Indulgent Christmas-gift ideas

2010-12-17 14:52

The Christmas tree is not the only thing that deserves to be decked out in baubles and bling. If you’re willing to pay the price, you can have any number of glamorous and exclusive gifts this festive season.

Any woman would love to be decorated in beautiful jewellery, and this Christmas you can give her a 10 carat diamond tennis bracelet from Shimansky (R129 950) or a Tourmaline white gold and diamond necklace and ring pair from Jenna Clifford (price on request) to create some sparkle.

If you’re looking for a less expensive option, try the Thomas Sabo Blvgari necklace (R1 800) from Bella Luna in Hyde Park, or a solid silver Designer Rose Blossom Pendant and chain (R750) from Jenna Clifford.

To be covered in bling from head to toe, add a pair of Jimmy Choo high heels. Gaylene van Rooyen, manager of Jimmy Choo in the V&A Waterfront, recommends the Lance range (approximately R7 500).

These metallic four-and-a-half inch evening sandals, worn by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Jada Pinkett Smith, are the perfect accessory for any Christmas party.

To accentuate those Christmas party dresses, why not spoil her with a set of underwear from French brand Lise Charmel (bras from R3 000, briefs from R1 500), or a chiffon and lace short nightdress by Italian Feomina (R4 000), both available at The French Shop, to slip into afterwards?

For those who prefer to throw parties, try a gifts for the home. Le Creuset offers a range of cast iron ovenware in various colours to match your kitchen.

The buffet casserole dish retails at R1 798, and the round casserole, available in flame, cherry, black and satin, cobalt and Caribbean blue, are priced between R3 000 and R4 000.

Spillhaus offers a range of Alessi stainless steel products for under the Christmas tree. According to operations manager Dirk Muller, nothing says Merry Christmas like the Alessi kettle (R3 500): “If a husband buys that for his wife, every time she makes tea, she’ll get pleasure from it.

“Likewise, if she gives him crystal whiskey tumblers, every time he pours himself a whiskey he will get pleasure from those.”

A variety of crystal tumblers can be found at Spillhaus, ranging from R65 to R500.

There’s no reason not to spoil the man in your life too. Pringle offers a fully imported suit (price on request), which can be paired with their cufflinks (R349), silk ties (R400) and leather shoes (R1 150).

There are also plenty of gadgets for him, such as the Esenia speakers and docking station (R3 499), or noise cancelling headphones designed by Dr Dre and Lady Gaga (R3 799) available at Apple iStores.

While you’re at the iStore, you may want to gift the man in your life with a new slim and sexy Macbook Air (R14 999), “the most mobile Mac in every way, shape, and form,” according to the makers.

If none of these are quite enough, you can always get him the Masarati GranCabrio (starting at R1.6 million). This open top four-seater allows him to take the whole family out, or to simply complement your gorgeous dress with his new sleek car.

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