If you’re like us and love to procrastinate until the muse strikes, this guide is for you. Whatever you’re celebrating this time of year, the Winter Solstice (and Great Conjunction) today or Christmas later this week, or just fancy giving someone gratitude in material form, here’s a tmrw-curated collection of gifts that will brighten up anyone’s day (even in Tier 4).
Where else to start but the very thing we’re known for – tiptop curation of everything music-related. Whether it’s the newest rising stars you need to know or the latest tracks (of tomorrow) to stream, or even what merch to give to the stans in your life, we’ve got you covered.
Teaming up with one of the UK’s finest rappers this season is innovative online store YOOX. Stefflon Don has created two exclusive styles for the international site, so that her seriously gift-able merch is available in 100 countries with this conscious and prestigious shop.
If anything is going to be needed this winter, it’s things to cheer you up. And what better way than to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step than some tunes in your ear. Bang & Olufsen’s new BeoPlay H95 headphones will do just that, in a sleek, wireless silver design with 38 hours of playback and active noise cancellation to boot.
A candle inspired by one of our favourite Spacey Kacey tracks? Yes pls. A matching hand-lacquered ombre lighter made in Japan? Double yes pls. This ‘Slow Burn’ bundle is the perfect present for those country-lovin’ fans in your life or anyone who appreciates a good bit of craftmanship. The Boy Smells candle collaboration features notes of incense, black pepper, as well as a bit of raspberry, amber, smoked papyrus and more, it’s a scent as dreamy as the woman behind it. And the lighter? Let’s just say it’s probably the prettiest damn lighter you’ll ever see. Handmade by boutique Japanese designer Tsubota Pearl, it features a pun on the song’s lyrics emblazoned on the base: ‘BURN IN A HURRY’. Beaut.
Next up has got to be the thing that everyone loves tearing the paper off to reveal: a lil bit of beauty. Whether it’s that fragrance you’ve been eyeing up, a skincare product you didn’t really feel like investing in, or a piece of makeup to inspire a bit of creativity, here’s some picks to spark your imagination.
NARS award-winning Audacious Lipsticks have been given the VIP treatment for this season, and the result is adorable. Detailed with limited-edition gold packaging worthy of a spot on (or under) your tree, there are five bestselling shades to suit everyone: tan rose Barbara, rose Anita, red currant Audrey, mahogany Mona, and scarlet Rita. Ours has got to be Audrey, a delightful deep red that will put you in the holiday spirit.
Maybe not one to give your nan, unless she went to Woodstock, this hippie-inspired fragrance features top notes of cannabis accord, violet leaf and patchouli, mid notes of palmarosa and thyme, and base notes of white musk and dry wood. A scent for the counterculture, this 19-69 eau de parfum will get you donning your flares and deep-v’s in no time.
A vibrant homage to the musician Yves Tumor, Byredo’s five colour eyeshadow in Sciomancer helps you create art on your face. Deep and dramatic, the shades have an iridescent glittery finish to brighten: “Ginger Hussy: iridescent metallic orange; Electric Love: metallic electric purple; Blue Marionette: vibrant sparkling blue; Karma: metallic deep green; Silver Gutter: top coat, black and silver glitter”. Housed in an equally pretty case, inspired by “the glamourous cosmetic cases of the past, now made for the future”, this palette is the perfect gift.
London-based designer Charlotte Olympia brings her Hollywood glam aesthetic to PUMA for a second collaboration, this time inspired by female circus performers. With a mesh and nylon upper formed with a chunky, wavey base these will make you feel like you’re walking on air. In burgundy and rose colourways touched up with golden details, these are a pair of sneakers made to turn some heads.
Got to keep those toes toasty over the next few months, and Dr. Martens are here to keep it stylish. These fur-lined 1460 Kolbert boots are snug and chic, with the original 8-eye silhouette, with a fold-down option, exposing the luxurious lining. Made with Snowplow, a grit-and-salt-resistant, water-resistant, and easy-to-clean version of the classic Crazy horse leather, these will get you through even the rainiest of winter days.
If you’re going to wear slides with socks, they sure better be Italian-made. These Hugo Boss bright yellow ones are emblazoned with a sharp contrast logo, and are bound to brighten up the darkest of days. Designed with a contoured footbed for maximum comfort, what’s not to love?
No matter your winter holiday traditions and celebrations, sometimes you just need that little extra cherry-on-top-present. They might seem a little random, but they’ll bring that extra something to a gift to sparkle up the next few weeks.
If there’s one little thing we could all use this holiday, it’s another mask. The Supreme Face Cover Special Edition is a collaboration between ISKO Vital and cult fashion brand Ottolinger, and it’s a print sure to spice up your mask-wardrobe a bit. Featuring a bold, flowery print inspired by “the emotional connection between humans, nature and the happiness of a reawakening in the coming spring”. We feel that.
An exclusive collab between London Sock Company and Missing People, a charity that offers a lifeline to anyone affected by a disappearance, these pops of pink will make a difference in your and others’ lives. Presented in a cute little gift bag, this is a worthy and adorable gift. All profits from these socks go directly to the charity.
Fancy a taste of summer? Yeah, us too. The Duppy Share have launched a unique blend of 2-year Aged rums from Jamaica and Barbados spiced with vibrant pineapple, kola nut and island spices. It’s no wonder The Duppy Share is an award-winner, both complex and balanced, this rum is a must-try.