x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

The hot list: Festive gifts wrapped up

Struggling for gift ideas this season? Fear not: we have 10 suggestions for perfect presents that will satisfy even the most discerning of recipients.

1. Diptyque Holiday Candle Collection. Courtesy of Bloomingdale's Home
1. Diptyque Holiday Candle Collection. Courtesy of Bloomingdale's Home

1 Special scents

When it comes to gifting, you can’t go wrong with a scented candle, particularly when it’s produced by the luxury French brand Diptyque. This limited-edition, jewel-toned festive collection was designed by French design duo Tsé & Tsé and is available from Bloomingdale’s Home.

• Diptyque Holiday Candle Collection, Dh159 for 70g and Dh299 for 190g, Bloomingdale’s Home, The Dubai Mall

2 Cherubic cushions

For an inexpensive but undeniably pretty present, we’d recommend this cherubic cushion from Zara Home.

• Cushion, Dh145, Zara Home stores nationwide

3 An Arabic offering

Present your loved ones with a true taste of the region with this Arabic flask, coffee pot and tray set. Even if they never get used, they’ll look stunning sitting on a side table.

• Flasks, Dh1,590 and tray, Dh495, Jashanmal stores nationwide

4 Take it as red

Make food preparation fun with these kitchen utensils by Casa Bugatti. The bright-red bottle opener, peeler and pizza slicer are sold individually, but would look best presented as a set.

• Gym kitchen tools, from Dh85, Jashanmal stores nationwide

5 A cut above

With its sturdy, solid-wood handle, this Claude Dozorme cheese knife, or “laguiole fromage”, is the ideal gift for fans of the finer things.

• Claude Dozorme cheese knife, Dh495, Jashanmal stores nationwide

6 Floral festivities

The Sofa Studio in Al Quoz is a great place to go for slightly unusual gifts, and offers everything from locally produced artwork to hand-woven rugs and ethnic-inspired accessories. We’ve got our eye on this simple, flower-emblazoned vase.

• Vase, Dh1,950, Sofa Studio, Al Quoz

7 Celebrity seating

The Marilyn Monroe-inspired Glamour chair from United Furniture will make a striking addition to any space. It’s one of those gifts that you’ll pretend you’re buying for your partner but are actually getting for yourself.

• Glamour chair, Dh5,270, United Furniture, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai and Al Qasimia Street, Sharjah

8 A tasty present

The Press Club: Modern Greek Cookery by George Calombaris, of MasterChef Australia fame, is the perfect gift for food-savvy friends.

• Dh150, Bloomingdale’s Home, The Dubai Mall

9 Mother of all gifts

Check out the new collection from Interior 360, which is brimming with Middle East-inspired finds, including this lacquered, hand-inlaid mother-of-pearl box.

• Mother-of-pearl box, Dh449, Interior 360, Al Quoz and Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall

10 A green Christmas

Possibly the tiniest greenhouse in the world, Grow is made of two handmade glass parts – the bottom holds the soil and plant while the top has a little spout for watering and letting air in.

• Dh189, D.Tales, Jumeirah Beach Road and DIFC, Dubai, Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi and ­www.design-tales.com


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