Last-minute Christmas gift guide

Present your loved ones with one of these luxury gifts from the boutiques at The Royal Exchange and ensure everyone has a happy Christmas

Style 20 Dec 2018

Fortnum's Bar & Restaurant at The Royal Exchange

For the gourmand
The recently opened Fortnum’s food hall at The Royal Exchange stocks a variety of the historic retailer’s famous teas, preserves, biscuits and wines sure to delight any food lover. Plus, alongside its delectable menu of seasonal contemporary dishes, the Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant, situated in the domed courtyard, now serves Afternoon Tea: the perfect way to treat your loved one once the excitement of Christmas simmers down. Afternoon Tea from £30 per person, gift vouchers available, Fortnum’s at The Royal Exchange


For the host
After preparing the Christmas dinner and setting the Christmas pudding alight without losing an eyebrow, your host deserves a little something to instil some calm. Packed with essential oils and created in partnership with The English National Ballet, Penhaligon’s Iris Prima candle is the ideal choice and will permeate the house with warming bergamot, amber, leather and sandalwood. £36, Penhaligon’s


For him
Let him know he made the “Nice” list this year by gifting him these luxurious Rettangolo Ice cufflinks in blue by Tateossian. An impressive addition to any stocking, these industrial, rectangular links feature the brand’s signature textured pattern under translucent enamel. £210, Tateossian


For the sartorially savvy
Hand crafted from the finest Italian calf leather, this refined Mini Trunk Clutch in evergreen luxury croc patent leather from Aspinal of London is the perfect choice for the fashion-conscious woman in your life. With its boxy silhouette and gold brass corners it can be used by day with the detachable strap or by night as a clutch. Add her initials to the front of the bag for a personal touch. £495, Aspinal of London


For her
Exquisite jewellery is always a very well-received gift, especially when it is from world-renowned Danish design house Georg Jensen. Designed by jeweller Sophie Bille Brahe, this 18ct yellow gold pendant with brilliant cut diamonds from the house’s Halo Collection is timeless, contemporary and ideal for special occasions. £950, Georg Jensen


For the creative
Whether your loved one likes to write or is a lover of the classics, a Montblanc piston pen is the ideal gift. The shape of this elegant Homage to Homer limited-edition fountain pen is inspired by the story of the Trojan horse in Greek mythology. It features a spear-shaped clip and an engraving borrowed from Greek pottery and is sure to be a gift they won’t forget in a hurry. £3,400, Montblanc


For the new year
As far as accessories of distinction go, the Mara Kings Diary from Smythson is the most luxurious. Crafted from crocodile-print calf leather, it is the ideal way to add a touch of style to your everyday schedule. Inside, there’s a handy slip pocket and the week-to-view layout is printed on white woven watermarked pages that feature an exquisite silk lining. Available in two colours, it’s the ideal gift for the most organised person in your life. £190, Smythson

Many of the boutiques at The Royal Exchange are now open Monday-Saturday. See the website for individual boutique opening hours. All gifts available from