The ultimate Christmas gift guide

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Find the perfect Christmas presents for your friends and family with our gift guide

If it’s beginning to feel a lot like you haven’t done any Christmas shopping, then consider this your seasonal secular gifting bible. We’ve scoured the capital’s high streets and its best independent retailers for a selection of original items that will survive into the new year. We’ve also tried to make sure there’s something here to suit all budgets, so you can spend your cash on what Christmas is really all about: turkey and getting merry. Happy shopping! Photos by Rob Greig.

She’s a lady, and she’s a bugger to buy for… Pick one of these girl-magnets and for once you might not have to try and find the receipt.


  • Cushion, £20

    If you can’t get your head around wearing the Aztec trend, why not sit on it instead?
    Monki (020 7287 0620).

  • Framed butterflies, £39.95

    Tastes in decoration are subjective, but nearly everyone loves a pretty butterfly.
    Aria (020 7704 6222).

  • Lyn Harris for Marks & Spencer perfume, £25

    Designer fragrance at high-street prices. Hide the bag and she’ll be none the wiser.
    Marks and Spencer (0845 609 0200).

  • Papier-mâché skull, £38

    Can’t afford a diamond-studded Damien Hirst death’s head? Neither can we. Get this instead.
    RE at Liberty (020 7734 1234).

  • Goe oil, £30

    An all-over face, body and hair wonder product.
    Jao at Liberty (020 7734 1234).

  • Candles, £37 each

    Heavenly fragrance, cult design.
    Bella Freud at SpaceNK (020 7355 1727).

  • Bobble hat, £28

    No Christmas haul is complete without some cosy woolly cheer.
    Heal's (08700 240780).

  • Silk panties, £46

    Even the scantiest bit of Stella McCartney is a guaranteed Christmas pleaser.
    Stella McCartney at Fox and Rose.

  • High five Tatiana mittens, £6

    There is no more joyous way to keep your digits from freezing than these positive-thinking gloves. No one needs to know you spent under a tight-fisted tenner.
    Monki (020 7287 0620).

  • Zebra iPhone case, £40

    If the missus spends half her life on the blower, then it merits a bit of special treatment. Liven up her phone with this Will Broome-designed case.
    Marc by Marc Jacobs at Shopbop.

  • Purse, £102

    A CDG wallet is the most failsafe gift you can get. Even if she already has a purse, she’ll like this one more – we promise.
    Comme des Garçons at Paperchase (020 7467 6200).

Blow the budget!

  • Necklace, £399

    For a lady who has been very, very good, this statement necklace brings seasonal bling in tasteful style.
    Paul Smith at Aria (020 7704 6222).

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