*THIS GUIDE WAS WRITTEN IN 2010 AND THEREFORE THE ITEMS DESCRIBED MAY NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE*
With Christmas fast approaching, here’s our gift guide for the Bon Vivant in your life.
The Perfect Blend of Chocolate and Wine
Cornish wine producer, Mark Hellyar from Chateau Civrac, and renowned Chocolatier Paul A.Young have collaborated to produce a unique chocolate made using ‘new claret’ Chateau Civrac 2006.
The chocolate is in the shape of a bunch of grapes, costs £3.95 and can be purchased from Paul A. Young chocolate boutiques in Islington and the Royal Exchange or online at www.vfmuk.com
Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by Rene Redzepi from Noma, recipient of this year’s best restaurant in the world award, is a perfect gift for the serious foodie. Visit www.phaidon.co.uk for further details.
Spend a day with Miller Harris‘s perfumer, going through the scented library to find the perfect fragrance, which will be presented in a personalised engraved bottle, which can also be made into Miller Harris body care products and candles.
Seafood Cookbook – A Boy After the Sea 2
A new cookery book being launched in December featuring 29 international chefs (Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Marcus Wareing to mention just a few), A Boy After the Sea 2 features stunning photography of seafood and fish recipes, plus a focus on the plight of the oceans. At £35.00, with all proceeds going to charity, this will make a great Christmas present for all foodies. The book can be purchased here.
Tom Robinn Grooming Products
Developed and made at their own laboratory in France, Tom Robinn brings you a range of top quality, natural products proven to enhance your skin, vitality and well being, perfect for the man in your life. You can purchase online at www.tomrobinn.co.uk.
The JING ‘Tea Diva Set’
A tea-iere complete with hand-tied flowering bulbs of Osmanthus, Amaranth, Jasmine and Lily Tea from Jing Tea.
The Gift of Time and Insider Knowledge
If you know someone with insufficient time to manage their life who would like to access our expertise and knowledge and enjoy exclusive treatment and complimentary benefits, then a membership with Bon Vivant would make an ideal Christmas gift.
If you purchase a Bon Vivant membership, we will send you a lovely Christmas hamper as a thank you or offer you a month’s free membership with us.
Enjoy quirky Christmas hampers from sketch, who have created a series of Alice in Wonderland-inspired ‘hampers’ packaged in exquisite wooden birdcages. The hampers range from ‘Who Stole the Tarts?’ to ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’, with each one containing a range of classic sketch items, such as Pierre Gagnaire’s macaroons, luxury chocolate truffles and bottles of champagne and wine. To order, please call 0207 659 4550. Hampers can be delivered throughout the UK and are priced from £150.
The Soho deli Gelupo is offering a range of traditional Italian hampers, which also includes ingredients used in the kitchens of the acclaimed trattoria, Bocca di Lupo. The hampers include selections of items including homemade Gelupo pasta and sauces, vinegars, and carefully selected cheeses, breads and olives. Priced from £35 and available to order nationwide.
Sublime Terroir Hamper
Sublime Terroir, from the finest organic pastures in mid Wales, are offering a traditional organic turkey with home cured Welsh breed ham from the farm, or the alternative feast of Welsh beef, lamb and pork. The hampers will feed a large family for Christmas, Boxing Day and more. For further information, visit www.sublimeterroir.com or call +44 207 193 1663.
Forman & Field Hampers
Leading gourmet food home delivery service, Forman & Field, offer restaurant quality dishes delivered straight to the door. Sister company to the H Forman & Son Salmon smokehouse, they work with small, artisanal producers across the UK and Ireland to provide an online deli, butcher and fishmonger. They have a wide variety of hampers available, including a cheese hamper, afternoon tea hamper and a Christmas essentials hamper.
They are delighted to offer Bon Vivant’s readers free chicken liver & brandy parfait with all orders over £45 and, in addition, free UK mainland delivery for orders over £80. Please contact us to redeem this offer.
A bespoke suit is the epitome of true style, but to achieve the same sharp look without breaking the bank, invest in some bespoke shirts from Turnbull & Asser on Jermyn Street or Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row.
Moleskin iPhone Cover
Moleskin has recently launched a new line of branded notebook folio covers for the iPad and iPhone, which look very sleek.
For further inspiration or to ask your concierge to make purchases on your behalf, please contact us.