Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat and you want to find a unique gift that will really stand out this festive season. Have no fear, for help is at hand in the shape of our TRULY tastemakers. We’ve found all the most extraordinary gifts for every type of chap, so discover the finest luxury Christmas gifts for him at your leisure below.
For he who enjoys a tipple or two
5-Star Whisky Tasting is enjoyed with expert instruction from the Keeper of the Quaich, Cesar da Silva. He’s one of just 2,000 people in the entire world who hold this title, which is awarded to those held in distinction in the world of Scotch whisky. Both guests will enjoy three scotches hand-selected by Cesar as he explains their tasting notes and when they are best enjoyed.
For those who are more of a gin persuasion, gin and bitter tasting is conducted by the charming Saverio – one of London’s foremost authorities on the spirit. Guests will try three of Britain’s finest gins, matched with bitters, before mixing their own bespoke gin cocktail and indulging in delicious bar nibbles.
Saverio sums up his love affair with the spirit aptly: “I like that gin is traditionally English – everybody should have a bottle in their home, just as the Italians have olive oil, the Spanish have sherry, Scottish have their whisky and Americans have their tomato ketchup.”
For the outdoor chap
There are two potential gifts for cricket lovers this Christmas: one for the gentleman who fancies himself as the next Ian Botham – a batting or bowling lesson at the home of cricket, Lord’s, or one more suited to the armchair fan – a private and exclusive tour of the home of cricket.
Those with a keen eye for shooting can head to Bisley Shooting Ground for a round of clay pigeon shooting with expert tuition. If golf is more his bag, Moor Park is the perfect destination for a luxurious golfing day just a stone’s throw from London. Nestled in glorious woodland in Hertfordshire, he and his plus one (you might be lucky) can enjoy a round of golf on the mature course before lunch in the glorious clubhouse mansion. This comes complete with a bottle of fine Prosecco.
For the food lover
A Michelin star dining experience must be one of the few Christmas gifts that are almost guaranteed nobody would turn down. If you’re interested in a lunch experience, the classic option comes at two starred The Square – presided over by celebrity chef Phil Howard. Holding its place among Britain’s top ten restaurants pretty much ever since it opened its doors in 1991, the restaurant serves up British and French flavours at their finest.
For a full-blown tasting menu, you can’t go far wrong with the innovative cuisine served up at Hibiscus. Try Claude Bosi’s molecular eight-course menu, which is selected depending on the season’s freshest ingredients.
For the fashion conscious gentleman
Every man dreams of his very own pair of hand-crafted shoes, moulded on his feet to avoid all that ‘wearing in’ lark. This can be made a reality, thanks to the Savile Row maestros at Heron & Co.
For the well-groomed, there is no better destination than the world-renowned Gentlemen’s Tonic, set in the heart of Mayfair, which offers a traditional haircut and wet shave from their grooming experts.
Alternatively, he may enjoy creating his very own bespoke fragrance with the help of the chief perfumer at the Royal Warrant holding Floris of London.
For the speed seeker
An extraordinary driving break might be the ultimate luxury Christmas gift for him. The most classic of all English cars is the Morgan, which makes it the perfect vehicle by which to explore the glorious countryside of the south-east.
For the more adventurous, treat them to a trip by Porsche 911 Turbo through the heart of the Swiss Alps. This includes taking on the famous Klausen Pass, home of the famous vintage car race, plus a 5-star stay in Zurich.
Surely the ultimate Christmas gift for the green fingered is a trip to the UK’s home of botany, Kew Gardens. Enjoy a private guided tour of the gardens, before a trip for Michelin star dining at the nearby Glasshouse restaurant.
For tea lovers, who – let’s face it – are not shy in number in Britain, tutored tea tasting with one of the foremost tea authorities in the country makes for a unique Christmas gift.
Something close to home but lacking nothing in luxury is a village getaway to historic Lavenham. This includes a lavish stay, tasting menu dinner and admission to Lavenham’s famous Guild Hall.
Those after something further afield may be interested in an art based trip to Amsterdam, taking in all the finest van Gogh works among other cultural gems in the city.