Not that you need reminding, but PSA: it’s five weeks until Christmas. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ now fills every department store and supermarket across the country and tinsel has started to find its way into just about every load of washing (how?!). This cues the start of the gift giving season and we’d lie if we said it’s easy. In fact, the meticulous art of presents drives more people to insanity than looming end-of-year work deadlines. Nevertheless, passing on a masterfully wrapped box is incredibly satisfying, so what if we said we’d done the hard work for you?
Perhaps the hardest present to buy is for the luxury fiend. However, if you have the cash to splash this Christmas, the magic of a great gift will last for years to come. Whether it’s a stocking filler or an extravagant display, we’ve rounded up ICON’s picks on pieces to look to this season. And if you’d rather treat yourself, these will serve even better.
Time to get a watch
What speaks luxury, more than a watch? Opt for a classic piece that can be incorporated into any collection or with any look.
Tag Heuer Link Calibre 5 / $4,100 AUD SHOP NOW
Need any easy stocking filler? With a touch of class? No man can say they go without a little love for the skin and for a lightweight cream that’s all natural, we suggest Aesop. Head in-store or online for gift packs too.
Aesop Seeking Silence Facial Hydrator 60ml / $60 AUD SHOP NOW
THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
Nothing speaks of Australia more highly than a pair of R.M. William boots. A classic staple that will only look better with wear and age, these boots will take you everywhere and on any occasion. For something a little different, try the collaborative venture between R.M. Williams and Marc Newson for the Yard Boot 365.
R.M. Williams Yard Boot 365 / $445 AUD SHOP NOW
tHE STRONG, SILENT TYPE
For the style enthusiast, give the gift of a subtle statement. From Heart of Bone, the Melbourne-based studio looks to rewrite luxury jewellery in a provocative and fearless way. The result makes for edgy pieces, that are as delicate as they are bold.
Heart of Bone Men’s Love Signet Ring / $220 AUD SHOP NOW
DON’T SAY IT, SPRAY IT
Since its revival, the OG men’s fragrance, Sauvage from Dior has become a staple in the everyday kit. Drawing inspiration from the desert at twilight, Sauvage is fresh and spicy, holding notes of vanilla, pepper and bergamot for a complex yet refreshing scent.
Dior Sauvage Parfum 100ml / $198 AUD SHOP NOW
This is the gift for the man that truly has everything. Ushering in a new offering for men, Tiffany & Co has introduced a range of jewellery and homewares all adorned in ‘Tiffany’ blue. For the Poker player, comes a luxury set of chips complete with playing cards. If gaming isn’t his forte, the collection also offers premium barware.
Tiffany & Co Travel Poker Set / $4,650 AUD SHOP NOW
Christmas in Australia arrives with Summer, so why not treat him (or yourself) to a seasonal staple. This shape will suit almost anyone.
Saint Laurent Classic SL 28 Metal Sunglasses / $565 AUD SHOP NOW
TURN IT UP
What do you get when you combine luxury sound and luggage? The most stylish headphones out. Teaming up with RIMOWA, Bang & Olufsen have fused their celebrated H9i headphones with luggage inspired packaging for a limited-edition collab worth getting ’round.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i RIMOWA Headphones / $1,185 AUD SHOP NOW
Even with a modern era of smartphones and laptops, receiving a high-end pen makes the gift even more special. Fitting for an entrepreneur or self-confessed workaholic, this Montblanc pen will serve as a practical and just as stylish addition to the office.
Montblanc Meisterstück Platinum-Coated Classique Ballpoint Pen / $590 AUD SHOP NOW
A VERY, MERRY LITMAS
In recent years, Louis Vuitton has become known for its luxurious, rich array of fragrances for both men and women. Further engraining itself into the science, the fashion house has expanded on its range of candles. This year, Louis Vuitton has partnered with (RED). $60 USD from each candle sold will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Composed in Grasse by the Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, its generous fragrance trail blends a fresh peony with fruity accents of raspberry, instantly transforming the home into a haven of comfort.
Louis Vuitton Perfumed Candle (RED) / $340 AUD SHOP NOW