Unsure of what to buy that special someone for Christmas? Claire Adler presents 10 gifts that will give the festive season that extra bit of magic
5* Kempinski Ski and Spa resort
The Pragelato Ski and Spa village in Italy has just opened its doors to its first guests. With a deluxe health spa, private ski school, pool, golf course, gym, bar, restaurants and cinema, 100 luxury two- and three-bedroom chalets are set in the grounds of the 5* Kempinski hotel and managed by the experts behind some of the finest hotels in the world.
Founded in 1842 and having remained in family hands until the 1950s, Riva is the world's number one name in luxury yachting. When Pietro Riva attempted to repair two storm-damaged fishing boats, he succeeded where others had failed. Riva yachts have since graced Bond movies, while Liz Taylor and George Clooney are fans. No excuse needed then to take the Aquariva Super on a voyage to exotic climes.
Bespoke perfume, Lyn Harris
This pioneer of bespoke fragrance boasts legendary waiting lists, routinely stretching to 18 months. Following an initial consultation in Lyn's laboratory and three to four further meetings, it takes around 12 weeks to develop the final formula. Fragrance can be blended into body cream, bath oil, shower wash and candles in packaging hand-engraved with your name.
Bespoke shoes, John Lobb Ltd
If you're partial to planning ahead, put in a special order for bespoke shoes for summer 2009 at John Lobb – they take six months to make but last forever. Shelves at the St James based family business brim with lasts - contoured wooden models of customers' feet. "We've seen 30-year-old shoes come in for repair," says William Lobb.
Bibliotherapy at the School of Life
With a new book being published every 30 seconds, how about giving your loved one a session with a bibliotherapist and a pile of books? Therapists at the School of Life's small shop with big ambitions, have already prescribed a library or a set of books for customers ranging from the mum of a demanding five-year-old to aspiring career changers.
Calleija pink diamond ring
The first Australian on London's Bond Street unveils the Pink Heiress this Christmas – a knockout of a ring with a central 1.43 carat radiant cut fancy intense pink diamond encircled by pink, white and blue diamonds. The buyer will be in good company. Calleija is a pink diamond expert and previous clients include Claudia Schiffer and Luciano Pavarotti just hours before his death.
Ebel's newest 1911 Arsenal Tekton spells serious masculine watchmaking. Named after the Greek word "architekton", this iconic new 48.5mm line embodies the quintessence of the horological expertise and sophisticated design. With bold concentric circles for reading the time, it's both technical and individualistic – fitting for a brand inspired by the discipline of architecture.
Hand made suit by Eddie & Chris Kerr
Father and son Soho-based tailors Eddie and son Chris Kerr might not offer glitzy store design. But they've been hand making traditional suits for the entertainment world's VIPs, from Johnny Depp, to Ewan McGregor and Dustin Hoffman, for over 40 years. Showbiz credits include stage show Mamma Mia and feature film Batman Begins.
Vertu Boucheron phone
A veritable jewel, Vertu's star offering this Christmas is a one-off, price on application sculpture of a phone, crafted in collaboration with Parisian jewellers Boucheron. In solid gold, polished for 700 hours, and with a concierge service to boot, its wooden case is by Reuge, Swiss specialists in artisan music boxes. Music to the ears indeed.
Wild at Heart flowers for a year
Florist to fashion and media giants Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, the BBC and Bloomberg, Wild at Heart provides weekly flowers to private houses, offering tips about interior design in the process. A touch indulgent, but irresistible nonetheless, it's surely a gift for those who never dare treat themselves. Includes a designated florist who pops round to change the arrangements each week.