IN today's mania for ever-changing fashion and high-profile consumerism, there are times when people demand a style that possesses stability and enduring quality. The luxury goods group Alfred Dunhill sets out to fill that need with international retail outlets offering a range of elegantly crafted gifts renowned for their quintessential English classiness and durability. Ever since the company was formed 100 years ago as a purveyor of top-line accessories to the early motorist, it has aimed at encapsulating timeless appeal in all its products. This Christmas is no exception. In keeping with its traditional masculine feel, the 1993 Gift Collection features an array of accessories for smokers, and enhances it with some things for the women. For cigar aficionados, there is a handmade humidor featuring gold-plated hinges and a mahogany lining, guaranteed to keep favourite cigars in perfect condition. The buyer of this handsome device, which comes in two sizes - one for 50 and the other for 100 cigars - can choose among three exquisite marquetry inlaid finishes: the delightfully evocative Thuya, Maccasser or walnut woods. As an extra, Alfred Dunhill offers the discerning smoker precision-engineered, guillotined-bladed sterling silver, 18-carat gold, stainless steel and silver-or gold-plated cigar cutters. There are also black box cigar cases to fit two, three, four or five premium cigars. To fill these new cases, the company has produced an exclusive Dunhill Aged cigar to celebrate its centenary. It is called ''Centenas'' and is a Belicosos-sized cigar. The cigar bears an exclusive centenary band and each box of five is individually numbered with a Master Blender's serial number as a guarantee of its superior quality. For those who prefer a pipe, the Alfred Dunhill Christmas Pipe is now in its 12th limited edition. This year, the sought-after collector's piece will feature a partridge in a pear tree on its sterling silver band alongside the Alfred Dunhill silver hallmark. The pipe comes with a matching sterling silver tamper (for pressing down the tobacco in the bowl) also depicting a partridge in a pear tree. The pair is presented in a leather-style book case and unique certificate, guaranteeing that it is one of only 500. Alfred Dunhill will produce limited edition Christmas Pipes for the next 12 years, each depicting different scenes from the song, The 12 Days of Christmas. These lighters are made of solid sterling silver and faithfully reproduce the traditional and highly skilled art of coloured enamel in tasteful blue, green or burgundy. Each possesses a discreet panel for personal engraving and is complemented by striking sterling silver cigarette cases reminiscent of the Art Deco period, with matching enamel panels. Also available, along the same theme, is a range of jewellery for men. There is the traditional ''Popper'' cuff links, and cuff links with chain links or toggle findings. Matching the enamel design, there are also tie bars and money clips. No well dressed man about town is properly equipped unless he is properly groomed. Always a popular Christmas gift is Alfred Dunhill's fragrance, Dunhill Edition - a distinctive blend of mountain herbs and exotic spices. This comes with a range of grooming products for the face, hair and body - all or any of which can be packaged in a special gift box. Finally, for women, there is a selection of exquisite handbags crafted from the finest smooth calf skin in the Signature collection. New colours in the clutch bag now include cream, tan and navy. Additional elegance is afforded by the presence of stylish curves and gold-plated clasps. Included in the price is a matching leather-encased vanity mirror. In the same range are the boxcalf coin purse, and purse with note compartment, which feature the same buckle design and colours as the handbags. Another ideal festive gift for women is the colourful and uniquely designed Alfred Dunhill silk scarf collection. They include seasonal red border designs.