Christmas Gift Guide Week pt. VI: for the hard-to-guess family members

If that one friend or relative never seems to appreciate your gifts, why not try one of these this year?

With Christmas fast approaching, this week sees Tempus compile the best gifts to grab for a family member, a friend – or even yourself. From Monday to Friday, we will be looking at the best luxury gift items available in categories ranging from indulgent food and drink to stunning design pieces for your house. In this final instalment, we round the week off with a look at gifts that are so unique that they simply don't fit into one category or another.

If drinks, food, clothes or homeware simply aren't cutting it, let's face it; you've got an acquaintance who is difficult to buy presents for. But this doesn't mean they'll leave the festivities empty handed! 

With this list curated by Tempus, those hard-to-guess family members and friends are sure to be pleased when they unwrap their gifts.

La Boite Concept SQUARE

La Boite concept has unveiled the gorgeous SQUARE turntable, a retro turntable with a minimalistic design that mixes modern sensibilities with antique chic, using durable materials for an efficient design.

SQUARE is presented in a square case with a slightly off-center turntable, and is designed to offer the best sound quality and meet all the needs of vinyl lovers across the world, with a pre-amplified and not pre-amplified setting so your audiophile loved one can tune the sound to meet their tastes. 

Simba Orbit™ Weighted Blanket

If the idea of Christmas is making a loved one feel visibly stressed this year, Simba’s Orbit™ will help them reduce anxiety and promote a better, deeper sleep.

The blanket uses the comforting weight of nano-beads to help guide away restlessness and encourage a better night's sleep, while feeling like a gentle, full-body hug.

Moka Pot Bundle from Gentlemen Baristas

Help a friend embrace their inner Italian with the Moka Pot beginners bundle from Gentlemen Baristas. It's ideal for those looking to discover the quick and easy Italian espresso brewing method and comes with a bag of the brand's espresso houseblend, making it the perfect gift for home-brew beginners.

Also included is a Moka Pot for creating the perfect, ultra-strong espresso, as well as a stylish contemporary espresso cup and saucer combination. It'll make the recipient feel like they're sipping coffee in a hilltop village in Tuscany…

Lightweight Leisure Bike by Bobbin Bikes

This perfect, lightweight leisure bike designed by Bobbin Bikes is the go-to bike for adults this Christmas – and might be the ultimate gift for someone looking to shed a few pounds as a New Years resolution.

Available in a variety of colours, the Brownie 7 is Bobbin’s signature model with a classic look making it a must have gift, and is designed for comfort and simplicity. It's the perfect fit for anyone looking to ride for commuting purposes or general leisure.

Home fragrances by Skandinavisk

Fragrance copany Skandinavisk has announced its new seasonal home fragrance collection and it is stunning. Inspired by Rituals, Myth and Magic the brand has crafted a beautiful new collection of scented candles to bring joy to a loved one's home through the festive season.

Choose from best selling SKOG and two winter scents JUL and SNO available in varying sizes; these are three scents to evoke the season. The candles are presented in vessels that are formed from jewel-like glass, etched with Skandinavisk designs and topped with oak lids, for a modern yet rich Scandi look.

Gifts for him from Vitruvian Man

Luxury organic skincare is no longer exclusively available to women; Vitruvian Man takes effective and nourishing botanical ingredients to create a clean foundation for healthy skin. These are easy-to-use self-care tools for the modern man to feel calm and confident from the inside and radiate on the outside.

As the brand puts its, their products are "inspired by Roman architect Vitruvius’ philosophy" and "embody three central themes – functionality, strength and elegance".

Q by Saunders & Long

Saunders & Long are a British, luxury grooming brand that focus on fragrance, hair & body and skincare, and recently launched their debut fragrance called Q – and it's spectacular.

Developed by François Robert of Grasse, the fragrance is inspired by the earthy aromas of unlit tobacco leaves and the layered woods of the humidor. Finding the perfect present for that hard-to-please friend or relative, just got a little easier. 

Transparent Flugel by Edelweiss Pianos

Edelweiss Pianos create bespoke, self-play pianos for high end interiors, and the Transparent Flugel model is the brand's magnum opus. It comes comes with custom LED lights and optional interior colour for the ultimate stylish, statement piece.

All pianos can also be customised with your choice of bespoke colours, veneers, or personalised with a name or inscription, and all pianos are delivered ready to plug and play.

Nest Cam by Google

Never miss a thing with the Nest Camera by Google. This fantastic product allows homeowners to check in on what’s going on – whether outside or in – to help provide them peace of mind not just during those busy festive months but all year round.

Its rechargeable battery gives the user the freedom to place it anywhere you like, so they can capture moments that matter, and Nest Cam’s improved algorithms mean more handy and accurate alerts that keep the user informed with the important stuff, like friends and family arriving for Christmas dinner or a pet misbehaving in the other room

ATX Interior Spotting Scope from Swarovski Optik

Swarovski Optik, the long-range luxury optics specialist, has created the ideal Christmas gift for decor enthusiasts who seem to have everything. The ATX Interior Spotting Scope is its first telescope designed specifically for indoor use, and comes complete with a gracefully crafted wooden tripod and elegant terra brown coloured armouring.

The ATX Interior perfectly complements a home study or modern living room and makes for a stylish yet practical addition to the home It can be enjoyed comfortably for hours thanks to its angled view. 

Marshall Acton II BT

The Acton II may be compact, but its sound is nothing short of large. Perfect for the avid audiophile, this dynamic compact speaker features three dedicated class D amplifiers that power its dual tweeters and subwoofer.

It produces a well-balanced, powerful audio experience, yet can fit in the tiniest of spaces. Plus, with Bluetooth 5.0 technology you can play your music in glorious, stereo sound with no wires required. Or, for the less tech-savvy, you can plug it into your device or record player.


For the wine connoisseur, the LG SIGNATURE Wine Cellar is a must-have addition to enhance even the most precious wine collections. With optimal preservation technology which focuses on vibrations, temperature and humidity, the wine cellar provides the perfect solution to preserving and showcasing delectable supplies.

Its sleek stainless-steel design and under shelf LED lighting enables specially selected wines to take centre stage, while the SmartThinQ technology allows for voice activated commands, seamlessly providing quick and easy access. 

KEF Mu3 Headphones X Ross Lovegrove

Sound engineers KEF have collaborated with designer Ross Lovegrove, renowned for his innovative approach and dynamic, lively portfolio of work, to bring a new dimension to sound.

The Mu3 earphones may be small, but their elegant sculptural look offers sophistication within their compact and ergonomic design. The audio performance of Mu3 benefits from KEF’s specially tuned Active Noise Cancellation technology, enabling the Mu3 to eliminate external noise without effecting sound quality.

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