Yatzer is on hand once again this year with a selection of the greatest, finest, most elaborate, most simplistic and most whimsical gifts from around the world. In other words: we've done the hard work for you and have found something to delight every single person on your Christmas gift list!
Whether you're looking for a cute stocking stuffer or a jaw dropping statement making gift, something fun and superfluous or something practical yet amazing, we've got you covered. From a utilitarian chic backpack to an exciting piece of jewellery, or an intoxicating new fragrance to a mode of transportation (no kidding) and everything in between, here is our selection for Christmas 2016!
Chasing Poppy by Alexandra Gallagher from Rise Art
For the romantic on your gift list look no further than the 50-piece, limited edition, signed print, Chasing Poppy, by award winning British artist, Alexandra Gallagher, which is available through Rise Art. This surrealistic, 59.4 x 84.1 x 0.1 cm collage image is printed with museum grade, fade-proof inks on smooth, high-quality paper (230 gsm) with a white border to enable framing. In keeping with the artist’s usual inspirations, it's an image that seems suspended between a dream and reality, destined to make viewers stare with wonder…
Giannini, Monogramma Leather Notebook
Artemest, the online purveyor of the best in Italian design, sources items that represent the most quintessential "Made in Italy" aesthetic - exquisitely crafted with a timeless design. So, it's no surprise that some of the very best presents for everyone can be found there and Florentine bookbinder, Giannini's, handmade Monogramma Leather Notebook perfectly fits the bill. We can't think of anybody who won't appreciate this 12 x 1.5 x 17 cm notebook's black, vegetable-tanned leather cover and soft, ivory-coloured pages. Special touches are added with the signature Florentine marbling technique on the outside of the pages, as well as the available customizations, including monogramming and engraving. Here's the perfect present for the most discerning anyone on your Christmas list!
The GUEST by Rolito for Lladró
We all have that one guy on our Christmas gift list that has absolutely everything for whom we're on the constant lookout for a singular item that will both amuse and enthral. Yatzer has your search for his perfect present covered with Lladró's Guest designed by Jaime Hayon and customized by renowned illustrator, Rolito! Standing at 52 x 19 cm, this porcelain figure is dressed as a - dare we say “adorable” - robber, wearing a gray and black-striped outfit accessorized with gold-plated shoes and eye mask. Issued in 2014, this particular version of The Guest is only available in the very limited quantity of 250 items worldwide, its exclusivity only adding to the delight “he'll” bring. He is also available in a smaller size.
Jasmin d'Inde Candle No.6 by L'Objet
Inspired by the romantic story of a beautiful Indian market girl selling jasmine flowers and a rugged saffron baron from the Kashmir Mountains, one whiff of the Jasmin d'Inde Candle's intoxicating fragrance will whisk you away into their fairytale. Labelled the No. 6 candle in L'Objet's collection, this heady fragrance features a heart of Jasmine flowers, sambac absolute and ylang moheli, spicier top notes of saffron, cumin, nutmeg and green leaves, and a patchouli, Peruvian balsam, sandalwood, birch tar and civet base, all of which mirror the romantic inspiration image the fragrance creates as it wafts through the space. The candle's beautiful round white canister with gilded edge is brilliantly packaged in a white box featuring illustrations of the storyline's lover's eyes, making Santa's job super easy - all he has to do is deliver it to the stocking of your choice!
TRAY by Elena Xanthopoulou
The classical beauty of natural marble is beautifully displayed front and centre in the Tray designed by Greek interior designer, Elena Xanthopoulou, and available through the Art Shop of the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece. Five separate slabs of three different marbles, these being white Dionysian marble, black Edessa marble and gray Parnonas marble lay diagonally beside each other, with the bronze, 31 x 21 cm tray frame locking them together. However, each slab can also be used individually as a sous-verre for drinks or hot dishes, or even as decorative accents in a table setting. Whatever the use, the Tray's simple design and elegant construction respects the natural beauty of this ancient stone, once again proving the beauty in effortlessness that will be sure to add a very special touch to any interior it graces - along with a smile on the lips of the gift's receiver come Christmas morning.
Witches POWER BANK by FENDI
For that person who adores a bit of whimsy along with her or his fashion, FENDI has just done it again! Displaying the Italian label's unrivalled appeal, creativity and "Made in Italy" craftsmanship, this doll-like Witch charm has a cute little face made out of metal and long, black tufts of "hair." But it's not only adorable, it has a secret: it conceals a power bank behind its gold leather and black fur coat while the charming leather and fur slippers on its feet cover two USB-C and Lightning cables. A leather strap and gold finished ring will assure that it never falls off your loved one's Fendi Lei Bag - or whatever bag it hangs from. In short, this little Witch is all done up with the kind of innocent creativity that's guaranteed to bring out the child in whoever receives it … and make anyone who didn't find this little Witch poking out of their Christmas stocking green with envy!
GOLD Smart Rope : LED-embedded jump rope that displays your fitness data - in mid-air.
Getting fit while having fun is the name of the game with the Smart Rope by Korea-based, Tangram Factory. This LED-embedded jump rope displays fitness info in front of the person using it, as a hologram in mid-air, making it the perfect present for that friend who needs a little bit of fitness motivation to keep them going! Simple to use - just jump - but technologically outfitted, the Smart Rope features 23 LED lights and each recharging session lasts for up to 36 hours of use - just imagine how many Christmas cookie calories that burns! The 2 x 8 x 8 inch Smart Rope works with an array of fitness apps such as Apple HealthKit, Google Fit and Under Armour's fitness platforms and is available in chrome, gold or black finishes and is ensured to take its user back to their childhood when fun was seamlessly integrated with fitness!
XiLO 5.1 Wireless Audio System by iXOOST
Do you have a car lover on your Christmas list for whom you’re desperately seeking something more unique to gift them this year than a high quality model of their favourite sports car? Then look no further than the XiLO, the first ever audio system that happens to also recreate the "magical sound of engines." Created by IXOOST and made in Modena - a city well-known to Formula 1 aficionados - this incredibly unique item displays a Monocoque chassis handcrafted out of oak or mahogany wood and aluminium with either a silver or red finish and looks like the exhaust pipes removed from a futuristic car. The gifted can decide between using the integrated wireless Bluetooth technology or aux connectivity and will undoubtedly want to proudly display the XiLO in the most prominent spot of their home… start your engines!
Wishbone bracelets by Minas
If you never underestimate the impact of an awesome piece of jewellery on Christmas day then you're sure to understand why we chose this incredible Wishbone bracelet for our Gift List. Originally designed and made by Greek jeweller, Minas, in 1998, this piece is entirely handcrafted in rubber with either silver, oxidized silver, silver & gold, oxidized silver & gold or just gold "wishbone" elements… meaning that there's an option for every price point. Our Christmas dream would be to stack a pair or even two pairs of these together on our wrists. Full disclosure… these are at the top of Yatzer's in-house wish-list to Santa!
SCROOSER Electric Scooter from Jardins Florian
The Scrooser is definitely innovative, surely covetable and will probably find itself on many Christmas wish lists to Santa! How does it work? One good push-off with the rider's leg and the bike's motion is boosted by the electric motor; 30 metres down the road simply give it a second push. They call this the Scrooser's "Impulse Drive," we call it, simply, "Cool!". Crafted with a steel body and available in three motorization options - the road legal 12.4 MPH or 15.5 MPH and the not road legal 15.5 MPH - and in two versions - Pure and Prime - the zero emission Scrooser can reach a speed of up to 26 km and take it's rider on a 55 kilometre journey with every 2.5 hour charge, thanks to the 36 Volt strong, lithium-ion battery pack that is cleverly concealed just beneath the footrest.
Although there's a great existing colour range to choose from, it can also be customized making it the perfect gift at Jardins Florian, the online design maison, store and magazine that celebrates humanity, craftsmanship and innovation.
Topos Necklace by Nefelia
Topographic maps may seem an unlikely inspiration for jewellery… that is of course until one comes across the Topos Necklace by Greek brand, Nefelia, available on Qrator. This thoroughly unique piece of jewellery is as defined as a little sculpture and is made out of black and white, laser-cut plexiglass, black rope and gold plated brass elements. As with all of Nefelia's pieces, this 14 x 10 cm bib necklace is also reminiscent of the delicate, graceful lines of Classical Greek architecture and is destined to become a favourite statement piece for years to come, starting on Christmas Day 2016!
20TH CENTURY BLACK MARQUINIA table LAMP by Davide Giulio Aquini
Every home deserves a bit of pizzazz - especially around the holidays - and this is exactly what the 20th Century Black Marquinia Lamp exudes. Designed by Davide Giulio Aquini and available through Artemest, this 28 x 25 x 7 cm brass and marble lamp was handmade in Italy and seems destined to find its way into the most discriminating of interiors. Just turn on the switch and see the light glow from the 3.6W LED module IP20 through the natural veining of the stone - and as nature can never be repeated or copied, each item is as unique as its lucky recipient.
Nomad backpack by Montroi
City trekkers and weekend adventurers alike won't be able to resist falling in love with the Nomad backpack by Montroi as it waits under the Christmas tree. Handcrafted in Spain out of the finest European calf leather, this trusty 30 x 47 x 17 cm black backpack is lined in suede with a quilted nylon backing and features a practical top handle, adjustable shoulder straps and two external zip pockets on the front. There’s a personalized touch comes in the shape of the gold monogram embossing on its back, while the two parachute army locks provided ensure that all possessions - including the laptop snuggled away in the internal padded pocket - remain safe throughout any journey.
L’Envol de Cartier eau de Parfum
Creating a fragrance is an ancient art, today perfected by Cartier, the French jeweller of renown who has sparked more than a few covetable baubles in its day. L'Envol is the latest Cartier fragrance for men, created by Mathilde Laurent (the maison's in-house perfumer) for that man who is passionate; an explorer of his own experiences who isn't afraid to chase his existing dreams and create new ones as he goes through the journey. With notes of musky iris, guaiac wood and honey, the fragrance shrouds the man wearing it with mystique and strength, as it was inspired by the "mythical ambrosia of the gods on Olympus." The elegant, refillable bottle - a vial enclosed within a glass dome - is a work of art in itself. After all, don’t we all have that one special man on our Christmas gift list that personifies all these amazing characteristics; affirm to him that you recognize he is that man…