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    A sneak peek into Father Christmas’ little black book of luxury

    From stocking fillers to special somethings  to wrap up and slip under the tree, here’s all the  inspiration you need to take your festive shopping to the next level. With everything from the quirkily chic to the sublime, we’ve got gifts that spread the cheer long after Boxing Day.
    By Maegan Dobson Si

    Diamond Child Pins Shot at Leela Palace. EXPRESS/A.RAJA CHIDAMBARAM.Little luxury
    It’s always difficult to find
    something meaningful for a baby’s
    first Christmas, but this nappy pin from Amalya is certainly something that will be treasured for life. A decorative ornament modelled on a traditional diaper fastener, it’s made from 14-carat gold, and available in three different varieties. We love the enamel butterfly and flower embellishment design. Rs50,000. At the boutique, Leela Palace, Adyar Seaface, Chennai. Details: 044 30958180

     

     

    1912XmasShopping13Beyond the bottle
    Nestled in Nheira-Ori hills, just 20
    kilometres from Nashik is Chateau d’Ori,
    a 200-acre vineyard that also boasts wine-tasting lounges, a lake for water sports, and luxury farmhouses with attached Jacuzzis. The most extensive Merlot plantation
    in India, it is famed for its pictures que landscape, which has been developed
    sustainably. Call to tailor a package that will extend your Christmas festivities. Rs7,000 upwards per night with vine
    yard tour. Details: 022 65064933

    1912XmasShopping7Master strokes
    A portrait by George William Clarke,
    who trained under Charles H Cecil in Florence, will immortalise your loved one for posterity. In the city for six weeks in early 2015, he has the capacity to paint a very limited number of portraits, so book early to avoid disappointment. It will require three in-person sittings of around three hours in length. Charcoal (Rs1 lakh upwards); oil on can
    vas (Rs3 lakh upwards). Details:
    georgewilliamclark.com

     

    1912XmasShopping8Up and away
    Take to the skies for an
    unforgettable tour, by booking a
    chartered hot air balloon ride for up to
    nine people. The one-hour experience includes watching the balloon being inflated and prepared for the flight, a sightseeing tour from the sky, as well as light refreshments from the landing station. Rs65,000 upwards. At various locations within
    India, including Rajasthan.
    Details: skywaltz.com

     

    1912XmasShopping14Carry on
    Stylish luggage is a must have for jet-setters in your life, and this Bottega Veneta limited edition travel set is an exclusive option. Made only on request to suit the exact requirements of the customer, you can pop by the store to enjoy ordering and customising your selection. Rs14 lakh upwards. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road.
    Details: 41738931

     

     

     

    1912XmasShoppingRingJungle shine
    Part of Cartier’s Panthère collection,
    these art deco-inspired earrings are the
    epitome of timeless elegance, and the Duchess of Cambridge even wore something similar in New York last week. Real staple pieces that will grace a jewellery box for years to come, a matching ring, also crafted from white gold, diamonds, emeralds and onyx, is a stunner. Rs56 lakh upwards. At Emporio Mall, Nelson Mandela Road, New Delhi. Details: 011 46788888

     

    1912XmasShopping4Subtle stripes
    The master of irreverent fashion, British designer Paul Smith
    has surpassed himself with these pencil cuff links, which are the
    perfect gift for the man who has everything. Quirky without being over
    the top, they’ll add a splash of humour and colour to a formal suit, and
    create a great talking point. Look closely enough and you’ll be able to spot the signature Paul Smith stripes. Rs9,900. At the store in UB City,
    Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41738882

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