THE GENT’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM | MEN’S FESTIVE GIFT IDEAS 2023

The Best Christmas Gifts for Gent's who have Everything...

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Take a look at our Holiday Gift Guide here! Whatever your budget we’ve got you covered

Christmas gift ideas for men 2023

Tis the Season of Giving ~ Are you still unsure what to get your loved ones this Christmas? Make their Day Merry with gifts that will impress. Get Your Last Minute Presents This Weekend Just in Time for the Big Day!

1. Della Vite Prosecco, The only Prosecco you’ll know by name Created by Cara, Poppy and Chloe Delavingne, Stockist Sainsbury’s £18.00 | 2. Crossfly Ikon Boxers and Trunks, Premium Menswear with patent pending innovations, give the Gift of comfort £19.99 crossfly.com, 3. Vain Glorious, A Shamless Guide For Men Who Want to Look Their Best £6.00 Amazon.co.uk, | 4. Six Pence Pud Christmas Pudding Gin Liquor £25.94 Amazon.co.uk| 5. Ember Temperature Controlled Cup Experience the Ember Heat Controlled Mug via an App, from £129.95 uk.ember.com | 6. Thomson Carter London Fragrances The His & Hers ideal choice to wrap up elegance for your loved ones this Christmas, The Discovery Gift Set Eau de Parfum £40 Available at thomsoncarter.com

Editorial Disclaimer: Some items featured have been gifted as press samples to review and I would never promote something I would not otherwise use myself or recommend to others to ensure the feedback I have given is honest. All prices quoted in this article are subject to change by the brands at anytime mentioned here and some links contain affiliate links which I may make a small commission off the sale of items with no extra cost to you

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE OF FRAGRANCE WITH STRENGTH IN EVERY NOTE, PRESENCE IN EVERY SPRITZ BY THOMSON CARTER LONDON

Take on the City and let fragrance become your ultimate accessory with Thomson Carter, elevating luxury, one bottle at a time

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Struggling to choose the perfect scent for every occasion? With Thomson Carter Discovery Set, you can carry three of your favourite fragrances wherever you go.  Light weight, compact and effective to make a long lasting impression, just because first impressions count.

When planning your next vacation, where to go next is the first thing that comes to mind which is why Thomson Carter Discovery Set bottles fit perfectly in your travel bag, so your signature scent can join you no matter where the destination.

No elegance is possible without fragrance, even more reason to add Thomson Carter to your daily essentials to live in luxury every day. Redefining luxury and bottling perfection. Thompson Carter is proudly crafted in the United Kingdom has launched seven luxury fragrances with discerning elegance in every scent. I’ll never forget my recent opulent unboxing experience, including an exclusive Thompson Carter tote bag and jewellery cushion.

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Indulge your senses in the exclusive world of Thomson Carter, where even the unboxing is a moment of pure luxurious decadence. Shelby Lane by Thomson Carter is a fragrance that resonates with strength and sophistication in notes of Vetiver, Sandalwood and Dark Musk to create a scent that’s bold captivating and echoes confidence.

For me, the perfect fragrance for a seamless transition from day to night that’s guaranteed to add a touch of mystique to your presence is an intoxicating unisex scent Red Room an enticing blend of seductive notes. Let Red Room by Thomson Carter ignite your senses with its fiery infusion of Citrus, Lavender and Musk leaving an unforgettable impression wherever you go. Step into a world of opulence and desire where Red Room is the ideal fragrance to accompany you after dark. I’ll tell you why this is my favourite just because the vibrant citrus notes, delicate lavender and seductive musk create an irresistible aura of sensuality.

Once you try Thomson Carter London, you will admire and appreciate the true precision and meticulous craftmanship, infused into every step of the process to curate each individual scent that’s unique with passion. Crafted with precision and poured with care, let Thomson Carter take you on a journey to ignite your senses where luxury meets artistry on a whole new level. Behind closed doors, the luxury fragrance artisans of Thomson Carter work tirelessly, perfecting each scent ensuring a traditional experience. I felt each ingredient is thoughtfully chosen, meticulously tested and skilfully blended to perfection creating sensory masterpieces.

Unleash the invigorating essence of Bois De Santal by Thomson Carter with a harmonious blend of Neroli, Sandalwood and Bergamot is my favourite too. This unisex fragrance embodies sheer freshness and luxury with a touch of sophistication that will garner centre stage amongst your selfcare grooming routine. A warm embrace ‘Bois De Santal is like a breath of fresh air, awakening your senses with every spritz. The verdict, a versatile choice for anyone searching for a captivating and long-wearing scent.

The Thomson Carter Discovery Scent Box is the perfect way to grow your fragrance collection and with these elegant discerning scents you can’t stop at just one. You will find with each scent telling a different story and watch your scent library grow. You can choose to try out the fragrances that speak to you with a Discovery Set the perfect way to know which Thomson Carter fragrance gets your vote of approval. I really enjoyed browsing the diverse range of luxury fragrances where an array of exquisite note combinations await you.

It’s time to stand out from the crowd with Thomson Carter, for him. Revel in the essence of masculinity and a make a statement with these timeless scents tailored to perfection. Your unboxing experience will enable you to embrace the beauty of diversity and fluidity of scents with Thomson Carter. Let Thomson Carter fragrances for her transport you to a delicate oasis of the finest notes, you’ll be sure to turn heads with your intoxicating aura.

Let your scent tell your story, a tale of sophistication and timeless beauty. But one things for sure when redefining luxury Thompson Carter count first impressions are everything and their vision to make it longlisting with impact. The count down to Christmas has begun, find your signature scent and embrace the luxury of individuality here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: PR Product Gifted. This product is a press sample kindly gifted by Thomson Carter London and I am under no obligation to post about a brand whether or not I choose to do so. How I choose to work with brands on any collaboration whatsoever is always down to personal choice and preference if I feel it’s a good fit for my content and audience so I can always give my honest feedback.

 

THE BEST VALENTINES GIFT IDEAS YOU KNOW THEY’LL LOVE

It's the thought that counts, not everything is last-minute...

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the best valentines gifts for him

 

1. Louis Pommery England Brut 75cl, Available Stockist at Ocado £30 | 2. Red Letter Days Luxury Gifted Experiences straight from the Heart, Especially for Him Gift Boxes from £49.99, | 3. How does an Indulgent Spa Break for 2 sound? Ragdale Hall Spa exclusive Offers from £449 for Two persons per night| 4. Get Ready for Date Night with His & Hers Accessories, STEEN Luxury Foldable Travel Slippers from £167| 5. Guy Laroche Paris, Give the Gift of a Signature Scent with fine masculine scent that embodies power and captures the aroma of a bold and seductive allure. Drakkar fragrances have the perfect gift sets to give that special man in your life, is he a Classic Noir or New Intense? UK Stockist Sephora or Available at Macy.com | 6. Spoil and treat your loved ones to a VIP Exclusive shopping Experience fit for a King or Queen, By Appointment Only, Available at Printemps Paris Flagship Store

 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: Some items featured have been gifted as press samples to review and I would never promote something I would not otherwise use myself or recommend to others to ensure the feedback I have given is honest. All prices quoted in this article are subject to change by the brands at anytime mentioned here and some links contain affiliate links which I may make a small commission off the sale of items with no extra cost to you

INVESTING IN A SPORTS CAR? HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Top Tips to Consider When Buying A Sports Car And Can You Realistically Afford It?

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If you have always wanted to own a sports car then you may have been waiting for the right time to buy one. If that time has come around then you will need to know the essentials about buying and owning a sports car. They need a lot of looking after, special due to the price that people usually pay for them. If you are going to be using your new car every day as opposed to a weekend car then you will need to give it lots of TLC.

Investing In A Sports Car

Know Your Budget

When it comes to buying any car, you need to know your budget. This doesn’t differ for a sports car, you will need to work it out regardless. Ideally, you should have enough money to buy your new car without it leaving you out of pocket. Figure out how much you have left at the end of each month and save up for the car of your dreams. Your budget should also take into consideration things such as the cost of just wheel repair or running costs. With a sports car, these can sometimes be higher. 



Where To Buy It From

You have three options when it comes to buying your new sports car. You can purchase it from the main dealership, used car dealers, or a private seller. Be aware, buying from a private seller means you don’t have any rights to return it or get your money back if it all goes wrong. Used car dealers are generally cheaper as they have been previously owned by other people. If you are not fussed about having a brand-new car then this is a wonderful way to save a bit of money.

Find A Garage

Now you own your beautiful sports car you will need to find a garage that will look after it if anything needs repairing or looking into. A lot of garages won’t touch sports cars as you need to have experience and knowledge of these types of cars. There are specialist garages for people who own luxury sports cars. A quick internet search will give you your best options, make sure you research before handing your beloved wheels over to them.

Store It Correctly

When you own a sports car you will want to look after it properly. This means storing it correctly and keeping it in good condition. When you are not using your car, think about where you will be storing it. If you keep it parked on the street outside your home, be aware that your insurance premiums will be higher. If you store it in a private garage at your home then this is better all around.

Get It Insured

Speaking of insurance, you will need to purchase this in order to drive your new car around. Check out the best rates using comparison sites or go by recommendations from friends or family members. If you have another car then your current insurance provider may offer a multi-car discount.

We hope you found this article helpful and that it gave you lots of insight into owning a sports car. This car will be the best thing you have ever owned and you will enjoy feeling the wind through your car cruising down the motorway. Make sure you look after your precious sports car and it will bring you many happy years behind the wheel.

LOUIS POMMERY ENGLAND PRIVATE LUNCHEON TO CELEBRATE THE HARVEST AT PINGLESTONE ESTATE

Tasting The Award Winning Louis Pommery England Brut 1st English Sparkling Wine from a Champagne House

Louis Pommery

Pinglestone Estate is a 40-hectare site where chalk is the main element, it’s made of 30 hectares of vineyard to date, planted between 2017 and 2019.  Planted in 2017 and 2018 what you will discover here this Vineyard produces internationally renowned grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier the same found in Champagne.

 

Whilst these vines have been establishing themselves over the past few years, Vranken-Pommery released its first English sparkling wine of it’s kind. Louis Pommery England has sourced the grapes mainly from Hampshire. The award-winning Louis Pommery England is the first English sparkling wine from a champagne house to date. 

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A tour of Pinglestone Estate Vineyard with Clément Pierlot, Vranken Pommery’s Cellar Master

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF LOUIS POMMERY
Sparkling Wine made in Hampshire, England. Created with Maison Pommery and Launched in 2018

Clément Pierlot, Vranken Pommery’s Cellar Master has this to say on the decision to plant in Hampshire: 

“We think there is something very special here in Hampshire. The quality of the wines, the quality of the chalk – something that reminds us of Champagne. But there is something very particular in the wines that we can find only here – the acidity and the tension of course very linked to the region”.

Just recently, I spent the day with Louis Pommery England Vranken Team, Clement Pierlot Cellar Master and James Boweman Vineyard Manager for an exclusive tour of the Vineyards at Pingleston Estate in Celebration of their 2021 Harvest on site. The main highlight of my press visit was I really very much enjoyed tasting the Louis Pommery England Brut during the Private Luncheon which was so exceptional that I took some great pictures of the sumptuous cuisine served as we dinned in a 15th Century old barn on the Pingleston Estate.

Louis Pommery

Even more so, the beautiful weather made it feel like I was in Reims even though it was Hampshire just stones throw away on my doorstep. While I was there at the vineyard, I was rather enjoying picking the internationally renowned grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Meunier. It was a unique fantastic experience earning my lunch at the Louis Pommery England Harvest and out of all the vineyards I’ve visited, this in fact was my first time picking some grapes for real.

“A Grape Day for the 2021 Harvest at Pinglestone Estate. From the fruit of the vine, this sparkling wine is the result of Pommery’s quest for elegance and freshness”

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The Private Intimate Harvest Luncheon with Louis Pommery England

Here’s a bit of background into the The Louis Pommery England Sparkling Wine project which started in 2015 as I got a brief introduction from Clement the in house Cellar Manager who discussed that the idea was to create a wine estate so it’s a long term project.

It is known that Pommery spent months and years scouting to find a great place that was ideal vision for the brand we associate with today as Champagne with its longstanding heritage. In 2016 Pommery brought the land here in Hampshire, so it was great pleasure to see it with my own eyes with a view of Its 40 acres up on the hill. They wanted to create very good wines so they purchased grapes in the beginning in 2014, 2015 to start to produce wines from Hampshire as sparkling wine from England.

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”These aromatic notes follow through and are heightened on the plate, offering a beautiful balance and a rich harmony

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MADE IN ENGLAND WITH PASSION, TASTE AND ART – THE ART OF SPARKLING
On the nose, you will find aromas of white fruits, mostly pear and then vine peach. A tasting pleasure for your tastebuds. The bubbles and effervescence are expressed wonderfully.

Louis Pommery England – An Art which mixes precision and Tradition

I think there is something very special here in Hampshire the taste of the wine. You may remember Pommery from Champagne, because it’s the same soil with the same finesse in the wine. But I learnt it’s something very particular in the wines that you can find only here as a fruit. I’m referring to the quality of the fruit is very particular, the acidity and the tension is linked to the region. In 1874 the incredible quest began when the very first bottles Brut Nature were resting in the cellars of Domain Pommery. Today, Louis Pommery England is developed according to a completely classic and traditional method based on the internationally renowned grape varieties that are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Meunier.

Award Winning Wines – Make Everything a Celebration!

A few years back Pommery England started to make the sparkling wine in 2015 and step by step so the blend they wanted to do was not easy because for non vintage sparkling wine they had to create a collection wiser wine. So in the beginning you will taste 2017 base. 2016 was the first real blend, but Pommery have managed everything from the wiser wines, the wine making process etc. In 2017, the blend with wiser wines we have 10percent. Year 2016 and 2017 the ways in which Pommery as a Luxury Brand are proud is where they have won gold medals in 2016 and 2017 also so they are very happy with these award winning wines produced.

The idea was to make wines with the same blend, but what will be on the Estate Vineyard is based on the Chardonnay and the planting of Pingleton Estate is a based on Chardonnay its mainly from this. You will be astonished to know Its more than 50 percent of chardonnay in the blend so you will see this in Pingleston Estate. The idea to purchase grapes that are very close from the Estate with the same blend but what Pommery have in the estate. Other grapes found on the Estate apart from Chardonnay are Pinot Noir and Meunier the same as champagne. They also have pinot gris so Pommery’s harvest day falls on 15th October is very special because I actually got to pick these grapes as a guest at the vineyard during my visit. Pomerys Cellar Master Clemont was curious what can produce pinot gris here in Hampshire and its going pretty well so far.

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James Bowreman Vineyard Manager, Louis Pommery England Pinglestone Vineyard

I had a really pleasant and enjoyable time on a jolly jaunt to the vineyard which is very close to the offices. You will see during the point that I am on a special site because Pommery have chosen it for different reasons due to the altitude of the site is very low for the ripeness, the shelter of the site too. For that reason, its because the idea of the UK have oceanic influence such as strong winds to making this a main priority from beginning to find a very well sheltered site.

When I look beneath my feet I can see the chalk that this vineyard is based on. According to the Vineyard Manager James this has been dug out and put on top, but what you will see across the site is about 20 to 30 cm of top soil. Straight into New Haven and Seaford Chalk which is about 80 million years old the chalk seam that runs through Hampshire and this gives the land superb draining for the soil. In this case, its so typical what we always experience in England which is the rain we can find that this site dries extraordinary quickly. So within 24 hours, maybe 48 hours I can work back onto the site and so there is no moisture retained in the soil which is good news for the vines being a Mediterranean kind of plant which really wants a dry soil and dry roots with lots of sunshine.

I discovered across the site during my visit to the vineyard you start on the west facing side and to the east. What we have is a hill with the wood on top and around the wood there is a 360 degree aspect for vineyards, so there are vines planted on a south west side, vines planted south facing, and vines planted east facing. James, mentioned in the UK over the last 15 years sometimes the east facing slopes tend to do better, sometimes the west is really dependant on the climate and as you know its really changeable in the UK. One of the biggest challenges Pommery faces is rising into the changes of the climate, so they are very pleased in some years the western side will produce riper fruit in a different expression. Although in other years will see the same result on the eastern side.

This will be the first Pingleston Estate grown wine. Its really interesting actually, I’ve learnt a lot about wine in terms of the soil and the environment to help it grow so you get a decent wine produced at the end of it. From what I’ve gathered from my visit to the Pingleston Estate Vineyard is the importance that you don’t get any splash while harvesting the wine and secondly the issue concerning the bacteria, moisture control of the environment and met with some really interesting people today to give me a better insights of the wine producing business.

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Having spent the day with Pommery England I’m so keen to want improve my knowledge about wine so it’s good to know there is something like this on my doorstep within easy reach of the home counties and London. I had the most fabulous Harvest Lunch on the Pinglestone Estate post grape picking and vineyard tour courtesy of Clement, James and the Pommery Vranken team and a chance to try the delicious Louis Pommery England Brut of course. I felt the wine also really complimented the cuisine served which was a sumptuous Autumnal Salad as Starter, followed by the Main Slow cooked pork cheek with apricots, pine nuts and bean puree to the most divine desert ever a Burnt Basque cheesecake which was so delightful to taste for my first time. Enjoy Louis Pommery England with Cheese, Grilled Meats or Vegetarian Dishes when paired together would also be great to host a dinner party, so sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of Louis Pommery England. Always something to Celebrate, expect nonetheless from this very forthright and bold wine that is traditionally perfect and the most delightful crowd pleaser with England’s finest sparkling wine. If you are interested and would like to find out more about Louis Pommery or it’s Stockist please visit Ocado and the Brands Homepage

Louis Pommery

Louis Pommery

Louis Pommery

Editorial Disclaimer: PR INVITE. This Press Trip is a Gifted Experience kindly organised by the Brand Rep’s Press Office and I am under no obligation to post about a brand whether or not I choose to do so. How I choose to work with brands on any collaboration whatsoever is always down to personal choice and preference if I feel it’s a good fit for my content and audience so I can always give my honest feedback.

STOW-AWAY APART HOTEL | LUXURY LONDON SUSTAINABLE STAYCATION

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Eco Friendly Hotels London

Traveling to London? Need to stay central? This eco-friendly, luxury apart hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from Waterloo Station

There’s nothing more satisfying than checking into a hotel for a holiday or mini staycation as it’s been a long while since I took an actual vacation. Just last week I headed to the Stow-Away Hotel in South Bank for that well needed staycation one evening. I’ve only managed to get away rarely this year due to the current global pandemic, so welcomed the chance to just get away and make the most of this opportunity to travel. The thrill and excitement of packing a bag once more seemed very appealing to me so I decided to jump on a train to the London Eco Luxury Hotel.

THE CULTURAL DISTRICT OF SOUTHBANK 

(Gifted Press Stay) The hotel is location in London South Banks cultural district, built in 2018 on Lower Marsh Street in the dynamic cultural borough of Southwark. Southbank has seen creativity come alive from frequent fairs and witnessed historical events such as the hotels original land lot being bombed in WWII has been home to world class arts venues The Southbank Centre to BFI film theatre and National Theatre.

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Furthermore, explore the riverside walkway for a scenic stroll and discover the restaurants, bars and historic pubs beside the River Thames. Inside the property there are just 26 rooms which they have a cosy welcoming and elegant style studio apartment repurposed and recycled from shipping containers. Each space is creatively ambitious by innovative design with stylish luxury touches adopting a sustainable approach to living.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Time for that staycation? Stay at the eco friendly studio apartments located in the heart of London’s cultural district Southbank.

The interiors reflect a private residence to support the surrounding land, environment and ecosystem in the area that deliver space efficient rooms in a stylish and eco-friendly way. Every guest room, you will discover solid classic herringbone flooring, marble tiled bathroom, walls clad with finely graded plywood, ergonomic kitchenette design, crisp fresh linens, towels, blackout blind, supersize king-size bed for ample space to sleep one way and face another way watching TV, all combined in a contemporary cream beige, light grey, dark mahogany accents.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Eco Friendly Hotels London

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As you enter your room you feel the vibe exudes a decadence of luxury, functionality without compromising valuable space. Let’s not forget the hotels fully equipped serviced studio apartments to complimentary luxury toiletries from Molton Brown London specifically chosen due to their large refillable and recyclable bottles. At present, its exciting to see some of the larger hotel chains now going this way to up-cycle and support sustainable efforts.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Eco Friendly Hotels London


Eco-Luxury, Sustainable functionality without compromising valuable space


Did you know at Stow-Away they have a heat recovery system that recycles the excess heat from the air conditioning system into hot water to help reduce overall energy consumption. It’s good to know that you can sleep comfortably with the aircon on knowing the excess heat is put towards your shower in the morning too.

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I was immediately impressed upon arrival to the property with a friendly customer service team on standby and their keyless entry using a Digital App on your smartphone with ease.

I’d say the check-in process was seemingly easy to set up as your room number and booking details were issued by email before arrival and no waiting around which was ideal.

Contactless check-in upon Arrival for Peace of Mind

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Using the App just open up the key screen by holding it up to the reader on the main front entrance or hotel room door to gain secure access. I stayed in room 203 on the 2nd Floor reachable by the main set of stairs or lift access to all floors. Prices for a Maximum of 2 persons sharing in the Apartments start from £98.10 per night.

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Get keyless entry using a Digital App on your smartphone with ease.

I really loved the extremely comfy bed with ultra Hypnos mattresses – the Award winning makers of bespoke, handcrafted and sustainably-made beds & mattresses approved by the HRH the Queen. In hindsight the overall design aesthetics of the room sizes and layout during my stay were effortlessly sleek and contemporay.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Eco Friendly Hotels London

But the main highlight of this room had to be the fully equipped kitchen for all your culinary needs as a home away from home. As this stay was personal to me to switch off and relax, I did just that by taking a rain shower and pamper myself with Molton Brown toiletries before bed in the walk in marble tiled bathroom. But, most importantly I wanted to comment how clean the apartment was especially at present where this is essential more than ever before.

I’ve never felt so re-assured with contactless check in, mask, relaxed social distancing rules in ground floor restaurant and bar ‘Unwind’ Pop Up at the Hotel to a spotless Apartment with fresh remote for Smart TV. Rest-assured a lot of careful thought has gone into implementing a solid covid action plan on their website to ensure all guest feel confident they are always protected. It’s so good to be back in hotels again whether you need to stay a for the night, a week, or longer duration, this contemporary eco hotel offers everything you could want to make your stay a pleasant one. I’ve already recommended Stow-Away Hotel to friends and family as a space to work and a space to relax for those interested in booking a Business trip to London? The eco Apartment studios are centrally located in London, which offer sufficient space to work, relax and enjoy.

Eco Friendly Hotels London