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Elite Traveler’s round-up of the luxury gifts at the top of every woman’s Christmas list this year.
By Kim Ayling | November 10 2020
Whether you’re shopping for your partner, sister, mother, best friend or daughter, treat the women in your life to something special. Elite Traveler’s 2020 luxury For Her gift guide features the very best in indulgent presents, from cult beauty products and high-end jewelry, through to bespoke fragrance and extravagant loungewear. Promising happy faces this holiday season, our handpicked round up of the best luxury Christmas gifts for her is all the shopping inspiration you need to make her year.
La Mer’s cult moisturizing cream is hailed by skincare gurus around the world for its transformative powers. What sets Crème de la Mer above other moisturizers (and warrants the hefty price tag) is it’s trademark Miracle Broth formula that includes sea kelp, citrus oil and eucalyptus, all of which are subject to a unique fermentation process. The results are unrivaled, promising to smooth dry skin and minimize the appearance of lines; no woman’s beauty cabinet is complete without a pot of this coveted cream.
$520 for 3.4oz, cremedelamer.com
In a year punctuated by Zoom parties and staying home, has there ever been a more appropriate gift than party pajamas? Our favorites come from Sleeper, whose silk, feather-trimmed pajama sets have found their way into the wardrobes of the world’s most stylish women. Although available in a huge array of colors, we suggest the black for a guaranteed chic look, whether worn with slippers or stilettos – so chic in fact, that we won’t tell if you have to buy a pair for yourself, too.
What do you buy the woman who has everything? Something to put it in, of course. With a padded cashmere design and a chunky gold chain shoulder strap, Bottega Veneta’s delicious chocolate-toned Chain Cassette bag is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of even the most difficult to buy for. More practical than Bottega’s slouchy clutches, but less clunky than the oversized totes, the Chain Cassette will make the perfect everyday bag.
Make her year with this show-stopping Jessie Thomas Jewellery necklace. The oversized baroque pearl is undoubtedly the star of the show, but the 18-karat gold chain and finishing touch of five diamonds are equally as brilliant. Every piece by Jessie Thomas is lovingly hand-crafted in her London studio, promising a personal touch. As well as being strikingly beautiful, Jessie Thomas Jewellery is sustainable and ethical, with a commitment to using recycled gold and responsibly sourced stones, guaranteeing guilt-free gifting.
We know this party season won’t be as extravagant as usual, but this doesn’t mean the party shoes shouldn’t be. As the darling of the fashion world, Jimmy Choo has become synonymous with embellished heels, made to grace the most exclusive of festive parties. This year, opt for the Bing 100 suede mules in dark blush, which are the ideal mix of sophistication and lavish glamor, promising to be a winning Christmas gift – even if they can only be worn around the house for now.
British designer Theo Fennell has become known across the world for his bespoke silverware and conversation-starting jewelry. Although all of his pieces are spectacular, for our For Her gift guide, we’ve narrowed it down to one of his specialty opening rings. The Opal Bella Donna Opening Ring features a dazzling Ethiopian opal and remarkably intricate floral engravings. The ring is finished with immaculate diamonds and sapphires, coming together to create a one-of-a-kind statement piece. Looking for a more personal gift? Almost every piece in Theo Fennell’s collection can be customized, with full bespoke options also available.
From $45,675, theofennell.com
Perfume is a firm favorite when it comes to Christmas gift giving – this year, our For Her gift guide ups the ante with a bespoke fragrance design by London-based perfumery, Floris. As the wizards behind William and Kate’s wedding scent and the oldest family perfume house in the world, you can trust you’ll be in good hands. Floris’s bespoke perfume design gift will take the recipient on a six-month journey, in which they will work with a master perfumer to create a completely individual fragrance reflecting their own unique personality.
Taking inspiration from classical architecture and fine art, New York-based jewelry designer Moritz Glik produces sculptural pieces that are completely one of a kind. Although all of his jewelry is remarkably special, his signature Kaleidoscope Shaker designs are a particular favorite. The Unido Curb Chain Bracelet features a cluster of 0.65ct emeralds enclosed within a white sapphire casing, with an 18-karat gold chain. Whether worn alone or stacked with other Moritz Glik bracelets, this piece promises to make a statement.
Liberty London has been designing its iconic fabrics for over 80 years, with the brand becoming synonymous with English luxury. The Poppy and Daisy Cotton Robe is crafted from Tana, an exclusive silk-like cotton that Liberty has been crafting for many years and showcases some of the brands most famous floral patterns. Designed in the London studio, and printed at the Liberty Mill in Italy, this is the perfect gift for the woman who wants to remain stylish even when lounging at home.
Inspired by the ocean’s rock and coral formations, Annoushka’s Hidden Reef jewelry collection honors the earth’s precious underwater environment, with 10% of each sale going to the No More Plastic, a non-profit ocean conservation foundation. Within this collection, the Gold, Diamond and Pearl Net Earrings are particularly beautiful, with a lattice gold and diamond net encasing two lustrous golden pearls. Each of the pearls are sourced directly from a single artisanal farm in the Philippines.
Make working out stylish with a Louis Vuitton yoga mat. Featuring the brand’s iconic monogram across the mat’s entirety, as well as convenient canvas carrying strap and cardholder, the Louis Vuitton yoga mat is guaranteed to make a statement at her next fitness class. Of course, getting fit is about more than just aesthetic: the soft-touch finish and non-slip finish ensures that the mat is as practical as it is fashionable.
£2,390, available online from 11/13 2020, louisvuitton.com
As featured in Elite Traveler’s expert Top Watches guide, OMEGA’s new De Ville Co-Axial Tourbillon Master Chronometer is one of the best watches of 2020. Handcrafted by specialist horologists at OMEGA’s Atelier Tourbillon in Switzerland, this watch is the brand’s first ever manual winding central tourbillon to be Master Chronometer certified. With a sapphire crystal caseback and a polished 18K Sedna™ gold bezel, this is one of the most beautiful timepieces on the market, and promises to deliver flawless precision.
Renowned for its timeless designs, Chanel is consistently regarded as the leading luxury fashion house and is undoubtedly a wardrobe staple. This year, elevate her bag collection with the embellished velvet clutch bag, featuring the iconic Chanel logo and classic chain shoulder strap, as seen at the 2020-2021 Fall/Winter show. Lavish enough to adorn a party outfit, yet understated enough to wear day-to-day, this is undoubtedly the bag for the coming winter season – it’s certainly at the top of our Christmas wish list.
Considered Hollywood’s leading hair specialist, if anyone knows a thing or two about luxury haircare, it is Philip B. With a number of celebrated ingredients including pea peptides and argan oil, the revolutionary Russian Amber Imperial Gold Masque promises to restructure, regenerate and revive the hair, as well as reinstate the bounce lost through heat damage and chemical processing. The result is shiny, healthy, happy hair that will make the impressive price tag worth it.
No luxury For Her gift guide is complete with indulgent bath products. This year, our top pick is Susanne Kaufmann’s Oil Bath for the Senses, which with its inviting range of aromas is the perfect pampering treat for tired bodies and minds after a long day. Ylang-ylang and patchouli oils work to deeply moisturize, while the presence of lavender aims to promote calmness and wellness. As one of the most luxurious bath oils on the market, Oil Bath for the Senses will make the ultimate stocking filler for her.
Driven by a passion for art and design, David Yurman jewelry is guaranteed to make a statement at any holiday event, be it a dainty stud earring or a jaw-dropping amulet. Born from David and his wife Sybil’s experiences of watching fireworks illuminate the Parisian sky, the Starburst collection is a glittering celebration – our top pick is the Starburst Cluster necklace, featuring a dazzling constellation of diamonds set in 18-karat gold.