There is barely a shop or street that is not brimming with glitter, baubles and bells, and the festival seems to be occupying all our headspace. With 2020 quite understandably being considered a washout, it is an opportunity to make up for lost time. Despite the renewed sense of optimism and enthusiasm surrounding this holiday season, it is more important than ever to purchase with consideration. From luxury gifts, sustainable decorations.

Little ray of light

Rachel Entwistle is an award-winning jewellery designer from London. Her Ray of Light jewellery box is a true marvel and would make a beautiful Christmas gift. Inspired by her best-selling Ray of Light jewellery design, it draws on the Eye oProvidence symbol; authentic and unconventional, her designs weave together elements of myth, symbolism, history and nature, resulting in something truly special. It is hard to think of anything nicer to find wrapped up under the Christmas tree. £220.

Sass as standard

These sassy, sculptural beauties are by Lapima, a Brazilian brand whose designs juxtapose luxury with attitude so perfectly. Handmade in Italian acetate, the Sasha x Golden Urucum frame is a bold design that is modern, courageous and empowering. The deep, opaque berry colourway is spot on trend for Christmas 2021 but will carry you through every season going forward. It is an investment, but a true triumph and would top anyone’s Christmas list. $510.

Bygone era

For the 2021 holiday season, Guess has created a pair of special edition women’s sunglasses. There is a retro nostalgia about this frame; its geometric lines and oversized fit are reminiscent of a bygone era and the black and rose gold colour combination is both elegant and festive. The Holiday 2021 style is produced and distributed by the Marcolin group and comes packaged in a special glitter case – perfect for those sunny Christmas Day walks.

Staying in with a bang

Eco-friendly, plastic-free and recyclable – these are all words we need to be thinking about this Christmas, and these crackers by Nancy & Betty tick every box plus luxury too. At £72 for six, they may not be your average cracker, but they are an investment worth making. Made from beautifully thick paper stock and finished with opulent ribbon, they will take your Christmas table to extra heights. The gifts inside include treasures such as a luxury cork stopper, miniature frame, large wooden honey drizzler, two glass tree decorations, brass spoon and large brass paper clip, not forgetting the necessary paper crown and joke.

Never break the chain

It is time to upgrade those stocking fillers and, at a reasonable price, these glasses chains and cords by Le Petit Cordon are just the ticket. From delicate chains that replicate fine jewellery to simple, classic cords, these affordable accessories would make fantastic Christmas gifts. This gold chain is particularly lovely; made from zinc alloy, it is robust and durable yet provides a cool and contemporary vibe that would complement almost any pair of specs or sunglasses. £15.20

Paper chase

Gone are the days of moulting tinsel and shiny plastic baubles. This year, it is all about creating a chic, classic Christmas vibe in your home and on your tree. These beautiful honeycomb paper decorations from Next are a must. Environmentally conscious, super stylish and easy to assemble, they will have your home looking highly sophisticated and appropriately festive in no time at all. £6 for three.