In Style + Design

Gift Guide: Luxury Gifts For The Impossible-To-Buy-For

With oh-so few shopping days left, no need to panic. Even if you’re shopping for that someone who has everything, we’re curated a guide of special gifts designed to impress and indulge. From stylish to practical, these gifts are certain to be appreciated.

Farrah Design’s weekender bag 

Handmade in Melbourne, designer Tom Farrah crafts these hand-stitched leather goods and they are simply divine. It’s a timeless classic and made with so much care, the longevity you’ll get from it is pretty much forever. Deceptively large in its volume, the weekender has been made to ensure a pair of standard dress shoes can be packed two abreast. The leather used is a premium veg tanned cow hide which develops a deep, rich patina over time. Available in three shades and retailing for $880, it’s certainly an investment piece, but one that looks so good and is made so well, they’ll never give it up.

Cocktail & Co’s gin and tonic set 

Gin is still very ‘in’ and if you’ve got a gin lover to buy for, these G&T tasting sets are boxes which can be purchased as a one off or as a reoccurring subscription. Each box comes with a full-sized bottle of gin (which changes every 2 months) 5 tonics and a wild card mixer alongside personalised tasting cards and instruction sheet. The current featured gin for December is a Christmas gin that using frankincense, myrrh and real gold flakes from an award-winning distillery in NSW. Starting from $99.95 for a one-off box, you can find them here.

Sub-Zero freestanding wine storage

Know a wine lover? As seen on The Block, Sub-Zero’s wine storage (POA) provides the perfect solution for any wine connoisseur. It’s freestanding so it fits in any home and features two independent temperature resistant zone for keeping both red and whites stored at the ideal temperature. There’s also energy efficient LED Lighting and the UV-resistant, dark tinted glass shields wine from light exposure and premature wine ageing.  Holding up to 46 bottles, you can find them exclusively at kitchen retailer e&s.

Porsche drive day

For the luxury car enthusiast, give them the gift of exploring the windy roads from the driver’s seat of a Porsche Boxster Convertible. Starting from $225 for a half day experience for two all the way to a full day driving experience with morning tea and a gourmet seafood lunch for two included at $1249, they’ll be able to drive Porsche sports cars on the sort of roads they were built for; flowing, scenic and empty.

Smithers swimwear

Got a guy who has everything? Smithers is a premium Australian-made swimwear label with a sophisticated approach to men’s swimwear. With two styles to choose from classic briefs and swim trunks, you’ll have a variety of prints and colours to choose from to ensure your modern-day gentleman looks great. They’re perfect for guys who love the water, the outdoors, and love to travel. Each piece retails for roughly $80.

Gnome and Bow Braided Bracelet

Ethical gift store Temple and Markets offer products that suit the conscious consumer. Their Gnome and Bow hand braided leather bracelets are understated and stylish with a multi-band Italian leather braided with a matte silver stainless steel charm is a popular choice at $135.

Pord’s arty wine boxes

Pord barrels Photo: Josie Mackerras

Pord is a new company combining art and wine with gorgeous results. They’ve created limited edition three-litre barrels painted by three Australian artists including Illustrator Filippa Edghill’s monochromatic artwork, titled Ancient Lines; Melbourne artist Hannah Nowlan’s The Last Resort II; and designer Evi O.’s work Sorbet with its vibrant colours and pastels.

Each Pord barrel holds four bottles of wine, filled by Victorian winemakers at Mitchelton Estate. Choose your favourite design and variety of wine to fill it from their 2017 -2018 vintages such as pinot grigio, shiraz or rosé. Pord keeps the wine fresh for up to six weeks so there’s no wine wastage and the barrels can be repurposed too.  Each barrel is hand-signed and numbered by the artist, and teamed with a certificate of authenticity, and there are more artist collaborations in the works for future Pords ($160 each).

The Last Drop 1968 Glenrothes Single Malt

Whether you are a serious whisky connoisseur, or have a serious amount of cash to splash, it doesn’t get much more serious that the Last Drop 1968 Glenrothes Singe Malt. Aged for 50 years, the Scottish highland whiskey is the 12th release for The Last Drop Distillers Ltd, a boutique exclusive spirits company that makes it their mission to track down the rarest and best spirits across the globe. There’s only 168 bottles available world-wide, hence the $10,000 price tag, and it comes smartly packaged in a hand-made red leather case with a certificate of authenticity and a mini-sized taster. Available only at Dan Murphy’s, from December 14.

Published 07 December, 2018