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G I F T I N G
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THE GIFT OF TRAVEL
In acknowledgment of the rising stock of the “experience over substance” argument, airliners Virgin Atlantic have this Christmas launched a new service that allows people to contribute towards a Holiday as a gift.
You can all chip in towards a flight to his dream destination.
Entitled “Where I want for Christmas”, you simply choose a destination, create a profile then get friends and family to chip in towards your flight. You might not get your whole holiday covered, but it’s still better than another pair of socks right?
These days it’s hard finding the optimum headphone for your requirements, with the options specs and variations as vast as the snowfall in Lapland. That said, this latest compact option from Bang & Olufsen’s portable audio brand Beoplay certain ticks a lot of boxes.
The BeopPlay E8 combines the B&O signature sound quality with hi-tech touch controls and an extraordinarily diminutive size. It even has a charging case so you can top up on the go. Outstanding.
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In the activity congested schedule that is modern life, little luxuries are starting to take greater precedence in their contribution to our well-being. Take candles for instance; simply opening the door to be greeted by the relaxing aroma of your favoured scent, has a value far beyond that you could rationally quantify.
Urban Apothecary is renowned for making 100% soy wax candles by the most skilled artisans in England.
With a burning time of 60hours (!?) this Fig Candle by Urban Apothecary is fragranced by fig leaves with essence of floral violet and the scented impressions of milky coconut with base notes of cedar wood and cinnamon. I’m feeling more relaxed already.
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A PRIVILEGE CARD
The Cool Card is an exclusive, members-only privilege card that unlocks a secret world of benefits from luxury brands. By simply showing a Cool Card when out shopping, you can be treated to unique VIP offers, saving thousands of pounds each year. You can even access these privileges from the comfort of home as they have partnered with some of the best online fashion retailers in the world.
Alas, this is not for everyone; you will have to apply for a Cool Card membership, and not everyone is accepted. The applications are reviewed by their Membership Committee who have the final say. Get Cool Card membership for yourself and use it to save money on the gifts you buy (and also periodically treat yourself) – that way everyone wins. Sounds like a pretty good plan eh?
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As with most sectors, travel style has evolved and to reflect this TUMI have produced a range of modern-yet-professional colourways of their most popular travel technology.
At TUMI, products are put through a combination of 30 unique tests, before they are deemed fit for market.
Their new camo blue range would make a perfect companion to any navy suit wearer (i.e. every professional) while also showing a bit of personality.
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It’s a rare find this NOMOS TANGENTE NEOMATIK 39 SILVERCUT. It perfectly combines futuristic modern, minimal design without forgoing the classic elegance and automatic function of a bespoke timepiece.
This ultra-thin automatic has a diameter of just under 39 millimetres
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A MENTAL BREAK
In an era where you don’t have time to adjust your lifestyle to play games, it’s time your console adjusts to fit around your lifestyle – that time has come. The Nintendo SWITCH allows you quickly transition from TV to portable, with its clever docking system, and even allows you to play with others using it’s clever multi-functional “Joycons”.
They say smokers are the most productive as they take more regular breaks, so maybe with the flexible gameplay of the SWITCH in your life you can be even more productive…? Maybe.
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There is a plethora of things you can have on your wall, so why not surround yourself with something that that actually means something. Yes, pictures of family and friends will always have pride and place (for most) but now GrafoMap have given a new, stunning way to legitimately embellish your home.
You can create a bespoke map of any location you want, chose the scale, colour and even design. And yes, it’s another way to show off just how travelled you are.
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For those new to the BAMFORD brand, rest assured you money is in safe hands. With quality at the forefront of any direction that the brand ensues, the only question you need to ask is, “What will BAMFORD do next?”.
Emphasis on personalisation is paramount, with our customers’ requests forming the bedrock of our business
~ George Bamford
From the Bamford Grooming Range, to personalised wallets and even a premium Allen key set, you’re truly spoilt for choice.
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This Christmas Porsche Design have truly lived up to their billing as the ultimate Sportluxe brand with a set of carbon fibre bags that are both elegant and virtually impregnable.
The idiosyncrasies that characterise Porsche Design can be traced back to its founder Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
Featuring real carbon material with extreme durability, accented with black nappa leather and a galvanised gunmetal finish, the modern bags in the carbon series make for a sleek complement.
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It’s quite difficult for men in this modern era to find ways to embellish their “clean” look without coming across as trying too hard, or ostentatious, and even perhaps crass. Having said that, jewellery can be a way of adding personality and this sterling silver bracelet from Very Good Lord shows exactly why.
“For me jewellery is more than just an accessory; it is a precious object that deserves special attention.”
~ Arnaud Chanteloup
Made in Paris and from 925 Sterling Silver, the VGL bracelet is 5 mm wide and 2 mm thick, making it both inoffensive on the eye and graceful on the wrist. Its flat, wide design speaks modernity but with a grace from times past; truly modern & elegant.
We all have a friend that “Can’t find their…” (fill in as appropriate). This Christmas, give the gift of peace with a TrackR pixel; a diminutive tracking device which uses Bluetooth Low Energy to track location.
They can use the TrackR smartphone app to ring their missing item or get a reminder to grab it before leaving it. It also works in reverse! If they have lost their phone, they can press the pixel’s button and it will ring it. The future is now.