Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Gentleman's Guide to Gifts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Gentleman's Guide to Gifts

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Byline: Karen Dacre

1. SOMETHING WEIGHTY You can't afford the [pounds sterling]10,000 Louis Vuitton luggage collection she's never done fantasising over but you can just about stretch to the brand's latest coffee table book. Aptly titled The Birth of Modern Luxury, this luxurious volume follows the history of LV from 1845 to today. If you want to be really smooth, you could always slip a gift card behind the front cover. ([pounds sterling]125, Louis Vuitton Maison, 17-20 New Bond Street, W1) 2. PUPPY LOVE Show some love to her pooch and she'll adore you for ever -- but we're not talking doggy biscuits here. A stylish sweater from Markus Lupfer's knitwear line for Whistles is guaranteed to win her heart. And the dog will be pretty chuffed too. Woof, woof. ([pounds sterling]55, Whistles, 22 South Molton Street, W1) 3. SCENT OF A WOMAN Nothing says "I'm not that into you" like a Boots gift set. If keeping her onside with a bit of beauty is your aim, you'll have to make a more educated choice. Begin your quest in the beauty hall at Liberty. A carefully chosen fragrance from Le Labo is a safe bet, as is anything from Frederic Malle. (From [pounds sterling]42, Liberty, Regent Street, W1) 4. WHAT LIES BENEATH Just because your belle enjoys cutting shapes to Rihanna doesn't mean she want to dress like her. To avoid early morning awkwardness on Christmas Day, steer clear of suspenders, anything red and, most importantly, anything from a sex shop. A soft silk chemise is a much safer bet. Opt for neutral shades and quality fabrics. ([pounds sterling]225, Stella McCartney, 30 Bruton Street, W1) 5. THE CASE IN POINT Should you happen to be one of the million Londoners who plan to gift their love with an iPad or tablet this Yuletide, you might as well go the whole hog and throw in the Hermes case to match. This ridiculously stylish option is crafted from the finest butter-soft leather and comes with a notepad built in. …

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