What to wear for Christmas day

What to wear for Christmas day

 

Christmas Day is a very different affair from one household to another, so dressing for the day will be too. For the magpies among us, we're all about celebrating classic festive finishes - if there’s ever a time to embrace sparkles, gold and velvet, then December 25th has got to be it. For others, the festive break means revelling in the never-getting-out-of-PJs mind-set until the new year. No matter what your stance is on the dress code of the big day, we've collated the Christmas outfit inspiration for whatever traditions you’ll be honouring come Christmas day.

 

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ALL DRESSED UP


Whether cooking the turkey yourself or going out to a restaurant with all the extended family, some family traditions include getting dressed up for Christmas dinner. The perfect excuse to introduce some sequins and velvet to your sartorial portfolio like Katherine Ormerod (@katherine_ormerod), editor of Work Work Work, we say.

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LOUNGEWEAR LOVE-IN


If the main aim of your Christmas Day is to just be together in front of the telly, making your way through of a box of Quality Street (and trying to steal the purple ones) then make sure you're doing it in ultimate comfort with some luxe loungewear a la fashion stylist and writer Monikh Dale (@monikh).

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HITTING THE ROAD


If your Christmas Day outings are a little more low-key, like venturing on an appetite-inducing walk or calling on loved ones with special gifts, then cosy layers and classic Christmassy finishes are a no-brainer. You can nod to the festivities with subtle sparkles and festive fair isles.

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The perfect Christmas shelfie

When it gets to this time of year, we can't help but turn into beauty magpies. And, as we open up the doors of our homes to our nearest and dearest, maintaining a beautiful bathroom shelf is of utmost importance.

 

 


1. Lips



Dior Diorific Khol

 

This khôl ticks all of the boxes for the perfect festive lipstick. The pointed tip allows for perfectly precise application while the creamy wax formula leaves a long-wearing, velvety effect. It's this Christmas's most luxe handbag essential.


Shop Dior Diorific Khol, £29.50

 


2. Perfume



Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EDP 50ml Christmas Edition

 

We're total suckers for festive revamps of beauty classics and this gold Christmas Edition of Viktor & Rolf's much-loved Flowerbomb EDP is no exception. Is it so bad to add another bottle to the collection when it looks this pretty?


Shop Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EDP 50ml Christmas Edition, £78

 


3. Bath



Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil 200ml

 

Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like a indulging in a Jo Malone London infused bath, and this Pomegranate Noir bath oil is far too pretty to be hidden away. Dark and enigmatic, this cult scent is a winter staple.


Shop Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil 250ml, £44

 


4. Highlighter



Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder

 

Who knew highlighter could look this good? The luxe gold and ruby casing is almost as beautiful as the buttery gold powder that sits inside. Lightly dust onto the high points of your face for a golden, champagne glow.


Bobbi Brown Highlight Powder in Moon Glow, £34

 


5. Face cream



Decléor Prolagene Lift Iris Lift & Firm Day Cream 50ml

 

During winter, it is important not to let your skincare routine slip. The best way to do that? Invest in the prettiest of moisturisers. Not only does this Decléor cream look fabulous on the shelf, it also leaves skin radiant and smooth.


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6. Candle



Creed Aventus Candle 200g

 

This wintery fragrance oozes luxury and it's not just the exterior that makes it so special. Notes of blackcurrant, french apples, dry birch and oak moss fill a room with an incredibly comforting, homely scent.


Creed Aventus Candle 200g, £95

 


7. Hand wash



Molton Brown Fabled Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine Fine Liquid Hand Wash

 

Festive notes of juniper berries and pine makes this hand wash from Molton Brown the ultimate bathroom accessory this Christmas. We're head over heels for the emerald green bottle, neatly finished with its very own 'jingle' bells and ribbon.


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8. Setting powder



Guerlain Meteorites Gold Pearls Powder

 

Some products just look too pretty to use. Luckily, the nature of these gold powder pearls mean you don't have to worry about ruining the aesthetic. The gold Guerlain case might look like an ornament, but it also holds a life-changing finishing powder.


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9. Cleanser



Sisley Gentle Cleansing Gel With Tropical Resins

 

With all of the festive makeup you'll be using, you should be sure to use an effective cleanser. This one from Sisley contains tropical resins to purify and marshmallow extract to moisturise. And, of course, it looks great on the shelf.


Shop Sisley Gentle Cleansing Gel With Tropical Resins, £59

 


10. Concealer



Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Dazzling Lights Edition

 

Every girl's best friend, Touche Éclat is the ultimate go-to for giving life to dull, tired skin, something we definitely experience more over Christmas. This year, YSL have spoilt us rotten with this glittery Dazzling Lights Edition and we're in love.


Shop Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Dazzling Lights Edition, £25.50

23 Christmas gifts she'll actually want

23 gifts she'll actually want

 

With Christmas gift buying season just around the corner, the age old question ‘what do women want?’ has started to creep back into our thoughts. While we don’t claim to have the definitive answer just yet, we have most definitely got things covered when it comes to gifting the women in your life on what they really, really want this Christmas. Whether you’re looking for family, friends or wanting to leave some subtle hints lying around for loved ones, take note of our ultimate Christmas list to make your life a whole lot easier this year.

 

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WISH LIST FOR: The style icon

Discerning beauty fiends and finicky fashion pack rejoice, for there'll be no practised happy faces when tearing into gifts this year. This treasure trove of chic treats are so delectable they’ll be making their way onto your own shopping lists come December.


WISH LIST FOR: The home bird

From fancy cocktail implements to Jo Malone candles, you’re sure to find the perfect homewares gift for any personality and any abode. A word of warning - it will be hard to resist the urge to unwrap it before Christmas Day.


WISH LIST FOR: The jet setter

If you’re shopping for the kind of girl who prefers globetrotting to staying home, a travel-ready gift is always necessary. Whether you fancy something chic to tote on adventures, or you're more keen on paring down to the essentials and finding practical gadgets to pack; make sure you get the thing that's impossible to leave home without.

Wish List: THE STYLE ICON

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Wish List: THE HOME BIRD

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Wish List: THE JET SETTER

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Christmas makeup ideas

‘Tis the season to glam up your beauty routine. Our Christmas makeup ideas guide features looks for everything from Christmas Eve to your annual office party. Whether you prefer a subtle glow or a look that outshines the decorations, it takes just a few updates to completely transform your festive makeup repertoire.

Christmas Eve makeup
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Want to look like you’ve just popped back from the Caribbean despite the frost outside? A flush of bronze is an ethereal way to add warmth to your look. After applying your foundation, use a large, soft makeup brush to gentle sweep into your bronzer. Tap off any excess and dust it from your cheekbones to your temple and nose in a circular buffing motion. It'll give a youthful flush to your skin, providing sun-kissed radiance without the holiday price tag.



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The new neutral

If you want your outfit to steal the show, why not complement your look with a neutral palette of champagne hues? Use a semi-sheer foundation for dewy skin, and then apply a dab of shimmering highlighter to your cheekbones, brow-line and cupids bow. Finish your look with a glossy lip and two or three layers of volumising mascara for a natural look with an incandescent glow.

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Statement lips

For defined statement lips that last all night long, the key is in the lip liner. Start by outlining your lips using a pencil that matches your lipstick or is one shade darker. Fill in your lips with your lipstick and finish with a lipstick sealant for a smudge-proof pout. Keep a moisturising balm or gloss handy to keep your lips shiny and hydrated.



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Green with perfection

Want to add a little cheer to your eye makeup routine? Bewitching shades of green are naturally flattering on all skin tones. We recommend less pigmented hues on those with a fairer complexion, whereas darker skin can pull off rich emerald. Keep the rest of your look minimal with a glowing complexion, soft blush and nude lip.

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Embrace metallic

Metallic shadows are the perfect way to incorporate a little sparkle into everyday looks without going overboard. Start by applying a primer on your lids to keep the shadow from creasing. Next, apply a light neutral matte eyeshadow over your lids and up to the brow bone. Dab a dot of creamy metallic shadow to just the inner corners of the eye, or blend it along the whole eyelid for more of an impact. Complete the look by tracing your top lash line with liquid eye liner and a couple of coats of mascara.



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Smoke show

Smokey, smouldering eyes are a glorious finishing touch to your Christmas party makeup. Cream eyeshadow pots or long-wear colour sticks are ideal for creating an effortless festive makeup look without any fuss. Simply apply to the roots of your lashes and blend up to your socket using a finger. Try blending navy or forest-green shade along with gunmetal grey or warm brown tones.

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In search of efficient, party-ready Christmas makeup hacks that you can master without leaving your desk? These tips will have you looking refreshed in no time at all.

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Luminous skin

After a long day at work, revive your skin’s glow with a highlighter. Mix a drop in with your foundation for a subtle dewy flush, or apply in a C shape around your eyes to enhance and illuminate your features.



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Blush cheeks

Dab a creamy blusher in the centre of your cheeks and use a damp beauty blender for flawless application. This will give a rosy look that is natural and effortless.



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Get cranberry lips

Cranberry-coloured lips offer a modern update on the classic red, and are perfect for thematic Christmas day makeup. Why not indulge the trend and try a lipstick in this deep velvety shade? Apply with your finger for a subtle ‘bitten’ look that will bathe your face in a rosy glow. For a more dramatic effect, use a matte shade and pair with a lip liner.

Must-have beauty gift sets

Gone are the days of feigning Christmas Day smiles as you unwrap sickly sweet bath and body gift boxes from distant relatives. We officially declare 2017 the year that beauty gifting got cool. From luxe creams to innovative gadgets, you'll want to add these sets to your list.

 

 


1. Top of the list



Elemis Frangipani Treasures

 

'Tis the season for serious indulgence and this gift set knows just what we need. Providing intense moisture and a deliciously relaxing scent, get ready to experience the most luxurious at-home festive pampering out there with these Elemis treats.


SHOP Elemis Frangipani Treasures, £89

 


2. A classic treat



Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Gift Set

 

From covering dark circles to brightening the dullest of complexions, there's not a lot that Touche Éclat can't do. This year, you can get this cult product in a festive gift box complete with a Touche Éclat Blur Primer - all for the same price.


Shop Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Gift Set, £25.50

 


3. For the mani mad



Le Mini Macaron Gold Champagne Holiday Box

 

Forget costly visits to the salon, this LED lamp, disguised as a delicious macaron, is the sweetest way to an at-home gel manicure. Complete with a 3-in-1 formula, this exclusive kit is set to become one of the most in-demand Christmas gifts out there.


SHOP Le Mini Macaron Gold Champagne Holiday Box, £45

 


4. Time to relax



Decléor Stop Breathe Relax Hydrating Collection

 

Come Christmas, we all need a little alone time, and nothing gets us more excited as the idea of post-party season peace and quiet quite like this skincare trio from Decléor. Because nothing says 'Merry Christmas' better than the gift of hydrated, radiant skin.


sHOP Decléor Stop Breathe Relax Hydrating Collection, £41

 


5. A special treat



Elizabeth Arden World Of Colour Makeup Collection

 

Never be stuck for makeup ideas again with this megacollection from Elizabeth Arden. Receiving this red vanity case and its contents is every girl's dream. Ensuring you're covered from day to night, our favourite bit is the 16-shade eyeshadow compact.


sHOP Elizabeth Arden World Of Colour Makeup Collection, £86

 


6. Add some colour



Urban Decay Little Vices

 

An absolute must for any makeup junkie, these mini Urban Decay lipsticks might look small and cute, but they sure know how to pack a punch. Full of pigment and included in five different shades, this little kit is what Christmas makeup dreams are made of.


sHOP Urban Decay Little Vices, £25

 


7. Give a little love



Origins Best Of Ginger Set

 

Infused with bergamot and crisp lemon and lime, nothing smells quite as delicious as these ginger joys. Treat the senses with a Ginger Essence Skin Scent Spray, Savory Body Wash and Whipped Body Cream.


SHOP Origins Best Of Ginger Set, £40

 


8. All wrapped up



Viktor & Rolf Bonbon 50ml Eau de Parfum Gift Set

 

When gift sets become art, this perfectly wrapped box holds something even more delightful. Along with a bottle of Viktor & Rolf's classic gourmand caramel-based scent, receive a 50ml body cream and shower gel to ensure your scent stays sweet all day.


sHOP Viktor & Rolf Bonbon 50ml Eau de Parfum Gift Set, £83

Why we love the boring gift

Why we love the boring gift

 

In the wise words of Dumbledore, "one can never have enough socks". It’s a mantra we’re taking to heart this Christmas, and we’ve added pants, pyjamas et al to the list. They might not always be the most memorable, but they’re often cosy, comforting and gifted with a dose of common sense. Consider this our love letter to the boring gift – which, as it turns out, might not be quite so boring after all.

 

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FOR ENJOYING EVERYDAY


The Socks

The holy grail of boring gift giving, but with a scandalously unearned reputation. Giant multi-packs of plain black ankle socks won’t hit the spot – but on-trend fair isle prints, cosy cashmere blends and posh ones from Paul Smith or Pringle more than deserve their space in the stocking.



The Pants

Lacy lingerie is a minefield, reserved only for the brave and those in supply of a very clear wish list – so try an edgier, sportier style that’s far less likely to offend. A classic Calvin Klein bralette and brief set (or the block colour briefs for him) are the crowd-pleasing way to do comfies.



The Tie

When it comes to Dad, gifter’s block is almost guaranteed. And yes, a tie might be a more traditional choice, but the print doesn’t have to be - try a rich hue in a herringbone, paisley or polka dot pattern, which all trump the tired stripe. Swap for a wool scarf if his office is more ‘start up’ than ‘suit compulsory’.

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FOR THE POST-CHRISTMAS SLUMP


The Pyjamas

IIf we’re not in a new pair by Christmas Day evening – or, if we’re honest, afternoon - something’s gone seriously wrong. Forgo the short slogan sets in favour of a printed pair of full-length pyjamas à la Ashley Wilson, which feel far more indulgent (not to mention far warmer). Bonus points for a pyjama top that almost doubles as daywear.



The Dressing Gown

There’s no better companion for those dead days between Christmas and New Year. Part blanket, part chunky knit, we’re not talking the silky, slip-into-it just before bed kind but the towelled and TV-ready (hello, Netflix’s ‘are you still watching?’ screen). Like gifting a spa day, without the spa.



The Slippers

Luxe materials maketh the giftable slipper. The best pairs are a little pimped out – think coloured faux fur, a generous sheepskin lining or quirky embroidered motifs (aka the cosy cousin of the Gucci loafer). On-trend shapes like mules, sliders and even fuzzy flip flops are far more homely than holiday.

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FOR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS


The Notebook

Not a boring gift at all, we hear you say. Yes, stationery is enjoying quite the revival, thanks to modern classics like kate spade new york’s initial designs. But we’re flying for the flag for the relentlessly functional, too - no stickers or rainbow dividers needed. If they’re not much of a writer, a 2019 diary is right on time.



The Pens

What else are they supposed to write in their new notebook with? Nothing says ‘I’ve got my life together’ than banishing the chewed up biros for a matching pen set. And whilst only the fancy write with a fountain pen these days, there are some beautiful options for the right recipient.



The Water Bottle

If they’re the last one standing still drinking out of disposable cups, it’s time. What might once have been the most boring gift imaginable has been seriously souped up, thanks to our newly found aversion to one-use waste. The trend has sparked a thousand lovely options, from slick coffee carriers to the cheerfully sloganned.

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Updating your guest room for Christmas


Expecting company this Christmas? You might want to give that spare room a little love. From the warmest winter duvets to decoration ideas, it’s all about creating a cosy space for guests to retreat from the flurry of festivities. Just don’t do anything you can’t reverse come January...

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Sleeping solutions

The best guest bedroom ideas start with the basics. Fresh sheets are a must, and a high tog winter duvet will keep toes toasty. Beyond the no brainers, consider bed linen in soft, tonal shades – it’s so easy to mix and match and will feel wonderfully restful. The ultimate final check? Take a test run and spend the night in the spare room.


More sleeping ideas

  1. We’ve all got our pillow preferences, so it’s probably best to err on the side of cosy overload and just pile ‘em up. Take note of any allergies too – guests might be sensitive to feather and down options.
  2. Don’t sacrifice floor space with a second tree – decorate the bed instead. A simple garland run along a headboard is so effective, as are a cluster of baubles hung with ribbon from a picture hook above.

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Bed throws

 

Festive and functional

Forget that fancy stack of neatly folded towels tied with a ribbon - come frosty nights, guests would rather a pile of cosy throws at arm’s reach. There’s plenty to choose from, so have fun with festive prints like tartan and fair isle or opt for Scandi-inspired chunky knits (after all, cuddle-factor is what’s really key).


More practical ideas

  1. If you’ve got a set of miniatures collected from trips abroad (or hotels – we won’t tell), this is their time to shine. Extras like cotton buds, ear plugs and an eye mask will complete your mini vanity kit.
  2. If your guests are staying for multiple nights, consider clearing out some space in that cupboard (bear with us). They’ll appreciate a chance to unpack and keep luggage out of sight - no one likes living out of a suitcase.

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Candles

 

Meet the mood-setters

Once you’ve ticked off the practical bits, consider the sensory appeal of your set up. Seasonal scents like cinnamon, orange blossom and frankincense can be so evocative come Christmas. Try arranging metallic votives with garlands, baubles and candlesticks for a high-impact festive display – just don’t forget to leave matches. Nothing beats candlelight, but festive fairy lights come a close second and will wow little guests.


More mood-setting ideas

  1. Swap spring-fresh flowers for a vase filled with winter foliage like eucalyptus, fir or mistletoe. Feeling creative? Add some colour with red winter berries, pinecones, feathers - whatever you fancy.
  2. For quieter moments amongst the merriment, a little bedside reading will prove a thoughtful touch. Keep a stack of your most interesting hardbacks handy on a bedside table or shelf.

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Luxury gifts ideas to add to your list

Luxury gifts ideas to add to your list

If there's one hard and fast rule of Christmas shopping - besides 'don't leave it until Christmas Eve', it's this: buy the big gifts before your budget runs out. So we've rounded up our pick of the best luxury ideas for boyfriends, best friends and anyone else who's expecting more than a stocking filler or two.

 

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1. Bags of style

Coach, Mouse Print Market Tote Bag

 

Berry hued, polished perfection; this Coach Market Tote from their whimsical Holiday Animals collection is sure to be a hit with lovers of all things luxe. Bonus points for its adorable mouse print lining.


Coach, Mouse Print Market Tote Bag, £295

 


2. Luxe Layer

Linea, Luxury White Stripe Faux Fur Throw

 

Cuddling up under layers of cosy texture is a fail-safe way to beat those January blues. Take a tip from après ski style and gift a silky-soft faux fur throw - this natural striped option is on our wish list.


Linea, Mottled Cream Faux Fur Throw, £65

 


3. Heaven Scent

Gucci, Bloom Nettare Di Fiori Eau De Parfum Intense Set

 

Imagine the original Gucci Bloom and then throw in glorious notes of rose and osmanthus flowers for a delicious woody scent - and that floral bottle is just too pretty to wrap if you ask us.


Gucci, Gucci Bloom Nettare Di Fiori Eau De Parfum, £109

 


4. Star Baker

Smeg, Stand Mixer, Red

 

If your special someone fancies themselves as star baker, the coveted Smeg mixer in festive red is hard to beat. And with a five-year warranty, you're guaranteed 'thank you' treats for the foreseeable, right?


Smeg, Stand Mixer, £349.95

 


5. Deco design

Biba, Clarissa Gold Table Lamp

 

Statement lighting might not be a staple of wish lists the world-over, but we think this luxe lamp might be a game-changer. Gift it to your favourite design devotee and watch their eyes light up.


Biba, Clarissa Gold Table Lamp, £100

 


6. Heavy purse, light heart

Aspinal of London, Continental Zip Around Wallet

 

Made for the stylish woman who likes things in order. With ample room for essentials and luxurious croc-embossed leather, you'll have a hard time giving this super chic gift away. You have been warned.


Aspinal of London, Continental Zip Around Wallet, £175

 


7. Great times

Links of London, Regent Silver Dial Black Strap Watch

 

With a silver-plated face, sophisticated leather strap and a date function, this watch has serious luxury appeal, whilst being the perfect everyday timepiece. Cue happy dads, brothers and boyfriends across the land.


Links of London, Regent Silver Dial Black Strap Watch, £550

 


8. Space saving

Krups, Nespresso Citiz&milk Machine 2016 Design, Silver

 

The fastest way to make someone's mornings for the foreseeable future? A warming cup of coffee brewed in a speedy 25 seconds. This compact design from the pros at Nespresso is about as sleek as it gets.


Krups, Nespresso Citiz&milk Machine 2016 Design, £209.99

 


9. Crème de le crème

La Mer, The Moisturizing Cream 100ml

 

When it comes to winter skincare, there’s only one face cream that anyone need talk about. This cult product from La Mer deeply hydrates and instantly soothes dry skin after just one application.


La Mer, The Moisturising Soft Cream 30ml, £120

 


10. Enviable style

Richard James Mayfair, Navy Wool Cashmere Coat

 

If the main man in your life is lacking a smart coat, invest in this cashmere Richard James Mayfair number immediately. We promise he’ll come back to it year after year.


Richard James Mayfair, Navy Wool Cashmere Coat, £395

Gifts he didn’t know he needed until now

Gifts he didn’t know he needed until now

Men can be notoriously tricky to buy for. His wish list is non-existent, so stumped for what to get him, you lunge for the usual suspects - ties and socks we're looking at you. This year, though, second-guess him. When he says he’s got everything, get him something he didn’t know he needed. Cue quirky posters, signature scents and the ultimate foodie gadget. He’s not got everything he wants until he’s got these…

 

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1. Resale-worthy sweat

Tommy Hilfiger Hilfiger Graphic Print Sweatshirt

 

With the kind of easy, streetwear cool that has punters queuing for hours for the latest drops, this sweatshirt will make him feel supreme without the effort.

Try also: perennially cool sunglasses


Tommy Hilfiger, Hilfiger Graphic Print Sweatshirt, £100

 


2. Iconic cologne

Creed Aventus Eau de Parfum 50ml

 

There’s a reason this scent is always a bestseller – put simply, it’s divine. Blackcurrant, bergamot, apples and vanilla are whipped up into a magical concoction that has us reaching for it ourselves.

Try also: beard oil, a fancy shaving brush or anything Tom Ford


Creed, Aventus Eau de Parfum 50ml, £170

 


3. Amped-up tee

Criminal Damage Jungle Print T-shirt

 

This is a ‘wow’ kind of tee. Pair with chinos and sneakers or jeans and rugged boots, and his wardrobe fatigue will be banished and sartorial conformity gone in an instant.

Try also: autumnal shirt, printed or plain


Criminal Damage, Jungle Print T-shirt, £30

 


4. Soon-to-be-everywhere bag

Vivienne Westwood Kent Man Pouch Bag

 

Our relationship with bags has come a long way since Joey’s ‘man bag’ in Friends. We’ve had the backpack and the bum bag, and today, a pouch is the way to go.

Try also: backpack, holdall or briefcase


Vivienne Westwood, Kent Man Pouch Bag, £240

 


5. Anti-pollution skincare

NIOD Survival 0 30ml

 

Think of this as the modern man’s armoury. Warding off the effects of pollution, smog and stress, this night-time serum has a lightweight texture that’ll give skin a glow. It’s officially his grooming secret weapon for city life.

Try also: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel (the grooming Granddaddy)


NIOD, Survival 0 30ml, £20

 


6. Very best shoes

Loake Vaughn Polished Derby Shoes

 

It’s hard to beat the feeling of a weighty, polished pair of shoes, so treat him to Derbies from one of our favourite English shoemakers. Shoes maketh the man? We think so.

Try also: cool trainers or new Chelsea boots


Loake, Vaughn Polished Derby Shoes, £180

 


7. Enviable coffee machine

De'Longhi Nespresso Lattissima One

 

This sleek, elegant coffee machine will not only make a great kitchen shelfie, but does a grand job of whipping up delectable, craving-satisfying brews. Getting up in the morning will be so much more appealing…

Try also: marble cheese board or luxurious barware


De'Longhi, Nespresso Lattissima One, £219.99

 


8. Swoon-worthy coat

HUGO Wool Cashmere Coat

 

A camel coat is eternally stylish. Buttery hues, meltingly soft fabric, classic shape… he’ll have to excuse you when you cheekily borrow it too.

Try also: ridiculously soft knitwear and luxe loungewear


HUGO, Wool Cashmere Coat, £319

 


9. Trendy artwork

Graham & Brown Star Wars Deadly Reunion Comic Canvas

 

Looking for something a little bit different? With a fun throwback to his comic book days, this canvas will break the present rut. Take your pick from our collection – there’s even an old-school Mickey Mouse beauty.

Try also: cool lamp or tactile throw


Graham & Brown, Star Wars Deadly Reunion Comic Canvas, £19.99

 


10. Danish-designed headphones

Kreafunk Ahead Wireless Headphone, Black Edition

 

Anything that makes his commute better is always a winner. These smart headphones will help soundtrack his journey so he’ll arrive at work in an altogether better mood.

Try also: Nutribullet, Fitbit or Bluetooth speakers


Kreafunk, Ahead Wireless Headphones, Black Edition, £89

 


11. Wildly different pocket square

HUGO Wolf Placement Pocket Square

 

Deftly redefining the pocket square, the style maverick in him will love this statement, silk iteration. It gives pattern and interest when tucked in a pocket but like the best hidden gems, only the wearer will know the full force of its beauty.

Try also: sharp tie or cufflinks


HUGO, Wolf Placement Pocket Square, £25

 


12. Foodie tool of the trade

Sage Smoking Gun

 

If he’s a little bit in love with Brazilian barbecue restaurants and Middle Eastern grill houses, an at-home smoker will be right up his street. Pure tableside drama, it’s made for dinner parties – and we suspect you’ll be invited.

Try also: professional-esque baking tools inspired by GBBO


Sage, Smoking Gun, £79.99

Christmas table setting trends

Christmas table setting trends

 

If it’s your turn to serve up the dinner everyone’s been waiting for all year - no pressure or anything - you’ll want to give it the backdrop it deserves. Our three show-stopping Christmas dining ideas are on hand to transform any table from everyday to all-out celebration - and with enough decoration and detail, you just might divert the attention away from your ‘artfully charred’ turkey.

 

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A TWIST ON THE TRADITIONAL

 


A TWIST ON THE TRADITIONAL


The green, red and white Christmas table is always a crowd-pleaser, and this year’s update embraces the kind of eclectic luxury that the interiors world has gone wild for – remember those velvet sofas? Pairing rustic touches like pinecones and berries with metallics, diamond-cut glassware and quirky print dinnerware, it fits in all those festive favourites whilst feeling gloriously decadent.


“Posh up those festive favourites with high-shine accents and quirky prints.”


Its appeal lies in its adaptability. There’s a lot of room for manoeuvre, however invested you are – a few expertly scattered baubles can be just as effective as a full on Bacchanalian feast piled high with cinnamon sticks and dried orange slices, à la interiors blogger Melanie Lissack's styling. Foliage is key, too. Forest finds like pinecones and berries work so well woven into garlands and candle wreaths – and don’t forget the obligatory sprig of rosemary in your cocktail.

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A LUXED UP SCANDI SCHEME

 


A LUXED UP SCANDI SCHEME


Yes, we’re taking style notes from those eternally chic Scandinavians again. Dark winters up in the Northern hemisphere have made them the experts in maximising light come Christmas time via crisp whites, fresh foliage and gentle shimmer – all perfect for the table. Gold might be synonymous with seasonal celebrations, but we think silver deserves more than a little love too - in this case, just the hint of festive magic that maketh writer and stylist Cate St Hill's table.


“Metallics maketh the table in this masterclass in chic Scandi style.”


When it comes to the practical bits, forget the layers of plates and naff folded napkins in favour of simple shapes and long-stemmed glassware. Eucalyptus is a stylist’s shortcut to chic, and this simple scheme can take more than a few twigs – try nestling a mixture of glass, lustre and matte baubles among branches in place of a formal garland. And if you’re feeling creative, this idea pairs perfectly with DIY details like hand-written name cards.

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A CELEBRATION OF SPARKLE

 


A CELEBRATION OF SPARKLE


Sometimes, only sparkle will do. This trend recreates the kind of table we like to think the royals sit around for their Christmas dinner - that means plenty of gold, opulent detail and pops of palace-approved purple. Call it a tribute to the roaring ‘20s or just an opportunity to indulge your showy side, it’s a true celebration of everything we love about the season. After all, if you can’t get the gold cutlery out at Christmas, when can you?


“The Midas touch is a shortcut to a very merry Christmas table”


Melanie Lissack’s styling has totally embraced the ‘more is more’ mantra, but she’s added clever delicate touches, like the lisianthus stems at each setting. There’s plenty of print, but the deco theme of the different patterns means they layer surprisingly well. And whilst the gold could feel flash, don’t feel you have to banish the lot to the attic once Christmas is over. Individual pieces – like the gold-rimmed glassware – can be dressed down for a dinner party by ditching the tablecloth.

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Speedy Christmas Day beauty tips

 

On Christmas Day, inbetween hosting, cooking and drinking, it's no surprise that our beauty indulgences have to take a back seat. So, for when you're caught up the festivities, this is how to keep up appearances.

 

 


Complexion

When you’re short on time, it's best to take it back to basics and ditch the brushes and blenders.

Despite popular belief, using clean hands to apply makeup is one of the most effective and convenient methods. Using the pads of your fingers, you are able to really work foundation and blend into the most difficult-to-reach areas of the face. And when applying liquid formulas with your fingers, the product warms and slightly thins, creating a natural, glowy finish.

In a rush? Ensure you use a sheerer base than you usually would. Heavy formulas with fuller coverage are more difficult to blend and therefore require more time to apply.

To save on fussing with bronzer and highlight, once you have dispensed your foundation onto your hand, mix it with a couple of drops of a liquid highlight and apply all over the face. The drops will make skin appear awakened and instantly illuminated. A small act that goes a long way.

Finally, to combat signs of inevitable fatigue, opt for a salmon-toned concealer. Pinky tones should be used to cover dark areas such as under the eyes and around the nose. Pot-based options like Nars Cosmetics Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £24, are really easy to apply and can be used on all over the face.

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Eyes and lashes

When the turkey is cooking and you're up against the clock, it's best to leave your usual palette alone and instead opt for some equally effective alternative methods.

Eye shadow sticks and liquid shadows are serious gamechangers when it comes to saving time. Swipe one matte shade all over the lid and, without blending, apply a darker shade into the outer corners and up into the crease if desired. Then, using your ring finger, dab and blend the two formulas together, extending the dark shade outwards and underneath the lower-lash line.

If you still crave more but don't have the time to perfect a winged-liner, take a kohl pencil and very lightly dot liner along the upper-lash line to give the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes. If you desire a bolder look, you can also apply to the lower water and lash line. Blend with your little finger.

To finish, starting from the root, give your lashes two to three licks of a voluminous, curling mascara, making sure the wand grabs every lash on the way. Apply to the bottom lashes first to avoid smudging.

 


Brows

With more and more women taking pride in their brows, gone are the days of lightly dragging a brow pencil through them, with a whole host of brow products calling out for attention. When it comes to Christmas Day, however, there's simply no time to spend hours brushing, fluffing, shading and setting.

While most of us have grown to rely on filling our brows in with powder and pencil, you'd be surprised at just how well a tinted gel can work on its own. Starting from the bottom of the brow, drag a clean spooly in an upwards zig-zagging motion until the hairs are all brushed upwards. Then, take a tinted gel and apply lightly, again in an upwards motion, neatening the ends and setting them into place as you work your way along. It takes minutes and creates the illusion of full, fluffy brows.

If you have fair hair or areas that need a little filling-in, before you apply the gel, lightly fill any gaps with a pencil or powder kit. Simply brushing your brows upwards creates a simple and easy-to-follow guide that will save you any time-consuming brow disasters.

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Lip

Nailing a festive red lip is no mean feat, let alone when you've only got minutes to spare.

Tricky to apply and with a tendency to budge throughout the day, switch the usual Christmas red for a more wearable nude. Buttery lipsticks apply smoothly and a nude-based shade means you don't have to worry about precision.

Still want to go for a bold lip? While there's no such thing as a perfect 10-second red lip, there are some things that can be done to make your life a whole lot easier. And the best bit? Spending an extra five minutes on a red lip, means that you can forgo eye makeup. A perfect complexion and a killer lip is all you need to look pulled-together.

First, dab your lips with concealer (the same you use on your face is fine), to give the lipstick a strong base and serious staying power. Then, apply the lipstick straight from the bullet, to the middle of your lips, steering clear of the edges. To avoid constant touch-ups, go for a long-lasting matte finish. Finally, with your little finger, blend carefully to the edge of your lips for an on-trend smudged look.

 


Hair

Whether your hair is squeaky clean or one-day old, spray some dry shampoo liberally onto the roots and work in with your fingers to give instant volume and staying-power.

Then, take sections of various thickness and, using straighteners, loosely curl the ends. The key with this style, is to ensure you're not too careful and that you don't overthink it. You won't need to spend any longer than 10 minutes with the straighteners.

This undone look will keep you looking glam all day and if it starts to drop out, another hit of dry shampoo will provide an instant lift.

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What to wear to the office Christmas party

what to wear to the office party

 

With Christmas fast approaching, it's time to get ready for a plethora of prosecco, presents and parties. Deciding what to wear to an office Christmas party can be tricky, especially finding the balance between wearing something fun and stylish yet work appropriate. Here are our favourite office Christmas party looks, so you can enjoy the festivities and let your hair down with confidence.

 

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Issa Polkadot Kate Tie Wrap Dress

 


The show-stopping dress


At last, it’s time to bring out those party dresses and make an entrance at your work do. Beads, feathers and sequins are perfect for dancing the night away in. If it's a more formal occasion, the classic black dress will see you through the night.


Fit and flare dresses work wonders for your figure, with a nipped-in-waist, fitted body and full skirt. As a general rule, higher necklines and slightly longer hemlines will allow you to have fun without worrying about any fashion faux pas.

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Issa Zig Zag Print Knot Front Jumpsuit

 


A figure-flattering jumpsuit


If you fancy trying something new this festive season, a jumpsuit is the perfect dressy alternative to an actual dress. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to occasionwear and works across various fabrics and styles to suit all figures. Add a belt to accentuate your waist or go for a loose, wide-leg shape for a stylish and comfortable outfit that will draw attention to your favourite party shoes.

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Biba Metallic Stripe Knitted Midi Skirt

 


The Staple skirt


Whether you opt for a midi or a mini, a staple skirt can take you from meetings to the dancefloor with a few simple outfit updates.


For a look that’s effortlessly chic, dress up a printed or pleated skirt with a neutral top and slip over a blazer jacket for the perfect finishing touch. For a simple, yet sophisticated look, a black midi skirt will pair perfectly with everything from a fun glittery top to a simple t-shirt, just add your favourite heels and accessories.

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Mint Velvet Laura Black Studded Low Heel

 


Shoes that last all night


A pair of flats will reliably take you from day to night. Our party favourites include mules and pointed court shoes - flats are anything but basic this season.


For a heel that you can dance all night in, choose block heels for more stability, extra support and comfort. But, at the top of our list, the court heel is the ultimate work party shoe, with its ability to dress up any outfit - it's a firm favourite of ours.

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Watches for him and her

There’s a reason why you’ll find a watch atop of many Christmas lists. The dream combination of practical, wearable and special, it’s one of the best gifts you can give. But where should you start? Follow our failsafe guide and win some serious Brownie points.

his and her watches


Main man

A watch is a man’s most powerful accessory. Scarves come on and off, ties changes but a watch remains. But when buying for him, it’s easy to get a bit bewildered with technical aspects and mechanisms. Instead, focus on the look and feel. A classic, heritage-inspired piece will say he means business, while a smart watch is ideal for those wanting to synch up their tech.

“For work, think a heavyweight watch”

If he’s already got a watch he loves, gift him a second one for a different purpose. If he’s active, a watch that counts steps can be useful; if he travels, a comfy strap; or if he goes to events, a dress watch. Arm him with an on-point timepiece and he’ll be ready for any situation.

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Leading lady

A watch for a woman is about style and substance. Whether it’s a watch that blends seamlessly with her jewellery or a timepiece that’s a statement in itself, women can have fun and don a watch that’ll mix up their accessories game. When gifting for her, think about her needs. Does she need a smart watch that’ll make her life easier, a run-around watch she can wear from the shower to the school run or a glamorous watch that’ll be her serious work accessory?

“Unsure of her style? Look to her jewellery for cues”

A strap or bracelet are equally as elegant. An understated watch face is perfect for those who like a minimalist aesthetic, while a hint of sparkle will exude a luxurious feel. Take your time to get it right; she’ll appreciate it.

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23 Christmas gifts she'll actually want

23 gifts she'll actually want

With Christmas gift buying season just around the corner, the age old question ‘what do women want?’ has started to creep back into our thoughts. While we don’t claim to have the definitive answer just yet, we have most definitely got things covered when it comes to gifting the women in your life on what they really, really want this Christmas. Whether you’re looking for family, friends or wanting to leave some subtle hints lying around for loved ones, take note of our ultimate Christmas list to make your life a whole lot easier this year.

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WISH LIST FOR: The style icon

Discerning beauty fiends and finicky fashion pack rejoice, for there'll be no practised happy faces when tearing into gifts this year. This treasure trove of chic treats are so delectable they’ll be making their way onto your own shopping lists come December.


WISH LIST FOR: The home bird

From fancy cocktail implements to Jo Malone candles, you’re sure to find the perfect homewares gift for any personality and any abode. A word of warning - it will be hard to resist the urge to unwrap it before Christmas Day.


WISH LIST FOR: The jet setter

If you’re shopping for the kind of girl who prefers globetrotting to staying home, a travel-ready gift is always necessary. Whether you fancy something chic to tote on adventures, or you're more keen on paring down to the essentials and finding practical gadgets to pack; make sure you get the thing that's impossible to leave home without.

Wish List: THE STYLE ICON

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Wish List: THE HOME BIRD

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Wish List: THE JET SETTER

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Top Christmas decorations trends

Top Christmas decorations trends

Feeling less than inspired by the old decorations you’ve dug out of the attic? It’s the ultimate festive centrepiece, so we’re big believers that your Christmas tree deserves the best – there’s really no sadder sight than a forlorn fir. As the countdown gets underway, head over to ours to treat your tree to the makeover it deserves this year.

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Traditional Christmas tree decorations


MERRY TALES


The highlight of the Christmas countdown, decorating the tree is a date that deserves to be in the diary alongside the most anticipated party invites. This twist on the traditional feels like a celebration of the act itself – unloading the boxes of red and green baubles, finding old favourites and searching for branches that aren’t already weighed down with a decoration (or two). This year’s update - shot by interiors blogger Melanie Lissack - is a certified crowd-pleaser. Mixing forest finds with nutcrackers, retro cars and plenty more, it’s charming, child-friendly and easy to integrate with your ‘vintage’ Christmas decorations (yes, even the homemade ones you promise to chuck every year).

“Mix hand-crafted treasures in with old family favourites”

Whilst the ‘more is more’ mantra is key to this trend’s appeal, there is some method in the madness. To maximise the mix-and-match feel, choose just one or two of each decoration and try to keep the larger baubles towards the bottom of the tree. It’s worth going easy on the glitz – whilst we’re not declaring this a tinsel-free zone, a base of earthy tones and wood accents will help to balance out bolder decorations. Instead of gold, add warmth via berry red baubles, tactile textures like felt and wool and consider a snow-tipped tree for that cosy cabin feel.

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Scandinavian Christmas tree decorations


ALPINE SKIES


We might not actually be spending this year sipping Glögg and watching the snow fall from a chic Copenhagen apartment, but boy do we know how to fake it. Yes, the Scandi Christmas trend is still going strong, and for good reason – it’s eternally chic, requires minimal investment and is, quite simply, very easy to live with. This year, we’re putting aside the pinecones et al in favour of stars, shimmer and glass decorations inspired by the beauty of a winter sky. Think the same minimal Scandi cool, updated with a dash of festive sparkle and a nod to this season’s star trend, all styled by interiors writer and stylist Cate St Hill.

“A nature-inspired Scandi scheme meets Copenhagen cool”

Start by hanging some simple matte decorations - like these versatile white stars – then layer in metallics until you hit your shimmery sweet spot. Mixing shapes and finishes will keep it feeling contemporary rather than clinical – try lustre, glass and antiqued finishes in a range of round, onion and teardrop styles, filling in gaps with mini baubles. A few of these ribbon-tied decorations will add welcome softness and a hand-crafted feel to the scheme. And don’t forget the classic brown paper-wrapped presents to complete the look – the daschund is optional, but very much encouraged.

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Pink and gold Christmas decorations


DECO DELIGHT


We’re not averse to a little non-conformist colour on our Christmas tree, and saturated tones styled well can still feel curated. If the rainbow tree trend feels a little too far out, this pink and metallic idea could be just the Pinterest-approved alternative you’ve been looking for. It’s a clever way of exuding warmth without the traditional red and green - these pinks are less punchy and more millennial, layered with ultra-chic blush, champagne and rose gold tones. Equal parts feminine and fun – aka how we like to think we look during party season – it’s just the touch of Gatsby-ready glamour that Christmas was made for.

“This Gatsby-inspired trend is equal parts feminine and fun”

Stick to a sophisticated colour scheme and dial up the drama with interesting shapes and textures, à la Melanie Lissick’s expert styling. The beauty of this trend is that every bauble is a standout, so forgo the filler in favour of everything from glitter-dipped designs to pink feathered fancies. Look out for lustre, pearl and foiled finishes, too, adding a little edge with angular geo and gemstone shapes. And whilst tinsel might be the most controversial Christmas staple to make the yearly pilgrimage from the attic, here its texture, slightly retro feel and unashamed sparkle works wonderfully.

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The emergency gift drawer

The emergency gift drawer

Unexpected Christmas guests can cause a) panic b) dread and c) a frantic dash to the corner shop to grab a Toblerone to gift. This year, spare yourself the stress with an emergency gift drawer of presents you can whip out if needed. It’ll solve many a quibble, from one family member having less to open to you completely missing someone off your buying to-do list. Shop from our festive SOS kit and when there’s a surprise knock at the door, you can welcome them with open arms – and a gift in hand.

 

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1. Final flourish

Tommy Hilfiger Effortless Knit Plain Oblong Scarf

 

It's universally acknowledged that one can never have too many scarves, and the sheer loveliness of the soft fabric and muted tones of this one will seduce every recipient.


Tommy Hilfiger, Effortless Knit Plain Oblong Scarf, £60

 


2. Whole hearted

Aspinal of London Heart Coin Purse

 

If anything was going to look further from an after-thought, it’d be a handmade Italian purse. Even the trickiest of guests would struggle not to like it, and the sentimental shape and luxurious feel will speak volumes.


Aspinal of London, Heart Coin Purse, £60

 


3. Handiwork

Dents Men`s Leather Glove With Warm Lining

 

A sometimes neglected part of a guy’s wardrobe, smart leather gloves means there’s no need to trudge around with hands in pockets and chapped winter skin. Wins all round.


Dents, Men`s Leather Gloves With Warm Lining, £32

 


4. Beautiful basics

Calvin Klein 3 Pack Maddox Flat Knit Socks Gift Box

 

The kings of underwear also, unsurprisingly, make superb socks. Wrapped up in a cute gift box, you’re not just giving socks but a reason for Sunday mornings lounging in the house and a pop of personality to flash under suit trousers.


Calvin Klein, 3 Pack Maddox Flat Knit Socks Gift Box, £20

 


5. Christmas spirit

Makers & Merchants Set Of Three Syrups

 

Adding a little festive je ne sais quoi to tipples, consider these adorable mulled wine, mulled cider and clementine syrups as your Christmas in a bottle.


Makers & Merchants, Set Of Three Syrups, £12

 


6. Waddle this way

Hamleys Pippa And Percy Penguin

 

We’re yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love a penguin, so we’re championing this Pippa and Percy pair as the toy of choice to keep stashed at the back of your wardrobe in case of kids’ gifting-related emergencies.


Hamleys, Pippa And Percy Penguin, £25

 


7. Winter sun

Benefit Hoola Mini Stocking Stuffer

 

Everyone’s favourite bronzing powder in a handy, clutch-bag size, gift this and she’ll thank you for giving her glow on the go.


Benefit, Hoola Mini Stocking Stuffer, £12.50

 


8. Star sign

Hobbs Star Single Sock

 

We know, we know, socks as gifts have a bad reputation. These ones though, with their starry pattern, tread the line between stylish and fun so perfectly that we forecast thoroughly positive reactions.


Hobbs, Star Single Sock, £6

 


9. Tale of two halves

Tommy Hilfiger Mascot Card Holder With Gift Box

 

Plain at the front, party at the back, this handy card holder will win over kooky friends with its fun, mascot design and more minimalist-favouring recipients with its sleek alternate side.


Tommy Hilfiger, Mascot Card Holder With Gift Box, £35

 


10. Tie time

Double Two Polyester Tie

 

His tie collection will always be in need of new additions and this one with its subtle stripe and red wine hue will set off his shirt for many an occasion, whether there’s wine involved or not.


Double Two, Polyester Tie, £14.99

 


11. Grooming guru

Tom Ford Shave Oil 40ml

 

Shaving just got a lot more luxurious thanks to this calming shave oil. Seeing as all men shave and all men love Tom Ford, we reckon we’ve cracked it gifting-wise.


Tom Ford, Shave Oil 40ml, £46

 


12. Recipe for success

JOE & SEPH'S GIN & TONIC CARAMEL DESSERT SAUCE

 

Combining two of our favourite things - G&T and caramel - in one, this is a cracker of a tub. Drizzle over ice cream, meringues and berries – if you can stop yourself eating it straight from the jar that is.


JOE & SEPH'S, GIN & TONIC CARAMEL DESSERT SAUCE, £6

 


13. The purple one

Molton Brown Muddled Plum Bath & Shower Gel

 

We’re advocates for Christmas expanding into every area of our lives so in honour of this, we thoroughly recommend gifting this plummy bath and shower gel with festive notes of saffron, orange and oak-aged rum.


Molton Brown, Muddled Plum Bath & Shower Gel, £24

 


14. People pleaser

Cartwright & Butler Christmas Loaf Cake In Tin

 

For a gift that’ll delight everyone, from your neighbour to the school teacher, postman to your great aunt, a Christmas loaf cake that’s GBBO-worthy will always go down a treat.


Cartwright & Butler, Christmas Loaf Cake In Tin, £12

 


15. Hands in

Polarn O. Pyret Kids' Waterproof Winter Gloves

 

For max potential giveability (we’re making that a word), choose these Polarn O. Pyret gloves that'll work for many a recipient, for the weekday playground and the weekend park.


Polarn O. Pyret, Kids' Waterproof Winter Gloves, £24

 


16. Sweet escape

Cartwright & Butler Acacia Honeycomb

 

Turn a quick coffee and a handful of nuts into the breakfast of kings with a tray of Acacia honey in its honeycomb. Thoroughly recommended on top of hot, buttered toast, it’ll make a moment to savour among the usual morning madness.


Cartwright & Butler, Acacia Honeycomb, £13