Top 10 Picks For Special Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, 2020 promises to be very different from any that we can remember. Many of us may not have seen our loved ones for months, and who knows what Boris Johnson will have in store for us come December.

If you're planning your shopping early then these are our Top 10 picks for Christmas gifts - for both men and women. 

From unique and quirky to sentimental and sophisticated we have all types of gifts covered for your nearest and dearsest this Christmas - even those hard-to-buy-for men in your life.  

And with all the restrictions on travel we can have them delivered gift-wrapped straight to the recipient if you would prefer - at no extra cost. 

1. Unique gift for her: Upcycled Clarice Cliff

 

Every woman wants to feel like she's wearing something special or unique at Christmas. 

Pictured here is one of our signature Clarice Cliff pendants made from upcycled pieces of the the artist's broken ceramics. These statement pieces look perfect worn on a longer 30" chain. The ideal Christmas gift for lovers of Art Deco or Clarice Cliff's striking and unique designs.

Matching earrings and rings are available too. 

 

2. Unique gift for him: Spitfire cufflinks made with original fuselage

Men can be SO hard to buy for but we have the perfect solution. 

We have been fortunate to acquire some original pieces of the iconic Supermarine Spitfire fuselage. We take small sections of the fuselage and set them in 15mm square sterling silver cufflinks.

These aviation cufflinks make ideal gifts for anyone with an interest in World War II history, and are often given as a gift to pass down through the generations.

 

3. Historical gifts for him: HMS Victory cufflinks made with original pieces of the ship's oak

HMS Victory Oak Cufflinks in Sterling Silver

Everyone loves to wear something that makes them feel special and stand out, and these unique sterling silver cufflinks do just that. Made from original pieces of oak from HMS Victory, they certainly create a talking point.

We purchased the material removed during restoration, as part of a fundraising project to assist in the ongoing maintenance of the ship. A certificate of provenance is provided.

Take a look at our HMS Victory cufflinks made with copper.  

 

4. Sophisticated accessories for that LBD: Art Deco Collection

 Art Deco Monochrome pendant and earrings set in sterling silver

With any luck we'll have places to go and excuses to dress up in the near future - and when that time comes you need to be prepared. 

Our monochrome range of Art Deco pieces offers a wide choice of pendants and earrings to give you that glamorous look. They can be worn with a little black dress or more formally, to compliment elegant evening wear.  

We recommend a sleek 18" snake chain to set off these pendants. 

 

5. Uniquely British gifts:  Blue John jewellery and cufflinks

One of our favourite pendants this season – a beautiful piece of Blue John set in a delicate sterling silver tree of life. This pendant is also reversible, with Blue John showing on the back, so you are getting two pendants for the price of one. 

Blue John is found only in one location in the whole world – Castleton in the UK's stunning Peak District, and specifically in the Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. Blue John is becoming increasingly rare and only a small amount is allowed to be mined each year.

 

6. Quirky gifts for him: Computer Circuit Board cufflinks

Computer Circuit Board Cufflinks in Sterling Silver

What gift can you give to someone who loves computers or gaming?  Our circuit board cufflinks will certainly appeal to their techie nature. 

We upcycle old motherboards to produce these striking computer cufflinks, such as those from a defunct laptop. In today's throw-away society it is estimated that as much as 50,000 tonnes of printed circuit board is scrapped each year in the UK. Our cufflinks go only a small way to reduce this - but we constantly search for ways of upcycling unwanted items.

 

 7. Elegant and timeless gifts: Muonionalusta meteorite collection

Muonionalusta Meteorite jewellery in Sterling Silver

An extremely rare Swedish meteorite, Muonionalusta, fell to earth more than 1 million years ago and is estimated to be around 4 billion years old.

A perfect opportunity for someone to wear something from outer space.

We have a selection of pendants, earrings in cufflinks made out of this striking Swedish meteorite which make elegant and timeless gifts.

 

8. Historical gifts for her:  Berlin Wall pendant

 

A great opportunity to own and wear a little piece of history.  We take graffitied sections of the Berlin Wall and set them in sterling silver pendants.

November 2020 marked 31 years since it was officially announced the border would open up between East and West Berlin again, and at that point demolition unofficially began with citizens claiming their piece of history. 

We also do a colourful range of Berlin Wall cufflinks

 

9. Ancient fossil gifts for both him and her: Ammonite pendants and cufflinks

          

If you know anyone with a love of palaeontology, geology or ancient history then why not give them an ancient ammonite gift.

Pictured on the left are our Pyrite ammonite cufflinks from the Ardeche region of France. Their brassy metallic lustre gives them a tangible sophistication and look stunning worn with a sharp suit. 

On the right is one of our Madagascan Ammonite pendants displaying some beautiful hues of browns and pinks. We make a wide range of Ammonite pendants in a variety of sizes from small to more statement pieces. Larger pendants, such as that pictured, look particularly striking with our longer 30" snake chains. 

 

10.  Hobbyist gifts for him:  Golf Ball cufflinks

Golf Ball Cufflinks in Sterling Silver

If your favourite has a passion for golf, then these golf ball cufflinks make for a really special present. 

We acquired an original set of 1970s vintage Dunlop golf balls and used them to make sterling silver cufflinks.

We also have a set of Presidential Golf Ball cufflinks made with golf balls from the course George Bush used to play on. He even allowed his presidential number to be embossed on the balls.  

 

 

We hope all of these suggestions give you some inspiration for Christmas gift ideas. If you need any help deciding or have any questions about our products, please just give us a shout (you can click on the message button at the bottom of the screen or email hello@hepburnandhughes.com) and we're happy to help and advise. 

Stay safe and have a great Christmas!

Zoe & Louise