Read on for our edit of the greatest gifts from central London to add sparkle and inspiration to your seasonal shopping.
With St James’s boutiques bursting with expert advice and artisan producers, there’s nowhere better to help you discover the ultimate Christmas gifts. Whether you’re trying to spoil your in-laws, find the perfect gift for your partner or seeking out something for that family member who has everything, we’ve got something for you.
1. The Christmas Pantry Hamper from Fortnum & Mason
Bursting with all the wonder of the season, this £165 Fortnum & Mason hamper is inspired by the tastes of Boxing Day and is crammed full of festive treats, from tangy sauces, pickles and mustards to fresh cheese, ham and smoked salmon.
2. A 2024 diary from Aspinal of London
Help them stay organised during the year ahead with a handcrafted leather-bound 2024 diary from Aspinal of London. Made using the finest leather and available in numerous sizes and colours (with the option to personalise), it makes for a thoughtful gift, from £65.
3. A cashmere beanie from Emma Willis
Keep them cosy and warm this winter with a soft-as-snow beanie that’s been handcrafted in Scotland by the oldest family-run knitwear manufacturer known to be in existence. Take your pick from 12 understated colours that will match whatever ensemble they go with this winter. Available from Emma Willis for £120.
4. Perfumer’s Trilogy from Floris
Fill their festive season with fragrance and elevate the ambience with rich scents from Floris's collection. This £75 fragrance gift set features three of the perfumer’s top scents, with an alternative for men that will keep those compliments coming long into the new year.
5. Signature HydraFacial at Sofitel St James’s
Plan a pamper day at Sofitel St James’s spa and enjoy an award-winning invigorating facial from skincare experts HydraFacial for £120 per treatment. Scrub away the stress of the year and be ready to face 2024 with renewed spirit.
6. The Christmas Taster gift box from Whittard of Chelsea
Give them the gift of a comforting cuppa, crunchy biscuits and soothing hot chocolate this Christmas. Perfect for sending to those far away, this gift box provides the comforting taste of some of Whittard of Chelsea’s favourite festive picks – think cranberry and white chocolate biscuits, hazelnut Christmas coffee and a spiced Christmas tea. All for just £50.
7. The Drinks Cabinet truffles from Prestat
Ideal for cocktail and chocolate lovers, this delicious gift set brings together nine of Prestat’s cocktail-flavoured truffles, from white chocolate and gin, to white chocolate and whisky, in one delightful box for just 19.90. The heritage brand housed in Princes Arcade is also a wonderful place to seek out stocking fillers.
8. Subscription to Paxton & Whitfield’s Cheese Club
Cheese lovers will not be able to brie-lieve their luck at joining Paxton & Whitfield’s Cheese Club. They’ll receive a monthly delivery of hand-selected artisanal cheeses, alongside biscuits and guidance from experts for three, six, nine or 12 months, depending on the subscription (from £120). This is one present that will not have then cheesed off!
9. James Bond Destinations coffee table book from Maison Assouline
Let their travel wanderlust be stirred (but not shaken) with the gift of the newly released coffee table book focused on iconic settings for the James Bond films. Learn secrets from the scenes and flick through memorable moments captured in imagery - the perfect gift for film fanatics that’s available for £100.
10. Wool printed scarf from Boggi
Add some colour to their winter wardrobe with one of Boggi’s newly released scarfs. Take your pick from colourful floral patterns, or more understated houndstooth designs that they can easily mix and match for casual and formal occasions. Starting from £89.