Louis XIII: The perfect present for loved ones this gifting season

With the holidays just around the corner, there are more than a few reasons to raise your glasses to in celebration. While home-bound with close friends and loved ones this time of the year, a toast to togetherness and new beginnings comes complete with the perfect winter imbibe to share or gift this season, the venerable Louis XIII.

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Boasting over 140 years of experience, the luxury cognac maker boasts unparalleled skill, knowledge and sheer savoir-fair in creating deliciously tantalising cognacs, that few can match up to — it’s small wonder, then, that it makes for the most desirable and sought-after of presents.

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Making moments into memories, the root of the indelible flavours of Louis XIII lie in the painstaking brewing process each cognac undergoes. Since the master distiller’s founding in 1874, generations of wine cellar experts have amassed and curated a staggering array of eau de vie made from grapes grown in France’s Grande Champagne region.

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To ensure the ultimate blend, these experts select from over 1,200 different eau de vie – some younger, some dating back centuries – to create a synergistic whole. Over 250 disparate aromas are instilled within, ranging from the vivid freshness of passion fruit and spice of ginger to rich notes of candied plumbs. Small wonder, then, that drinking Louis XIII has been compared to drinking perfume.

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Even as great care has been taken in distilling the cognacs, equal attention is paid to their bottling to ensure the finished product is fit for the eponymous French king the brand takes its name from. As such, each bottle is lovingly handcrafted by artisans of one of two French royal crystal workshops – Baccarat or Saint Louis – transforming the containers into glorious works of art. Epitomising cognac-making both without and within, Louis XIII makes for the perfect present to gift that special someone this festive season.


Stay in touch with LOUIS XIII:
Website: https://www.louisxiii-cognac.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LOUISXIII

Call to join the LOUIS XIII Society:
Hong Kong: +852 37109396
Macau: +853 2871 9699

Last-minute Christmas gift sets which are still available!

Holiday stress is a real thing. There’s a lot to get in order – from menus, decor shopping to buying the right vino – if you’ve been a chronic procrastinator (thanks, December madness!) for gift-shopping, there is no need to panic… just yet! We’ve curated plenty of luxurious ideas for him, her and even your home which can still be scooped up in time for the festivities. 

For Her

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Spa Hamper


There is no better way to show the special lady in your life that you care than to gift her a luxurious hamper of the most opulent wellness care package on offer. Filled to the brim with novel pampering items, thoughtfully curated by the The Ritz-Carlton Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Spa Hamper is an absolute indulgence. 
What’s inside:
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa Bathrobe
  • TWG Spa Tea
  • Black Orchid Reed Diffuser
  • Spa Gift Certificate (HK$500)
  • ESPA Body Oil Set

Price: HK$2,380
Order here.

W Hong Kong Luggage Hamper Set


For the modern and feminine special someone, W Hong Kong has curated a unique Luggage Hamper Set — yes, the luggage is the hamper. The perfect novelty surprise for a lady who loves to travel or is constantly on-the-go, the hamper, a stylish Ookonn luggage case, arrives with a luxurious bottle of champagne or whisky and accessories.

What’s inside:

  • One Bottle of VCP Champagne (1.5L Magnum) or Yoichi Whisky (700ml)
  • W Shaker
  • W Luggage Tag

Price: HK$ 2,688
Order here.

The Ritual of Sakura


The Ritual of Sakura is the perfect surprise for any modern and sophisticated lady to enjoy a sumptuous collection of bath and body products from luxury home and body cosmetics brand Rituals. Offering her the perfect excuse to celebrate the winter season with tender, love and care.

What’s inside:

  • The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel (200ml)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub (250g,)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream (200ml)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Hair & Body Mist (50ml)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Hand Wash (300ml)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Scented Candle (250g)

Price: HK$800
Order here.

Balmain Hair Couture Gift Set


Inspired by the snowy white Christmas of Parisian’s dazzling nightlight, the City of Light, French luxury house Balmain’s Hair Couture Gift Set, is a romantic sensorial journey. This Parisian beauty gift set is an absolute joy that will have the wonderful female in your heart dreaming of a white Christmas throughout the winter season. 

What’s inside:

  • Thermal Protection Spray (200ml)
  • Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner (50ml)
  • Argan Moisturizing Elixir (100ml)
  • Leave in Conditioning Spray (75ml)
  • Mini Detangling Spa Brush
  • Black Fourche
  • Texturizing Salt Spray (200ml)
  • Golden pocket mirror
  • Scented Candle

Price: 2,980
Order here

Christan Louboutin Loubiworld Miniatures Set
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It’s one of the most joyous perfumes in the luxury market. An epitome of fine scents, Christian Louboutin samples 7 of its most decadent fragrances in its Loubiworld Miniature Set. Presented in a luxuriously elegant glossy red box, each of the 7 miniature bottles are topped with iconic Louboutin motifs made from precious heavy metal silver.
What’s inside:
  • Loubirouge (9ml)
  • Loubiraj (9ml)
  • Loubifunk (9ml)
  • Loubicroc (9ml)
  • Loubicrown (9ml)
  • Loubidoo (9ml)
  • Loubikiss (9ml)
Price: HK$2, 450
Order here.

For Him

Royal Caviar Club Caviar Enthusiast


For the special epicurean in your life, an opulent box of Sai Ying Pun-set Royal Caviar Club offers the significant other in your life with a sumptuous option of black diamonds — yes, we’re talking caviar. The Epicurean Deluxe Package comes complete with accessories, cured meats, cheeses and a delicious bottle of bubbles and wine, date night on Christmas eve or day is made easy. 

What’s inside:

  • Besserat De Bellefon Blue Brut (750ml)
  • Castillon Cote De Bordeaux Page 2015
  • Royal Cristal Caviar (250g)
  • Seasonal Cheese and Charcuterie Platter
  • Chilled Argentinian Tenderloin (1.7kg)
  • 2 Pices Frozen Lobster Tails
  • Iberico Bellota Ham (100g)
  • Seasonal Truffle (50g)
  • French Frozen Blinis
  • L Clef Du Coeur Chocolate
  • Velvet Bag set with 1 spoon and opener
  • Gift Thermo Box

Price: HK$9,440 (now HK$6,800) 
Order here

The Ritual of Samurai


For the wonderful man in your life, express your love through Rituals’ The Ritual of Samurai gift set. Incorporating a flight of refreshing and woody aromas to his grooming process, the collection of shower and grooming products will give him the perfect boost start to his day — full with confidence and love.

  • The Ritual of Samurai After Shave Soothing Balm (100ml)
  • Travel – Bleu Byzantin (15ml)
  • The Ritual of Samurai Foaming Shower Gel (200ml)
  • The Ritual of Samurai Shave Foam (200ml)

Price: HK$515
Order here.

Steak King USDA Prime Steak Hamper


Introducing a new retail concept in town, Steak King Market serves good old-fashioned artisanal butchery, giving your precious culinary enthusiast at home with the perfect festive kit to cook up a delicious red-meat Christmas dinner — a perfectly thoughtful gift to show that special someone or friend that you know them best. 

What’s inside:

  • x2 USDA Prime Striploin (300g)
  • x2 USDA Prime Ribeye’s (300g)
  • x1 Bone In Ribeye (1kg)
  • x1 Bone in Porterhouse (1kg)
  • x2 Iberico Pork Chops (300g)
  • x2 Peppercorn Sauces

Price: HK$2,400
Order here.

Also Read: Sparkle, Sequins & Velvet: Elevate your party looks this season



The Peninsula Festive Hamper 


What’s inside: 
  • Pain d’Epices
  • Homemade Reindeer Cookie
  • Mango Chutney
  • Foie Gras d’Oie Terrine
  • Peninsula Lychee Honey
  • Page Hat Chocolate Bonbons
  • The Peninsula Christmas Firecrackers
  • The Peninsula Festive Candle
  • Peninsula Champagne by Deutz

Price: HK$3,188
Order here.

Giovani Pina Christmas Hamper


What’s inside:

  • Italian Christmas Panettone(500g)
  • Artisanal Praline Gift Box(9pcs)
  • Biscotto Farfalla Gift Box(20pcs)
  • Gingerbread Cookies(180g)
  • Meringue Kiss in Colors (65g)
  • White X’mas Chocolate Lady Fingers(120g)
  • Italian Sparkling Wine Prosecco
  • Cuoril Decaffeinated Ground Coffee

Price: HK$1,088
Order here.

Fortnum and Mason The Highgrove Christmas Basket


What’s inside:

  • Prince of Wales Tea Organic House Marmalade
  • Organic Strawberry, Marc de Champagne Preserve,
  • Organic Cinnamon & Orange Shortbread Fingers
  • Organic Christmas Pudding Organic Brandy Butter
  • Organic Côtes du Rhône
  • Highgrove Côtes de Gascogne
  • Signature Fortnum’s whicker basket hamper

Price: HK$1,015
Order here.

Grand Hyatt Grand Moment Hamper


  • Grand Moment – Champagne Duval-Leroy
  • Brut NV – Chocolatier dark chocolate almond Rocher
  • Parmigiana cheese
  • Summer truffle spread
  • Homemade herbs and spiced lavosh

Price: HK$ 1,180
Order here.

Harrods St. James Christmas Hamper


What’s inside:

  • Christmas Biscuit Selection Box (475g)
  • Chocolate & Hazelnut Biscuits (200g)
  • 12-Months Matured Decadent Christmas Pudding (200g)
  • Classic Mince Pies (380g)
  • Christmas Cake
  • Spiced Victoria plum & berry jam
  • Whisky marmalade
  • Brandy butter
  • infused honey
  • Milk chocolate and clementine florentines (170g)
  • Spiced Salted caramel shortbread (200g)
  • Classic Panettone (750g)
  • Spiced green and black tea, after-dinner coffee and hot chocolate
  • 20-piece chocolate selection box and golden cocoa-dusted nut mix
  • Festive british confectionery selection (410g)

Price: HK$3,466
Order here.


City Super’s ‘Fantasy Christmas Factory’


What’s inside:

  • 22 options include the priciest city’ super Christmas Extravaganza
  • Grand Cru wine & Champagne
  • Revered whisky and sake
  • Bulgarian Beluga caviar
  • Alba white truffle
  • France’s revered Lafitte foie gras
  • Organic, pecan-smoked whole turkey
  • Premium ham gift pack
  • City Super x Antoniazzi Wild Strawberry Panettone

Price: HK$1, 988 and Up
Order here.

Marks & Spencer Christmas Spectacular


What’s inside:

  • Product Details Abel Charlot Brut In Gift Box (75cl)
  • 10 Year Old Tawny Port (75cl)
  • Moueix Saint-Emilion (75cl)
  • The Collection Twelve Month Matured Christmas Pudding (454g)
  • The Collection Perfectly Matured Rich Fruit Cake (350g)
  • All Butter Mince Pies (350g)
  • The Collection Marc De Champagne Truffles (125g)
  • The Collection Belgian Chocolate Café Cream Biscuits (430g)
  • Belgian Chocolate Biscuits (1kg)
  • Belgian Contemporary Selection (245g)
  • Scottish Shortbread (500g)
  • Stag Tin All Butter Shortbread (650g)
  • All Butter Toffee Shortbread (720g)
  • The Collection Cocoa Dusted Liquid Salted Caramels (120g)
  • The Collection Belgium Chocolate Biscuit Pearls (210g)
  • British Sentry Tin Shortbread (200g)
  • Percy Piggy Bank (100g)
  • Pigs In Blankets Hand Cooked Crisps (150g)
  • The Collection Strawberry & Champagne Conserve (250g)
  • Cut Comb In Acacia Honey (340g)
  • Fairtrade Sumatran Ground Coffee (227g)
  • Spiced Apple Infusion (40g)

Price: HK$3,999
Order here

Also Read: Festive beauty inspo – Essentials for a dazzling party look!

Festive Scents: Trudon unveils new Christmas scented candle collection

Just in time for Christmas, the world’s oldest candlemaker Trudon has launched a special holiday collection inspired by the opulent court of Sun King Louis XIV at Versailles.

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This royal motif is immediately evident on the glass, where the Trudon emblem is embellished with black and gold arabesques that recall the palace’s gates and ironworks. Enhancing its appeal even further are the chateau’s silhouette and royal masquerades that have been brought to life through the stunning illustrations of renowned British artist Lawrence Mynott.

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Each vessel is painstakingly crafted by hand, and involves an intricate four-step process to achieve its unique stenciled design. First, gold foil is applied inside the glass, before a stencil is placed on top. Then, skilled artisans sand the foil through the stencil, ensuring only the illustration remains in place. A coat of paint is then applied to seal the structure into place.

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Five holiday candles comprise the latest festive collection from Trudon: Gabriel, Ernesto, Gloria, Fir, and the all-new Bayonne. Each boasts a unique scent that are quintessentially part of Christmas celebrations, be it chimney fires, wood and spices, fir trees or spicy chocolate. All come in a Classic size of 270g, which is priced at HK$960. Available for purchase at Scented Niche starting from mid-November, these beautiful aromatic creations are perfect for enhancing your home this holiday season.

Christmas Gifts for Her: Our top picks to present that special lady in your life

With only a few short weeks left to complete your Christmas shopping, the clock is ticking on picking up that perfect gift for your special ladies. To save you from the last-minute ‘what should I get?’ confusion, we have put together a list of beautiful and practical Christmas gifts for her from some of the world’s best-loved brands that the women in your life will cherish.

Rituals’ gift set

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Everyone loves themselves some self-pampering for the holidays, and it’s never been easier thanks to beauty brand Rituals’ elegant collection of gift sets. Some of everyone’s favourite Rituals collections – The Ritual of Ayurveda, The Ritual of Sakura and The Ritual of Samurai – are available as gift sets in different sizes – small, medium, large and extra large. Fortunately, the boxing can be used as an attractive storage space after the products have been used, giving the gift an extra life. Get your choice of the gift set from one of the Rituals stores in Hong Kong.

Senreve’s Midi Maestra

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A bag is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Thereby, one can never go wrong with a good bag, and San Francisco-based bag expert Senreve’s Midi Maestra is definitely a great choice. This multipurpose and multi-feature bag with eight interior compartments and four ways to be carried – as a backpack, cross-body, satchel or tote. This Italian-manufactured bag comes in different types of materials including luxury pebbled leather, mimosa to mixed leather and suede. Click on the link here to buy the bag.

Panthère de Cartier Jewellery

Christmas Gifts

Haute joaillerie maison Cartier’s Panthère de Cartier collection is elegant, iconic and timeless, offering the discerning femme fashionista with beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Proudly burnished with the brand’s iconic panther motic, this collection will definitely top off as a stylish accessory that can be worn for on all occasions especially for its lightweight, slimness and of course the panther artwork on it . These exotic creations are available in the buyer’s choice of white, rose and yellow gold, and comes adorned with various precious stones including diamonds, emeralds and more. Click here to shop from the collection.

Chopard’s Happy Moon

Christmas Gifts

Taking inspiration from the night sky that is beautifully lit by the moon and the stars, the haute horology house Chopard’s Happy Moon is a watch with astronomical attributes. The first moon-phase featured timepiece from the Happy Sport collection, it showcases a distinctly starry motif, with shimmering constellations punctuating its deep blue dial. The Happy Moon is made from ethical 18K gold and is studded with diamonds for an added sparkle.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

Christmas Gifts

In addition to the sweet treats and delicious food, a bottle of bubbly is what completes the dinner table on a Christmas night. If you are confused about which sparkling wine to get, British sparkling wine-maker MV Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee is the answer. Keeping up with the expectations of any Nyetimber wine, this beverage is a blend of 50-60 percent Chardonnay, 30-40 percent Pinot Noir and 10-20 percent Pinot Meunier..Toasty and spicy with hints of honey, almonds and pastry on the nose, t is available to buy on Watson’s Wine.

Shanghai Tang’ s 2019 Christmas Collection

Christmas Gifts

Luxury lifestyle label Shanghai Tang’s 2019 Christmas Collection is definitely a one step solution for any confusions one may have for what to get her for Christmas. However, the collection is sure to spoil you with a wide range of choices – Silver Jubilee, women’s ready-to-wear sets, accessories and scarves, lacquer boxes, trinket boxes, photo frames, fragrances and more. With red being a very prominent colour in the collection, it definitely holds the spirits of Christmas while still embodying a wholly Oriental appeal. Click here to shop from Shanghai Tang.

Day & Night of Vivid Pink Spinels

Christmas Gifts

Another piece of jewellery that would make a beautiful gift is the Day & Night of Vivid Pink Spinels from K.S. Sze & Sons Jewelers. Known for their reputation as one of the most sought-after jewellery shops in Hong Kong, the Day & Night of Vivid Pink Spinels is crafted with pink spinels and 18K white gold. For more jaw-dropping designs, check out its Sri Lanka Royal Blue Sapphires Collection, Pear Diamond Necklace, and Paraiba Tourmaline.

Luxury choice: Our top ten Christmas gift ideas for women

One would think buying a gift for a lady would be easier than for a gentleman (click here for Christmas gift ideas for him), but the mind-boggling multitude of choices themselves may make you feel unsure about just where to start! If you’re daunted by the idea of browsing through a hundred different shades of peach lipstick or choosing between a satchel and a sling bag, we’ve narrowed down the potential Christmas gift ideas for women by quite a bit. So fret not and dive straight into our top ten carefully curated luxurious Christmas gift ideas for women, all assured to win her heart.

Of course, to add an extra-personal touch to the joy of gift-giving, you can always opt for the personalised gift boxes from DFS’s Personalization Gift Shop that’s available till 1 January. From personalised holiday ribbons and monogrammed luggage tags to limited-edition patches and monogrammed tote bags, there’s no better way to make your gift stand out in the pile under the Christmas tree. 

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas you just can’t go wrong with


With the clock ticking away towards Christmas, it’s more than high time to start planning for the perfect present for our loved ones. But what do you gift to the most discerning, elegant of individuals who has everything?

Fret not, for we have for you a selection of the most luxurious gifts that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most astute sensibilities.

Spread the Joy this Christmas with Gafencu’s Exclusive Luxury Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for the perfect gift for your loved ones. But with a plethora of Christmas-special offers and discounts to lure you, it’s easy to get confused while choosing the right gift. To streamline the experience, we have for you the Gafencu e-shop, your one-stop shopping destination for luxury lifestyle products.

There’s even more reason to celebrate. From elegant jewellery and limited-edition accessories to exclusive homeware items, everything in the Gafencu online collection is now available at a special Christmas promotional price.

Log on to the E-shop today and discover our carefully curated selection of exclusive luxury goods.

It’s a bubble world at Lee Gardens this Christmas


Lee Gardens is all geared up for Christmas with its first-ever personalised Christmas Love Baubles event. As part of the ‘All Is Joyful, All Is Bright’ theme, hundreds of shiny, personalised Christmas bubbles have been hung up across three locations at Hysan Place and Lee Theatre.

Add to that the Christmas lodge-style stalls and affordable gift items ideal for Christmas, and you have reason for a month-long celebration! Running from 24 November 2017 to 2 January 2018, Lee Gardens Christmas Handicraft Fair will also have 3D image projections where guests can take their pictures and have them projected on giant columns.

The medley of stalls and booths selling fun, quirky gifts and delectable dishes add their own charm to the Christmas cheer. Our personal recommendation for a nice gift would be the preserved flower bottles and floral lamps from Amen Florist & Décor and a large cookie box from Sharon Chan’s Blesscuit Bakery. Those with sweet tooth should not miss the honey sausages from Hexapi Honey and the limited-edition éclairs from La Mer, the new French restaurant by musician Mark Lui.

Sparkling Reds: Louboutin’s iconic rouge hue shines this holiday season

Fancy some sparkling reds this holiday season? No, not the wines – we’re talking about Christian Louboutin’s new Metalissime Rouge line.

The renowned French designer has given his iconic Rouge Louboutin a sparkly twist just in time for the holiday season. With the new Metalissime line, the designer’s signature red hue has a shimmering pearl sheen that’s sure to attract eyeballs wherever you go.  

Dab a little Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Silky Satin Lip Colour and Loubilaque Lip Laquer for that perfect pout. Or brighten your fingernails with a coat of opulent Metalissime Nail Colour

There’s no need to fret about finding matching accessories either, because the French brand’s upcoming Spring/Summer 2018 Collection will feature a limited edition metallic-finished Shoepeaks clutch.

You’ll find the new Metalissime Rouge Louboutin line at ChristianLouboutin.com or any Christian Louboutin beauty counter worldwide.

Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Silky Satin Lip Colour: HK$800
Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Loubilaque Lip Laquer: HK$755
Rouge Louboutin Metalissime Nail Colour: HK$450 for 13ml