All posts tagged: Christmas

Style Maven: Christmas stocking fillers

Christmas gifts for style mavens. Fulton Colour Pop Rose Umbrella Winter has come and that means the return of the brolly as our must-have accessory. This strong floral-printed number gets the job done and adds a flash of much-needed colour on an otherwise dreary day. £20, Clever Cocker Spaniel Tote Bag Stylish and practical, keep this cute little tote on your person so you’ll never be caught out when you need somewhere to store your shopping. £10, Orelia Create Your Own Necklace No more awkward fashion moments. Just pick your chain and choose from an array of pretty charms that’ll allow you to mix it up all-year-round so you always have the perfect piece to wear whatever the occasion. From £4, JumpFromPaper Bag This bright and bold 2D design pops before your very eyes. Bags of fun and guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go. It’s also insanely zany, which is why you just have to have it. From £89.99,

Artistic licence: Christmas stocking fillers

Artistic licence. Arty Christmas gifts. Fenella Smith Dogs Trust Notepad A special place to keep your notes (and doodles). And you can rest assured that for each pad you get through, 25% of the sale will go to the Dogs Trust, so scribble to your heart’s content. £8.50, The Mindfulness Colouring and Activity Book Need a little help unwinding during the madness of the holidays? Grab your colouring pencils and shade in the intricate doodles or let just your mind run freely through the word puzzles. By Gill Hasson and Gilly Lovegrove. £8.99, published by Capstone MeriMeri Santa and Reindeer Crackers Add more fun to the festivities with a six-pack of these brilliant cartoon-like Christmas crackers. You’ll get your joke and toy and you’ll be pleased with the silver foil hat upgrade too. £17.50, Karma Cola Fun and arty on the outside, with Fairtrade and organic ingredients on the inside. This may be the first time you’ll drink cola and actually feel good for it. Oh, and it’s pretty darn tasty too. £1.59, …

Instant Gratification: Christmas stocking fillers

Christmas gifts for ravenous chocolate fiends. Carluccio’s Chocolate Trees Silky smooth and each one individually hand-decorated, these milk, white and dark chocolate trees do look far too good to eat. We give it 10 seconds… £8.95, Lindt x Thomas Sabo Chocolate Bear The treats that come housed in this limited edition gift are two-fold. You get to devour a 500g chocolate bear and then you can show off the beautiful Thomas Sabo charm that accompanies it. £125, PAUL Bûche Chalet Eat this one whilst it’s fresh and admire the handiwork through your taste buds. After all, who can resist layers of almond biscuit and gianduja mousse topped with a praline pastry roof? From £3.95, Flowercard Tea for Two Chocolates Love tea? Or even more fitting, love chocolate? This tin of edible cups, cupcakes, teapots and spoons is perfect for showing off when guests come round for tea. £21,    

Surround yourself with Christmas home comforts

Christmas home comforts. Turn your house into a show-off home. Bloom & Wild Christmas Tree This may be one of the cleverest Christmas gifts yet. Slim enough to fit through your letterbox, simply pop up the canvas pot, unfurl the miniature pine tree and slip on the shiny baubles and star. It’s tree-shopping made easy – perfect for those short on time but keen to join in on the festivities. £25, Wooden Bulldog Table Lamp Here’s something that won’t fail to lighten your mood. Once pieced together, this brilliantly fun wooden lamp is your ideal conversation starter. Switch it on and watch its belly glow. Look a bit closer and you might spot the cheeky little bone in there too. £40, The Labrador Company Labrador Clock Who would have thought clock-watching could bring such joy? You’ll enjoy counting down the seconds with each wag of the dog’s tail and with a bit of clever placement, you could have a set-up that’ll amuse guests time and time again. £45, MiPow Playbulb Candle Fill …

Tech it up with the best Christmas gadgets

Christmas gadgets. When style meets technology. Beats By Dre Solo2 Luxe Enjoy your tunes with studio-like clarity and look good whilst doing so. This sleek, glossy new colourway will see to that. Solid, comfortable and compact, this pair of headphones is music to our ears. £169.95, UE Boom 2 Create the perfect party atmosphere wherever you lay this down. The Bluetooth pillar speaker provides thumping 360-degree sound for up to 15 hours and is so durable it will continue to blast your playlist uninterrupted however riotous the party gets. Come rain, sun or snow, here’s one speaker you can rely on all year-round. £169, Jawbone UP3 A style statement in its own right, this rather fetching activity tracker holds a wealth of vital statistics to help encourage better fitness habits. Use the app to monitor your heart rate at any given time as well as your daily calorie burn. It’s the perfect wellness kick-starter come the New Year. £129.99, De’Longhi Dedica Whether an espresso, cappuccino or latte, this super-sleek coffee machine lets …

Raise your glass to the best Christmas tipples

Christmas drinks. One for every day of the week. And then some. Moët & Chandon So Bubbly Jeroboam What a way to make champagne even more special. We envy the lucky so-and-so who has the pleasure of receiving this limited edition bottle which features a solid 18-carat gold seal, a gold-plated, engraved bubble label and an equally golden tie to match. £1,000, Selfridges Disaronno wears Roberto Cavalli The flamboyant animal print that adorns this bottle marks the third design collaboration between the brand and a famed Italian fashion house. Roberto Cavalli has this year’s honour and in turn has created a pretty stylish collectable for those able to get their well-manicured hands onto it. £22, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Le Café Parisien Resplendent in vibrant red and gold, this gorgeous bottle brings a touch of French class whilst the goods housed within ensures a good time all-round. An ideal gift for those nifty in the kitchen as well as the bar – just add a splash to a gooey chocolate pudding or use it …

Head-to-toe pampering beauty sets

Christmas Beauty. Because when you look good, you feel good. Champneys Heavenly Days Relaxing Collection An aptly named gift set, this trio has the essentials to help you wind down in style. Have a quick lather if you’re short on time or sink into a warm, fragrant bath during the colder nights. Either way, slather on the floral-laced body butter to soothe tired and parched skin. £18, Morris & Co Fruits Hand Wash and Lotion Everybody needs a helping hand at Christmas. With a host of nourishing oils, this duo leaves hard-working hands thoroughly clean yet wonderfully soft. A decorative addition to the bathroom and guaranteed to an invigorating fruity finish. £22, Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Completely Exquisite This cleverly curated four-piece haircare set should see you into the New Year with head-turning results. The shampoo and intensive conditioning treatment ensures hair is hydrated and strong from the inside, whilst the styling mousse and shine spray adds weatherproof volume and a glossy, healthy finish. £66, Korres Guava Collection Dark winter mornings …

Scent of Christmas: Library of Fragrance

They’ve done it again. The experts who have captured some of the most intriguing, if not unusual, scents have outdone themselves with two new creations. Christmas in New York is a comforting blend of spices, apples and roasted chestnuts whilst Mistletoe is an invigorating evergreen concoction. (Library of Fragrance. £15,

Maitre Choux launches Christmas eclairs

Maitre Choux’s superstar pastry chef Joakim Prat creates two new eclairs for the festive season. Feast your eyes on these fancy eclairs. Look too good to eat? Almost. These new Maitre Choux beauties should help get you into the Christmas spirit nice and early. First there’s the Coconut Snow eclair which contains lashings of smooth coconut cream wrapped in light choux pastry and covered in crunchy, snow-white coconut flakes. Then there’s the Hazelnut and Milk Chocolate Treasure, an eclair filled with whippy, milk chocolate cream covered in a homemade praline and roasted hazelnut chunks. As if that wasn’t tempting enough, it is also spray-painted gold so once you latch eyes on it, you won’t be able to walk away. £5.80 each, available at Fortnum & Mason and

Grimms’ Fairy Tales come to life: The Hidden House

There’s another immersive experience happening down at Westfield Stratford City and it doesn’t involving shopping. Inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales, The Hidden House lets you explore an abandoned building and forest in a bid to track down the sudden disappearance of Little Red Riding Hood without being captured by the Big Bad Wolf yourself. It comes complete with actors, sound, air and scent effects to bring the experience to life. It’s scarier than you think – choose the extreme experience if you’re brave enough. (Tickets cost £10 (adult). Open until 4th Jan 2015. Book at