7*Life’s ultimate luxury guide to Christmas

Christmas is round the corner. One day we were mincing around Europe following the sun after lengthy lockdowns and the next we are planning Christmas shenanigans with fervour. How on earth did the festive season creep up on us so quickly? It’s all happened so fast, but after the last couple of years of pure meh, we’re here for it – with bells on.

The 7 Star Life team have been working tirelessly glugging quality port, sampling the most decadent Christmas treats and more just to bring you our long awaited ultimate luxury guide to Christmas for your festive pleasure.

 

 

Silent Pool Gin 

The 7 Star Life team are massive fans of Gin, hence why we are singing the praises of another luxury English gin – this one painstakingly handcrafted with 24 botanicals in the Surrey Hills.

Silent Pool Gin is delightfully full-bodied and fresh with a real depth of flavour. A rich, juniper-driven spirit with floral layers of lavender and chamomile, this tipple is the perfect gift for those with a penchant for simple, yet divine spirits and gloriously eye-catching bottles to complement their snazzy drinks cabinet.

Laiba Gift Set 

Who doesn’t love a cheeky handmade cocktail when out in a glam bar or restaurant? But what about those friends who prefer to hibernate when it’s cold – or when trying to avoid that pesky Omicron strain?

Get them a luxurious gift box full of handcrafted artisan cocktails by Laiba – a premium beverage brand renowned for bringing the bar to you at home.

The gift box come complete with a hand written note and a selection of 100% natural cocktails including Cold Brewed Martini, Bloody Mary and the delightfully devilish Twisted Negroni.

A true party in a box!

Hotel STARLINO Elderflower

The Hotel STARLINO is a range of Vermouths and Aperitivo drinks from Italy include STARLINO Rosé, STARLINO Orange and the our personal favourite and newest addition to the range – STARLINO Elderflower.

Fabulously fresh and fruity, this all natural wine-based aperitivo is balanced in flavour with notes of pear, lychee and hints of soft sweetness from elderflowers, elderberries and tangy citrus. We love how the brand uses naturally grown elderflower, or “Fiori di Sambuca” in Italian, from Alpine hedgerows. The perfect festive drink when mixed with you’re favourite tonic or soda.

 

The Cocktail Society 

We’re rather obsessed with cocktails at 7 Star Life and adore any service where they are delivered to our doors. The Cocktail Society are the UK’s leading cocktail delivery and cocktail subscription box service with a joyous range including cocktail gift sets, bottled cocktails and cocktail discovery subscriptions. The Cocktail Society offers 200ml and 500ml bottled cocktails including a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini, Coconut & Kaffir Lime Daiquiri, Negroni Bottled Cocktail, Oak Aged Sloe Negroni, Passion Fruit Martini and Tommy’s Margarita.

Perfect for cozy Christmas parties or romantic festive cocktails by the fire.

Snow Queen Organic Vodka

Taking pride of place at parties or as a gift to your fussy friend who only eats (and drinks) organic, Snow Queen Organic Vodka will always go down a treat this festive season.

This prestigious brand uses organic wheat farmed in the European Union as the base for their vodka, which then undergoes a number of distillations in a secret location, where their distillers use reverse-osmosed water to reduce the alcohol percentage to 40% before being passed through numerous high-quality filters.

The result is a smooth raw vodka ideal for silky homemade cocktails or even a cheeky shot or two.

Sea Change Christmas Day Pack

This eco-conscious wine brand has an extensive range of different wines with each bottle linked to a different ocean charity, reflected in the bottle label design. Perfect for festive frolics where people like to give back while sipping on quality wine, Sea Change makes a donation to marine conservation charities fighting plastic pollution.

The Christmas Day Pack (£35)  includes a bottle of their fruity Prosecco, zesty Sauvignon Blanc and rich Malbec wines. Bottoms up!

Pass the Port Christmas Gifts 

Port.Club, the only UK-based club for port lovers and the port curious created by Churchill’s, is encouraging everyone to share the fun of port with the launch of its Pass the Port Christmas gifts.

From now until the end of December, all new annual members to Port.Club will be allocated an exclusive Club Blend to gift to a someone of their choosing.

Port.Club Blends are new-to-world micro-production ports blended exclusively for each delivery and this Christmas, members will be able to pass on the festive fun of port by gifting one of Port.Club’s inaugural Club Blends produced by Churchill’s.

These ports are not available to the public and are produced in tiny quantities exclusively for the quarterly port pack in which they were included so who every receives this special festive gift will feel very special indeed….

 

Sing Gin Extravaganza Gin Hamper 

Sing Gin is the first ever grape-based gin to be made in Yorkshire, where it is created by the Thompson family in Kettlesing, deep in the Dales.

What could be better for Gin lovers than receiving a stylish woven bag hamper containing a premium bottle of this glorious artisan gin, a selection of Fever Tree mixers and delicious snacks to pair with a glass or two?

We loved the sweet chilli and lime salted peanuts, mint crisp chocolate bar, candied orange peels and unashamedly decadent chocolate caramels – a true party in a bag for pleasure seekers this Christmas.

 

Wild Life Botanicals ultra low alcohol sparkling wine 

Brimming with health promoting plant power, Wild Life Botanicals® is the pioneering creation of Cornish Sea Salt co-founder, Ellie Bradshaw. Following months of innovative product development with a specialist team including a highly respected naturopath and medical herbalist; a leading international oenologist; an award-winning taste and sensory developer; master brewer and food scientist, Wild Life Botanicals was born.

We love the Wild Life Botanical Blush – a fruity sparkling rose infused with juicy, wild strawberry aromas, followed by a notably rounded, mineral palate evoking rosehip tea, strawberries and cream. The perfect way to start Christmas morning with a clear head…

A great gift for a coffee craving buddy (and who doesn’t have one of those) the ultra stylish Melitta AMANO® makes brewing coffee by hand a snazzy walk in the park – a festive one full of caffeinated joy.From the chic form of the filter holder to the intricate borosilicate glass filter ribs of the jug, the ingenious details of the AMANO® results in a Pour Over morning ritual coffee lovers will adore waking up to.

Who doesn’t need a cheeky cup of coffee to wake themselves up before a long day of back to back festivities on Christmas Day?

 

Burleigh’s Limited Edition Mulled Christmas Gin

A steaming cup of mulled wine during the festive period is one way to get into the Christmas spirit. But have you even lived until you’ve tried a fragrant glass of mulled Christmas gin?

Burleighs Limited Edition, festively fabulous Mulled Christmas Gin is an eccentric creation distilled with the finest nutmeg, ginger, cloves and citrus. Soaked lavishly in red wine prior to distillation, the botanicals combine to deliver a delicious fruity gin with warming spice and vibrant flavour. Enjoy with a wedge of fresh orange, cinnamon stick and a premium quality tonic.

Dukeshill It’s a Wonderful Life Hamper

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an opulent hamper full of exciting festive goodies including a centrepiece quality ham. So where better to order your Christmas ham-bearing hamper (see what we did there) than from a company known for curing ham the old fashioned way with 30 years experience?

This prestigious festive brand has also been awarded a royal warrant to supply hams to the queen. if its good enough for her Majesty, its certainly has the 7 star Life seal of approval.

The It’s a wonderful life hamper contains a delicious Dukeshill Wiltshire Ham and its signature traditional Oak Smoked Salmon. The savoury selections also include the Isle of Mull Cheddar, Cote Hill Blue Cheese, a Boxing Day Chutney and the Pork Rillettes made for Dukeshill in France by slowly cooking pork belly with Espelette pepper and spices, then gently shredding the pork. Sweet treats include a Family Christmas Pudding, Luxury Mince Pies, Scottish Shortbread Box and Grandad’s Light Fruitcake Loaf – a special family recipe for a lightly spiced fruit cake.

Mix and Match MATCHBOX jewellery 

If you’re pondering over what to put in your loved-ones stocking this Christmas, just know that pretty jewellery is always a good idea – especially from a brand in touch with the latest trend and styles.

Online jewellery boutique MATCHBOX has over 300 chic earring styles to ‘Mix & Match’ presented in a pretty gift box to make that special person very happy on Christmas Day – or even as an all important festive gift to yourself.

You can buy earrings as pairs or choose different styles to create a hipster chic look to suit your mood or outfit for the day – we love the evil eye ear cuffs and the Sophia Huggie gold “hand of Fatima” earrings.

The current eye-catching collection has sparkling studs, on trend huggies, cute hoops, smart ear cuffs and fabulously edgy ear chains.

Earrings start from just £10, also making them a perfect choice for secret santa at work.

 

 

 

 

The Raw Chocolate Company spiced chocolate almonds 

We love this vegan and organic stocking filler by the ethically minded Raw Chocolate Company who work with small producers using natural farming methods.

Organic almonds are delicately flavoured with festive spices, lucuma powder, orange oil and vanilla before being dipped in antioxidant rich raw chocolate for a gluten free, vegan tastebud explosion we can’t get enough of.

Shunning refined sugars, the product uses coconut nectar to naturally sweeten these chocolatey badboys. Just be warned that one is never enough and sharing is always caring but its ok to be selfish when you’re handed a festive treat as glorious as this.

Cambrook 3 jar gift set 

Know anyone who loves fine nuts? Stuff their Christmas stocking with this 3 box gift set by Cambrook – creators of marinated baked nuts with a difference. We love the baked cashews and peanuts with chilli and lime and the joyously addictive baked truffle nuts – perfect for decadent tastes this Christmas.

Cambrook Foods was founded in 2012 by Angus Cameron and Michael Brooks. Having worked in the nut business for over 25 years we decided to start a business producing nuts just the way we like them. The best grades of nuts are a given, so it is all about the way we take a raw nut and make it into something special.

Available in most of the capital’s hotels such as The Ritz, The Savoy and Claridge’s, the brand boasts a plethora of Great Taste Awards and after sampling a few jars in the 7 Star Life office, its easy to see why…

Scoundrel Keto Chocolate

I’ve been a big advocate of the Keto diet ever since personally discovering the numerous health benefits and now live a glorious Keto-ish lifestyle. I’ve tried many Keto chocolates and was never really wowed by any of them until I tried Scoundel’s vegan, Keto chocolate and was blown away with the smooth, creamy texture and sweet taste.

The chocolate orange flavour is my favourite and perfect for chomping away this festive season instead of those sugar packed naughty Terry’s chocolate oranges. The range includes dark chocolate, white chocolate and almond and milk chocolate and are naturally sweetened with erythritol – a naturally derived sweetener that doesn’t affect blood sugar levels. Perfect for anyone wanting to indulge this Christmas but are mindful of their health.

Part of the renowned Paleo Canteen brand, Scoundel has makes delicious Keto sugar free vanilla and mint ice creams are a creamy taste explosion and a flavoursome healthy treat perfect for this season of indulgence.

This is definitely a brand to watch if you’re into healthy treats but don’t want to compromise on eating pleasure.

 

Firle Beacon Tickets 

Tickets to the UK’s brand-new motorsport event, Firle Beacon, makes the perfect experience gift for the car fan in your life this Christmas, and will be delivered before the big day straight to their inbox.

From exhilarating 0-100 mph supercar sprints, to watching over 100 rally cars take on the historic hill climb made famous by the Bentley Driver’s Club set up in 1949, and taking in classic cars to the cars of the future on display – all of the action is set against the backdrop of the stunning Firle Place in the beautiful rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, along with locally-sourced food and drink and street parties to make it a weekend to remember on 30 and 31 July 2022.

Setting itself aside from other car events, this is an access all areas for all ticket holders. All ticket holders can get up close with both machine and driver.

Early-Bird Tickets start at £32.40 and run until January, meaning you can pick up a bargain for the petrolhead in your life this Christmas.

Fill Your Cup Gift Pack

A thoughtful festive gift for the tea lover in your life, this vibrantly packaged gift pack includes a stylishly handcrafted mug with a glamorous golden handle and 15 unique teas. These include geisha green tea, a warming Christmas blend, chai, green rose, jade mountain, lemongrass and ginger, sticky date delight and many more fun brews.

What the 7 Star Life team also love about this adorable gift set is the individual drawers which can be pulled out to reveal the gorgeous mug and the neatly packed selection of teas. Perfect for long winter nights in front of Christmas movies and roaring log fires.

Me with my Pines and Needles tree in all her glory

Pines and Needles 

A British brand with Scottish Heritage, Pines and Needles have over the years made a name for themselves as the most premier Christmas tree grower and retailer in London and the South of England.

We chose a 7ft Nordmann Fir to take pride of place in our lounge and we didn’t regret it. Tall, wide and plump (can a Christmas tree be plump?), we adore waking up to its fragrant and bejewelled self every day. We were told that the needles do not shed and we have to say we’re pleasantly surprised that this is actually the case. Our cat even leaves it alone so it must have some magical kitty repellant powers and we’re so here for it. Best tree ever.

Laura Ashley glass LED baubles

These unashamedly opulent extra-large glass baubles have a string of 10 star-shaped micro LED lights inside, making them a true 7 Star addition to your perfect Christmas tree. Tie them to the branches with their pretty ribbons or suspend them from the ceiling in a cluster at different lengths – the overall effect will be over the top and fabulous festive glamour.

 

Laura Ashley glass frosted bauble

This Laura Ashley single glass bauble is a true glitzy showstopper with its frosted glass finish, gold hanging ribbon and fabulously on trend marbled design.

It’s the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas tree and adds a touch of Instagram chic glamour. Once gift wrapped it also makes a perfect little gift for your favourite bauble loving buddy.

 

Mitra Wicks

Editor in Chief