Christmas: Little luxuries for them - and for you




Whether you're looking for a special gift or to treat yourself, a luxury take on an everyday item is the way to go. Velvet finds five of the best

If you’re already a convert to the silk pillowcase - not only deliciously cool and comfortable to sleep on, it also keeps skin and hair smooth while you snooze - this is the gift to put on your Christmas wish-list.

New from This Is Silk, already known for its pillowcases, eye masks and hair wraps and bands, this wrap-around robe is just luscious. Made from the British brand’s signature thick and lustrous silk (it’s 22 momme weight, making it a far cry from flimsy High Street versions), it feels incredible on the skin, is remarkably cosy and is cut so beautifully, you could wear it out with heels.

Available in Gainsborough Blue, pictured, and Cream, £189.99, thisissilk.com

Billed as an “adventure among the stars. Where hearts are gold and the gifts are gleaming. And the celebrations are of the stellar kind”, Jo Malone London’s 2021 Christmas collection takes a celestial theme. From its focal limited edition cologne (fruity-yet-warming Starlit Mandarin & Honey) to the packaging (showered with starbursts), it’s a shimmering beauty.

Our pick of the collection is this cracker which - containing minis of three hero products: cologne, body creme and hand wash, in a choice of two fragrances - makes the perfect Christmas gift (£32).

See and shop the full festive collection at Jo Malone London, Rose Crescent, Cambridge and jomalone.co.uk

For a lover of shoes, boots and bags, there can be no greater excitement than a “blue box delivery”; for those not in the know, that’s a parcel from great British footwear and accessories brand Fairfax & Favor. Though it’s less than a decade old, the Norfolk company’s sword-and-crown logo is synonymous with both top quality and timeless style. Where better, then, to buy a pair of boots guaranteed to be your go-to from now right through to spring?

Though the Regina, with its iconic interchangeable zip tassels, is arguably Fairfax & Favor’s best-known knee-high, my favourite design from the tall boot range is the Belgravia, pictured. The super-soft stretch suede gives impeccable comfort and fit - they slide on with ease yet sit flatteringly snug on the calf - and the curved ‘almond’ toe and cuban heel make them seriously versatile: understated enough to be casual, elegant enough to be smart.

Belgravia knee-high suede stretch boot, available in Tan, Chocolate, Black and Navy, £345, fairfaxandfavor.com

Just when you think L’Occitane advent calendars can’t get lovelier - every year without fail, they are both beautifully presented and filled with fan-favourites - they bring out this showstopper.

The second iteration of the French beauty brand’s reusable calendar, it’s made from recycled cotton and comes with each of its 25 refillable pouches stocked with a hero product (Divine Cream, Overnight Reset Serum, Almond Supple Body Oil, Hand Therapy).

What makes it extra special, though, is the botanical artwork; a collaboration with UK illustrator Kitty McCall, it’s printed with the prettiest flowers, foliage, bees and butterflies. Worth £236 but retailing at £160, you get a lot of beauty bang for your bucks, too.

L’Occitane is at Rose Crescent, Cambridge and arc, Bury St Edmunds. See uk.loccitane.com

A highlight of the festive season has to be twixmas - those not-sure-what-day-it-is days between Christmas and New Year, which it’s socially acceptable to spend on the sofa watching pappy rom-coms and mainlining Quality Street. Ideally with a fire in the grate and a dog on the lap.

This hoodie and jogger set from British loungewear brand Flo & Sang, - launched by its eponymous founders to share their love of comfort and colour, plus a combined 40 years in the fashion business - is the perfect twixmas outfit. Made from a super-soft pre-washed cotton blend, it’s blissfully cosy and comfortable, while the clever cut and cool styling make it smart enough for impromptu visits to/from family and friends.

Charcoal Harry Hoodie, £70, and Eddie Easy Jogger, £45, floandsang.com


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