Ten Ways to Have a Special Christmas
Posted on December 19 2018
With Christmas around the corner, shopping seems to have become a national past time. It’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by the thousands of attempts to grab your attention, but when you want a touch of luxury at Christmas, it’s time to be selective.
The key to enjoying the very best is knowing where to shop. The big stores and the global brands work hard each year to outperform each other, but when you choose wisely, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. With the huge rise in online shopping over the past five years, most Christmas treats can be arranged online without leaving the comfort of your home.
Wrap yourself in luxurious loungewear, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and make your special Christmas happen. We’ve picked our top ten favourite treats that we think will make you feel fabulous during this festive season.
The best advent calendars
They’re not just for kids anymore. Beauty brands are getting very good at keeping the grown-ups happy too. Demand for beauty advent calendars has gone orbital in the past five years, with sell-outs and waiting lists when demands outstrips supply. L’Occitane, Diptyque and Molton Brown all have advent calendars that are getting snapped up by fans.
Scent your surroundings
Scenting your home seems to be more popular in cold weather than in summer when you should be at the beach or outside enjoying yourself! With a vast array to choose from, it’s hard to know which reed diffusers, candles, wax melts or oil burners will give you the fragrant surroundings you want.
Unsurprisingly, gourmand fragrances are especially popular during the festive season. Try brands such as Parks of London with their delicious gingerbread candle, or check out Fortnum and Mason for their stunning homeware collection, including Diptyque, Kenneth Cole and the stunning aesthetics of the Fortnum’s in-house range. Jo Malone MBE, formerly of Jo Malone perfumery, has a new capsule perfume house that also includes stunning Christmas candles. You can find her shop online or tucked away in London’s Mayfair.
Wrap up warm for a White Christmas
Every year, we keep guessing. Will we? Won’t we? Will we ever have a White Christmas? Northern hemisphere winters are notoriously cold and we have to dress to beat the chill. In the frosty winter weather, it’s always good to feel cosseted and that’s where the very best fabrics and textiles come in. Try a classic and unmistakable Chanel coat with its boucle texture and oversize buttons. Or how about the thick and fluffy fabrics used in the Balenciaga collection. Or the classic wool camel coat from Dolce Gabbana, brought up to date with sequinned flowers?
Christmas isn’t Christmas without the involvement of chocolate somewhere among the proceedings. From organic brands such as Green & Black’s to global luxury brand Godiva, chocolate makes an ideal gift for the person who has everything. Hotel du Chocolat enjoys its busiest time of year at Christmas and its Chocolate hampers are especially popular as gifts for others, if you can bear to part with them, that is. Speaking of hampers…
The best hampers in the world
Arguably, the most well-known hampers in the world are those from Harrods’ Food Hall or Fortnum and Mason in the UK. Containing gourmet treats such as the classic Christmas pudding, sommelier picked wines, luxury conserves and handmade chocolates, this is the kind of gift that could make you stay indoors, wherever you live. (Did you know Harrods can send their hampers overseas?)
Sending your very best
At Christmas, we want to reach out to those we care about and what better way than to order the very best Christmas cards? The stationery firm Prantl of Munich was established in 1797 and has been going strong ever since. Using the highest quality paper, Prantl Christmas cards are a delight to send and receive. Over in London, Smythson is another traditional firm that creates exquisite and distinctive Christmas greetings in luxurious tissue lined envelopes.
A trip to the ballet
For many people, visiting the ballet at Christmas has become a highlight of their festive calendar. Nowhere does spectacle rise to meet beauty in such an enthralling way. The Russians have the world-famous Kirov Ballet, New Yorkers have the New York City Ballet, and here in Britain, where Bustoire is based, we have the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in London.
Skate in a Winter Wonderland.
Ice rinks are a staple in many large towns at Christmas, and nowhere does it with more spectacular style than the most celebrated cities of the world. In New York they have the Rockefeller Center with its statuesque Christmas tree. In Paris you can skate next to the Eiffel Tower at The Trocadero, or even ON the Eiffel Tower, and here in London, we have the beautiful surroundings of Somerset House and its annual Winter Wonderland ice rink. Wrap up warm!
Planning an escape?
If you don’t want to do Christmas yourself, there are many luxury hotels around the world that would be happy to have you as their guest over Christmas. In London we have the stunning, traditional Dorchester with its sumptuous Christmas décor. In New York, try JFK’s old favourite The Carlyle. Or how about the splendour of The Plaza and its unforgettable ballroom? In Paris, you can book into The Ritz or the George V , and in Venice, where else but the Gritti Palace?
If you want warmer climes, remember it’s summer Down Under and pretty warm in Maui and Bali too.
Curl up with a Christmas movie
By now you should have a beautifully scented room, the most delectable chocolates, and be wrapped in your favourite cashmere. What could be cosier than curling up with a favourite Christmas film? Despite the plethora of modern Christmas movies, it’s the old ones that have the warm nostalgia we seek at this time of year. All you have to do now is choose. Will it be Bing Crosby in White Christmas? Or James Stewart and Donna Reid melting hearts in “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
Over to you
What’s your favourite Christmas luxury? Do you like to stay home or let a five-star hotel do all the work? Do let us know. We always love to hear from you.