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Relax this Christmas with our edit of refined evening-in essentials that everyone can enjoy

04 December, 2018

One of the joys of the Christmas period is spending long wintery evenings in with your loved ones. These carefully selected gifts, luxuries and treats from The Royal Exchange will make such occasions a pleasure, while keeping you entertained throughout the festivities.

To set the mood for the evening, fill your home with an enchanting, spicy and woody fragrance by lighting the Blenheim Bouquet classic candle from Penhaligon’s, which is made using a naturally derived soy wax and is packed with essential oils.

One time-honoured way to while away a winter’s evening is by challenging your nearest and dearest to a board game. The 15” backgammon set from Aspinal of London is handmade by master craftsmen in stunning brown croc-print Italian calf leather over a wooden box frame. The intricate hand-inlaid set forms a perfect playing surface and is a work of art in its own right.

For fun involving more players, why not add a touch of luxury to your family card game with Smythson’s gilt edged playing cards? The elegant navy and Nile blue playing cards are presented handsomely in a matching box.

To the victor go the spoils, and The Paul A. Young Christmas collection is certainly a suitable prize. The chocolate collection comprises rich and complex flavours such as mulled wine truffle, mince pie marzipan and burning embers.

As the real-life embers of the fire simmer down and evening draws on, it might be time to reach for a warming tipple in the form of Fortnum & Mason’s Vintage Port. Displayed in a charming gift box, the rich and silky port is flavoured with sweet, dark fruits. Of course, such an exceptional drink must be treated with due reverence, and what better way to present the port than in the Silver Mounted Dartington Crystal Magnum decanter from Searle & Co.

After an evening of these refined delights, everyone is sure to be satisfied. Discover these treasures and more at The Royal Exchange.

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Blenheim Bouquet Classic Candle, £36, Penhaligon’s; Backgammon Set, £495, Aspinal of London; Playing Cards Twin Pack, £55, Smythson; Christmas Collection chocolates, £56 for a 36-piece box, Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates; Vintage Port Gift Box, £39.50, Fortnum & Mason; Silver Mounted Dartington Crystal Magnum Decanter, £495 Searle & Co.; all available at The Royal Exchange