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Xupes’ Guide to the perfect Christmas gift for him, for her, for you.

How much do you love me?

There’s always that tricky question of how much you should spend on your Christmas present to a significant other. Spend too little (or choose something too practical) and you sow a seed of doubt in their mind. Spend too much, and you risk being accused of profligacy when there are school fees to pay in January.

Fear not! For we have compiled a list of beautiful, pre-loved Christmas gifts for every budget that runs from the extravagant to the (near) essential; from sparkles to splendour. All available now for direct delivery to that present-sized space under a loved-one’s tree. 

If you’re of a very generous disposition, and really want to make an impression on someone, any one of the watches, bags or pieces of jewellery here would make an absolutely blinding ‘Secret Santa’ gift. You run the risk of getting socks in return of course, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s you that’s keeping the Christmas spirit alive. 

Dazzling stones, warm gold, shimmering silver, the softest of leathers and exquisite craftsmanship; they all come truly alive when given as a gift. So come with us and discover Xupes at Christmas, where lovingly pre-owned, beautifully-cared-for items are ready to be loved again. 

Splurge

We love it when he or she delightedly says ‘Darling, you really shouldn’t have.*’ (Note: You do know they don’t mean it, right? You absolutely should have.) So, if you are going to do it right, make it something that will really delight, with these unashamedly extravagant gift ideas.  

 Hermès Black Shiny Mississippiensis Alligator Leather Vintage Kelly 

The classic Kelly Bag in perhaps its the most uncompromising and dramatic form you’ll ever see; blacker, bolder, and just stand-out brilliant. 

Hermès Rouge Garance Epsom Leather Birkin 40cm

If you’re spending a lot of time on the road, the Garance takes you everywhere in first class. With plenty of room for all your travel essentials, and in a colour that ‘pops’ without shouting. Hard to find. 

Marron Fonce Shiny Caiman Crocodile Leather Vintage Constance 24

Finished with a special tanning process that creates subtle shades on the leather, this wonderful Hermès creation will look this good for a lifetime, or even longer.

Chanel Black Shiny Alligator Jumbo Classic Double Flap

OMG. The Big One, here in amazing square scaled shiny black alligator, with gold hardware. Cool, collectible and super-limited, with an unrivalled reputation for holding their value - and all the essentials you care to carry.

De Grisogono 18k Rose Gold Diamond Frange Ring

De Grisogono Roughly Translates As 'begotten of gold’. To which we’d add ‘not forgotten’. because we can see no danger of you being forgotten ever again should you choose to gift this rose gold and brown diamond ring. Just. Spectacular. 

Van Cleef & Arpels 18k Yellow Gold Lapis Lazuli 20 Motif Vintage Alhambra Necklace

The soft radiance of yellow gold meets the fascination created by lapis lazuli to give  an incredibly appealing and exquisite necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic "Alhambra" collection.

Cartier 18k Rose & White Gold Pave Diamond Love Bracelet

If there’s one piece of jewellery you should buy for your one true love, it’s this one. This near 50-year-old design is supposedly based on a medieval chastity belt, but that’s done nothing to dent its popularity. A must-have.  

De Beers Platinum Cushion Cut 12.83 Aura Bracelet

There’s an energy about this piece that comes from De Beers unique expertise in cutting the finest quality stones so they seriously sparkle. A diamond lover’s dream. 

Richard Mille RM35-02 Rafa Diamond NPTP

Richard Mille aced his own instantly recognisable tonneau-shaped case by giving the RM35 the superstar treatment with this model, in a collab with Rafa Nadal. 

Rolex Daytona Chronograph 18k Yellow Gold

The green-dialled Daytona from 2017 was somewhat overlooked at the time of its release, but savvy collectors are now waking up to its investment potential.  

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Stainless Steel 15400ST

The truly iconic Gerald Genta design just keeps giving and giving, taking on new colours and textures every year and turning them into instant classics. Always sought after, always. 

JLC Reverso Septantieme 18k Yellow Gold

An incredible technical and aesthetic achievement from ‘the watchmaker’s watchmaker’. Two spring barrels, an 8-Day power reserve, Day-Night indicator and more. A horological Christmas wish-list, all in one watch.   

Rolex Lady Datejust Diamond Platinum

Diamonds have always gone well with all that glittery snow and this watch has sparkle in abundance...yet the expertly cut stones on the bezel and the indices keep the bling somehow... subtle. 

Santos Demoiselle Diamond 18k Rose Gold

This Santos really makes a statement. It’s a mark of the very best watch designs that they can wear jewels in a way that makes it seem they were always meant to be there. Sublime. 

Vacheron Constantin Asymmetric MCMLXXII Diamond 18k White Gold 1972

1972 cool meets 21st century know-how. And when you know, you know. Vacheron have been quietly doing their thing for longer than any other continuously operating watchmaker, since 1733 in fact. 

Spend 

Who doesn’t love occasionally being asked ‘what would you like for Christmas, darling?’ This is it! Your moment to cast aside all thought of practicalities and indulge in some selfish wish-fulfillment. Don’t answer toooo quickly...make it look like you’re having a think, and then gently suggest that what you’ve always wanted is...

Chanel Burgundy Chevron Quilted Lambskin Classic Single Flap Bag

Understated elegance is the hallmark of the Chanel Single Flap. The more you look, the more there is to see; in the finish, the details and the appreciation of its own history. Just, right. Every time. 

Louis Vuitton Brown Monogram Coated Canvas & Black Calfskin Leather Flandrin

That the LV monogram is so beloved in popular culture is testament to the fact that it was born out of a quality that everyone could recognise. This is LV doing what they do best; timeless shape, unrivalled class and a healthy dose of practicality to boot.

18k Yellow Gold One Motif Malachite Alhambra Necklace

Malachite. Alhambra. Van Cleef & Arpels. All words guaranteed to bring a warm feeling to a cold British Winter. Malachite is a powerfully metaphysical stone, bringing healing and positive transformation to the wearer. It’s not hard to see why, is it? 

Cartier 18k White Gold 3 Diamond Love Ring

Hand on heart, is there a more romantic gesture than to give the gift of a love ring? 

Maybe, maybe not. But when it’s this Cartier ring any woman’s heart will sing..yes...yes...yes. 

18k Yellow Gold Three Row Diamond Earrings

Someone is really going to be wearing some fireworks on New Year’s Eve in these spectacular yellow gold and brilliant cut diamond earrings by Cartier. Lucky lady. Why not make it someone you know? 

Bulgari 18k White Gold Diamond Lucea Ring

The very definition of an evening ring. Statement-styling from the always fashionably quirky designers at Bvlgari. Round cut diamonds do their beautiful thing in a stunning 18K gold setting. 

Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Inde Mystérieuse Necklace

Inspired by India, created by Cartier, and rendered in blindingly beautiful stones. Exotic, elegant and exceptional value. The art and ambience of India has long fascinated Cartier, and this necklace from 2007 captures its modern sensibility superbly. 

Datejust 31 Diamond Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold 68273

No-one ever got dumped for buying their loved one a diamond Rolex, did they? An absolute classic with a sparkly twist of decadence which you can wear every day. They’ll love it, and love you for it.

Cintree Curvex 18k White Gold 2251qzd

Dazzling, just a touch daring and in the perfect colour for Christmas, or any other time come to that. An exceptionally attractive watch from a former enfant terrible of horology. 

Lady Datejust 26 18k Stainless Steel & Rose Gold 179171

Smaller watches are coming back in a big way. And some women never quite made the leap to boyfriend sized watches. So you can show how on-trend, or kind and considerate you are, when a loved one unwraps this lovely piece on Christmas morning.  

Royal Oak Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold

Going on a cruise after Christmas? Then the instantly recognisable ‘porthole’ shaped case, screw down bezel and waterproof properties of this Royal Oak should pass muster. But that description fails to mention just so insanely cool this watch looks. Full speed ahead to buy it now! 

Santos 100 Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold

The Original, but bigger. And bi-metal steel and gold is bang on trend right now. Eye-catching, attention-grabbing and a sure-fire conversation starter in exceptional pre-owned condition. 

Portuguese Hand-wound Stainless Steel

What’s not to like about the IWC Portuguese? Marine Chronometer accuracy in a wristwatch, since 1939. Impressively (but not too) large and a hand wound movement that reinforces your connection with the watch on a near daily basis. 

Budget

The wonderful thing about giving a luxury gift at Christmas is… that it’s luxurious. Sometimes, they’re the things that we’d like to treat ourselves to at any time, but just can’t quite justify.  

So use this Christmas as an excuse to spoil someone you love. Here’s our pick of some top items to pop under the tree, without breaking the piggy-bank beyond repair. 

18k Yellow Gold Open Heart Elsa Peretti Ring

Renowned for her sensual, organic forms, Elsa Peretti's modern jewellery creations for Tiffany are perfect for every day, but especially for December 25th. 

Chanel White Gold Black Ceramic Flexible Ultra Ring

Always with a mischievous eye on the unconventional, Chanel have combined tough, black ceramic with brushed white gold for an unashamedly modern aesthetic. And boy, does it work!

Carla Amorim 18k Yellow Gold Cabochon Aquamarine Cocktail Ring

Inspired by nature, architecture and religious values rather than by fashion and fleeting trends, Carla Amorim has risen to become Brazil’s foremost jewellery designer. 

Cartier 18k Yellow, White & Rose Gold Small Trinity Ring

What goes with gold? More gold! Three dramatically different shades of gold come together in this take on Cartier’s ever-popular Trinity ring. Five gold rings? Here are three of them, in one. 

YSL White Grained Calfskin Leather Medium Kate

The classic shoulder. As pure white as the driven snow, and completely unused since new. Impeccably smooth leather and silver-toned hardware for a subtle statement finish. 

Gucci Red Calfskin Leather 'Blind For Love' Pouch

Gucci practically defines fashion house panache and this pouch shows why. Perfect for storing papers and essentials, and realised in a stunning supple red leather. Go bold, or go home. 

Chanel Black Lambskin Vintage Mini Classic Kelly

The Kelly Bag derives its name from Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco (but you knew that). In the Mini size, there’s comfort to be found in the super-soft lambskin, and joy to had in the receiving.  A perfect Christmas gift. 

Bottega Veneta Woven Calfskin Leather Zip Around Wallet

Next time somebody tells you to ‘show me the money’, whip out this woven calfskin stunner and present your credentials . Guaranteed to brighten up any grey day. 

Baume and Mercier Classima 

Mother of Pearl dial with Diamond markers in a sharp looking (in a good way) steel case. An evening watch you can wear all day. Or an all-day watch you can wear into the evening? Why choose?

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Stainless Steel

There’s something about blue-dialled watches that really does it for us here at Xupes. TAG Heuer’s blue dial is the backdrop to bold, angular indices and hands, and framed by a really purposeful case and bezel. Zoom-zoom. 

Montblanc Heritage Chonométrie Stainless Steel 112532

Montblanc have been making quite a name for themselves in the last five years. With a sleek silver dial, thermally-blued central seconds hand, and its integrated bracelet, this one’s great to dress up or down any time of year. 

Cartier Tank Francaise Anniversary Stainless Steel

Another classic from Maison Cartier is their Tank Francaise. What sets this anniversary special apart from all others is the repeat monogram on the dial and a red cabochon on the crown. 

Constellation Stainless Steel

Constellation has long been Omega’s flagship line and this ladies’ example is framed by the distinctive ‘Manhattan’ case design with double ‘claws’. A beautiful, practical and classy package.

Shop our full collection of preowned items. 

Come and see Xupes this Christmas

If you’re in London or visiting town for some Christmas shopping over the festive period why not pop in and see us at The Royal Exchange (Bank or Mansion House tube stations). 

If we’ve inspired you with a particular item, come along and have a look. You’ll find many of the items on our Christmas list here in our pop-up shop.

Best be quick though! There’s only one of each and when they’re gone, they’re gone. 

See you there!