Your guide to ‘golden week’ gifts to impress any bon vivant
From sunglasses to candle holders, from perfumes to a platinum watch, these seven luxury items are sure to please those who like the good things in life
If you want to celebrate “golden week” by handing out some tasteful and elegant gifts, this list may give you some inspiration.
Henry Cuir Love leather card holders
Small leather goods make excellent gifts. They don’t cost the earth and look and feel expensive. Steer clear of the more perfunctory offerings from the larger fashion brands and check out Henry Cuir’s offerings that come in a number of great colours.
HK$2,895 each. Available from Henry Cuir, Lee Gardens One, Causeway Bay.
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC unisex sunglasses
Having revived Dior, designer Raf Simons is working his magic for Calvin Klein, and although he’s known for minimalism, he’s also a dab hand at sumptuousness, as his latest sunglasses collection.
HK$4,100. Available from Berlin Optical, IFC Mall, Central.
Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection
The idea of a his & hers anything is not for everyone. It can be cute, but more often than not, it’s a terrible idea. Some paired products are just fine, such as Penhaligon’s Portraits fragrance collection that pairs old and very English scents for women (Countess Dorothea) and men (Monsieur Beauregard). They work great alone and better together.
HK$2,300 each (75ml). Available from IFC Mall, Central.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Collection Excellence Platine
There’s probably no more indulgent a gift than a mechanical watch, after all it’s less accurate than your mobile phone and it’s never going to count the number of steps you’ve taken. However, there’s little to top the grace and beauty of the mechanical art found in watches such as this one.
Limited to 150 pieces, this 42mm platinum dress watch is not cheap by any means, but remember, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
HK$305,500. Available at IFC Mall, Central.
Dunhill Duke Audley tote bag
Make a statement with the Audley tote from the Dunhill Duke collection. Oozing style and sophistication, it is worth every penny of its price tag. Best of all, it works just as well in casual settings as it does formal ones, so you could say it’s two bags in one (if you need to justify it).
HK$33,500. Available from Dunhill, Pacific Place, Admiralty.
Tom Dixon Tank whisky set
Anyone stuck for gift ideas would do well to visit the Tom Dixon store on Hollywood Road with its wide range of items to suit all tastes (but not all wallets). The new Tank whisky decanter and accompanying tumblers is a must for people who love Scotch.
HK$1,300. Available from Tom Dixon, 52 Hollywood Road, Central.
Cartier candle holders
Not too long ago the idea of spending HK$500 on a scented candle would have been preposterous. But the explosion in popularity of the likes of Dyptyque and Jo Malone means we’ve moved to the next stage: candle accessories.
Cartier is on hand for the well-to-do candle fanatic with its beautiful line of laser-cut steel candle holders with a wooden base. The price may seem high, but each comes with a scented candle.
HK$5,100. Available at the Cartier boutique, Landmark Prince’s, Central.