The best Christmas gifts for…err, myself

Because you must take care of yourself because you can take care of others


50 people of East London book

50 People of East London by Adam Dant
Not only is this book beautifully illustrated, it is uncannily accurate in its profiling of all the diverse personalities that make East London brilliant, from the Creative ‘digital thought leader’ typically found on Great Eastern Street, to the ‘massive bush’-carrying Sunday Flower Market Shopper along Columbia Road.

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The Bluebeards Revenge Perfect Man Kit

The Bluebeards Revenge Perfect Man Kit
How about a gentle nudge for your partner in the grooming department, because if it helps him, it helps you? This set has all the essentials to keep him fresh and fragrant – a ‘does what it says on the box’ type of gift.

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Bomb Cosmetics Berry Christmas Cracker

Bomb Cosmetics Berry Christmas Gift Set
Good enough to make your mouth water, this cracker of a gift contains three fantastically fragrant, fruity bath bombs made with essential oils including neroli, sweet orange and chamomile.

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Bulleit and MEATliquor Limited Edition Gift Set
If you love your meat and bourbon, this has everything you could want all boxed up in a solid wooden chest. Inside, you’ll find a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon exclusively signed by founder Tom Bulleit, a julep tin engraved with a cocktail recipe and a specially-bound copy of The MEATliquor Chronicles: Chapter & Verse with a limited edition run of 200, all the proceeds of which will go to charity Meningitis Now.

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Carluccio's cracker

Carluccio’s Crackers
£14.95 (set of six),
Now for some table crackers you’ll really fight over. Each of these minis have three delicious gianduja chocolate and hazelnut stars up for grabs. Time to perfect your cracker-pulling technique then.

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Filofax Willow Organiser

Filofax Willow Organiser
Because pen and paper still does a sterling job, here’s an equally durable and pretty diary to keep your year ahead suitably organised.

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Dreams Thoughts Inspirations Notebook by Organise Us

Dreams Thoughts Inspirations Notebook
Everyone needs an outlet to capture their thoughts and ideas, so jot yours down inside this lovely embossed journal for safe-keeping.

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Mountain Warehouse Penguin Kids Umbrella

Penguin Kids Umbrella
OK, so this isn’t actually an item for adults, but just look how cute it is! On the plus side, this means it’s small enough for you to carry around easily…and it works – what else do you need?

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The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson book

The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson
£12.99 (Warne),
Yes, we know it’s a picture book. For pre-schoolers. But that won’t stop us from gleefully enjoying this story of the beloved Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin and their exciting, forbidden adventure at the fun fair. And about the pictures, they happen to be beautifully illustrated, thank you very much.

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SELFRIDGES Tom Ford Patchouli absolu eau de parfum 250ml

Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu Eau de Parfum
An incredibly rich fragrance that gets to the very heart of a key ingredient in perfumery, patchouli. A unisex scent (although it errs on the masculine-side) that makes for a very handsome gift for your partner, or a very indulgent one for yourself.

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69 Colebrooke Row by Tony Conigliaro book

69 Colebrooke Row by Tony Conigliaro
If you’re a dedicated, discerning cocktail drinker, it’s likely you would have stepped foot in the Islington bar that bears the same name as this book. In it, the mixologist (and author) celebrates that very bar and includes 40 of the drinks recipes that have all been served up since its opening.

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Avon ANEW Clinical Beauty Heroes Collection

Avon ANEW Clinical Beauty Heroes Collection
With four brilliant anti-ageing products in one simple set, you needn’t worry about your skin not looking its best. Use them all in conjunction with each other for smoother, more even and younger-looking skin.