Tis the season to be jolly – and generous! Typically I gather gifts on travels throughout the year, so come December, I just need to locate them and remember who was the intended recipient at time of purchase.
This year, I explored Russian country / seaside where shopping opportunities â even for souvenirs – remain in development stages. However, Made in Moscow, is currently all the rage. I have long predicted that it would one day become the epitome of sophistication and finally Russians are embracing their heritage in modern interpretation and capitalising on local opportunities: skills and raw materials. Russian goods are attracting the attention they deserve.
I work with Russian luxury brands, which easily compete with their international counterparts, often surpassing them in terms of quality and value for money. Iâm spoilt for choice for ideas this Christmas, if you seek inspiration, hereâs a sneak preview from my wish list:
Â· Scarf by Radical Chic from the New Year collection, which combines classic winter motifs with melting scoops of ice cream â perfect for snowy and sunny holiday destinations.
Â· Wisdom earrings from the Seven Virtues collection at Amova Jewelry- a nod to the Wise Men!
Â· Beautifully presented jams, compotes and pates from farm Dlya Svoikh, to add to the festive table.
Â· From Domaine Burnier in Anapa: sunshine and warmth in a bottle. My favourite is the white label Lublu; for lovers of red wine, try the signature Krasnostop.
Â· Stocking filler: dental care foam by SPLAT is a must-have for the extended holiday season. Leafy mint or fruit flavours fit neatly in your hand luggage and keep you smelling sweet as you party hop.
Â· And my most extravagant entry is a cashmere coat by BSBY in pale grey with mink collar â I might have to treat myselfâ¦