As the holiday season fast approaches, it’s the time of year we ponder that special something to gift that special someone. Dressing gowns, cashmere and scarves may well be tried-and-tested stocking stuffers, but can fail to excite. For those seeking something a little unexpected under the tree, we’ve hand-picked a few original pieces from our collection to add a bit of sparkle to your holiday, with thoughtful gifts that will stand the test of time.
Gifts for him
More often than not as December rolls around one of the biggest challenges facing many is knowing what to gift the hard to please ‘oh-I-don’t-need-anything’ man in your life. Sifting through the ever-growing stack of Christmas catalogues shoved through the letterbox, brimming with covetable and kitschy knick-knackery can bewilder more than inspire. We have come up with a couple of classic items that are sure to bring joy year-after-year.
Our first choice is a pair of pre-loved steel cufflinks by Chopard. Before consigning these to the predictable pile of socks and ties, these palladium-finish and black rubber cufflinks from the Chopard Mille Miglia collection are pure understated luxury with a contemporary twist. Designed with the classic car enthusiast in mind, Chopard’s Mille Miglia, or Thousand Mile collection of jewellery and watches incorporates the marque’s timeless design whilst paying homage to the vintage open-road, motorsport endurance race that took place annually in Italy from 1927-1957. Every year the event drew millions and made famous grand touring legends including Alfa Romeo, Maserati, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Polished steel circles with a palladium finish are inlaid with black rubber embossed to mimic the tread of a tyre. The innovative yet simple design ensures these are wardrobe staples that will go the distance and add value to your discerning man’s accessories collection.
For those topping Santa’s Nice list we have chosen the inimitable and colourfully festive pre-owned Rolex Submariner 'Kermit'. Rolex have a well-established reputation for playful monikers and the Kermit is no exception, lovingly naming one of the marque’s most popular watches after everyone’s favourite felt frog lends it not only a certain cache with collectors, but the eye-catching lunette verte and anniversary status have helped the Kermit’s value appreciate beyond expectations. The classic robust, iconic design of the Submariner coupled with a pop of emerald green exuding class, taste and affluence, Rolex’s trademark colour no less, makes this a special item for any watch enthusiast. In production for only seven years, at Xupes we hold a particular affinity for this rare, special edition Submariner that is sure to delight for years to come.
Gifts for her
Dare we whisper it, but we women are typically easier to shop for than the men in our lives, and with so much swoon-worthy swag to covet for Christmas we’re spoiled for choice. A good place to start is Xupes’ prolific edit of contemporary and classic Chanel handbags. Whilst we have (from time to time) come to use the term ‘investment piece’ loosely to justify budget-busting purchases, speaking of Chanel it is in fact the literal truth. Since 2010, the value of Chanel’s classic flap bag has increased over 70%, outpacing most other conventional and luxury asset classes. We like the pre-loved Chanel red patent 2.55 accordion flap bag. In gloriously glossy candy-apple red, the colour and slightly quirky shape makes this bag stand out, whilst still retaining the instantly recognizable 2.55 hardware with the iconic rectangular clasp and chain-metal strap in gold. With convenient content organising pockets, practical ‘Goldilocks’ size at 24cm x 16cm and a comfortable 50cm strap suitable on the shoulder or worn on-trend as a cross body bag, this piece ticks many boxes-- including wearability, suitability, versatility and lust-worthy luxury. Complete with dustbag, authenticity card and certified by Xupes’ as being in Excellent condition, this bag has it all for the Chanel lover you love.
Good things come in small packages and few know this better than Xupes’ jewellery experts. There’s more than enough to love from our pre-loved jewellery edit, and earrings are always a winner on Christmas morning. In keeping with the spirit of all that sparkles, we love these pre-loved Tanzanite and diamond star earrings set in 18k white gold. Currently only mined in an eight square mile area near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the gem’s namesake, tanzanite has amassed a dedicated fan base since being discovered and mined commercially in the1960’s. The stone’s mesmerizing violet-blue hue makes it the second most popular blue gemstone behind sapphire. Regal and sophisticated, this dazzling ear candy boasts 3.0-carat oval cut tanzanite gem centres surrounded by 32 round brilliant cut diamonds totalling just over 2.0 carats.
Find these gifts plus many, many more unique and original pre-loved luxurious items to put on your wish list at Xupes.com.