It’s the most wonderful time of year… we present our luxe holiday gift guide for yourself plus everyone on your list.
This year we have gone all out and trawled all the malls and websites to bring you the ultimate festive gift guide that will appeal to everyone from the IT girl to the gym fanatic, beauty addict, modern man and super mum.
The Beauty Addict
The ultimate beauty guru, this girl’s bathroom cupboard looks more like a display in Sephora. How to get the latest red-carpet look? You name it, she’ll be the first to vlog it. She’s easy to spot – just-stepped-out-of-a-salon hair, fluttery mink lashes and flawless skin. Contour is her middle name. High maintenance, yes, but we love her for it.
Top row (left to right): Merry and bright gift set Dhs130 Lush; Hair fragrance Dhs300 Sachajuan; Swarovski Selfie stick Dhs350 at Emax and Dubai Duty Free; The Holiday Kit Dhs440 net-a-porter.com
Second row (left to right): Lip gloss set Dhs230 Laura Mercier at Areej Store Mall of the Emirates; Glam to go kit Dhs255 Laura Mercier at Areej Store, Mall of the Emirates; Nail polish Dhs240 each Christian Louboutin; Hairbrush Dhs195 Hershesons; Body lotion Dhs299 each L’occitane
Third row (left to right): Fragrance set Dhs525 Versace at Harvey Nichols-Dubai; Eyeshadow palette set Dhs155 Sephora; Advanced time zone gift set Dhs344 Estee Lauder at Harvey Nichols-Dubai; Essences Insensees Dhs535 Diptyque
Fourth row (left to right): Nail polish from Dhs127 each Chanel; Highlighting blush in Coups de Minuit Dhs210 Chanel; Swarovski crystal tweezers Dhs195 Tweezerman at Bloomingdale’s Dubai; Caviar manicure set Dhs145 Ciate; Stardust gift box Dhs300 Lush; Celestial eyeshadow palette Dhs255 Illamasqua; Radiance Veil Dhs240 Illamasqua; Nail polish in beam Dhs110 Illamasqua; Body & bath Dhs15 Ted Baker; Body & bath Dhs50 Ted Baker
Bottom row (left to right): La Mer lip balm Dhs330, Laura Mercier body butter Dhs163, Laura Mercier dry oil mist Dhs207 Laura Mercier hand cream Dhs69, Clinique chubby stick Dhs145, Ren flash rinse Dhs199 Giorgio Armani eye and & brow maestro Dhs155, Gucci nail polish Dhs140. All pick n mix gift sets available at Harvey Nichols Dubai; Bubble bath & shower gel Dhs45 Sephora; Hydrating treatment masque Dhs320 Glam Glow at Harvey Nichols Dubai; Leather vanity case Dhs445 Bobbi Brown at Harvey Nichols Dubai; Body gift set Dhs480 Burberry at Harvey Nichols-Dubai
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The Modern Man
Sleek, successful and oh-so-handsome, this man about town basically has it all. During the week you’ll find him in a bespoke suit,
expertly accessorised with a suave,close-cut beard. The weekends are a more relaxed, yet equally stylish, affair, in luxe joggers and cult brand trainers. A fan of the finer things, he’s as good a photographer as he is skier and art fan. Swoon.
Top row (left to right): Shoes Dhs7,520 Corthay; Pen Dhs4,315 Korloff at Paris Gallery; Bag Un Jour Dhs12,300 Berluti; Sunglasses Dhs1,360 Dries Van Noten at Boutique 1; Pocket flask Dhs119 Stanley at Virgin Megastore
Second row (left to right): Aspen book Dhs165 Asouline at Boutique 1; Socks Dhs275 Missoni at Boutique 1; Belt Dhs320 Anderson’s at Boutique 1; Cap Dhs425 AMI Alexandre Mattiussi at Boutique 1; 24-carat gold headphones Dhs1,299 at Virgin Megastore; Lamborghini mobile phone Dhs23,800 Tonino at Paris Gallery; Trainers Dhs1,485 Common Projects at Boutique 1
Third row (left to right): Backpack Dhs6,580 Fendi; Tie Dhs585 Alexander Mcqueen; Cufflinks Dhs100 Montegrappa at Paris Gallery; Lomography san remo instant camera Dhs599 L’omoInstant at Virgin Megastore; Candle Dhs240 Herve Gambs Paris at Harvey Nichols Dubai; Carlos Souza book Dhs165 Assouline at Boutique 1
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The Fitness Fan
She’s the yogi type that can whip up a chia, kale, flax seed banana cake in her sleep – but when she’s not overshadowing everyone else in the kitchen, you’ll find her jogging round the Marina at 5am. She puts our eating habits to shame with her fridge jam-packed with organic this and vegan that… but even the most health-conscious of us deserve a treat day every now and then and she’s a sucker for Nutella. She’s got life, and certainly the kitchen, all figured out. What a hero.
Top row (left to right): Click & grow mini tomato starter kit Dhs359 Virgin Megastore; Tea selection box Dhs578 Newby At Harvey Nichols Dubai; Vortex mixer pink shaker Dhs129 Promixx at Virgin Megastore; Crocodile skin water bottle Dhs129 S’well at Virgin Megastore; Yoga mat Dhs800 No Ka’ Oi at net-a-porter.com
Second row (left to right): Cookie cutters Dhs45 Crate & Barrel; Nutella recipe book Dhs59 Virgin Megastore; Wooden mortar and pestle Dhs149 Crate & Barrel; Serving cups Dhs119 Magisso at Virgin Megastore; Digital watch from Dhs2,199 Apple; Tea strainer Dhs69 Normann Copenhagen at Virgin Megastore; Toothbrush Dhs900 Issa at Harvey Nichols-Dubai; Skinny Meals in Heels book Dhs100 at Boutique 1
Third row (left to right): Food scoopers Dhs59 Crate & Barrel; Popcorn recipe book Dhs69 Crate & Barrel; Fondue kit Dhs179 Crate & Barrel; Ice pop kit Dhs99 Zoku at Virgin Megastore; Earphones Dhs599 Jabra sport coach at Sharf DG; Cupcake kit Dhs79 Miss Etoile at Virgin Megastore
Fourth row (left to right): Christmas spiced ginger biscuits Dhs100 Fortnum & Mason; Christmas spiced tea Dhs100 Fortnum & Mason; Drink sleeve Dhs29 Bando at Virgin Megastore; Wooden chopping board Dhs89 Crate & Barrel; Knife set Dhs199 Primarosa at Virgin Megastore
Bottom row (left to right): Spiralizer Dhs190 Crate barrel; Pepper mill Dhs139 Crate & Barrel; Gym bag Dhs2,680 Monreal London at net-a-porter.com
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The Fashion It Girl
On every FROW and at every fashion week, this street style starlet is our ultimate wardrobe crush. A magpie eye and effortless way of putting things together means she finds herself papped wherever she goes. Find her in next season’s Pucci dress, Stella McCartney bag draped on her arm, holding court in the hottest spot in town.
Top row (left to right): Manolo Blahnik book Dhs551 Rizzoli at amazon.com; Handmade bag Dhs1,200 Paige Smith x S*uce; Bracelets Dhs696 each monicavinader.com; Ring Dhs1,500 Alexander McQueen; Lipstick trio set Dhs1,320 Christian Louboutin
Second row (left to right): Fur ABC charms Dhs2,230 each Fendi; Hat Dhs1,449 yosuzi.com; Top Dhs330 allthingsmochi.com;
Third row (left to right): Shoes Dhs2,350 Sophia Webster at Harvey Nichols Dubai; Earrings Dhs650 Deborahhenning.com; Notebook Dhs85 thebowerycompany.com; Cat nap slipper set Dhs2,680 Charlotte Olympia at Harvey Nichols-Dubai
Bottom row (left to right): Coffee table book Dhs150 Kate Spade; Bag Dhs3,850 Stella McCartney; Keyring Dhs400 Moschino
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The Super Mum
It’s 8am, she’s already been to pilates, done the school run, finished the dishes, hung the washing, made a conference call, blow-dried her hair and now she’s sitting enjoying her daily cappuccino over the morning paper. Forget super mum, she’s super woman. Wife, mother and career woman, if you want expertise on balancing life, she’s the one to speak to. She is happiest round her kids – but that’s not to say that something sparkly wouldn’t make her eyes light up on Christmas morning.
Top row (left to right): Jumper Dhs910 Maje at Harvey Nichols Dubai; Festive chocolates POA Forrey & Galland; Coffee table book Dhs325 Swarovski at Harvey Nichols Dubai
Second row (left to right): New Mother Collection (toys and lotions and cream) Dhs429 Clarins; Cleaning cream Dhs128 Bonpoint; Children’s hairbrush Dhs128 Bonpoint; Kids shoes Dhs445 Bonpoint; Scarf Dhs1,200 Emilio Pucci; Earrings Dhs395 Pandora
Third row (left to right): Children’s headphones Dhs99 Buddyphones at Virgin Mega Store; Hand wash Dhs59 Crate & Barrel; Pine & Eucalyptus home candle Dhs300 Jo Malone; Chocolate gift set Dhs85 Prestat at Harvey Nichols Dubai
Bottom row (left to right): Cupcake kit Dhs79 Usborne at Virgin Megastore; Cuddly Toy Dhs69 Harvey Nichols Dubai; Bag Dhs7,645 Jimmy Choo; Sandwich keeper Dhs19 Crocodile Creek at Virgin Megastore; Drinking bottle Dhs39 Corcodile Creek at Virgin Megastore; Hat Dhs238 mittens Dhs213 Bonpoint
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The Cool Creative
Part hipster, part new Gucci girl (she adores Alessandro), this creative sort is kooky and quirky and knows a thing or two about architecture, interiors and art history. Forget SnapChat or Instagram, her hobbies include painting something obscure in her loft apartment to a Joni Mitchell soundtrack. A collector, a bookworm and a fan of all things weird and wonderful, she’s S*uce personified.
Top row (left to right): Cushion Dhs820 Missoni at Boutique 1; Christian Lacroix notebook Dhs49 Christian Libretto at Virgin Megastore; Knitted Karl doll Dhs410 Mua Mua Dolls at Boutique 1; Assouline book set Dhs510 at net-a-porter.com
Second row (left to right): Aspin scented candle Dhs335 Diptyque; Pink headbands Dhs49 Kitsch at Virgin Megastore; CoolPix camera Dhs1499 Nikon at Virgin Megastore
Third row (left to right): Beret Dhs1,300 Gucci; Notebook Dhs270 Smythson at Boutique 1; Light box Dhs290 thebowerycompany.com; Assouline book set Dhs510 at net-a-porter.com
Bottom row (left to right): Cup set Dhs510 Cities Boutique; Croc clasp diary Dhs1,450 Smythson at net-a-porter.com; Bag Dhs825 Moschino; Pencil set Dhs29 Henry Holland at Virgin Megastore; Micro peekaboo Dhs5,720 Fendi; Notepad Dhs89 Alpha Books at Virgin Megastore
Styling: Carmel Gill
Photography: Farooq Salik
Main image: Bourjois festive campaign