The holiday season is here and the ritual of gifting is top of mind. Our team has put their heads together to bring you a list of gifts for every type of person to inspire you this Christmas. Torsa favourites like the Floyd Cabin Luggage and YETI water bottle make the list, but this year we went all out to help you find a gift for anyone and everyone.
In another year which has emphasised the importance of health, these fitness gifts will hopefully inspire those to keep pursuing those healthy habits. With a year which has seen wearable tech blow up, technology enabling you to track heart rate variability (HRV) comes via the Whoop band; a great choice of gift for those that are wanting to better themselves. Or, if you know someone who wants deep insight into their sleep and performance, the latest Gen 3 Oura ring is a great option.
Incorrect footwear in the gym has been something we’ve noticed more often than not this year. Flat soled lifting shoes like the Nike Metcons are the perfect gift for those looking to optimise their form in the gym. Staying hydrated is also a component of healthy living, and you don’t have to look any further than cult brand YETI, that offer tumblers in a range of sizes, ensuring you never go thirsty again.
For those focused on recovery, you can’t look past the Theragun mini to relieve sore muscles and joints. If you’re looking for something more affordable, the TriggerPoint GRID ball can effectively help sooth aches and pains as well.
If you’re looking for new training gear, the lilac Onyx Perfromance T-Shirt from us has turned heads in the industry, featuring in major publications and selling out on our website. Fully stocked again, it’s a great gift for someone who wants comfort and breathability in their most intense training sessions.
For the coffee lovers
There's no secret we love a good cup of coffee at Torsa HQ. Coffee is one of those morning rituals many of us can't do without, and the good thing is that it's easy to gift for.
Whilst we’d all love to brew a barista style coffee, gifting a La Marzocco espresso machine is probably one step too far in the pursuit of great coffee. If you’re a filter coffee lover like our founder Seb, the Moccamaster KBG Select should be absolutely top of your list. Available in a variety of different colours to suit your taste, it brews the perfect cup of filter without much effort at all. If you’re after that perfect espresso or americano, the brutalist design of the Anza espresso maker will make any space more stylish, whilst also making a great cup of coffee.
If you’re a fan of pour over coffee, you’ll need a good set of scales, gooseneck kettle and great coffee. We’ve been using the renowned Acaia Pearl for well over a year now and been been really impressed with its simplicity. The Hario gooseneck kettle is our go to for accurate pour overs and as far as coffee goes, we love the beans from Roundhill Roastery, our friends over at Cherry Coffee Co and Origin Coffee Roasters.
With a hint of optimism, let’s hope travelling in 2022 becomes more seamless. The uncertainty around travel has left us all feeling stressed, but from a personal standpoint, we’re hoping for more trips to visit our new factory in Portugal at the start of the new year. We all know that friend or family member that loves to travel. Last year we mentioned the Floyd Cabin Luggage, still a favourite of ours. If you’re wanting to level up further, you can’t look past the classic Rimowa.
For smaller more affordable gifts, give the gift of convenience. Those long-haul flights can take a toll on battery life and the last thing you want is to be stuck in a country where you don’t speak the language with no battery, and no one to call. We love the modular system from Nolii which offers a streamlined alternative to traditional battery packs. A good night’s sleep on long haul flights can be tough so why not treat someone to a luxury silk sleep mask; this one from Slip is our favourite design.
Keeping memories of your trips abroad is always nice, but in an age of digital, why not go retro with a disposable camera. The best thing about film cameras is the uncertainty of how they will turn out, and it’s always fun to look through after, reminiscing about the trip. The Kodak FunSaver is one we recommend and have enjoyed using in the past.
There’s a tonne of gifts for food lovers to choose from. The first thing a seasoned home cook needs is a great knife. The Japanese, (like many functional things), have mastered this category. You can’t go wrong with the all-rounder, the Santoku. Head over to our favourite knife store in London, Kitchen Provisions, where you can find a range of gems, including this beauty from Ryusen. If you’re looking for some more affordable bits for the kitchen, opt for essentials like a meat thermometer, carbon steel pan from De Buyer, and solid wood chopping board.
If you’re shopping for someone who prefers experiences, Carousel in Fitzrovia is a must. The venue hosts top chefs around the world in residence usually over a 5-day period. Bringing with them their culinary skills and local cuisines, it’s the perfect gift for those who love to eat out. January 2022 sees Mathieu Rostaing-Tayard from Biarritz and Ricardo Verdejo from Santiago, Chile, present their set menus in Carousel’s laidback and fun atmosphere. If you know someone who enjoys a glass of wine at home, why not opt for a natural wine like Gamey, easy drinking red.
The House Proud
If you’re gifting for someone who takes pride in their home, you’re spoilt for choice. A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things for our body and mind; this olive-green duvet cover from Danish brand Tekla will ensure you wake up well rested, whilst adding style to any bedroom.
We all love a good coffee table book, and a personal favourite of ours is Surf Shack: Laid Back Living by the Water, a great book to transport you to beautiful surf shacks and beach houses around the world. If you want a safe bet, you can’t go wrong with a candle, with our choice being the D.S. & Durga candle named “Concrete after lightning,” which is said to capture the moment of respite after a downpour.
If you know someone who likes walking round the house in shoes/sandals, look no further than Japanese cult brand Suicoke, you’ll find a great selection over at GOODHOOD, providing cloud-like comfort to every step.
With working from home back on the agenda, why not gift some things for the home office. Japanese brand Delfonics offer the affordable and cult-favourite Rollbahn notebook for enjoyable note taking. A good pair of scissors is always a necessity in a home office and you can count on Labour and Wait with these heavy duty scissors. Finally for stylish storage, head over to Pantechnicon to buy the 100% recycled box from Japanese brand Midori, getting your papers or office accessories organised in no time.