With just five weeks left until December 25, the festive season is well and truly upon us. Here at Trunk, we love this time of year, when our stores in London and Zurich are bustling with shoppers keen to find the perfect sweaters, shoes or socks for their loved ones. (and perhaps, for themselves, too). When the streets are bedecked in twinkling fairy lights as the nights grow darker — Chiltern Street especially is so magical at this time of year — and when we have an excuse for a festive mince pie (or three) at lunchtime.
But while the run up to Christmas brings us festive joy, we understand that for some, it instills a sense of panic. After all, exactly what do you buy the man who has everything? Long gone are the days of writing a list to Father Christmas, which would surely solve many a festive dilemma if the tradition did continue into adulthood. Choosing gifts requires thought and time — and in general, we’re all busier than ever, especially towards the end of the year when we’re all fighting to hit those targets.
That’s why we’ve put together Trunk’s Christmas gift guide — a curated edit of our favourite gifting pieces for this season, sourced from all around the globe. Whether you need a stocking filler or something truly special, we’ve got your shopping list all wrapped up.
Fragrance is a universally loved gift, especially when it’s from an artisanal brand like Weinerblut — it automatically feels like a more considered purchase, what with the beautiful packaging and bottle design which will look sleek in the bathroom cabinet or atop a dresser. Its size makes for a beautiful stocking filler, but it’s premium enough to put under the tree, too. A unisex fragrance brand, our favourite from our Weinerblut collection is the Palais Nizam, which has rich and heady notes of brandy, vintage leather and oakwood, with bergamot and saffron.
Looking for a failsafe gift? Buy him a button-up to wear out of the office. This Camoshita shirt features a grandad collar, which instantly separates it from work shirts, and comes in a crisp ivory colourway that’s an ideal choice to wear on Christmas day. (For something a bit more bold, it also comes in mustard.) Crafted in Japan from a superfine cotton corduroy, it’s ideal paired with selvedge denim jeans or navy-coloured chinos, and brown suede boots.
A new knit is a much-loved gift on Christmas day; a good sweater is cosy, classic and lasts forever. Our super soft Berwick jumper, which is spun in the Scottish Borders by a family-run factory, is sure to please — with a relaxed fit, this crew-neck jumper has a ribbed neckline and shoulder saddle detail, both of which elevates it in the most understated way. A perfect choice for wearing during the holidays or for a wintery walk on Christmas morning, we suggest this festive red hue which is brand new for the holiday season. Stock up on the staples — this sweater also comes in dark olive, indigo and grey. No surprises it’s a favourite among us here at Trunk HQ.
Say it with cashmere — a scarf, that is. Update his everyday scarf with the ultimate luxury knit that’s super soft against his skin; it’s guaranteed to make wintery mornings feel like something to look forward to. Part of our Begg & Co Christmas selection, this neutral-hued scarf has a blocked colour design that’s more understated than most tartans, making it easier to wear. Spun and woven in Begg’s historic mill in Scotland, this scarf is a great investment piece. (Be sure to check out Begg’s £95 lambswool tartans, too, for something a little bolder.)
While candles have very much dominated the home scents arena in recent years, the ancient Japanese ritual of burning incense is making something of a comeback — so give the gift of discovery with a selection box of Shoyeido’s incense. With five different scents inside, it’s an ideal choice both for those who have never burnt incense before — the variety allows them to explore their favourite scent — or for Shoyeido aficionados. Established over 300 years ago, Shoyeido is one of Japan’s oldest producers of incense; each stick is painstakingly handmade by artisans in Kyoto. We burn the Shoyeido Nijo scent every day in our stores. Add the owl incense burner to make the perfect gift.
Good socks are a universally-loved gift; they elevate the everyday. But a pair of socks crafted from NASA technology? Even better. Made in Japan — purveyor of the world’s best socks due to their commitment to fabrics, fit and construction — these Rototo socks are made using NASA’s Outlast® heat-performance technology, which keeps feet toasty yet comfortable. Made using a knitted wool blend, these colour-blocking socks in tonal beige and green are the ultimate pairing for a winter boot.
Small yet sophisticated, this folding cardholder from Laperruque is perfect for the modern traveller. Crafted from a buttery grain leather that will only get better with age, and with a smooth goat leather lining, this streamlined design is big on function, with four interior card slots with space for receipts. Better still, it fits neatly inside blazer pockets without spoiling the silhouette and is ideal for business trips abroad when just the essentials are necessary.