For those doing Christmas a bit differently...

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Words: Thea Bichard. Photography: Clark Franklyn. 

It’s no secret that Christmas may look a little different this year, but nothing (not even a lockdown) can stop us from bringing the festive cheer – and then some. Whatever the season may throw at us, we’re ready with new ways to shop and celebrate. From making this your most earth-conscious Christmas yet to exploring our unique virtual appointments and magical festive events from the comfort of home, we’re here to be your guide, keep spirits high and make this Christmas extraordinary.

Words: Thea Bichard. Photography: Clark Franklyn. 

It’s no secret that this Christmas may look a little different this year, but nothing (not even a lockdown) can stop us from bringing the festive cheer – and then some. Whatever the season may throw at us, we’re ready with new ways to shop and celebrate. From making this your most earth-conscious Christmas yet to exploring our unique virtual appointments and magical festive events from the comfort of home, we’re here to be your guide, keep spirits high and make this Christmas extraordinary.

…we have all the celebration essentials you need 

Turn the music down, just for a second – we have something for you. This has been a year of swapping club nights for cutting a rug in the living room, and nothing is going to stop us from dressing up and dancing until dawn all December long. To help you do just that, we’ve curated all the party paraphernalia you might need for having a blast with your bubble, and you can even rent the perfect outfit for your big nights in (a more planet- and pocket-friendly solution for dressing up this year, don’t you think?). We’ve also called on our friends Sink The Pink to tempt you out of Zoom-quiz retirement and into a seriously raucous virtual pub quiz like no other. Now, get that music back up (we’re sure your neighbours won’t mind – it is Christmas, after all).

Fashion by Gucci
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…we have all the celebration essentials you need

Turn the music down, just for a second – we have something for you. This has been a year of swapping club nights for cutting a rug in the living room, and nothing is going to stop us from dressing up and dancing until dawn all December long. To help you do just that, we’ve curated all the party paraphernalia you might need for having a blast with your bubble, and you can even rent the perfect outfit for your big nights in (a more planet and pocket-friendly solution for dressing up this year, don’t you think?). We’ve also called on our friends Sink the Pink to tempt you out of Zoom-quiz retirement and into a seriously raucous virtual pub quiz like no other. Now, get that music back up (we’re sure your neighbours won’t mind – it is Christmas, after all).

Fashion by Gucci
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…make a virtual appointment with our gifting experts

Many of us have spent the year muting our work calls every time the door went for, yes, another parcel ­­– in fact, our postie is something of a BFF right now. But when it comes to gift giving for them, rather than those oh-so important self-gifting essentials, the fun of ordering in can become a daunting task. That’s why our Elfridges are on hand via video call with inspirational gift advice that will help you tick off your gift list in no time. Just book your slot, dial up and choose something to send that’s sure to brighten up your loved one’s day.

Gifts by Cartier. Cartier is available for delivery within the UK and Europe.

…make a virtual appointment with our gifting experts

Many of us have spent the year muting our work calls every time the door went for, yes, another parcel ­­– in fact, our postie is something of a BFF right now. But when it comes to gift giving for them, rather than those oh-so important self-gifting essentials, the fun of ordering in can become a daunting task. That’s why our Elfridges are on hand via video call with inspirational gift advice that will help you tick off your gift list in no time. Just book your slot, dial up and choose something to send that’s sure to brighten up your loved one’s day.

Gifts by Cartier. Cartier is available for delivery within the UK and Europe.

…we’ve gathered the ultimate gifts

OK, so being holed up together since March may not have been the stuff that magical romances are made of (we’ll brush over those interesting habits of theirs you may have discovered), but Christmas is coming, and with it the opportunity to give thanks for the many moments of cheer they have given, even during the tough weeks (we know you wouldn’t be without them). So, whether it’s a much-loved partner or even a housemate who has been helping raise a smile, we’ve curated the ultimate gifts that say it all.

Fashion by Palm Angels 

…Santa has plenty of presents for kids (and big kids)

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit from the main man who delivers all the batteries-not-included toys and Monopoly boards primed for flipping. Santa has upskilled in cyber this year (cough, cough), and you can now book to beam the ‘King of Christmas’ into your living room with our Dial-a-Santa service, so your kids can reel off their Christmas lists to Saint Nick himself. Speaking of which, the toy sacks are overflowing with high-tech toys, teddies for the stockings, and, of course, games for all the family.

Fashion by Gucci, tech by Smartech
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…fill your tree with earth-conscious decorations

Left a bit… No, right a bit, that branch there… Oh, to hell with it, throw ’em all on there. We’re all for all-singing, all-dancing Christmas trees that are packed with personality, so of course our Christmas Shop is fit to bursting with earth-conscious decorations. We reckon if you start now, you’ll have time to fill every last frond on the tree with festive trinkets that will become part of your Christmas traditions for years to come.

Fashion by Issey Miyake

…fill your tree with earth-conscious decorations

Left a bit… No, right a bit, that branch there… Oh, to hell with it, throw ’em all on there. We’re all for all-singing, all-dancing Christmas trees that are packed with personality, so of course our Christmas Shop is fit to bursting with earth-conscious decorations. We reckon if you start now, you’ll have time to fill every last frond on the tree with festive trinkets that will become part of your Christmas traditions for years to come.

Fashion by Issey Miyake

…discover our range of extraordinary food and drink

We’re all in need of moments of celebration (or several) after the year we’ve had, even if those celebrations may be at home, for now. May we introduce: our Hampers & Food Concierge experts. Our team will help you create everything from a bespoke hamper (who wouldn’t want a trove of just-for-you treats?) to a deliciously decadent festive menu for your household (including the all-important tipples, of course), bringing the best of our Foodhall to you. Book your at-home virtual appointment below.

Fashion by Fendi
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…discover our range of extraordinary food and drink 

We’re all in need of moments of celebration (or several) after the year we’ve had, even if those celebrations may be at home, for now. May we introduce: our Hampers & Food Concierge experts. Our team will help you create everything from a bespoke hamper (who wouldn’t want a trove of just-for-you treats?) to a deliciously decadent festive menu for your household (including the all-important tipples, of course), bringing the best of our Foodhall to you. Book your at-home virtual appointment below.

Fashion by Fendi

…we’ll keep your drinks cabinet fully stocked

…Emphasis on the “spirits”. In lieu of office parties, we’re ready to serve up all your festive tipples. Our favourite pub, The Queen’s Head, will be (virtually) throwing its doors open every Thursday in December for Sink The Pink’s pub quiz, which is all the excuse you need to get a round in from our overflowing online drinks edit. And, unlike at your usual office night out, the at-home bar has no call for last orders or misjudged opportunities to kiss your colleagues. Cheers to that.

Fashion by Bottega Veneta

…find beauty and styling inspiration from our experts

Our gladrags and glitter haven’t had a chance to shine this year, but Christmas will always be an excuse to wear something special. Our stylists and beauty experts are (virtually) on hand to wave their magic wands and conjure up festive looks  – be that a ball gown or a dressing gown. Whether you want to learn how to recreate beauty services at home or fancy finding a standout dress (or, let’s face it, cashmere joggers), we’re here to help you from the comfort of your sofa.

Fashion by Paco Rabanne