We’re back at that time of year when the nights are getting darker, the weather’s getting colder and the Christmas lights are shining once again. And as we enter the festive season, there’s nothing better than treating yourself or someone you love to something special.
Whether that be a luxurious night away, an excellent meal at an elegant restaurant, or something extra to add to your wardrobe, we all deserve a treat sometimes. So, to help when you’re out Christmas present shopping, and for that certain Christmas sparkle, here are some great gift ideas to enjoy.
You don’t need to travel far from Leeds to find an inviting hotel and spa. Luxury four star Oulton Hall is only a few miles from the centre for a nearby break from the buzz of city life to a quieter scenic setting. You can have a serious pamper weekend by appreciating some first-class treatments and unwinding with a drink or two in their Champagne Bar.
A truly unique destination in Otley, Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa is the UK’s largest log cabin, that’s surrounded by birch forest and looks onto a picturesque lake. Take a dip in their pool, melt your stresses away in their ‘alpine feel’ Scandinavian style retreat and lounge before the New Year’s festivities begin.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa is a rejuvenating trip to the countryside and fuels the soul through wining and dining. This country house on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is surrounded by picture-perfect views and is the ideal place for an indulgent, peaceful weekend.
Christmas is the perfect time to indulge in lots of good food before those challenging New Year’s Resolutions, and Leeds has quite the selection of stunning places to celebrate the season. The exquisite setting of Tattu brings something unique to the culinary scene. Diners can embrace this contemporary Chinese restaurant in sharing dishes and small plates, all surrounded by an aesthetically-beautiful interior.
One of the other most beautiful restaurants in Leeds city centre is Iberica, a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar located within a Grade II listed former cloth merchants. Escape the winter weather and step into Iberica for an authentic and elevated Spanish experience, and visit their basement bar, La Bodega, that serves a selection of over 70 Spanish wines.
At San Carlo, all your Italian cravings will certainly be satisfied. Their chic, contemporary dining space pairs perfectly with their fresh Italian menu and drinks, and is the ultimate place for a date night or post-work drinks to begin the Christmas celebrations. And in the glorious Grand Arcade is Stuzzi, an oasis of Italian small plates and traditional flavours. Combining modern Italian cooking and street food, they’ve truly tapped into the tastes of Italy and brought them impeccably to Yorkshire.
Berry’s Jewellers have become renowned for their exceptional quality and present their customers with a range of the latest fashion trends alongside traditional and classic pieces. With a heritage dating back to 1897, their designers can create a completely unique piece of jewellery from scratch if you’re looking for something extra special this Christmas.
Another luxury jewellery store recently opened in Leeds Victoria Quarter, Boodles. Existing since 1798, Boodles have become the ultimate glamorous jeweller in the UK, sourcing the world’s most exciting gemstones, exceptionally rare sapphires and rubies or tanzanites only found in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. So, if you’ve got a bit of cash to splash this Christmas then Boodles is the place to standout.
Taking a wander around the eclectic stores of Leeds is sure to find you that perfect gift for someone special. Neom Organics in Victoria Gate believe in wellbeing, can help you sleep better and lift your mood. Their complex fragrances use only the purest essential oils to give you true wellbeing benefits, created for their aromatherapy traits and they smell wonderful. If you know someone who needs to unwind, relax and de-stress, then a product from Neom is sure to be the perfect match.
Also inside Leeds’ Victoria Quarter is one of the finest perfume boutiques, Penhaligon’s. Selling luxury fragrances for both men and women, Penhaligon’s are renowned for their impressionable scents and extraordinary products; they’re the true epitome of fancy gifting. Charbonnel et Walker is Britain’s first and finest chocolatier, all hand-made following traditional recipes. Treat tastebuds to Charbonnel favourites like their truffle gift boxes, Marc de Champagne chocolates or drinking chocolate powders.
For a wide choice of treats this Christmas, department store Harvey Nichols is the place to visit. This luxury retail paradise is home to designer fashion, beauty, food, wine and fragrances, featurings brands such as Dior, Jo Malone, Burberry, Chanel and Ralph Lauren. Offering the ultimate shopper’s experience, a gift for anyone can be found inside the four floors of Harvey Nichols.
Images: Neom Organics, Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa, Oulton Hall, Stuzzi, Berry’s Jewellers, Penhaligons