Mert Alas’ Christmas gift guide

 (Artwork by Silvia Prada)
(Artwork by Silvia Prada)

1. REFIK ANADOL Bosphorus: Data Sculpture

We need a stronger commitment to creativity. One of my most wished for items this Christmas, in keeping with this idea, is a data sculpture from Refik Anadol, created using machine intelligence. (

2. EK EASY KARAOKE karaoke machine

3. SEVENTY ONE GIN Eau de Nuit

Finally, I wish for long exuberant nights with my favourite people. A pro karaoke system would be fun, sipping my Seventy One gin on the rocks.

EK Easy Karaoke EKS-878-BT karaoke machine, £188, at Seventy One Gin Eau de Nuit, £168, at

4. SUTTONS Grapefruit plant

On the subject of drinks, a pair of grapefruit trees would be wonderful. I love a slice of fresh grapefruit in my drink. £59.99, at

5. LEE BROOM Decanterlight 5-piece Chandelier

I’ve been designing a sculptural bar for my home and want to fill it with lots of vintage tumblers and antique drinkware. Lighting is so important too, and I always go to Lee Broom for his pendant shades and glass objects. £1,710 (

6. DODGE Viper GTS 1997

I’ve always been an admirer of classic sports cars and would love a Nineties Dodge Viper GTS. To me it is the epitome of chic. £83,047, at

7. BLACK TOMATO The Best of Japan: Ancient Traditions & Modern Worlds luxury tour

I’m fascinated with Japan and would love to explore it more. From £13,000 for 14 nights (

8. AUGUSTINUS BADER Leave-in Hair Treatment

As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that my hair is not quite what it used to be. To remedy this, I always turn to Augustinus Bader. £38 (

9. SOUTHBANK CENTRE tickets to see Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol

I’m tired of reality shows. I want escape (which is not TV) that embraces surrealism and silliness. Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Southbank Centre would be a dream. 8 Dec to 8 Jan. From £18.50 (