertinent to those looking to gain an edge at work, LYMA contains Cognizin®, the world’s leading nootropic. Cognizin® has been formulated at a clinically-backed daily dose of 250mg in LYMA and has been demonstrated in peer-reviewed, randomised and double-blind studies to improve memory, mood, attention, focus and reaction speed in healthy adults when taken every day.
A LYMA Starter Kit arrives beautifully packaged and presented and includes a 30 or 90 day supply of the LYMA formula, our iconic copper storage vessel and a unique LYMA authenticity card, enabling your giftee access to LYMA Concierge as well as the ability to purchase refills.
From £149. Available to buy here.
5. Apple Watch Series 6.
“The future of health is on your wrist.” This is the, ahem, strapline for the latest iteration of the Apple Watch. And it may not be a million miles from the truth.
The Series 6 watch retains all the winning features present in previous versions of the game-changing wearable, including access to your iPhone, messaging apps, health tracking and your Apple Wallet. However, there are some vital differences that mark the Series 6 Apple Watch as superior to previous versions.
For starters wearers will now be able to measure their blood oxygen level with the help of a revolutionary sensor and app and will be able to take an accurate ECG anytime, anywhere. Apple have also introduced a brand new enhanced ‘Always-On’ retina display designed to allow wearers to view their fitness metrics at a glance.
An indispensable gift for the health-conscious workaholic who's always-on-the-go.
From £379. Available to buy here.
Keep an eye on the journal over the next few weeks for more great gift ideas across luxury living, beauty and lifestyle.