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Christmas is a time for celebration and in this jampacked issue of The Christmas Magazine, you’ll find everything you need to party in style. From the tree to your festive table, we’ve got inspirational decorating ideas to make your home sparkle – so whether you like traditional red and green or bold brights, there’s something to suit every style. You’ll also find easy projects to make and bake, fabulous fashion to ensure the family looks its best and gift ideas galore for even the most difficult of relatives to buy for. Food is often the focus of the festivities and we’ve picked the best seasonal products from the supermarkets to ensure stress-free entertaining. We’ve also compiled a handy, free Festive Food & Drink magazine packed full of delicious recipe ideas.

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Stockings for the fireplace

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Yummy gift suggestions

p78

Bold bright decor ideas

p22

p30

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Inspirational giftwrap projects

p53

Centrepieces for your table

p61

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Christmas decorating 10

Make an entrance Welcome guests with pretty decor.

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Decorating styles Seven Christmas looks you’ll love.

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Christmas countdown The best festive Advent calendars.

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Festive fragrance Sniff out the finest seasonal scents.

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Fabulous flowers Create floral displays or give as gifts.

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Terrific trees Find the ideal tree for your home.

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Christmas cards Our pick of the best cards out there.

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Perfect stockings Cute designs all ready to be filled.

The Christmas table 59

Table settings Dress the table for a festive feast.

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Centrepieces Add a focal point on the table.

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What a cracker! A selection of the best to pull.

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Table solutions Solve those dining conundrums.

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Party food & drink Delicious supermarket solutions.

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Cakes & bakes Ready-made time-saving desserts.

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Sweet treats Spoil yourself with irresistible options.

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Gorgeous beauty buys

Delicious timesaving cakes

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CONTENTS Glam up your festive outfit

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Seasonal Ut laccustrum scents inaut your ut rest, home sit

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Gorgeous gifts for little ones

Kids’ Christmas 43

Festive mini makes Pretty projects to keep them busy.

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Clothes for girls Time to dress your special angel.

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Clothes for boys Cute clothing for your little man.

Add sparkle with gold decor

p23

122 Gifts for little ones

Gorgeous gifts for the under 10s.

130 Gifts for older kids

Perfect presents for over 10s.

Christmas crafts Wrappy Christmas Gift-wrap ideas. Craft kits Tools for easy crafting.

p75

Craft creations DIY project ideas. Edible gifts Bake your own treats.

Festive fashion Beauty wish-list Desired products.

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Christmas jumpers Wrap up in seasonal knitwear.

Clothes for her Glam up your Christmas day outfit.

Our pick of the best crackers

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Christmas giving 98 Gifts for her Spoil her rotten. 104 Gifts for him Treat your man. 110 Gifts for techies Geek it up! 112 Gifts for home lovers Splash out. 119 Gifts for gardeners Green ideas. 120 Gifts for foodies Yummy stuff. 140 Gifts for pets Furry fun.

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Welcome guests in style

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Christmas travel 143 Win a trip to Lapland 145 Holiday adventures

Festive events for the family.

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153 Countdown checklist 162 My Christmas with June Brown

EastEnders star’s festive memories.

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Seasonal getaways

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Natural charm

Pot-grown tree, from £19.99, fresh wreath, from £7.49, bay tree in pot, £29.99, reindeer door mat, £9, Hunter wellies, from £79, all Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

Make an

Entrance Welcome visitors to your Christmas home with an array of decorations – plus a beautiful wreath, of course. Mix artificial with fresh foliage for longer-lasting displays


Outdoors Floral display

Rose in reindeer plant pot, £4, Waitrose, 0800 188884, waitrose.com.

A-door-able

Personalised sign, £2.75 for two, Talking Tables, 020 7627 6767, talkingtables.co.uk.

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Wreaths Good wishes

Wreath, £8, Wilkinson, 0845 608 0807, wilko.com.

Wooden door sign, £12, Idyll Home, 01630 695779, idyllhome.co.uk.

Snow business

Star wreath, £18, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Traditional sleigh, £79.99, Toast, 0844 557 5200, toast.co.uk.

Bespoke fresh wreath, from £25, Rhubarb & Bramley, 020 8669 5854, rhubarbandbramley.co.uk.

Cute creature

LED lying reindeer light, £119.99, Festive Lights, 01257 792111, festive-lights.com.

Lighting up time

20 lights on a string, £10, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

Woodland pinecone wreath, £50, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

Special request

Personalised ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign, from £29, Delightful Living, delightfulliving.co.uk.

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Disco snowman

Sparkly light-up snowman, £200, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Scandi style

Red Nordic tree, £12, Debenhams, 0844 561 6161, debenhams.com.

Wreath made with components from Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

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Indoors Beautiful birdie

Bird in cage, £6.49, The Chelsea Gardener, 020 7352 5656, chelseagardener.com.

Deerly beloved

Ceramic stag, £10, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

5 of the best…

Candles Silver angels rotating tea-light holder, £5.95, Dotcomgift shop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgift shop.com.

Natural star

Wooden star on stand, £8, Paperchase, 020 746 76200, paperchase.co.uk.

Sweet tweets

Silver tea-light holders, £22 for 3, Isme, 0844 811 8112, isme.com.

Bird clips in blue and white, £2 each, Cargo, 0844 848 3300, cargo.com.

Santa candle, £12, Cath Kidston, 0845 026 2440, cath kidston.co.uk.

Woodland style

Pinecone and holly garland, £15, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

Global delight

Snow globe, £15, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Frosty friends

Winter robin and penguin, £8 each, Debenhams, 0844 561 6161, debenhams.com

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Tree-mendous

Wooden tree with bells, £8, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.com.

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Candle lantern, £35, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksand spencer.com.

Woodland stocking, £15, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

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FEATURE LINDA PARKER

Mirrored tea-light holder, £4, Tesco, 0800 505 5555, tesco.com.


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Rustic style

Willow wreaths, £25, pinecone wreaths, £50, white glitter reindeer, £15, white glitter hedgehogs, £15 for two, cream stag tea-light lantern, £10, acorn fairy garland, £40, all House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073 houseoffraser.co.uk.

Deck

the halls

Bring seasonal magic to your hallway and stairs, too. A sprinkling of fake snow adds a lovely touch – just don’t forget to add Santa’s footprints on Christmas Eve!


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Red, green & white

Vintage pastels

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Winter woodlands

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Stick with traditional Christmas colours and characters to create this classic festive look in your home ◀ Scented style Scented ‘Love’ hearts, £7 for set of 4, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk.

◀ Hooking up

Tree mantelpiece hook, £10, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

▲ Tweet about it

Birdhouse chalkboard, £3.99, Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

▶ Soldiering on

Christmas soldier bauble, £6.95, Liberty, 020 7734 1234, liberty.co.uk.

▼ Pretty paper

Honeycomb paper baubles, £5.50 for set of 3, Hunky Dory Home, 0191 645 4004, hunkydoryhome.co.uk.

▼ In the bag

Owl felt goody bag, £4.25, MyGiftTree. com, 01288 595135, mygifttree.com.

▶ Top topiary Tuileiries topiary tree bauble, £19.50, Oka, 0844 815 7380, okadirect.com.

▼ Bright birds

Clip-on birds for the tree, £3 for set of 2, Mia Fleur, 07972 102327, miafleur.com.

◀ Deerly loved Red metal hanging deer, £2, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

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Love bird Robin felt heart with holly stitching, £1.50, Tesco, tesco.com.

Heart of glass Ruby acid-wash glass heart, £2, Marks & Spencer, marksandspencer.com.

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‘Happy Xmas!’ ribbon, £1.95, Cath Kidston, 0845 026 2440, cathkidston.co.uk.

Hanging heart, £4.99, The Chelsea Gardener, chelseagardener.com.

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FESTIVE STYLE Timeless trimming Stars in packs of 2, poinsettia clips in packs of 3, both £1 each, Poundland, 0800 731 5622, poundland.co.uk.

‘Cheer up an empty and unused fireplace by filling it with baubles, baskets and fairy lights’

Classic style Red, green and white is the ideal choice for a more traditional look. It’s ideal if you don’t want too much glitz and glitter as it can include natural fir cones and twig decorations.

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▼ Light fantastic

Silvered glass lantern lights, £42, Primrose & Plum, 01428 643040, primroseandplum.co.uk.

◀ Blooms of choice

Floral wreath to make yourself, all items from Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

◀ Bundles of baubles Vintage-style bauble set, £6, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 1200, marksand spencer.com.

Pretty pale For a calm shabby chic look, opt for soft pinks and lilacs – combine with retro silvered glass accessories, mirrors and scented candles for the perfect finishing touch.

Festively feminine 7ft Vintage Blue pine tree, £180, mirrors, from £10, Neom candles, from £15, Vintage glass table-top trees, from £15, all John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

▼ Glitterball

Lilac-pink glittery bauble, from £4.25, Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.com.

▶ Silver style

▶ Cameo classic

Mercury silveredglass candlestick, £15.95, Nordic House, 0845 475 1610, nordic house.co.uk.

Rectangular glass bauble, from the Heirloom range at Wilkinson, 0800 032 9329, wilko.com.

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Pretty in pink

Shining heart

Bright sparkles

Onion-shaped glass bauble, £1, Wilkinson, wilko.com.

Silvered glass heart, £3, BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

Antoinette round bauble, £6, Brissi, 0844 800 9912, brissi.com.

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◀ Makes scents Snowflake Cookie candle, £19.99, Yankee Candle, 0117 316 1260, yankeecandle. co.uk.

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Cake stand painted with Metallic spray paint in Brilliant Gold. Berry decorations painted with Painter’s Touch spray paint in Cherry Red and Balmoral. Snowflake decorations painted with Painter’s Touch Claret Wine spray paint.

Birdcage painted with Painter’s Touch Antique White spray paint. Baubles painted with Painter’s Touch Purple and Balmoral spray paints.

Lettering painted with Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in Elegant Gold. Berry decorations painted with Painter’s Touch spray paint in Cherry Red.

Twigs painted with Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in Brilliant Gold.

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Create a cosy room with wood and wool-effect finishes, and add a selection of quirky forest friends

▼ On the wall

▼ Foxy fun

Freddy fox tree decoration, £1, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

Wooden reindeer wreath, £16.95, Liberty, 020 7734 1234, liberty. co.uk.

▶ Stag do

▲ Heart to heart

Rural Stag stocking with fur trim, £12, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Hanging berry heart, 13in wide, £3, Wilkinson, 0800 032 9329, wilko.com.

◀ Spice it up

St Clements wreath, with orange and cinnamon sticks, made to order, £59, Velvet Brown, 01844 208261, velvetbrown.co.uk.

◀ Three of a kind

Festive robbin kit, £1.99 for 3, Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

▲Wonderfully Wonderfully woolly Knitted reindeer ornament, £8, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.

▶ House style

Wooden light-up house with LED lights, £15, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

◀ Tea-lightful

Silhouette tea-light holder, £8, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk.

Owl decs

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What a hoot!

Fluff ball

Hanging around

Gold owl bauble, £6 for 4, Paperchase, paperchase.co.uk.

Fluffy owl figurine, £5, B&Q, 0845 609 6688, diy.com.

Fabric owl decoration, £3, Waitrose, 0800 188884, waitrose.com.

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▼ Happy hedgehog

Twiggy snow-dusted hedgehog, £6.99, The Chelsea Gardener, 020 7352 5656, chelseagardener.com.

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Au naturel Why not go down a more rustic route this year with back-to-nature decorations and homespun fabrics and textures. Plus, if you run out of wrap, just use simple brown paper and twine!

Rustic retreat Madrid chair in Mink, £149.99, antler table lamp, £19.99, owl cushion, £9.99, grouse faux-fur cushion, £12.99, felt owl decoration, £1.99, all Dunelm Mill, 0845 165 6565, dunelm-mill.com.

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Beautiful brights Team a modern white tree with bold baubles and colourful decorations for this fun look

Colour pop

7ft white, pre-lit Snowy tree, £100, with decorations from £1, all Asda, 0800 952 30101, www.a sda.com.

▼ Precious gem

Gisela Graham jewel peacock bauble, £4.50, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net.

▶Watch the birdy Bird bauble, £5.50, Paperchase, paperchase.co.uk.

◀ Pile ‘em up

Bauble table decoration, £10, BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

Bold fun Create an ultracontemporary theme with turquoise, pink and lime for a sensational seasonal look. As a bonus, the bright paper balls could be left up past the festive season, too.

▲ Stockinged feat Dark Natural Multi stocking, £39, Toast, 0844 557 5200, toast.co.uk.

▶ Glam glitter

Gold reindeer hanging decoration, £1.50, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

▶ Star struck

Round-up

3D sparkly star, from £3.75, Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.com.

Colourful pom-pom wreath, £35, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseof fraser.co.uk.

◀ Spreading tails Bright blue clip on peacock, £1, B&Q, 0845 609 6688, diy.com.

Wreaths

3 of the best…

Bling ring Multi-shape wreath, £20, Paperchase, paperchase.co.uk.

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Feathered fun Peacock wreath, £49.95, Liberty, 020 7734 1234, liberty.co.uk.

Jingle bells Sleigh-bells wreath, £6, Berry Red, 01432 274805, berryred.co.uk.

▲ World peace

Pink world bauble, £3.49, HomeSense, 01923 473561, homesense.com.

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Deer

3 of the best…

All that glistens

Bold hornaments

Gold glitter reindeer, £6, Hunky Dory Home, 0191 645 4004, hunkydoryhome.co.uk.

Gold wooden reindeer, £2.99, The Chelsea Gardener, 020 7352 5656, chelseagardener.com.

Deer oh deer Pre-lit gold glitter deer, £20, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

 Starring role Star tree topper, £5, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

▼ Gold standard Dark gold jewelled baubles, £3.99 each, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

Gold beauty All classic gold decorations will stand the test of time, so you’ll be able to bring them out year after year – the perfect investment. A gold star tree topper is a must have!

▼ Candle cage Birdcage tea-light holder, £20, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

 What a cracker Gold and white tree crackers, £15 for 6, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

◀ Pear off

Glass pear with gold leaf-style patina, £8, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.

▼ Winging it Dove tree decoration, £1.50, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

◀ Light up Snomys light garland, 2.7m, 50p, Ikea, 020 3645 0000, ikea.com.

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Traditional gold

Stylish sparkle

6ft tree, £15, 100 clear fairy lights, £6, gold pine cone wreath, £23 , glitter star topper, £3, 40-piece bauble pack, £3, all Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

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A red and white scheme will work in any home. Look for fun reindeer prints and Scandinavian-inspired patterns ▲ All tied up

▶Blade runner

Festive vintage ribbons set, £3.49, Ginger Ray, 0845 680 2975, gingerray.co.uk.

White ice-skate decoration, £3, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

◀ Warm glow

Reindeer design pillar candle, £3.50, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

▼ All my heart Red heart decoration, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com.

▶ Cosy knits

Knitted tea-light holders, £1.49 for 3, Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobby craft.co.uk.

▼ Festive knits Knitted decorations, £15 for set of 3, Cath Kidston, 0845 026 2440, cathkidston.co.uk.

▲ Ding dong merrily Christmas bells, £5 for set of 12, Berry Red, 0845 450 3937, berryred.co.uk.

▼ Deerly beloved Wooden reindeer, from £3 each, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

▶ Go with a bang

▶ Hang it up

Stitch-design cracker, £20 for 12, Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.co.uk.

Patterned stocking, £15, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

Nordic knits

3 of the best…

◀ Red delight

Warm welcome Hot water bottle and knitted cover, £8, Tesco, tesco.com.

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Winter woolies

Pretty pennies

Mittens decoration, £3, Debenhams, debenhams.co.uk.

Snowflake purse, £1, Poundland, 0800 731 5622, poundland.com.

Rotera tealight lantern, £2, Ikea, 020 3645 0000, ikea.com.

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‘Add festive red tableware to a plain white tablecloth for a Christmassy look’

Red & white We’ve fallen in love with the cheerful red and white themes of Scandinavian style. Mix traditional patterns with quirky Santa and reindeer decorations to add some fun.

Nordic Noël Ceramic Santa, £18, green paper tree, £2.50, red paper decoration, £3, candles, from £7, reindeer table linen, £12, all The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net.

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 Heads up  The light stuff

 Santa’s wheels

‘Merry Christmas’ lights, £1, Poundland, 0800 731 5622, poundland.com.

Santa on a scooter glass bauble, £10, Berry Red, 0845 450 3937, berryred.co.uk.

Forest Friends reindeer head, £10, Wilkinson, 0800 032 9329, wilko.com.

▶ Can’t catch me

Gingerbread man with lollipop decoration, from £4, Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.co.uk.

▶ Girl heaven

Guardian Angel, £7, Very Nice Things, 01772 600904, verynicethings.co.uk.

◀ Christmas countdown Meri-Meri 3D Santa Advent calendar tree, £6.50, Cotswold Trading, 01386 853331, cotswold trading.com.

▼ Criss-cross Cross-stitch pudding decoration, £22 for 4, Retreat Home, 0870 803 3428, retreat-home.com.

 Away in a manger Painted nativity set, £8, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

Animal decs

 Snow time Polyfoam snowman, £4, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

3 of the best…

◀ Special delivery Santa present sack, £14, Cath Kidston, 0845 026 2440, cath kidston.co.uk.

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Top dog

Cute canine

Bulldog, £5, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

Dog decoration, £4, Sainsbury’s, sainsburys.co.uk.

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Pick up a penguin Penguin bauble, £5, Paperchase, 020 7467 6200, paperchase.co.uk.

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Little extras Let the kids have a tree in their bedroom – it may encourage them to be a bit more tidy in the run-up to the big day, as well as promoting some creativity and artistic licence.

Child’s play Stocking, £3, felt angel tree topper, £4, clear baubles with pom-poms, £2.50, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

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Purples & Metallics Choose decorations in this classic, rich combo for instant, grown-up, Christmas glamour in your home Festive words Hanging sign, £7

 Pretty useful Beaded mat, £15 for 2

 Tops for trees Gold glass bauble, £4

 Warm glow

Mercury lantern, £10

PILE IT UP Opulent purple and metallic finishes look great together when used lavishly. Stick to a naturalstyle background, though, to prevent your scheme from looking too overpowering.

 Light up Tea-light holder, £10

Treasures

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Light fantastic

Time piece

Chrome candleholder, £22

Jewelled clock, £14

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Pull with style Crackers, £12 for box of 12

Bright star Tea-light holder, £32

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DELORUM IPSUM ADVERTORIAL PROMOTION FROM LEFT Faux-fur throw, £70, lit crackle bauble, £15, large beaded bauble, £12 for set of 6, heart bunting, £12, floral cushion, £20, Champagne saucer, £20 for set of 4, Lustre wine glasses, £18 for set of 4, Lily teacup and saucer, £15 for set of 2, Lily dinner set, £45 for a 12-piece set, beaded placemats, £15 for 2, medium mercury pillar candle holder, £24, mercury lantern, £10, Wings plaque, £35 for 2, silver-beaded heart bauble, £4.50, baubles, from £2, lit garland, £22, tealight holders, from £10, silver mercury vase, £12, small mercury candle holder, £14, script tapestry cushion, £14, etched vase, £14, metallic cushion, £14, lit gold wreath, £25, Orb vase, £70, large mercury candle holder, £35.

Lots of sparkle Beaded bauble, £12 for set of 6

 Sweet tweet

Bird decoration, £2.50

Gift idea  Mercury bottle, £12 for set of 3

Glass act Mini mercury tree, £22

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FESTIVE TRADITIONS

Just 24 days to go! From chocolate gifts to mini houses, make a magical start to the Christmas countdown with these charming Advent calendars

Burning bright

Advent wreath, £21.99, Yankee Candle 0117 316 1260, yankeecandle.co.uk.

Scandi charm

Advent house, £15, Sainsbury’s, 0800 328 1700, sainsburys.co.uk.

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Chocolate treats

A Fairtrade chocolate for every day, £4, Divine, 01325 390852, divinechocolate.com.

Pretty pegs

Advent string, £14.95, Dotcomgiftshop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com.

Christmas glow

10 bulb Advent arch, £25, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

Nature’s best

Advent reindeer, £30, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net

Lasting choice

Wooden calendar, £19.50, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

Festive countdown

Card holder, £1, Poundland, 0800 731 5622, poundland.com.

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Home sweet home

Advent calendar house, £25, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk.


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emories of Christmas are forever wrapped up in the scents of the season – from mince pies and mulled wine to pine needles and cloves. Fragrance can help create a lovely atmosphere in our homes at this time of year and enhances the sense of a welcoming, festive environment. Candles are great for those cosy nights in, but keep the scent gently wafting around your home in the day, too. From diffusers and pomaders to pot pourri and plug-ins, there's a wealth of sweetscented options on offer.

Woodland wonder ▶

Subtly scent your home with this gorgeous mix of cedar, sandalwood, rosemary, bergamot and musk. Escapology White Forest reed diffuser, £10, Ashleigh & Burwood, 01932 267060, ashleigh-burwood.co.uk.

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Kings' choice

You'll get three lights for the price of one with this multi-wick candle. Frankincense & Myrrh multiwick candle, £8, Sainsbury's, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

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Sniff out our selection of the finest seasonal candles, potpourri and incense – Christmas is definitely in the air... HEADY AROMAS

Room diffuser in Tranquil, £35, candles (from front) in Cassia, Burnish and Tranquil, £25 each; all Harlequin at John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

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A pretty diffuser scented with apple and cinnamon. Christmas Tree diffuser, £15.50, Riverdale, 01223 895808, riverdale.nl.

 Beautiful blackcurrant Enriched with the sweet smell of blackcurrant, rose, jasmine and geranium. The Thoughtful Gardener Blackcurrant Leaves candle, £9.95, Wild & Wolf, 01225 789909, wildandwolf.com.

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FESTIVE FRAGRANCE

COSY CHRISTMAS This Noël candle has a wonderful fragrance of orange, clove and cinnamon to conjure up the cosy feeling of log fires, mulled wine and mince pies. Scented votive, £7, Des Res Design, 01386 793240, desresdesign.co.uk.

◀ Regal gift Created in the UK by artisan candle makers, this candle blends myrrh, which has been used throughout history as a perfume, and frankincense, with its spicy, slightly lemony, scent. Frankincense and Myrrh candle, £8.50, Potters Crouch Candles, 01727 836454, potterscrouchcandles.co.uk.

▼ Glittering pillar This almond, orange and clove candle smells delicious. Mulled Spice candle, £16, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.

 Good enough to eat Recreate the scent of oven-baked goodness with this combination of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, baked apple, brown sugar and vanilla. Apples & Cinnamon candle jar, £9.49, Cargo, 0844 848 3300, cargohomeshop.com.

Spicy scent ▶ A beautiful decoration that can be hung up to bring the fragrance of juicy orange, distinctive clove and warm nutmeg to your home. Christmas Spice scented metal pomander, £10, Ashleigh & Burwood, 01932 267060, ashleigh-burwood.co.uk.

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Fragrances for £5 or less

1 Christmas Carnival air freshener, £2.95. Dotcomgiftshop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com. 2 Mulled Wine soap in a tin, £4.95, Scottish Fine Soaps, scottishfinesoaps.com. 3 Snömys Christmas scented candle, £2.75, Ikea, 0845 358 3364, ikea.co.uk. 4 Ambi Pur Holly Berries and Frost plug-in refills, £3.99, available in Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, and Waitrose. 5 Patchouli & Clove Apothecary room spray, £5, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

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FESTIVE FLOWERS Flame bouquet, £25, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainburys.co.uk.

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FESTIVE FLOWERS

FLORAL BAUBLE A Christmas tree decorated with fresh flowers rather than baubles is a novel twist on tradition and can look sensational. These are made up of lime green Bells of Ireland flowers, white astrantia and tiny red rose buds, £60 for 6, designed to order, Interflora, 0844 453 5600, interflora.co.uk.

FAKE IT

Great to give as a gift that will last through Christmas and beyond, this sculptural beauty is made from silk. Red Triple ‘Growing’ Amaryllis, £89, Bloom, 0844 482 2332, bloom.uk.com.

FRAGRANT FIND 

Narcissi can perfume a whole room and these white ones look wonderful in a shallow terracotta pot. Just add some lichen-covered branches to create a festive tableau. Bulbs, £6.95 for 5, bowl, £16.50, baubles, from £14.50 for 3, all Sarah Raven, 0845 092 0283, sarahraven.com.

SIMPLY STYLISH

To add a touch of elegance to your Christmas table, lie a white rose at each place setting with a sprig of bright green foliage. It’s a simple thing to do – and it looks gorgeous. Platinum Band dinner plates, £4 each, Silver Gem bauble, £5 for 4, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

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FESTIVE FLOWERS FLORAL FLAGS

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Instead of fabric bunting, why not hang one made up of floral ‘flags’? These ones consist of roses, holly berries, leaves and blue spruce finished with pearl daisy pins, all set on a cream satin ribbon. Vintage festive bunting, £25 per flag, designed to order, Interflora, 0844 453 5600, interflora.co.uk.

Bouquets Christmas Rose jug, £15, Waitrose, 0800 188884, waitrose. com.

WINTER WHITES

Adding a few silver baubles to a glass vase of hyacinths filled with ‘snowy’ beads at the bottom creates a festive table decoration in no time, £30, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

Winter Chic hand-tied bouquet, £44.99, Interflora, 0844 453 5600, interflora. co.uk.

Cotton bouquet, £15, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marks andspencer. com.

RED ALERT  These pretty cyclamen come in a gold zinc trough and will last for one week indoors. They can then be planted outside, ready to flower again next year. The red and green ribbon tied around the container adds a festive touch. Trough and plants, £15, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

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BOOTS OF FUN

Perfect as a welcome splash of colour on your porch or doorstep, this cute boot-shaped pot can be refilled with the plant of your choice every year. Santa’s Boots, £7, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

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Snowy Avalanche bouquet, £25, Waitrose, 0800 188884, waitrose.com.

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You usually find poinsettias in red at Christmas, so this cream version makes an understated change – ideal if you’re dressing your table in cooler colours. Poinsettias are available at all good florists, supermarkets and garden centres at this time of year, stars-for-europe.com.

December, bouquet of the month, from £26, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk.

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Woodland retreat For a traditional feel, decorate your tree in crisp red and white. 6ft Un-lit Berry and Cone tree, £50, Winter Lodge decorations, from £2, all Asda, 0800 952 3003, asda.com.

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thing. The more expensive versions have polyethylene (PE) needles and branches, for a very realistic look. While artificial trees can’t be beaten for convenience, real trees offer a wonderful Christmas scent and natural beauty. The best-selling variety is the Nordmann Fir, with its glossy foliage and great needle retention, but it can be pricey. The alternative is the Norway Spruce, which has short, sharp needles – it

is cheaper, but the needles do have a tendency to drop. Meanwhile, if you fancy something less traditional, pre-lit twiggy trees or rope-light trees are contemporary options that look great in more minimalistic settings – they’re less bulky, too. Whatever variety, style or size of tree you go for, don’t forget to buy one that’s at least 15cm lower than the height of your ceiling, to allow room for your tree topper.  The Christmas Magazine

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PRE-LIT A great time-saver, these come complete with traditional mini light bulbs, energy-saving LED or fibre-optic lights, either woven on to the branches or used as tips to them.

PREDECORATED These fall into two types – those that are decorated with pine cones and berries but have room for you to add your own decorations, or those that come fully dressed with ornaments.

PLASTIC Most artificial trees are made from plastic. They come plain or flocked and frosted, and can vary hugely in quality and price. Trees containing polyethylene, or PE, look and feel more

realistic. Some luxury trees are made only from PE, using moulds cast from real branches.

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£180

With their glittery charm, these make great secondary, trees. They come in every sort of colour, from flamboyant pink to traditional red, silver or gold.

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REAL You’ll want your cut tree to be as fresh as possible when you buy it. Test it by tapping the branches – the needles shouldn’t fall off when you do so. Position your tree in a waterholding stand and keep away from heat sources. The British Christmas Tree Growers Association has a list of sellers on its website at christmastree.org.uk.

So realistic

Designed to replicate a traditional Blue Pine, this tall, artificial tree has an eye-catching blue tinge and a frosty finish. The branches are hinged, making them easy to push down into position. 7ft Vintage Blue Pine tree, £180, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Shimmering beauty

Assembled in minutes by slotting the trunk poles together and fitting the hooped section over the top, this pop-up tinsel tree adds festive glamour. 5ft Silver Tinsel tree, £79, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

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Shining example

This rich green tree is pre-decorated with a constellation of 200 white LED lights. There’s no untangling of wires, as the lights are woven into the branches – all that’s left is to decorate it. 5ft Pre-lit artificial Christmas tree, £159, Bloom, 0844 482 2332, bloom.uk.com.

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Beautifully bold

Designed for indoor or outdoor use, this dazzling colour-change tree would look great decorated with a few large, jewel-coloured baubles, or simply left bare. Either way, it’s got the ‘wow’ factor. 6ft LED Colour-Change Berry tree, £80, B&Q, 0845 609 6688, diy.com.

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If you have a large room or high ceilings and like winter-wonderland style, this spectacular tree – with its integral berries, pine cones, lights and lightly-flocked branches – looks authentic. 7ft Pre-lit Sweet Berry Pine, £149, Noma, 01932 411330, noma.co.uk.


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Fully dressed

Decorations on this great-value, woodlandthemed tree include hessian stockings, bows, animals, fabric mushrooms and pine cones. 6ft Forest Friends Pre-decorated Christmas tree, £35, Wilkinson, 0845 608 0807, wilko.com.

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Fibre optic trees are a popular alternative to the conventional Christmas tree. They look fantastic and are easily assembled year after year. This one is designed for indoor use with a low voltage transformer. 5ft Opulence Fibre Optic tree, £99, Very, 0844 822 2321, very.co.uk.

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Budget buy

This affordable artificial pine with full foilage can be refreshed every year with a different decorative theme. Each branch hooks separately into the tree trunk, so it may take a while to assemble. 6ft Highland Fir tree, £15, Tesco Direct, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

Slimline solution

A perfect space-saver for smaller living rooms and hallways, this narrow tree measures just 55cm at its widest point, while its metal stand has rubber feet to protect the floor. 6ft 4in Pencil tree, £70, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net.

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White Christmas

Create a winter wonderland with this elegant tree. It adds a modern spin on the traditional tree design, spreading festive cheer year after year. Includes 60 clear lights. 6ft White Readyto-dress Noel Christmas tree, £50, Argos, 0845 640 3030, argos.co.uk.

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Optical choice

Real deal

The Norway Spruce has a beautiful pine scent and is relatively quick-growing, making it one of the cheaper fresh Christmas trees available. Regular watering will help prevent needles from dropping. 4ft Norway Spruce, from £14.99, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

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Jazz up shelving edges with fun Christmas papers and tapes

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Simple wall art in an instant!

❄ Hang those stockings out!

Why wait until Christmas Eve to showcase your festive stockings? Create simple wall art by hanging similar designs together – we picked complementing patterns in red and white gingham and felt to match our scheme.

Paper-chain garlands

Furniture can be given a whole new look by hanging paperchain garlands to shelf edges. Either buy ready-made kits from stores such as Hobbycraft and Poundland, or make using left-over wrapping paper. Fix with pins, Blu Tack or glue dots.

Display your favourite cards using string and mini pegs

It’s all in the wrapping...

Homemade goodies make great Christmas gifts – but if time is tight, package up ready-made cakes, pies and sweets using pretty bags, tins and ribbons. You could set up a sweet shop table (see previous page) to create stocking fillers, too.

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Create a fireplace focal point

Punch small holes and thread string through simple card shapes, add mini peg clips and you’ve got yourself an easy mantelpiece display. Use it to show off favourite Christmas cards from family and friends, or seasonal party invitations.

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FESTIVE CARDS

Season’s greetings

Whatever style of Christmas card you’re planning on sending to your friends and family this year, here’s our pick of the best

Variety pack

Bright cards, £1, pack of 20, Poundland, 0800 731 5622, poundland.co.uk.

Baubletastic

Silver bauble card, £5 each, BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

Vintage style

Jack Frost design, £1, Dotcomgiftshop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com.

Townscape design

Cutesy robins

Single card, £2.75, Caroline Gardner, 020 8288 9696, carolinegardner.com.

Do-it-yourself

Tall Houses, £2.50, pack of 10, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

Blank cards, from £2.99, with decorations, from 50p, Hobbycraft, hobbycraft.co.uk.

Soldier, soldier

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Christmas card, £2.50, The Kid Who, 0845 548 5440, thekidwho.eu.

Vintage Elegance card, £3, Paperchase, paperchase.co.uk.

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Rustic elements

Cello hearts, 50p, pack of 7, Asda, 0800 952 0101, asda.co.uk.


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❄ Seasonal icons

‘This is Christmas’ card, £2.75, The Conran Shop, 0844 848 4000, conranshop.co.uk.

Tree print

Cards, £9.50, pack of 8 with 2 designs, Unique & Unity, uniqueandunity.co.uk.

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Card holders

Pop up!

All of You Crimbleberry card, £4, M&S, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

A stitch in time

Heart and Robin card, £5, pack of 12, Next Home, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk.

Traditional appeal

Charity Christmas Scene cards, £2.50, pack of 12, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

Winter scene

Charity cards, £8, pack of 24 with 4 designs, Debenhams, debenhams.com.

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Owl card holder in red wire, £18, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk. 2 Willow Christmas Tree memo board with wooden pegs, £20, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net. 3 White metal Christmas Tree card holder with rows of small stars, £17, Velvet Brown, 01844 208261, velvetbrown.co.uk.

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Using Scotch Pop-Up Tape ensures you won’t just be remembered for the gifts you choose but for the beautiful way you wrap them too, as the tape comes in neatly pre-cut strips with a satin finish, ensuring a beautiful finish every time. For those who prefer to dispense different lengths of tape, then Scotch GiftWrap Tape is ideal. Its unique satin finish means the tape disappears on most gift-wrap paper for a flawless finish, and the tape sticks securely to ensure your presents remain under wraps until Christmas Day! The Scotch Tape Range is available at: Amazon, Asda, B&Q, Boots, Clintons, Costco, Morrisons, Ryman, Staples, Superdrug, Tesco, Waitrose, WHSmith and 3M Direct (3Mdirect.co.uk). For details visit facebook.com/ScotchUK.

Scotch Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser and Scotch GiftWrap Tape, both from £2.59 each. Look out for in-store offers this Christmas.

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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM White paper poster roll, £4.50, multi-coloured pom poms, £2.50 for 50, both Hobbycraft. Pop-out tree, £10 for 3, Marks & Spencer. Dayglo Orange paper, £1 per sheet, Paperchase. Yellow wool, from a selection, Hobbycraft. White paper poster roll, £4.50, stamped with Versa Color Ultimate pigment ink in Passion Fruit, £5.79, both Hobbycraft. Pink ric rac and white tag, both fom a selection, Hobbycraft. Decorations: Neon Pink, Neon Yellow and Turquoise Blue masking tape, £3 per roll, Papermash. Retro label maker, £12.99, The Original Pop-Up shop. Heritage twine, £3.50, Paperchase. Dayglo paper, £1, Paperchase. Decorations: masking tapes, £3 per roll, Papermash. White paper poster roll, £4.50, Hobbycraft, decorated with colouring pencils, £2 for 12, Heritage twine, £3.50, both Paperchase. Day-glo paper, £1, Paperchase. Large Pink pom pom, £4 for 50, Neon Orange wool, from a selection, both Hobbycraft. Reel of ribbon in Neon Coral with Stars, £16 for 20m, Rockett St George. Pull Me crackers, £4 for 10, 40-piece mixed baubles, £3, Honeycomb paper decorations, £1, all Tesco. Blue car, £5 for 6, Sainsbury’s. Fluorescent mini baubles, £10 for 25, Giant Fluorescent baubles, £10 for 4, both Paperchase.

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Wool wrap Wind brightly-coloured wool around neon paper to create an unusual graphic effect. We’ve also added a large pom pom for impact (see main shot, previous page) on one parcel.

Pencil-end stamp effect Use the small, round eraser on the end of a pencil and a multi-coloured stamp pad to create a colourful pattern on plain white paper. Press the eraser firmly and evenly onto your chosen colour, then stamp on the paper. Remember to give the eraser a quick wipe clean inbetween colours, and allow the paper to dry well before using.

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BLACK & GOLD

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM Striped gold-on-black paper, £2.75 per sheet, Paperchase. Gold ribbon, from 40p per m, decorative wooden letters, £1.49 for 26, both Hobbycraft. Black paper, £1.50 per sheet, Paperchase, decorated with gold glitter glue, £1.99, Hobbycraft. Gold clip-on bird, £3 for 6, Sainsbury’s. Gold circle-on-black paper, £2.75 per sheet, gold metallic ribbon, £1.75 for 3m, both Paperchase. Handmade gold and black check wrap, £3.50, Marks & Spencer. Pale gold glitter tape, £3.50, Papermash. Gold glitter star decorations, £3 for 4, Sainsbury’s. Gold stripes on cream paper, £2.75 per sheet, Paperchase. Garland made with glitter twine, £12.95 per roll, Papermash. Circles made from Gold glitter paper, £2.49 per sheet, using an X-cut palm punch circle, £9.99, both Hobbycraft. Midnight Harlequin foil wrap, £2, Wilkinson. Black Gold Rush paper, £2.50, Sainsbury’s. Gold-edged black ribbon, £1, Wilkinson. Wooden peg, £1 for 25, Poundland, covered in gold glitter, £1.79, Hobbycraft. Gold glitter tag made from pale gold glitter tape, £3.50, Papermash. Large glitter stag, £7, Talking Tables. 40-piece gold bauble pack, £3, Tesco.

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Circle punch garland Punch out circles from excess wrapping paper, then punch a small hole in each and

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Initial tag Simple but so effective: thread a wooden card topper initial through narrow-width ribbon, for a smart, personalised gift.

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RED & WHITE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM Berry polka-dot wrap, £2, Wilkinson. Green grosgrain ribbon, £3 for 2m, Peach Blossom. Brown tag, from a selection, Hobbycraft, with Christmas tree stamp, £10.95, Papermash. Red and white spot paper, £10 for 4 rolls, BHS. Green parcel tags, £3 for 10, red striped ribbon, £5 for 2m, cherry baker’s twine, £4 for 10m, all Peach Blossom. Tag punched with X-cut palm punch star, £2.99, red and white beads, from a selection, both Hobbycraft. Red metallic paper, £10 for 4 rolls, BHS. Red polka-dot fabric, from £8.49 per m, spotted red button, £2.79, both Hobbycraft. Baker’s twine, £4 for 10m, Peach Blossom. White tag, decorated with Alphabet stamps, from £3.99, using a pigment ink stamp pad in Xmas Red, £1.99, all Hobbycraft. Silver glitter stars paper, £3.50, Marks & Spencer. Red-and-white baker’s twine, £5.95 per roll, striped green, red and spotty washi tapes, £3 per roll, all Papermash. Red and white wrap (inc. 2 sheets and 2 gift tags), £1.65, Talking Tables. Brown tag, punched with X-cut palm punch star, £2.99, red pom pom trim, from a selection, all Hobbycraft. Brown paper red polka-spot bags, £4 for 10, Peach Blossom. Green peg, £5 for 24, Papermash. Decorative wooden letter, £1.49 for 26, scalloped tag, from a selection, both Hobbycraft.

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Beaded ribbon tie Thread red and white beads through baker’s twine and fasten to coordinating festive ribbon.

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Mini bunting For a really charming finish to gifts, use striped baker’s twine for your line and wrap around cut triangles from folded red and green washi tape to make mini bunting.

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1 Personalised Father Christmas stocking, £28, Great Little Trading Company. 2 Nordic Knitted stocking, £3, Tesco. 3 Heirloom stocking, £5, Wilkinson. 4 Reindeer stocking, £15, Marks & Spencer. 5 Red and White stocking, £3, Sainsbury’s. 6 Fox stocking, £8, Paperchase. 7 Artisan Trade stocking, £15, Monsoon. 8 Striped stocking, £16, Debenhams. 9 Faux-fur stocking, £12, Next. 10 Winter Warmer stocking, £15, The Contemporary Home. 11 Patchwork stocking, £12, Cargo. 12 50s Christmas stocking, £6.95, Dotcomgiftshop.

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of coloured card with names written in silver pen – or go to town and add a mini floral arrangement to each one. Make sure you’ve got enough cutlery for the whole meal, as the last thing you want is to have to wash up knives and forks between courses. And put serving spoons on the table from the start – it’s easy to forget about them once you start bringing the food to the table. Finally, decide whether you’re going to carve the turkey at the table – if so, you’ll need a lovely platter to bring it out on ceremoniously! So the table’s beautifully laid, the food is cooked and smells delicious – now all you have to do is sit down, relax and enjoy your fabulous festive feast! ABOVE Porcelain 12-piece dinner set, £25, champagne flutes, £4.25 for 4, wine glasses, £4.23 for 4, gold charger plate, £2, all Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

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Above: Vintage glass cake stand, £25, star lights, £20, decorations, from £2.50 each, all John Lewis. 1 Midnight tree in gold, £4, Wilkinson. 2 Silver candelabra, £19.99, HomeSense. 3 Bay trees in pots, £29.99 each, Dobbies. 4 Zinc star-shaped Willie Winkie tea-light holders, £1.95 each, Dotcomgiftshop. 5 Gisela Graham ceramic Santa tea-light holders, from £18 each, The Contemporary Home. 6 Toadstool candles, £12.99 each, Dunelm Mill. 7 Snowflake tea-light holder, £7.99, Lakeland. 8 Jolly Holly cake platter, £4.80, Talking Tables.

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Not just for Christmas Day, kids will love to have one of these cracker for every morning in the lead up to the 25th, £10 for 24, Marks & Spencer.

Heaven sent

Images of angels taken from paintings feature on the front of these traditional crackers, £36 for 10, The National Gallery.

Silver selection

These luxury crackers have tweezers, nail clippers, an egg cup, corkscrew and a mini chess set as gifts, £10 for 8, Asda.

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Nails Inc nail varnish and a fashion quote replace the usual festive treats in this box for beauty buffs, £29.50 for 6, House of Fraser.

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Use these pretty leaf crackers to add a stylish finishing touch to a silver-themed Christmas table, £9.99 for 6, HomeSense.

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Show time

Save this box for after dinner to enjoy the milk chocolates, quiz question and hat, £12.95 for 6, Carluccio’s.

You can get musical with these Nutcracker Theatre crackers as they contain music sheets and whistles, £15 for 8, Cotswold Trading.

Little gems

Cute drawings of a Christmas tree, reindeer and Santa make these mini crackers ideal for children, £1 for 8, Poundland.

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Fashionable florals

Gifts inside these Liberty print crackers include a wine aerator, lipstick holder and silver mirror, £49.95 for 6, Liberty.

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Handmade using recycled paper, these crackers have detachable rosettes to write names on, £35 for 6, Sarah Moore Vintage.

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I’ve got great plans for creating a beautiful table this year, but our plain dining chairs are going to spoil the look. How can I make them more attractive?

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The answer is to decorate the chairs as well as the table. You could really go to town with swags and bows – but if you prefer to keep things simple, this pretty set of four wooden Fretwork Decorations, £15, by Gisela Graham at The Contemporary Home (02392 469400, tch.net), are ideal for an understated look.

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I’d like to find some throwaway festive tableware that’ll appeal to both adults and children. Any ideas?

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Try the Mini Merry collection, £1 for set of 20, from Poundland (0121 568 7000, poundland.co.uk) – it’s full of festive charm.

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A lot of potential worries that surround Christmas can be solved, providing you make time to think about them calmly in advance. When it comes to planning for the holiday season, keep plenty of lists of what’s happening when, and bullet point the things you need to do.

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We’ll have lots of younger children joining us for Christmas lunch this year. How can I ensure they don’t get bored?

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Playing a game that everyone can join in with is the best option. After Dinner Dipsticks Shout Out, £9, Talking Tables (020 7627 6767, talkingtables. co.uk), is a simple option that requires players to shout out a word beginning with the letter shown on a card – silly fun!

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I’m planning a slightly kitsch Scandi-style theme for my Christmas table this year. When it comes to the place settings, what can I do that will look a bit different?

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Here’s a fun idea that might well appeal to you. These Christmas stockings are really meant to be hung up as tree decorations, but they are also a great way to dress each place setting. You could use them, as here, as holders for cutlery and napkins – perhaps even adding a little table gift, too. Natural and red fabric Hanging Christmas Socks, £2.49 each, from Dunelm Mill (0845 165 6565, dunelm-mill.com).

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I’d love to make my Christmas table look really glamorous but money is a bit tight this year, so I can’t afford to spend a fortune. Any suggestions?

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Pay a visit to your nearest Poundland store (0121 568 7000, poundland.co.uk) and you’ll be amazed at what you can pick up! As its name suggests, everything’s £1 – so you could put together a whole Christmas table using the glitzy gold and purple colour theme shown here for very little money.

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I’m looking for something unusual and Christmassy to serve after-dinner mints in. What could I use?

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These lovely gold Holly Leaf dishes could be used for all sorts of things, and would certainly be ideal for afterdinner mints – plus they can double up as useful trinket dishes after Christmas, too. They are from Joanna Wood (020 7730 5064, joannawood.co.uk), measure 31 x 20cm and cost £36 each.

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I haven’t got room for both a dining table and Christmas tree in my tiny flat, but I want it to look festive. Any ideas?

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John Lewis has a pre-lit Silver Glitter tree, £95, that would work well – it’s over 6ft tall, so will make an impact, but it takes up a lot less room than a traditional tree, leaving you room for a dining table, too. (0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com)..

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I’m serving smoked salmon as a starter on Christmas Day and I want it to look really special when I bring it to the table. Are you able to give me any ideas, please?

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This Carat Globe glass, £2.50, from Divertimenti (0870 129 5026, divertimenti.co.uk), makes a brilliant individual serving bowl for starters and is great for drinking from, too. Spike your salmon onto a curly bamboo cocktail stick and lay it across the top of the glass, rather than on the food, as shown here, and you’ve updated your salmon from a retro dish to contemporary cool in an instant!

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My sister always puts together a special cheeseboard as part of a family meal over Christmas. What could I buy her as a present that shows her we really appreciate this tradition?

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How about a cheeseboard that your sister can bring out every Christmas, to make your culinary family tradition even more special? We love the simple design of this treeshaped board, and it is large enough to hold a good selection of cheeses. It’s made of beech wood and costs just £10 from Tesco (0845 600 4411, tesco.com).

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I want some special china that I can use for Christmas lunch – and beyond! What’s worth investing in?

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Villeroy & Boch’s White Lace design is classic enough to look special without being old-fashioned, and it won’t date quickly. A salad plate costs £21.95 and a flat dinner plate is £24.95 (020 8871 0011, villeroy-boch.com).

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I’m looking for some simple makeit-yourself cracker kits so that I can add a personalised gift to each one. Can you suggest any?

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I like absolutely everything to have a festive theme on Christmas Day – even the oven gloves I use to bring the turkey to the table! So far, I haven’t been able to find any Christmassy ones, though. Can you help?

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How about these fabulously festive Santa Double Oven Gloves, £14, from Cath Kidston (0845 026 2440, cathkidston.co.uk). Not only are they full of Christmas cheer, they have a lovely nostalgic feel, too.

These are from Tesco and they’re good value at £3 for 6 (0845 600 4411, tesco. com) – which leaves you more cash to spend on what goes inside them. Choose a personal gift for each of your guests and tie a luggage label on each cracker as a place name, then you can be sure everyone will get the right gift.

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We’ve decided to eat in the evening on Christmas Day this year, rather than at lunchtime, so we’ll be able to dim the lights and make the table look spectacular. How can I really add some wow factor?

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You’d be hard pressed to beat this amazing display. Fill each glass with a pretty bauble, then stack up very carefully into a pyramid shape and arrange rafia stars around it. All homeware from a selection at Sainsbury’s (0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk).

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Instead of traditional afterdinner mints, I’d like to offer my guests something different to have with their coffee after Christmas lunch this year. What would be suitable, do you think?

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These delicious Santa chocolates will add a cute festive touch. Ho Ho Ho Milk Chocolate Santas, £2.50 for a pack of 3, Hotel Chocolat (0844 493 2323, hotelchocolat.com).

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We’ve just moved into a modern house and I want my table to have a contemporary look this year. Can you suggest where to start, as I’ve always gone for a traditional style before?

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Combine square, white plates with fresh turquoise, silver and red to make a contemporary festive statement. These plates are by Queensbury Hunt for John Lewis and cost from £5 each, the blue Shakespeare glass baubles are £18 each, and the funky Nicholas Feuillatte 20cl Champagne bottles in their little zip-up jackets are £10 each, all John Lewis (0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com).

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I’m always worried about having candles on the table in case they get knocked over, but they create such a lovely atmosphere as it starts to get dark on Christmas Day. How can I get a similar effect without any risk?

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Fake it! This LED tea light, £6.95 for a pack of 6, looks convincing and is shown in a Heart tea-light holder, £2.95, both from Dotcomgiftshop (020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com).

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I’m going to serve nuts and crisps to keep everyone going on Christmas morning before we sit down to a late lunch, and I’d like to find a gorgeous tray and matching bowls to serve them in. Do you know where I can buy that sort of thing?

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This red tray and bowls set from Tiffinware (020 7288 0259, tiffinware.com) would be ideal. It consists of a lovely enamel tray, £27.75, and matching bowls, £16.75 for 3, that would look wonderfully rich and festive. Or, if you prefer something more modern and funky, there is also a turquoise tray with pink, mauve and turquoise bowls.

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Say cheese A cheeseboard is a great way to finish any festive meal – M&S’s silky, buttery French Petit Brie, £4 for 550g, goes well with orange Blacksticks Blue, £2.68 for 300g, and rich, smooth Chabichou goat’s cheese, £3 for 300g – just add a wedge of your favourite tangy, mature Cheddar. 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

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If you’re nervous about cooking a whole turkey, Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Norfolk Black Free-Range Turkey, Chestnut Stuffing and Cranberry Parcel could be the answer. Norfolk Black breast and thigh meat (renowned for its flavour and tenderness) is layered with chestnut and maple stuffing, sprinkled with cranberries and wrapped in oak-smoked streaky bacon. It even comes in a foil roasting tin, so all you need to do is pop it in the oven. £65, serves 10-12, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

Cooking a turkey can mean mess in your oven – but not if you choose a Pork, Sage and Onion Stuffed Turkey from Waitrose this year, £8.99 a kilo. It comes in its own roasting bag, which will keep the meat really moist and saves on washing up afterwards. 0800 188884, waitrose.com.

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Specially Selected Red Cabbage with Apple, Orange and Walnuts, £2.99, Aldi, 0844 406 8800, aldi.co.uk.

Sprouts with Chestnuts, Maple Butter and a Thyme Sprig, 275g, £2.79, Waitrose, 0800 188884, waitrose.com.

Heritage Root Vegetables and Red Onion, 700g, £3.49, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

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Chic shellfish How about breaking with tradition and going for something special and different this Christmas? A Dressed Canadian Lobster from Sainsbury’s costs £20, and comes garnished with lemon mayonnaise, fresh asparagus and juicy prawns. Just add a glass of something crisp and chilled. 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

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3 of the best… Bargain price The Wine Selection Cava Brut, £5.25, Asda, 0800 952 3003, asda.com.

Value fizz

Bubbles aplenty Codorniu Brut, £8.99, Majestic, 01923 298200, majestic.co.uk.

Nibbles nabbed The Spicy Snack Platter from Morrisons includes Japanese rice crackers, dry-roasted and chilli peanuts, and Bombay mix. It has just enough of a kick to whet the appetite before the annual blow-out that is Christmas lunch, without dulling the tastebuds. £5 (dish not included), 0845 611 6111, morrisons.co.uk.

VEG TREAT

The best kind of festive vegetarian main dish is one that can be served with all the usual Christmas side dishes and veggies. Tesco Finest Frozen Wild Mushroom, Chestnut and Stilton Roast, 260g, £2.29, is tasty and moist and goes really well with sprouts and potatoes. 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

BRILL BIRDS

Looking for a really impressive main course to serve on Christmas Day, the sort of thing you might never get around to making yourself but that’s sure to earn you a round of applause? Take a look at Aldi’s showstopping Specially Selected Three Bird Roast – turkey, stuffed with chicken and then duck – 1.4kg, £19.99, which will be in store from 19 December. 0844 406 8800, aldi.co.uk.

Les Pionniers NV Champagne, £19.99, The Co-op, 0800 068 6727, co-operative food.co.uk.

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Mini bites:

Fishy Scottish Smoked Salmon Stars – salmon mousse topped with oaksmoked salmon, £4 for 8, M&S, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

post-Christmas suppers, too. We love Tesco Finest Cured Orange and Rosemary Marmalade Roasting Ham, 3-4kg, £50, which is made from traditionally-cured, outdoor-bred pork, matured for up to three weeks. 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

Dib Dab Duck – duck breast bites that come with hoi sin sauce and crispy fried garlic to dip them into, £3, Morrisons, 0845 611 6111, morrisons.co.uk.

Meaty Sliders are mini hot dogs and cheeseburgers, £3 for 4. Just add the ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

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For a sophisticated starter, pop these Sainsbury’s Crab Bakes with Parmesan Crumb, £5 for 2, in the oven, crack open the champagne and serve with the bakes as soon as they’re golden and crispy on top. 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

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Exotic

Starter’s orders

Even if you never buy a whole ham at any other time of year, they’re invaluable at Christmas. Great on the tea table, they also look impressive as part of a buffet – and the leftovers will give you a great base for lots of easy,

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Cakes & bakes

Not got round to making your own Christmas pud or tea-time treats? No problem – choose from a great selection of ready-made goodies instead

Just for you

Cole’s individual Gluten Free Christmas Pudding, £2.99, Lakeland, 01539 488100, lakeland.co.uk.

Italian pizzazz

Star-shaped Pandoro Panettone, 700g, £16.95, Carluccio’s, 020 7580 3050, carluccios.com.

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Deer delight

Chocolate sponge and ganache-filled Ronnie the Reindeer Cake, 1kg, £7.99, Morrisons, 0845 611 6111, morrisons.co.uk.

Sweet note

This cake can be personalised with an iced message, from £35, plus p&p, Biscuiteers, 020 7820 1161, biscuiteers.com.

For special diets

Freefrom Gingerbread Men, 90p each, and Freefrom Panettone-style Loaf Cake, £2, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsbury.co.uk.

Simple and stylish

Hand-decorated mini Star Gift Cake, 465g, £5, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

Sheer indulgence

Finest Ultimate Christmas Pudding with Caramelised Orange, 1.2kg, £16, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

Perfect package

This luxury two-tier Parcel Fruit Cake is big enough to feed a crowd of 35, £40, Waitrose, 0800 188884, Waitrose.com.

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A touch of luxury

Specially Selected Luxury Champagne and Gold Leaf Christmas Pudding, 907g, £9.99, Aldi, 0844 406 8800, aldi.co.uk.

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PERFECT CUTTERS You don’t need to be an experienced baker to get creative in the kitchen this Christmas, these SNÖKUL 3D pastry cutters, £4 for a set of 6, from Ikea, are perfect for a bit of festive baking with the kids. All you have to do is make your dough, roll it out, then use the cutters to make your biscuits. Once baked they are fun to decorate and easy to slot together to create these fabulous looking 3D designs. Ikea, 0845 355 1144, ikea.com.

STAR PLAYER

Sweet

Cranberry and orange brings fresh seasonal flavour to this starshaped mousse. It would make a great lighter alternative to a traditional Christmas pud and looks pretty served on a vintage cake stand. Taste The Difference Cranberry and Orange Star, £10, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

treats

Spoil yourself and those you love with these irresistible options

Never-fail idea You can’t beat a selection box of chocolates at Christmas, whether you keep them out on the sideboard at home for everyone to dig into, or buy them as a gift for someone special. This selection includes all the traditional favourites and comes in such an attractive box that it almost doubles up as a Christmas decoration in its own right! Festive Family Selection, 454g, £20, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marks andspencer.com.

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CLASSIC REVIVAL If you love the fabulous flavours of the 1970s you won’t be able to resist these delicious desserts from Waitrose. The profiteroles are ideal for when you don’t have time to make them yourself, and the torte has all the nostalgic flavours of a Black Forest Gateau, reunited in a new recipe. Caramel Cream Filled Profiteroles with Grand Marnier Sauce, £8.99 for 30, Seriously Chocolately Black Forest Torte, 600g, £11.99, both Waitrose, 0800 188884, waitrose.com.

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Freezer standby

The Tipiak Frozen Mini Patisserie Selection, is great value at £5 for 12 bitesized pieces – perfect if you need ideas for buffet-party food or an easy dessert option. Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

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Truffle surprise

Classic Christmas Collection, The Snowman White Chocolate £25, Hotel Chocolat, 0844 493 Model, £10, Thorntons, 0845 121 1911, thorntons.co.uk. 2323, hotelchocolat.com.

Festive Mince Pie Truffles, £3.99, House of Dorchester, 01420 84181, hodchoc.com.

Boxed beauties

These gorgeous, hand-decorated cupcakes can be posted anywhere in the UK. The vanilla sponge cakes are handmade, then topped with vanilla buttercream and fondant icing, with two collections of festive-themed cakes to choose from. Shown here are the Iced Christmas Cupcakes, which include a pudding design, a tree, a pressie, holly and snowflakes – the other box features various beautiful snowflake designs. They cost £27.50, plus p&p, for a box of 6. 0870 458 8358, biscuiteers.com.

This Chocoholic’s Hamper includes chocolate steamed puddings, chocolate fudge, chocolate sauce, and even chocolate tea, plus it comes in a lovely wicker hamper. If this can’t satisfy the chocoholic in your life, nothing can! £39.99, Lakeland, 01539 488100, lakeland.co.uk.

LUXURY PRESSIE

This Reindeer Dark Chocolate Pendant from Parisian chocolatiers, La Maison du Chocolat, would make a very special present for those who appreciate the finer things in life. It’s filled with goldleaf-covered chocolates and measures 12cm diameter, £28. 020 7287 8500, lamaison duchocolat.co.uk.

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MAKE IT YOURSELF If you want to get cooking with the kids this year, visit Morrisons Cake Shop counter for some great festive ideas and make your own kits. We bet you won’t be able to bring yourself to eat this amazing chocolate tree once you’ve put it together – though the children may be less restrained! It looks fabulous, but is easy to assemble, thanks to Morrisons Make Your Own Christmas Tree Kit, 180g, £4, which includes everything you need to mould the chocolate tree, then decorate it with icing snow and sugar baubles. 0845 611 6111, morrisons.co.uk.

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Love in every

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These delicious edible gift ideas, from Ryland Peters & Small’s Christmas Cookies & Cupcakes, are as impressive to receive as they are easy to make


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Edible Baubles

These fabulous bauble cookies make lovely Christmas tree decorations as well as great gifts. Go for turquoise, red and white for a vintage look, or opt for richer colours, such as green, for traditional festive style. Making these cookies using the gingerbread recipe will mean your home smells wonderfully festive, too. To ice 12 cookies, made using the Gingerbread Cookie Dough recipe, on p79  icing sugar, for dusting  250g each white and turquoise rolled fondant icing  edible glue  100g each white, turquoise and red royal icing, thinned for piping  2m white ribbon Equipment

 bauble-shaped cookie cutters

 small skewer  3 piping bags with fine round nozzles

 round-bladed knife  spatula or table knife

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Bake a batch of baubleshaped cookies (see above), cutting a small hole in the top of each before baking. Leave to cool. Dust a clean work surface with icing sugar then roll out the turquoise and white fondant icing so it’s thinner and more pliable. Use your bauble cutters to cut out icing in the same shape. Trim to fit your biscuit. Use edible glue to stick the fondant in place. Allow to dry. Use a skewer to create a hole through the icing in the same place as the hole in your biscuit. Use your piping bags of royal icing to create simple patterns of lines, waves, crosses and dots on your biscuits. Allow to dry. Finally, thread some ribbon through the cookies so they can be hung up.

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Jolly Penguins

If penguin-shaped cutters are difficult to find, you can draw penguin shapes on pieces of parchment paper and use these as a template, or cut out the shapes freehand. Rolled fondant can easily be moulded into shape, so don’t worry about being too accurate. To ice 12 baked, cookies, made using the Gingerbread Cookie Dough recipe, on p79  icing sugar, for dusting  100g orange rolled fondant  edible glue  250g black rolled fondant  100g white rolled fondant  100g red rolled fondant Equipment

 penguin-shaped cookie cutters  parchment paper template (optional)  rolling pin  sharp knife  cocktail stick

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Bake a batch of penguin-shaped cookies (see above). Leave to cool. Dust a clean work surface with icing sugar and roll out the orange fondant. Cut out the feet using a parchment paper

template, if using, and a sharp knife. Attach the orange fondant to the cookies using edible glue, and mark indents on the feet with a cocktail stick. Roll out some black fondant and cut out the penguins’ bodies using a cutter, or your parchment paper template and a sharp knife. Attach them to the cookies and gently roll over each cookie to make them fit. Roll out the white fondant and cut out oval shapes using a sharp knife for the penguins’ tummies. Attach them to the cookies. Roll out the red fondant and cut out the hats. Attach a hat to each of the cookies. To make the eyes, roll 2 small balls of white fondant between your fingers. Squash the middle of the balls to make oval shapes, then squash them flat. Attach them to the cookies and stick 2 tiny balls of black fondant to them for the pupils. To make the beaks, roll a ball of orange fondant between your fingers. Pinch one end to make it into a triangle shape, then squash it flat. Attach them to the cookies. To finish the hats, roll a ball of white fondant between your fingers and attach one to the top of each hat to make a bobble. Roll a thin sausage of white fondant and cut it into small pieces for the trim of the hats. Attach them to the cookies and mark lines along each piece of trim with a cocktail stick to give it some texture.

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Smiling Santa Cupcakes

Shredded coconut makes a great fluffy beard for Santa in this recipe. If you can’t find it in the supermarket, use buttercream piped in balls instead. Makes 12 cupcakes, using the Basic Cake Mixture recipe, shown right For the topping  480g white ready-to-roll icing  2tbsp apricot jam  2tbsp icing sugar  red and black food colouring  6tbsp shredded soft coconut  edible silver balls For the buttercream

 225g icing sugar  1 heaped tbsp butter, softened  1–2tbsp milk Equipment

 12-hole cupcake pan filled with cupcake cases

 7cm round cutter  pastry brush  piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle

 piping bag fitted with a star nozzle

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Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/gas mark 4 and have your cupcake pan ready. Spoon the cake mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 15–20 minutes until the cakes spring back to your touch. Remove from oven and cool the cakes on a wire rack. Colour 240g of the ready-to-roll icing with a little red food colouring. Roll out the remaining white icing and cut out 12 circles, using the cutter. Heat the apricot jam in a saucepan and brush over the top of each cake, using a pastry brush. Put an icing circle on top of each cake. Roll out the red icing and divide it in half. Cut out 12 crescent shapes, using a sharp knife, for the top of the hats. Put one on top of each cake, aligning with the top of the cake. Use a little apricot jam to fix the icing if it does not stick. Cut 12 curved triangles out of the remaining red icing and put one on top of each red crescent to make the fold over of Santa’s hat. To make the buttercream, whisk together icing sugar, butter and milk until light and creamy. Add the milk gradually – take care, as you may not need it all. Spoon buttercream into the piping bag with the star-shaped nozzle and pipe a line of overlapping rosettes in a rope effect to create the trim of Santa’s hat. Pipe a rosette on the tip of each hat to create a bobble. Mix the icing sugar to a stiff paste with a few teaspoons of water and colour with the black food colouring. Spoon into the piping bag with the small, round nozzle and pipe eyes on each cake just below the hats. Add a silver ball just below the eyes to create a nose. Brush the bottom of the cakes with a little buttercream and sprinkle a little shredded coconut on top of it to make the beard. Pipe a smile with black icing onto each cake, just above Santa’s beard.

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Gingerbread Cookie Dough

 125g unsalted butter  100g dark soft brown sugar  2tbsp water  2tbsp golden syrup  1tbsp treacle  250g plain flour  ½tsp bicarbonate of soda  100g self-raising flour  1tbsp ground ginger  2tsp ground cinnamon  2tsp mixed spice  finely grated zest of 1 orange or lemon (optional)

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Put the butter, sugar, water, syrup and treacle in a heavy-based saucepan and melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes. Meanwhile, sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices together into a large bowl and add the citrus zest, if using. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the melted mixture. Gently stir in the flour, so that there are no lumps, until the mixture comes together to form a soft dough. Roll out the cookie dough on a clean, lightly-floured work surface, using a rolling pin. Stamp out as many cookies as you can from the dough with the cookie cutter of your choice. Put the cookies on a lined baking sheet and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/gas mark 6. Bake for 8-12 minutes until the cookies are golden and smell baked.

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Basic Cake Mixture  125g butter, softened  115g caster sugar  2 eggs  115g self-raising flour, sifted  2tbsp buttermilk  1tsp vanilla extract

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Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat together using a whisk or hand-held mixer until light and creamy. Add the eggs and beat again. Fold in the flour, buttermilk and vanilla using a spatula or a large spoon.

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Figgy Puddings

These cupcakes take their inspiration from the classic Christmas pudding, with its hints of orange and spices, and are topped with sugar holly leaves and berries. Serve with warm custard, brandy butter or cream for an extra Christmassy treat! Makes 8 figgy puddings using the Basic Cake Mixture recipe, shown left  2tbsp cocoa powder, sifted  100g spiced chocolate (such as Green and Black’s Maya gold), chopped  zest of 1 orange  1tsp ground cinnamon To decorate

 200g white ready-to-roll icing  green food colouring  300g dark chocolate, melted  8 red jelly beans  icing sugar, for dusting Equipment

 muffin pans lined with 8 muffin cases  large holly cutter

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Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/gas mark 4. Fold the cocoa, chopped chocolate, orange zest and cinnamon into the cake mixture using a spatula or large spoon. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 15–20 minutes until the cakes spring back to your touch. Remove from the oven and cool the cakes on a wire rack. Colour 50g of the ready-to-roll icing with a little green food colouring. Roll it out thinly on a clean work surface dusted with icing sugar and use the holly cutter to cut out 8 holly leaves. Roll out the remaining white ready-to-roll icing and cut out 8 circles with fluted edges to represent each pudding’s dollop of icing. Spoon the melted chocolate over the top of each cake, spreading out with a round-bladed knife to make sure that they are completely coated. Top each one with the white icing and finish with 2 holly leaves positioned next to one another. Press a red jelly bean firmly into the middle of each cake between the holly leaves, and dust with icing sugar. Leave to set before serving.

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❄ Add a soft touch to your festive projects with these self-adhesive felt toppers. In a range of different colours and iconic Christmas designs, they’re a great way to bring a 3D effect to cards, scrapbooks, decorations and gift tags. Felt toppers, £1.49 a pack, Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

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With two metres of stitched grosgrain ribbon, four metres of red and white twine and two metres of red ric rac, this vintage ribbon kit is perfect for trimming Christmas stockings, adding a bow to handmade cards or simply for tying name tags onto place settings. Vintage Noel ribbon kit, £3.49, Ginger Ray, 0845 680 2975, gingerray.co.uk.

Stamp your affection on to handmade cards, gift tags and other greetings with this cute East Of India rubber stamp. Lots of other Christmassy designs are available from the company, too. Use with a pigment rather than a dye inkpad for best results. With Love rubber stamp, £2.50, The Oak Room, 01707 257175, oakroomshop.co.uk.

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Make it a handmade Christmas this year, with our ideas for the best components, kits and easy crafting projects

CREATE WITH TAPE Washi tape, or Japanese masking tape, is great for adding a funky finishing touch to any festive craft project. Simply cut and stick strips around small jam jars to make seasonal tea-light holders, or add to cards and wrapping paper. Scandi Chic paper tapes, £4.50 for 4, The Contemporary Home, 02392 469400, tch.net.

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CUT OUT AND KEEP The folk-inspired Christmas In The Country collection has everything a crafter needs for a Scandi-style Christmas. As well as scrapbook papers and cross-stitch kits, the range includes these mini decoupage cut outs, which can be layered-up to give greeting cards a striking 3D effect. Papermania Christmas in the Country mini decoupage medley, £1.50 each, Docrafts, 01202 811000, docrafts.com.

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A TOUCH OF MAGIC Get the children crafting over the Christmas holidays, with this cute dolly peg angels kit. The pack contains enough sparkly components to make three pretty angels, which can then be pegged onto the Christmas tree for all to admire. Make your own peg angels, £1, Poundland, 0800 731 5622, poundland.co.uk.

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Bring your Christmas crafts to life with this festive-patterned paper pad. The pretty glitter, foil and double-sided designs will perk up your handmade cards, and can be used to make colourful paper chains or gift tags. The 152 x 152cm pad includes 16 designs in glitter foil and double-sided paper. Paper Stack Christmas Joy, £11.90, Panduro Hobby, 0844 848 5692, pandurohobby.co.uk.

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Update a stocking Cut out felt stars and add them, with pom poms, to a plain stocking, sticking in place with fabric glue. Felt, 50p a piece, shaggy pom poms, £2 for 45, Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

Create these bright and beautiful decorations for your Christmas tree by painting the paper mache shapes with acrylic paint, then embellishing them with small buttons and spotty ribbons. Paper mache shapes, 79p each, DecoArt Crafters acrylic paint, £1.49 for 59ml, Santa’s Workshop buttons, £2.49 for 80, spotty ribbon, £2.10 for 5m, all Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

Mini projects Rich pickings

To create elegant place names, simply spray a fresh pear with gold enamel paint and leave to dry. Tie a name tag to the pear’s stalk with raffia. Fast-dry enamel in gold leaf, £3.99 for 100ml, PlastiKote, 01223 836400, plastikote.com.

ADVENT CHARM

This gorgeous kit contains everything you need to create a lovely fabric Advent calendar – simply decorate and sew the 24 pockets onto the cream cotton background. The kit contains a printed backdrop, fabric for pockets, felt, templates, embroidery thread and needle kit. Buttonbag make-your-own calendar, £16, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Season’s greetings

Layer-up papers, toppers, bows and buttons onto card to create a country-chic Christmas card. Papermania Christmas In The Country craft accessories, from £1, Docrafts, 01202 81100, docrafts.com.

TO DIE FOR

Get ready for an exciting leap forward in die cutting – shapes that slot together to make 3D decorations. Just pass the die set through a compatible die cutting machine with your chosen paper or card to make a delightful robin or stag. Xcut large dies, £12.95 a pack, Docrafts, 01202 811000, docrafts.com.

NUMBER THE DAYS Are you counting down the days until Christmas Eve? Stick these quirky wooden number toppers on mini buckets to hang on the Christmas tree, or onto small wrapped boxes stacked up on a mantelpiece. Each topper has a self-adhesive pad on the reverse, making them very easy to attach to the project of your choice – simply peel and stick. Advent toppers, £2.49 a pack, Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

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These pretty woven-fabric-covered brads with rhinestones will add an extra dimension to any festive papercraft or sewing project. The Christmas House set includes nine brads in 16, 18 and 23mm diameters. Tilda Christmas House brads, £4.99 for nine, Panduro Hobby, 0844 848 5692, pandurohobby.co.uk.

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What could be nicer than receiving a handmade card or cracker at Christmas? We’ve got some simply beautiful ideas from Hobbycraft for you to try...

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GINGERBREAD MAN SKILL LEVEL: Beginner WHAT YOU NEED:  A5 white scalloped-edge card, £3 for 10  Blue dotted embossed paper, 75p  Small white doily, £2.29 for 24  6mm blue spotty ribbon, £2.10 for 5m  White felt buttons, £1.49 for 24  Wooden gingerbread man decoration, £1 for 4  Glue, £3.29

Allow: 30 minutes

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Cut and stick a rectangular piece of blue dotty paper to the middle of the card. Cut a small doily in half and stick to the side of the blue paper. Trim the same side with a piece of spotty ribbon, or similar. Stick 2 felt buttons to the card, and hang the gingerbread man from the top edge with some glue to hold it in place.

BUTTON TREE SKILL LEVEL: Beginner WHAT YOU NEED:  6 x 6in kraft card blank, £3 for 10  12 x 12in Christmas papers, £8  White wooden buttons, £2.49 for 50  Gold bow, £1.79 for 20  Glue, £3.29

Allow: 30 minutes

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Layer the card with 2 square pieces of different Christmas papers in contrasting colours. Arrange the buttons on the card in a triangular tree shape and glue in place. Add a gold bow beneath the button tree.

REINDEER HEART SKILL LEVEL: Beginner WHAT YOU NEED:  A5 white card blank, £3.99 for 10  Blue dotty embossed paper, 75p a sheet  Die-cut heart, £2 for 5  9mm blue spotty ribbon, £2.65 for 5m  Glue, £3.29

Allow: 15 minutes

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Stick a piece of blue dotty paper to the front of the card. Stick the die-cut heart to the card, and add a spotty ribbon bow to the top for a finishing touch.

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 Gold cracker kit, £3.99 for 6  Brown string, £4.99 for 10yds  9mm gold organdie ribbon, £3.69 for 25m  Wide hessian ribbon, £2.99 for 2m  Wooden reindeer topper, £2.79 for 20  Glue, £3.29

Make up the cracker following the packet instructions. Tie some brown string and gold organdie ribbon bows either side of the barrel. Cut and wrap a piece of woven hessian ribbon around the middle of the cracker. Stick in place with glue. Stick a wooden reindeer topper to the middle of the cracker.

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These owls are both cute and collectable

You’ll find everything you need for these projects at Hobbycraft, 01202 596100, hobbycraft.co.uk.

OWLS IN TREE

3D TREES

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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU NEED:

 A5 white card blank, £3.99 for 10  12 x 12in Papermania festive paper pack, £7.95  5 x 7in kraft card, £3 for 10  Wooden owl decorations, £1.49 for 8  Brown hemp string, £4.99 for 10yds  Small wooden heart toppers, £2.79 for 40  Small white buttons, £2.49 for 50  Glue, £3.29

 A5 white card, £3.99 for 10  12 x 12in Christmas papers, £8  Papermania festive spotty paper pack, £5.95  A4 white card, £1.50 for 10 sheets  2in tree craft punch, £7  ‘White Christmas’ ribbon, £1.99 for 3m  Glue, £3.29

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Cover the front of the card with a piece of spotty paper from the pack. Draw and cut out half a tree with branches from the kraft card and stick to the left-hand side of the card. Stick 2 owl decorations to the branches of your tree. Cut and stick 3 small pieces of string to the branches, with a wooden heart at the end of each. Add a white button to the middle of each heart.

Allow: 45 minutes Layer the card with Christmas paper cut into a rectangular shape and top with spotty paper cut to a slightly smaller rectangle shape. Punch out 6 tree shapes in white card. Score down the middle of each and fold in half. Glue together in groups of 3 to form 2 3D trees. Stick the trees onto the card. Cut a greeting from a section of the ‘White Christmas’ ribbon and glue this onto the card.

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SPOTTY SNOWFLAKE SKILL LEVEL: Beginner WHAT YOU NEED:  6 x 6in kraft card blank, £3 for 10  A4 white paper, £1.50 for 40  Blue spot tape, £2.99 for 15m  Snowflake topper, £2 for 16  Glue, £3.29

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Cut and stick a square of white paper to the front of the kraft card blank. Cut a piece of spotty tape and snip small triangles out of each end. Stick vertically to the middle of the card. Repeat with a second piece of tape and stick horizontally across the first piece. Add 2 more smaller pieces, diagonally across the first and second. Stick a snowflake topper to the middle, pressing firmly to attach.

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PATTERNED CRACKER WITH STAR SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate WHAT YOU NEED:  Gold cracker kit, £3.99 for 6  Wooden tree topper, £2.79 for 20  9mm blue organdie ribbon, £1.05 for 8m  12 x 12in Christmas papers, £8  White lace ribbon reel, £2.99 for 3m  Wooden star topper, £2.79 for 20  Glue, £3.29

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Allow: 30 minutes Make up the cracker following the packet instructions. Tie a wooden tree topper either side of the barrel with blue organdie ribbon. Cut and stick a piece of blue snowflake paper around the barrel and ends of the cracker. Cut and stick a narrower piece of beige spot paper over the blue. Cut a piece of white lace and stick across the middle of the barrel. Add a wooden star topper in the middle.

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A party-season must-have, this foundation gives a flawless finish that lasts all night long – worth its price! Lightbulb foundation, £39, Shu Uemura, 01273 738910, shuuemura.co.uk. 2 Perfect for that touch of Christmas glitz, Nails.inc Stargazer 4-piece collection, £23.75, QVC, 0800 514131, qvcuk.com. 3 Add Christmas sparkle with this luxury compact shimmer, Face and décolleté highlighter, £35, Lâncome, 0800 783 4509, lancome.co.uk. 4 Set a festive trend with hot pops of plum and pink, Limited Edition lipstick, £5, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com 5 Cellutox Active body oil, £32.50, is an energising citrus treatment that will help keep you going over the festive season, Elemis, 020 7907 2700, elemis.com. 6 A nourishing primer to keep lips kissable for those mistletoe moments, Limited Edition Eve Lom Kiss Mix, £16, 020 8740 2076, evelom.com. 7 Keep your lashes smudgeproof and looking long and lovely the whole day with No7 Stay Perfect mascara, £12.95, Boots, 0845 609 0055, boots.co.uk. 8 B Stunning Vibrant Eye Shimmers in Cooper, Sand and Moonshine, £6.99 each, are warm, rich colours that are classic enough to work for any occasion, Superdrug, 0845 671 0709, superdrug.com. 9 Nature’s Minerals Eye Colour, £10, comes with its own brush for easy application, The Body Shop, 0800 092 9090, thebodyshop.co.uk. 10 An earthy, enigmatic scent that’s ideal for this time of year, Pomegranite Noir, £39, Jo Malone, 0800 054 2939, jomalone.co.uk.

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1 Simply stunning: red dress, 8-24, £18, George at Asda. 2 Make a statement with this necklace, £25, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams. 3 A maxi skirt, 10-22, £65, Per Una at Marks & Spencer is a flattering alternative to trousers. 4 Add glamour with a jewel-front cardi, £18, 6-20, Primark. 5 Dress up a jumper with this red sequin collar, £25, Linea at House of Fraser. 6 Sparkle in these Odette pumps, 3-6, £25, Accessorize. 7 You can’t go wrong with a glittery top, 8-18, £32, Very. 8 Strappy but elegant Azizi Iris shoes, 3-8, £69.99, Clarks. 9 This flower ring, £14, Isme will add some bling. 10 An extra layer will keep you toasty on a Christmas Day walk, faux-fur gilet, 10-20, £30, F&F at Tesco.

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Keepand warm still lool!ok co 1 Choose braces for a change with these smart trousers, 4-14yrs, £26, Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams. 2 A little boy in a bow-tie is adorable, shirt, 5-14yrs, from £11, Marks & Spencer. 3 Chill out in a colourful, casual knit, 3-10yrs, £14, Littlewoods. 4 Wrap him up in this colourful scarf, £6, M&Co. 5 They don’t have to be blue, jeans, 3-12yrs, £16, Monsoon. 6 Grrrrrrrreat gift idea, tiger socks, £4.95, Joules. 7 For star quality, go for these wellies, £8, Tu at Sainsbury’s. 8 Fair Isle and fashionable hat, from £6, Next. 9 The traditional winter warmer knit, 3-16yrs, £20, Jon Rocha at Debenhams. 10 Choose practical footwear for your little trooper, boots, £22, Marks & Spencer.

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Would you let a young foal pull a cart for 10 hours in scorching heat? When Kalia reaches just 5 months old she’ll be put to work.

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You’d be appalled if you saw the heavy loads foals are asked to pull in the developing world. And because they’re such brave animals, they struggle on and on, even when they’re exhausted and in pain. It is simply wrong to make foals work. And it has to stop. That’s why we need your help so urgently. Our teams are working as hard as they can, but there are so many donkeys and horses to save. We must reach these brave animals before a life of incredibly hard work ends tragically. A small gift from you could save a foal’s life. Can you help us care for donkeys and horses with no-one else to turn to? Just £15 will mean that more foals – and working animals – can look forward to a happier and healthier life.

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Give to a good cause this Christmas by supporting these charities. Here are some of our favourite cards and gifts…

Help the UK’s number one heart charity. Happy, Sparkly Pile of Christmas Gifts, £3.25 for 10, bhf.org.uk.

MS Society

Helps people affected by multiple sclerosis. Lucy Wood card, £4.75 for 10, mssocietyshop.co.uk.

Oxfam

Support people living in poverty and suffering worldwide. Christmas Houses, £3.99 for a multi-pack, oxfam.org.uk.

RNLI

The charity that saves lives at sea, with a lifeboat search and rescue service. Hamish and Mac, £3.95 for 10, rnlishop.org.uk.

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Macmillan

Provides practical, medical and financial support for people affected by cancer. Christmas Bus, £4 for 10, macmillan.org.uk.

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Support the country’s largest nature conservation charity. Fabulous Forty bargain pack, £7.99, rspb.org.uk.

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Clic Sargent Christmas boxes – your present-packing problems solved, £3.95 for 3, clicsargent.org.uk. RSPCA Wildlife of Britain 2014 calendar – a useful classic, £9.99, rspcachristmas.co.uk. 3 NSPCC Letter from Santa – make a child’s day for a great cause, £5, nspcc.org.uk. 4 Lend with Care Gift Voucher – support entrepreneurs in developing countries, lendwithcare.com/gift_voucher.

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The Airfix QUICK BUILD range of models piece together using push-fit construction technology. This new way of building Airfix allows younger modellers to have fun at an earlier age (5+) and once they’ve built this collection they’ll be ready to move onto the Airfix Starter Sets (Age 8+). They make for fantastic playable models, that can interact with the major toy brick brands, but these brilliant new Airfix models look just like the real thing when built!

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Flower ring, Freedom at Topshop, 0844 848 7487, topshop.com.

Silver Big Bead top, Miss Selfridge, 0844 984 0263, missselfridge.com.

£6.50

£39 Passport cover, BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

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Grafix photo frames (pack of 2), Littlewoods, 0844 822 8000, littlewoods.com.

£25 Shaker hat, River Island, 0844 576 6444, riverisland.com.

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Pelham candle, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.

£20

Gorgeous gifts FOR HER

Ladydate 2014 slimline diary, Letts, 0131 654 7695, letts.co.uk.

£7.49

Gold mules, Ruby+Ed, 01664 452906, rubyanded.co.uk.

£37.50

Walker brolly, Joules, 0845 250 7170, joules.com.

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iPad mini case, Isme, 0844 811 8112, isme.com.

£25

Hunter red wellies, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

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Star Print pyjamas, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

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Untold clutch bag, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

Alberta earrings, Monsoon, 0844 811 0069, monsoon.co.uk.

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Bling Flower Gem earmuffs, Accessorize, 0844 811 0069, accessorize.com.

Floral garden tools, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

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Matthew Williamson Pink trinket box, Debenhams, 0871 984 1922, debenhams.com.

Burgundy bag, Dorothy Perkins, 0844 984 0261, dorothyperkins.com.

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Gifts for her

Colour Me Beautiful Gift Packages Give her a gift that will make her look and feel fabulous for the New Year and beyond. She will discover the colours, styles and make-up that suit her best and learn how to create a wardrobe to suit her colouring, body shape, personality and budget! Get 15% off all gift packs: quote GIFT2013 at the checkout. Offer closes 21/12/2013. 020 7627 5211, colourmebeautifulshop.co.uk.

No more last minute Christmas shopping SantasElves.co.uk present over 100 full-to-the-brim, pre-filled Christmas stockings for all the family with prices from £5 to £100. In addition to stockings specifically for ladies, there are also specialist stockings for gardeners, cooks, knitters and the special Best of British stocking featuring gifts that are made in the UK in an exclusive elf stocking. 01962 882910, santaselves.co.uk.

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By combining classic and contemporary elements Metal de Seda make it easy to find the perfect gift in sterling silver jewellery. All of their designs come beautifully packaged and ready to pop under the Christmas tree. Pictured is their fabulous Hermes pendant in sterling silver set with Swiss marcasite and cubic zirconia crystal. Perfect at just £34. (Chain Included) 01424 437365, metaldeseda.com.

Classic Pashmina Crafted from 60% cashmere and 40% silk, this luxurious pashmina is coveted worldwide for its premium quality and excellent value. Beautifully soft and fantastically versatile they add a splash of colour and can be used to dress up or down any outfit. With four sizes and 30 colours to choose from, they make the perfect gift. From only £29. Quote ‘ChristmasMag’ to get Free P&P. 01908 522455, cashmerecentre.com.

Treat your feet this winter to gorgeous, cosy 90% alpaca bed socks from alpaca sock specialist Perilla. Great colour palette of cream, pinks, purples and red that come in four sizes from extra small to men’s large. Up to three pairs can be beautifully gift boxed and make a much appreciated Christmas gift. Call for a brochure 01886 853615, perilla.co.uk.

Welcome to the world of Mary Poppins! We offer Victorian-style Carpet Bags - perfect Christmas gift and trendy Renaissance of the 150-year-old fashion treasure. Bags made from the finest quality rugs produced in Western Europe - plushy, soft, light and silky. Rainproof and easy to clean by carpet foam. Please email info@ madeofcarpet.com or call 020 3651 7029, madeofcarpet.com.


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Sea Breeze Wallet

Just fill the Hobo Shoulder Lunch Tote with your favourite food and drink. Don’t worry about spills; made of machine washable neoprene. Your hot food will stay hot and your cold food, cold, because the zipper closure helps keep food insulated for up to four hours. Matching reusable sandwich bag and snack pack available. From £9.95 bagcrazy.co.uk.

Poundland Japanese Doll Money Bank

Poundland’s Japanese Doll Money Bank makes a fantastic stocking filler for any savvy saver. The beautiful ceramic money bank is 15cm high and is a great addition to any stylish bedroom. View Poundland’s full Christmas range with gifts for the whole family at just £1 each at poundland.co.uk.

BUILT Hobo Lunch Tote

Full of flavour and South African charm, the Winemaster’s Reserve Collection from Nedeburg is the perfect gift for foodies and wine lovers. The collection includes 2012 Chardonnay, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (both Tesco RRP £8.99), 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Morrisons RRP £8.99) and 2011 Shiraz (Morrisons RRP £9.99). Whatever your choice of festive feast, relish moments at your table with a Winemaster’s Reserve. nederburg.com.

Aurora’s stunning Fea Diamond ring is everything a girl could wish for, contemporary design, beautiful handcrafted workmanship, oh, and there’s the sparkling diamonds!! Available in Sterling Silver, Gold or Platinum. Pictured in 9ct white RRP £695.00. Call 01856 871 861 or to view Aurora’s full collection of ranges visit the website at aurora-jewellery.co.uk.

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Bring A ‘Winemaster’ Home For Christmas

From shining sea to shining sea, this fabulously detailed wallet has been designed by Disaster Designs and would make a thoughtful gift for someone who loves to be different. Prices at £18.99. With plenty more gifts from this and many other suppliers not found on the high street, visit Spoilt Rotten Gifts for something special this Christmas. Free delivery over £40 and 10% discount with this code at checkout CHRISTMAS2013. spoiltrottengifts.co.uk.

Cycle in Style VeloVixen brings together the best women’s cycling clothing and equipment on one elegant site. Inspired by the founders’ frustrations preparing for an epic ride through the Americas, VeloVixen has a wide selection of gift ideas from £5 to £200 that work brilliantly both on and off the bike - making cycling a stylish part of her active way of life... velovixen.com.


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Karenza & Co Inspired by a passion for colour and texture Karenza & Co’s individually embroidered pieces make the perfect gift for her. Using exquisite embroidery, the best fabrics and attention to detail, products make thoughtful gifts which can be really appreciated. Magnolia Wash Bag, £12.95; Hydrangea Notebook, £7.95; Pansy Lavender Heart, £7.95; Bee Cushion, £25; 01252 621145, karenzaandco.com.

Gorgeous Gardening Bags & Gloves Made in hard wearing canvas but decorated with a delightful English Country Garden pattern these gardening gloves make a wonderful gift. If you have a friend or loved one that likes to spend their time in the garden then these could be their perfect present. Gardening Gloves £12. Available by mail order from The Contemporary Home. 02392 469400, tch.net.

A Week of Pearl Earrings A set of 7mm button shape freshwater pearl stud earrings with sterling silver post and butterfly and presented in a gift box. Seven beautiful colours to compliment any outfit any day of the week. £89. Quote ‘ChristmasMag’ to get Free P&P. 01908 523155. pearlcompany.co.uk.

Ted Baker card holder/mirror Give her this irresistibly beautiful travel card wallet - also useful for essential credit cards for a night out and a mirror for her to check she’s still looking gorgeous! 8.5 x 11.5 cm. £19.50 Visit our website where you’ll find a myriad of gift ideas and gorgeous accessories. 0845 200 0723 anangelatmytable.com.

❄❄ Keep Cosy in Heated Gloves These water resistant Warmawear Heated Gloves are ideal for those chilly winter days, and are invaluable for anyone who suffers from the cold. From £14.99. Go to primrose.co.uk for a hot range of heated gilets, scarves, and heat packs, and hundreds of exciting gift ideas. Spend £40 and get 10% off your purchases with code GIFTS123. primrose.co.uk.

The Ultimate Backdoorshoes® Throw out the old shoes! Lightweight ,Waterproof, Comfortable and Washable. Highly recommended year after year and now they have even more brilliant exclusive designs. Treat her for £20. Happy feet. Happy Christmas x backdoorshoes.co.uk.


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Explore the colourful range of silk iPhone or iPad cases online at Firefly Accessories. Add a touch of luxurious style to mobile devices, while keeping them functional and protected. The iPad case folds into a stand and the iPhone case includes pockets for storing cards. Made in Cambodia by a Fair Trade producer. From £15. fireflyaccessories.co.uk.

This beautiful satchel is not only the perfect gift for Christmas, with its timeless design, understated elegance and every day functionality, it will be cherished for a lifetime as the hand crafted leather slowly develops it own character making each bag unique. The Enid Satchel in Fudge £150.00 Buy on-line exclusively from gulbagco.com.

Gardening Luxury! GOLF LEAF Gardening Gloves are endorsed by The Royal Horticultural Society, and are widely acknowledged as “the world’s finest”, making them the perfect gift for all gardeners! From £18.95 goldleaf-gloves.com.

From gastronomic dinners to chamber music concerts, talks about art, literary lunches, afternoon teas or simply relaxing weekend breaks. The historic Castle at Taunton offers a great selection of gift vouchers for your loved ones to enjoy. Located in Somerset’s county town and yet just a short drive from the beautiful surrounding countryside. This hotel won’t disappoint and will provide lasting memories to be treasured. the-castle-hotel.com/gift-vouchers.php.

Pure Cashmere Bedsocks The ultimate in luxury treats. Crafted in the Borders of Scotland, using the finest pure cashmere, these loose fitting House and Bed socks will keep your feet warm and cosy on chilly winter evenings. Available in 4 colours, ice blue, camel, candy or cream. One unisex size. £39. Quote ‘ChristmasMag’ to get Free P&P. 01908 522455, cashmerecentre.com.

Finest quality Akoya saltwater pearls have a unique brilliant lustre only seen in Akoya pearls. Each perfectly round 7mm pearl is individually hand knotted with silk thread. The 18” necklace is available in Ivory or black with a 9 carat gold clasp. Necklace £499, Matching earrings £99. Quote ‘ChristmasMag’ to get Free P&P. 01908 523155, pearlcompany.co.uk.

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CHRISTMAS GIVING

Check Tweed gloves, M&Co, 0800 031 7200, mandco.com.

Paco Rabanne Invictus 100ml, The Perfume Shop, 0800 988 8660, theperfumeshop.com.

£14

£56.50 Bobble hat, Sainsbury’s, 0800 363262, sainsburys.co.uk.

£8

Christmas Tree cufflinks, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk.

£14

Gorgeous gifts FOR HIM

Crown Joules boxer shorts (pack of 3), Joules, 0845 250 7170, joules.com.

Red oversized watch, River Island, 0844 576 6444, riverisland.com.

£28

Greenhouse caddy, Burgon & Ball, 0114 233 8262, burgonandball.com.

£14.95

£18.95

Chunky snood with stripe, ASOS, asos.com.

£18

Man Flu set, Debenhams, 0844 561 6161, debenhams.com.

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Union Jack iPad case, Littlewoods, 0844 822 8000, littlewoods.com.

£45

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CitiScape Downtown headphones, Philips, 0844 338 0489, supportphilips.com.

£60

Imperial War Museum Bloke Soak, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

Tweed Down The Hatch hip flask, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

£7.50

£10

Marvel notebook and pen, Very, 0844 822 2321, very.co.uk.

Shoe-shine kit, Sainsbury’s, 0800 363262, sainsburys.co.uk.

£5

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Navy and white striped shirt, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.

£70

£46

Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker by Dr Dre, Argos, 0845 640 3030, argos.co.uk.

£169.99 Colour block rucksack, Fat Face, 0870 600 0090, fatface.com.

£45

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Bruno slippers by Ruby+Ed, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

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Kutuu Kutuu create pewter gifts with sweet messages, sentimental sayings and small symbols that spread love, positivity and good cheer. First made by Hannah Salomon and then handed over to a small British manufacturer, the message tokens, keyrings, trinket dishes and charms include messages such as “love you to the moon and back”, “everything is going to be just fine” and “you are loved”. Envelope message token - £13. kutuu.co.uk.

Pure Cashmere V-Neck Sweater This super soft pure cashmere sweater will never date. Whether relaxing at home, socialising or in the boardroom, it will ensure your man always looks his best. Available in sizes from S to 3XL (52”), in 6 colours and in both 2 ply and slightly thicker 4 ply. From £129. Quote ‘ChristmasMag’ to get Free P&P. 01908 522455, cashmerecentre.com.

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This lovely range of linen accessories for men make great Christmas Gifts. Starting from just £4.50 why not buy a few pieces and create a set? Bookmark £4.50, Luggage Tag £6, Passport Holder £8.50, Glasses Case £10, Shoe Bag £21. All available by mail order from The Contemporary Home. 02392 469400, tch.net.

SantasElves.co.uk is 10 years old! In celebration, there is a new website featuring the 2013 range of pre-filled Christmas stockings. Prices range from £5 up to £100, featuring hand-made and embroidered stockings created in house; all filled to the brim with a selection of classic gifts. Every stocking is filled in Hampshire by the elves with great love and care. 01962 882910, santaselves.co.uk.

Personalised Door Mats Unique and personal, these fun and functional personalised doormats are hand printed with your own special message. They are made in the UK from high quality traditional coir. Even friends who have everything won’t have one of these! Order by 5th December for Christmas Delivery. £29.95. 020 8819 5869, makeanentrance.com.

The Perfect Gift for Music Lovers from just £7.50 If you have a music lover to buy for then these cool Record Frames are the perfect gift. Available in Single or Album size, the recipient can turn their favourite record in to a piece of art! Single Size Frame, £7.50. Album Size Frame, £12; available by mail order from The Contemporary Home. 02392 469400, tch.net.

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The Gul Bag Company

Strong, luxurious and sophisticated are just some of the thoughts that come to mind when you see the Kingsley Holdall. Made from rugged canvas and the finest leather. Kingsley is one of the great bags for men offered from the new luxury Gul range. Kingsley Denim in Navy, £165. Buy exclusively on-line at gulbagco.com.

Personalised coastline cufflinks Handmade in sterling silver with matt and polished finishes, these beautiful cufflinks are created from a stretch of coastline that you choose yourself. Romantic coastline rings with interlocking halves are also available for men and women in silver, 9ct and 18ct gold, together with other gorgeous pieces of handcrafted contemporary British jewellery. 020 8332 2600, damsonjewellery.co.uk.

For the Classic Car Enthusiast in your life this Christmas Gift Vouchers are available from Rimmer Bros the mail order specialist for classic car parts and accessories. Choose any combination from £5, £10, £20 or £50 vouchers and order prior to December 16th to ensure delivery in time for the big day! Rimmer Bros can be contacted on 01522 568000, email to sales@ rimmerbros. co.uk or by visiting rimmerbros.co.uk.

Coming up trumps Shreddies award winning, flatulence filtering underwear filters all odours through a layer of activated carbon cloth. To see our full range of underwear please visit our website. From £20. *20% discount available, enter code Xmas at the checkout. myshreddies.com.

Still topping the must have gift chart!

Firefly Heaters This super 1500W infrared heater provides targeted heat instantly, using low frequency waves (£114.95). It combines a robust structure with excellent design. Primrose specialises in irresistibly wonderful things for the garden. Go to primrose.co.uk for hundreds of exciting gift ideas. Spend £40 and get 10% off your purchases with code GIFTS123. primrose.co.uk.

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Backdoorshoes® launched yet another super comfortable lightweight version this year with their Mulchwood design. Saving carpets, preventing soggy socks syndrome but most of all resolving that difficult Gift for Him! Let £20 buy one of the most useful well received presents this year. backdoorshoes.co.uk.


Gifts for him

The Watch Agency 1

Sing to Silent Nights this Christmas zzz

Specialise in buying and selling new and pre-owned watched, Rolex, Cartier, Patek, Omega, etc. Jewellery also available at large discounts.

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The perfect stocking filler! The Good Night Ring can change your sleeping habits – for the better. Simply pop the ring on your partner’s little finger before they go to bed, and wait for Chinese acupressure to do the rest. The ring frees up the breathing passages, to give you a good night’s sleep. Available at Boots and pharmacies nationwide. goodnightsnoring.com.

1) RRP £24,850. Now £9,995. 2) RRP £43,600. Now £9,995. 01702 395100, watchagency.co.uk.

Gardening in Style!

The Ultimate Christmas Present!

GOLF LEAF Gardening Gloves are endorsed by The Royal Horticultural Society, and are widely acknowledged as “the world’s finest”, making them the perfect gift for all gardeners! From £18.95, goldleaf-gloves.com.

This rare opportunity to experience and train beautiful birds, including Owls, Hawks, Falcons and the mighty Golden Eagle, is an experience definitely not to be missed. Ideal for those that have an appreciation of these spectacular creatures, anyone can train and hunt with these birds, with experts on hand to guide you in the ancient art of Falconry. 01794 323310, forestfalconry.com.

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Gents Cashmere Socks

“One of the most spectacular and accurately-depicted paintings of the famous Dam Busters raid that I have ever seen. This would gladly hang on the wall of even the most ardent aviation historian.” Jarrod Cotter, Editor, Aeroplane Double mounted, framed in black or range of wood finishes 28”x 22” £195 inc P&P. 07971 060639, sales@simonatack.com Or buy unframed online from: £111. simonatack.com.

The most sublime socks you will ever wear! Super soft but durable due to the small nylon content, these socks make the perfect gift. Once worn you will never want to return to non cashmere socks! Ladies also available. Made in Scotland. 85% Cashmere 15% Nylon. Sizes M or L. £29. Quote ‘ChristmasMag’ to get Free P&P. 01908 522455. cashmerecentre.com.


PROMOTIONAL PAGE Here’s an opportunity to build your own car you can drive. A miniature electric vehicle for yourself or the children. A choice of seven different models with starter kits from £450 including instructions through to all parts in a box [no paint] £1850. An heirloom or hero in the making. sales@toylander. com - 01767 319080, toylander.com.

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How to Build a Ride-on toy PROJECT BOOK: Full Plans & Instructions £40 Great fun, wooden body, electric drive. The perfect project for a parent with/without help from the children. All parts available, no welding needed. If you can hang a door, put up a shelf you’ll be able to make one for the child in your life. sales@toylander.com, 01767 319080 toylander.com.

100% Silk Duvets – for a luxurious and healthy night’s sleep Extra soft, lightweight, breathable and hypoallergenic, the magical qualities of silk duvets have been appreciated for centuries in China, where they are made. Cool in summer, warm in winter these duvets in 100% long mulberry silk floss, encased in habotai silk, regulate the body’s temperature and wick away moisture to give the most luxurious and healthy night’s sleep. For more information FREEPHONE 0800 622 6405 or visit www.silkbedding.co.uk

Chopping Block Company The Chopping Block Company have been making a variety of top quality wooden items from their Somerset workshop for more than fifteen years. Their philosophy is to offer premium quality chopping boards which will remain in the heart of the home for many years to come. All are designed and made to order, each one unique and personalised to carry a message specifically designed for the receiver. Call 01934 824629 for more information or visit thechoppingblockco.co.uk.

Warm Your Soles Why not give someone you love some Warmawear rechargeable heated insoles this Christmas? They come with a nifty remote control and are ideal for those nippy winter mornings and frosty evenings. Just £99.99. Go to primrose.co.uk for a huge range of heated gilets, scarves, heat packs, and hundreds of exciting gift ideas. Spend £40 and get 10% off your purchases with code GIFTS123. primrose.co.uk.

Bestselling Backpack Chairs Do you enjoy the outdoors, or know someone who does? Then you’ll love a backpack chair from Island Chairs. These best selling chairs from the USA come with a lightweight aluminium frame and large storage pouch for all your gear. There are 4 seating positions, cushioned headrest and drinks holder. Quick, reliable delivery! Visit our website today for more details islandchairs.co.uk.


CHRISTMAS GIVING

Jam wireless Bluetooth speaker, HMV, 0871 261 0519, hmv.com.

£39.99

Bicycle Kindle case, Not On The High Street, 0845 259 1359, noton thehighstreet.com.

SAGEMCOM digital telephone, Curry’s, 0844 561 0000, currys.co.uk.

Evoke D2 digital radio, Pure, 0845 070 2036, pure.com.

£14

£69.99

USB sticks and toaster-shaped hub, Firebox, 0800 044 5010, firebox.com.

£84.99

£17.99

Gorgeous gifts

FOR TECHIE TYPES

Original Gorillapod, Argos, 0845 640 2020, argos.co.uk.

£19.95

Kobo e-reader, WHSmith, 0845 604 6543, whsmith.co.uk.

Sherlock Holmes Kindle cover, Klevercase, klevercase.co.uk.

£25

iPhone 4 & 4S cover, Magpie, 020 7095 9399, magpieline.com.

£12

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Juice Cube portable smartphone charger, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

£24.95

USB-compatible iTap, Prezzybox, 0844 249 5007, prezzybox.com.

£19.95

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Gifts for tech

ViewSonic PJD7820HD High Definition 3D Capable Projector

ViewSonic VSD241

Perfect for Christmas parties and watching movies, gaming & sports on the big screen. A Full HD (1080p) widescreen, 3D compatible projector that delivers razor sharp image quality at an affordable price. It’s integrated 3,000 lumens provides a clear, bright image even in well lit rooms. Also features a staggering 15,000:1 contrast ratio, 3 years swap out warranty and weighing a little over 2kg. viewsoniceurope.com. Purchase at ebuyer.com or amazon.co.uk.

Philips HDTP8530

Do you like to watch movies or record a complete TV Series before watching them? With the new Philips Philips HDTP8530 HD PVR you can do this and more. Pause or rewind live HDTV or simply record and watch later - with its 500gb storage function there’s more than enough room for a series or two and it’s all in a stylish designed unit. philips.co.uk.

This All-In-One touch screen Android PC looks like a large tablet and provides a great solution for your home – whether you’re using it as an IPTV to catch up with your favourite TV shows or movies, or browsing the internet, or simply catching up with friends on your social network or through video chat. Everything is just a touch away. viewsoniceurope.com. Purchase at ebuyer.com or amazon.co.uk.

❄ PicoPix PPX3610 – your digital content companion. Personal, portable projector now with built in WI-FI. Enjoy the internet and more on a large 120” virtual screen. Simply connect a compatible device or stream content via wi-fi and watch whatever you want, wherever you want. Take it on holiday, over to friends or just enjoy your favourite festive season movies on the big screen at home! philips.co.uk.

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“If safety is your prime concern, then these [AfterShokz] are for you” Running Fitness September 2013 Originally designed for special forces and SWAT teams across the world these award winning sports headphones deliver an amazing sound quality and unmatched comfort when worn for extended periods of time. Using bone conduction technology they transmit stereophonic sound through the cheekbones to the inner ear so that you can hear ambient warning noises around you – preventing accidents that can be caused by headphones and earbuds blocking out these sounds – and at the same time causing no damage to your eardrums. It’s time for you to change the way you listen and stay safe whilst running, cycling, hiking, skiing or indeed any outdoor activity. RRP £59.95, aftershokz.co.uk.

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CHRISTMAS GIVING

Luxe Fur cushion, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk

Christmas sharing box, Cargo, 0844 848 3300, cargohomeshop.com.

£18

£6

Tea towel, Hunky Dory Home, 0191 645 4004, hunkydoryhome.co.uk.

£8.75

Fleece throw, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

£35

Gorgeous gifts

Owl mug, choice of three colours, BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

£3

FOR HOME LOVERS

Matthew Williamson Butterfly Home votives, Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.com.

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Ghost glasses, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

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Oval picture frame, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com. Mink Gold Rush jewellery box, Sainsbury’s, 0800 363262, sainsburys.co.uk.

£6

£14

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Soap wrapped in Clarissa Hulse paper, Clarissa Hulse, clarissahulse.com.

Metallic owl, Isme, 0844 811 8112, isme.com.

£6.50

£15

Lace Heart mirror, Monsoon, 0870 412 9000, monsoon.co.uk.

£15 Chocolate sign, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net.

£7.50

Hydrangea cake stand, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.

£40

Reindeer cushion, Cargo, 0844 848 3300, cargohomeshop.com.

£10

Baking Days Ceramic rolling pin, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

£12

Sustain Green Enamel jug, Wilkinson, 0845 608 0807, wilko.co.uk.

£5

Pink Blossom Branch with Birdcages printed canvas, Dunelm Mill, 0845 165 6565, dunelm-mill.com.

£9.99

Heart candlestick, Furniture Village, 0800 804 8879, furniturevillage.co.uk.

£15

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Gifts for home Sagemcom D790 DECT Phone Smart and simple, this award winning designer DECT home phone will illuminate any room with its light and music effects. The separate base unit connected to you telephone socket, enables you to have your phone positioned in any room in your house. With a phonebook for up to 150 numbers and a backlit display you can stay in contact with even more friends and family. sagemcomdigital.co.uk.

Enjoy a well-earned rest! Christmas is an exciting time of year when all the family come together, so why not treat your guests to a well-earned rest; in a handmade Wrought Iron bed, from this family company based in North Norfolk. All their beds are hand made to order, using traditional construction techniques; and come with a lifetime guarantee. wroughtironandbrassbed.co.uk.

Country Style Shabby Chic! Daisy Park is run by Emma Paisey and was launched in 2007 born out of a desire to make internet shopping fun and personal. She was inspired by simple design and offers gorgeous shabby chic country style goodies for the home! To see more of her stunning collection and beautiful gifts for Christmas. 01769 579077, daisypark.co.uk.

An Angel at my Table Browse amongst a myriad of gifts for everyone and a wonderful selection of accessories for a home (and Christmas) less ordinary! 0845 200 0723, anangelatmytable.com.

A Night to Remember Celebrate a momentous occasion in yours or a loved one’s life with this unique ‘Personalised Phase of the Moon’ print, designed exclusively by The Drifting Bear Co. This beautiful print displays the phase of the moon on the night of your specified date, along with your own text. Available framed or unframed from £25. 01392 277881, thedriftingbear.com.

Treat your Home this Christmas! At Home Treats you will find a vast array of beautiful home accessories and gifts with just a click of a button. You can browse by categories, colours, styles and occasions and we have handpicked every product in our fabulous range - so why not treat your home, a loved one or even yourself to something special this Christmas! home-treats.co.uk.


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Gifts for home

Letterpress Style Christmas Cards We just love these fun and festive letterpress style Christmas cards. From everything Christmassy in the shape of a tree, to tributes to Christmas film classics, to a festive spin on a dingbat theme, there is a card in this range to make everyone smile! Available singly or in packs. From £2.50.

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging Every home deserves an enormous Christmas tree, beautifully decorated with stacks of presents underneath. If space is an issue or if you just want to take a modern spin on a traditional theme then this photographic fabric wall hanging is just perfect and can be rolled away for next year! Choose from two sizes, prices from £80. Poster print version also available.

Personalised Christmas Traditions Print It’s our family traditions that make Christmas so special, whether is baking your own mince pies or reading the Night Before Christmas together on Christmas Eve. This beautiful and decorative personalised print, created just for the festive season, captures your traditions in style. Available in a range of colours. £32.

Musicality Cassette Design Mug What do you get the music lover who has it all? An original music media mug of course! Bang on trend, this urban feel cassette design would take pride of place on the desk of any stylish music buff or in a student kitchen for those much-needed caffeine breaks. Also available in Vinyl or MP3 player designs. £10.

Personalised Destination Print These fabulous bespoke destination prints are totally unique to you. Tell the story of your life though your own destinations. List your names, favourite holidays, places with special meaning, children’s names, private jokes, where you fell in love, where you have lived, anything is possible! A wonderful and unique gift for a loved one. From £38.

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Personalised Story of Us Print A beautiful and graphic way to tell your story, these radial design prints are totally unique to you. Recount the path of your lives together through your own chapter headings. Carefully constructed from a selection of distressed, textured fonts and beautiful graphics, these charming prints are guaranteed heartmelters! £58.

betsybenn.co.uk Tel: 01242 570731 Email: betsy@betsybenn.co.uk


Gifts for home Party Dog Ornament

The Cockolarum Family This beautifully designed pair of bookends from Dora Designs is just one of the Cockolarum family which includes doorstops, paperweights, bookends and draught excluders. Exquisitely made using velveteen, silks and brocades, they would make a perfect gift for a chicken lover or chicken keeping friend. From £9.95. 01300 345915. Choose from a huge selection of chicken related gifts at ilikechickens.co.uk.

Our party dog hanging ornament will be the family’s favourite for years to come. Fox terrier wearing a party hat with tinsel, mini baubles and sequins under sealed mini glass cloche.12cm high, £19.50. Visit our website for more original decorations and gift ideas. 0845 200 0723, anangelatmytable.com.

Hand Made Children’s Name Plaques

David Hunt Lighting

For a quality Children’s gift that will last a lifetime what could be better than a beautifully crafted personalised bedroom door sign? Individually hand made from a solid piece of oak, wax finished with deep carved lettering and your choice of motif. Order by 5th December for Christmas Delivery. £24. 020 7183 1463, personalisedhousesigns.com.

Based in the Cotswolds for 100 years, David Hunt Lighting specialise in the design and manufacture in of Luxury Lighting. Each fitting is lovingly hand made and finished using traditional finishing techniques. They offer a wide range of fittings along with a bespoke service, so you can create your own unique product perfectly tailored to your own interior style. Featured is the Royal Table Lamp, matching statue available. Call 01295 672245. Email us at sales@ darlighting.co.uk for more details or visit davidhunt-lighting.com.

Kentchurch Butlers A GIFT THAT WILL LAST FOREVER. Also ideal for that birthday, wedding, anniversary or retirement present. Hand-painted, these side-tables are fun pieces of furniture that will bring a smile into your house. Our Butlers, Maids and Waiters stand 38” tall and come with the option of four Jacket colours. Guardsmen stand 45” tall and can be tailored with the insignias of the five Household regiments. Jockeys, Rugby & Footballers can be painted in your own silks or club colours. Prices start at £99 +p&p*. 01803 732933, kentchurchbutlers.co.uk.

Pyrex Guaranteed for a lifetime, suitable for all hob types (including induction) and oven safe, Slow Cook by Pyrex is a great gift for any cooking enthusiast. Available in 8 shapes and sizes and made from high quality cast iron and stainless steel, great cooking results are guaranteed and it looks super stylish too. Follow us on Facebook at Pyrex UK (Official) 01564 786030, pyrexuk.com.


PROMOTIONAL PAGE Unique and Vintage Gifts

The Pioneer in Fused Glass Art Design

Wealdenfairs.com offers a hand-picked collection of unique, contemporary and vintage Christmas gifts and decorations. Discovered by us… delivered to you. Use code XMAS to save 10% before 10/12/13. wealdenfairs.com.

Linear Art Studios offer a fresh perspective on contemporary art which is unique to individual requirements. Whether it is for your home or workplace, choose from an incredible range of glass designs including framed glass art, 3D wall installations, lighting, unique wall wiggle floats, garden sculptures and hand designed splash backs. info@linearartstudios.com. linearartstudios.com.

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This stunningly distressed grey cake stand with a glass tray supported by a round metal base and crowned with a mesh dome, will not fail to impress at any Christmas Party. For more inspiring country style furniture and home accessories please visit Pagodas and Butterflies. pagodasandbutterflies.co.uk.

Christmas Sparkle From DesResDesign... An online homes boutique that’s as individual as you Decorate your home this season with beautiful and unusual festive pieces from DesResDesign. These pretty, rustic Chritsmas trees have tiny LEDs that twinkle when the lights are low. For more ‘forever’ Christmas goodies, gifts & homeware, visit the website or call 01386 793240. Brochure Out Now • beautiful products • beautiful quality • beautiful home desresdesign.co.uk.

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Pagodas and Butterflies

British company Jonny’s Sister has recently introduced a fabulous new personalised enamelware collection alongside their award winning Love Letter cushions and other personalised products. Everything is designed and made in Somerset using the best materials available. Receive a 15% discount on orders by entering CHRISTMAS at checkout until 30 November 2013. 01935 873186, jonnyssister.co.uk.

Something Different From DesResDesign... An online homes boutique that’s as individual as you. These gorgeous bone china birds sit on the rim of lampshades and look rather ‘tweet - choose from a Swallow, Dove, Robin & Nuthatch. For more desirable gifts, homeware & lighting please visit the website or call 01386 793240. Brochure Out Now. • beautiful products • beautiful quality • beautiful home. desresdesign.co.uk.


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Lovely Gift Boxes

Gifts for garden

A huge range of gifts for all ages and occasions – something to suit every taste – some for the garden and some with a little humour attached too! 01294 313348. See the full range on lovelygiftboxes.co.uk.

Create an Illusion This quirky mirror (£102.95) will look great at the end of any garden. It cleverly tricks the eyes to see a window leading to a garden which isn’t really there. Primrose specialises in irresistibly wonderful things for the garden. Go to primrose.co.uk for hundreds of exciting gift ideas. Spend £40 and get 10% off your purchases with code GIFTS123. primrose.co.uk.

Paddington Garden Clock

Backdoorshoes® took Chelsea Flower Show by storm! Stepping comfortably ahead in the ultimate waterproof garden shoe category they launched their Stirfry Backdoorshoes® bringing long awaited relief to gardeners internationally! Time to give your gardener the ultimate gift this year for £20. backdoorshoes.co.uk.

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This fashionably retro Paddington Outdoor Garden Clock adds an element of traditional elegance to the garden. It is double-sided and has an ornate bracket making it ideal for mounting outdoors. Only £19.95. Primrose specialises in irresistibly wonderful things for the garden. Go to primrose. co.uk for hundreds of exciting gift ideas. Spend £40 and get 10% off your purchases with code GIFTS123. primrose.co.uk.

WoodBlocX is a revolutionary new product for garden landscaping Chunky wooden BlocX fit together using large plastic dowels to create strong raised beds , planters, retaining walls, ponds, kerbing or special garden features like seats – almost any structure you want to build in the garden. The BlocX are topped with bevelled capping to give an elegant finish to the whole job. woodblocx.co.uk.

Fine Design Whatever style or size your home is, Fine design can create a unique glass structure to extend your living space. Choose from a glass veranda to enjoy your garden through the seasons which can also be transformed into a glass room at any time, or a glass house wintergarden structure which bridges your home to the garden. Free phone 0800 085 6277. finedesignltd.co.uk.


CHRISTMAS GIVING

Green wooden garden tidy, Dotcomgiftshop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com.

Ceramic bird feeder, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk.

£24.95

£7

Canvas gardening bag, Mollie & Fred, 01305 236323, mollieandfred.co.uk.

£10.99 Grey watering can, BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

£12 Tartan garden gloves, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

£8

Gorgeous gifts

RHS Gardeners’ diary 2014, Letts, 0131 654 7695, letts.co.uk.

£8.99

FOR GARDENERS

Bee and bug sanctuary, Great Little Trading Company, 0844 848 6000, gltc.co.uk.

£22

Basil and Lemon Balm mug gift set, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marksandspencer.com.

£7.50

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String and scissors, Cargo, 0844 848 3300, cargohomeshop.com.

£8

Ted Baker hip flask, The Great Gift Company, 0845 653 1048, thegreatgiftcompany.com.

£25

Stone bird on a ball, Alison at Home, 020 7087 2900, alisonathome.com.

£29.50 Personalised trowel and fork set, Getting Personal, 0845 217 6382, gettingpersonal.co.uk.

Garden sign, Dunelm Mill, 0845 165 6565, dunelm-mill.com.

£1.99

£29.99

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CHRISTMAS GIVING

Hot Chocolate set, Sainsbury’s, 0800 363262, sainsburys.co.uk.

Anglesey Sea-salt jar, Waitrose, 0800 188884, waitrose.com.

£6

£5

Foxy Lady apron, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net.

£20

Cheese Knife set, Cargo, 0844 848 3300, cargo homeshop.com.

£10

Silicone moulds, set of 12, Dunelm Mill, 0845 165 6565, dunelm-mill.com.

Rose cake stand, Dotcomgiftshop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com.

£34.95

£2.99

Gorgeous gifts

FOR FOOD LOVERS Measuring Spoons set, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

£12

£8

Recipe file, Lakeland, 01539 488100, lakeland.co.uk.

£14.99 Christmas hamper, Dobbies, 0131 561 6406, dobbies.com.

£40 Hamper bag, BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

£25

Sweet-filled jar, Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.com.

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Owl oven glove, Magpie, 020 7095 9399, magpieline.com.


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Gifts for foodies

The gift of a perfect cuppa Renowned British tea merchants Ringtons apply over 100 years of expertise in tea blending to offer a range of beautiful and stylish gift boxes for all ages, budgets and occasions, including the Superior Great British gift box which includes a tea fuser and selection of high quality loose teas. To receive 10% of your first order enter the code CHRISTMAS10 at the checkout at ringtons.co.uk.

Truly Unique Limited Edition Wine A perfect gift for wine lovers and those who love craft, design and a true story. An M-Wine is a limited edition wine from a talented up and coming winemaker. Only 1,000 individually numbered bottles are released. Sold in a gift case with the winemakers name on the bottle and a booklet telling their personal story. m-wines.com.

£22.99 Lovely Gift Boxes A huge range of gifts for all ages and occasions – something to suit every taste – some for the garden and some with a little humour attached too! 01294 313348. See the full range on lovelygiftboxes.co.uk.

A vinous journey of discovery with the 3D Wines Experience For over two decades 3D Wines has been providing great wines and memorable wine tours to its members. Now, they offer this new gift box containing wines from some of the world’s greatest wine regions. Choose a region, taste the wines and plan your journey to see the region and meet the winemakers. It’s fun, educational and memorable. 01205 820745. 3dwinesexperience.com.

Speciality Hampers Ripe Gifts deliver seasonal greetings in style with bespoke food hampers, catering specifically to a range of diets from Gluten Free and Vegan to Kosher and Halal, so no one need be left out this Christmas! Prices start from as little as £34 including delivery. ripegifts.co.uk.

Chopping Block Company The Chopping Block Company have been making a variety of top quality wooden items from their Somerset workshop for more than fifteen years. Their philosophy is to offer premium quality chopping boards which will remain in the heart of the home for many years to come. All are designed and made to order, each one unique and personalised to carry a message specifically designed for the receiver. Call 01934 824629 for more information or visit thechoppingblockco.co.uk.


CHRISTMAS GIVING

Butterfly dressup wings, Natural History Museum, 020 7942 5494, nhmshop.co.uk.

Guitar, Early Learning Centre, 0871 231 3513, elc.co.uk.

£12

Jonathan Adler Glazed Lion money box, Amara, 0800 587 7645, amara.com.

£20

£78 Fairisle children’s onesie, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

£20

Wind-up baby’s music box, Rigby & Mac, 020 8761 1011, rigbyandmac.com.

£17.95

Gorgeous gifts

FOR LITTLE ONES LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra, Argos, 0845 640 3030, argos.co.uk.

£199.99

Poseable Talking Woolly, Golden Bear, goldenbeartoys.com.

£14.99

Reindeer beanie-scarf, BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

£10

Puzzle train, London Transport Museum, 0800 952 0089, ltmuseum shop.co.uk.

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Afternoon Tea set, Marks & Spencer, 0845 609 0200, marks andspencer.com.

£12

Peppa Pig’s Helter Skelter, Character, 0161 633 9800, character-online.co.uk.

£29.99

Dino Zooter Scooter accessory, Micro, 0333 320 1030, micro-scooters.co.uk.

£14.95

Beano playing cards, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

£5

Vilac drum kit, Liberty, 020 7734 1234, liberty.co.uk.

Little Tikes wooden kitchen, Littlewoods, 0844 822 8000, littlewoods.com.

£221

Bambini Christmas bib (pack of 2), BHS, 0844 411 6000, bhs.co.uk.

£47

£4

London Sticker Bus trolley case, Amara, 0800 587 7645, amara.com.

£59.99

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GRobot – add water and watch its hair grow, Galt, 0161 428 9111, galttoys.com.

Cirkustalt tent, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

£17

£6.99

Tilly, the cheeky monkey, Babes with Babies, 020 7100 1110, babeswithbabies.com.

Grow & Play spinning top, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

£4

£29.50

Gorgeous gifts

FOR LITTLE ONES

Baby Boy Bow Tie sleepsuit, M&Co, 0800 031 7200, mandco.com.

My First Xmas photo frame, WowThank You, 01462 732777, wowthankyou.co.uk.

£11

£16.50

Traditional diamond-shaped vintage kite, Ellie Ellie, ellieellie.co.uk.

£14

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Skoot Ride-on luggage case, Worlds Apart, 0800 389 8591, worldsapart.com.

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GGififtsts resn fo forr cbhailbdie Jumbo R/C Inflatable R2-D2 The multi-award winning Bladez JUMBO R/C Inflatable product range is pioneered by the infamous R2-D2™ from Star Wars™. Standing over 2ft tall, this JUMBO character is an enjoyable, interactive height suitable for the whole family. R2-D2™ can be taken down stairs, as well as indoors or outdoors! Knock him over and watch him bounce back up! The notorious droid is controlled by an easy-to-use handset, allowing the user to direct him wherever they choose, as well as making him perform impressive 360° spins! bladeztoyz.co.uk.

PROMOTIONAL PAGE Jumbo R/C Inflatable Minion The Radio Control (R/C) inflatable Despicable Me™ Minion is the newest addition to the Pump and Play product range from Bladez. This inflatable R/C Minion features an innovative and interactive inflatable super durable body shell standing over 65cm (over 2ft!) in height. With its jumbo inflatable and interactive height, this Minion is controlled by an easy to use handset, allowing the Despicable Me™ character to move in different directions, perform fun 360-degree spins, plus knock him over and watch him bounce right back up! bladeztoyz.co.uk.

Bladez Bubble Blaster Helicopter

Jumbo R/C Inflatable Dusty With the JUMBO interactive size of over 2ft tall, this inflatable radio control ‘Dusty Crophopper’ is controlled by an easy to use handset, allowing this character to move in all directions and perform fun 360 degree spins. Simply install batteries, clip on the radio control drive unit to the base of the durable inflatable character body, inflate and then its ready to run. Drive Dusty indoors or outdoors. bladeztoyz.co.uk.

The Bladez Bubble Blaster has a built in Bubble Blaster allowing you to create great bubble displays. This helicopter has a an onboard bubble making machine which blows out large and colourful bubbles to add theatre and fun wherever it is used. This is the ultimate attention grabbing gadget to take to the skies in 2013. bladeztoyz.co.uk.

Jumbo R/C Inflatable Lightning McQueen With the JUMBO interactive size of over 2ft tall, this inflatable radio control ‘Lightning McQueen’ is controlled by an easy to use handset, allowing this character to move in all directions and perform fun 360 degree spins. Simply install batteries, clip on the radio control drive unit to the base of the durable inflatable character body, inflate and then its ready to run. Drive this Lightning McQueen indoors or outdoors. bladeztoyz.co.uk.

Bladez Target Helicopter The Bladez Target has a built in missile launcher for the ultimate in air combat against a target. Another addition to the i-Bladez Range of interactive RC helicopters with Gameplay functionality. Load up to 6 missile into the onboard launcher and shoot using single or continuous shot mode. bladeztoyz.co.uk.


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PROMOTIONAL PAGE Santa Sacks Make Christmas morning even more special with these great Santa Sacks for just £10.99. They can be personalised with a child’s name in red so Santa will know whose sack to leave presents in. Tel: 01323 482186. cottonkids.co.uk.

Pre-Filled Christmas stockings, for kids from 1 to 92 SantasElves.co.uk can help with all your Christmas shopping with their pre-filled Christmas stockings. Packed in England, there’s something for every age and budget starting at £5 up to £100. They are full to the brim with carefully selected gifts, including teddy bears, classic books, hand painted wooden stationery sets and traditional games. 01962 882910. santaselves.co.uk.

Look what’s “APPen”ing in the world of kid’s tech! This Christmas it’s easy to turn an electronic tablet into something much more exciting for the little ones, with the gift of an APPen (SRP £14.99)! Kids will be able to paint pictures, colour in, draw shapes, learn how to write letters and numbers, and also learn basic mathematics. flairplc.co.uk.

Doc McStuffins is the new animated series on Disney Junior that will take Christmas by storm. The Doc McStuffins CheckUp Centre (SRP £90) has everything needed to recreate a mini Doc adventure including all the medical equipment a GP would need, not to a mention a sink to keep things clean, a cupboard to store charts plus a doctor’s diary to chart her patients’ progress. flairplc.co.uk.

A Personalised Christmas Treat your family and friends to a personalised gift from Mr Mole Blankets. Made in Yorkshire, personalise a blanket which are available in a wide range of colours and sizes, a Christmas stocking or a generously sized Christmas sack. All the Christmas items made by Mr Mole can be personalised with a name at no extra cost, blankets start at £16, Christmas Stockings are £12.50 and the X-Large Personalised Christmas Sacks £25. 01482 440221, mrmoleblankets.co.uk.

Orchard Toys Pigs in Pants Which of these cheeky little pigs will end up wearing the most pants? Pigs in Pants is a lively and fun matching game which will have your children squealing with laughter. Match as many colourful pants as you can to win! Just £7.50 from Orchard Toys – a perfect Christmas gift. 01953 859520. orchardtoys.co.uk.


Gifts for children The Polar Express Discover the magic of Christmas aboard The Polar Express™ this winter. Inspired by the hit Warner Bros. film The Polar Express, the officially licensed train rides are running from November 2013 to January 2014. The Polar Express will be at Weardale Railway in County Durham and Dartmoor Railway in Devon. For tickets call 08000 232383 or visit ukpolarexpressride.com.

Fashion trends this Christmas with Pinkie Cooper Pinkie Cooper and her Jet Set Pet pals are the latest fashion dolls to hit the catwalk, and this new trendsetter for girls features the coolest styles and accessories from around the globe. Along with her BFF’s Ginger Jones and Pepper Parson and their adorable pooches Lil’ Pinkie, Sprinkles and Saltine they are set to take the fashion world by storm! (from SRP £9.99). fairplc.co.uk.

Let the battle commence this Christmas!

Personalised Stories!

Schleich’s range of Knight figurines (from SRP £5.99) will bring shimmering armour, flowing capes and fearsome expressions to playtime. A brand new collection of 14 fantasy knights split into good vs. evil, will have boys pitching either team Dragon or Griffin. Each knight has its own battle pose and moveable parts to bring battletime to life. schleich-s.co.uk.

Many parents try to encourage their children to read and appreciate the value of books. It is a sure fire way that they can have fun and by using a personalised book, a little touch of magic captures their attention as they feature in the story as it unfolds. There are many titles available which can be found online at nameinabook.co.uk.

Wannabe Princesses can bring the magical world of Sofia to life this Christmas

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Sofia the First is Disney’s newest young royal showing young girls how to be kind, generous, loyal and honest with grace. One of Sofia’s key features is her Amulet, and now girls can wear Sofia’s beautiful enchanted Talking Magical Amulet (SRP £19.99) and let them learn to be a princess just like Sofia! argos.co.uk.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shellraiser (SRP £34.99) is packed with Ninja Battle Boost technology, including a spring loaded cannon and a side door that opens with the touch of a button, sending your favourite hero flying out with 360 degree flip-kicking action! flairplc.co.uk.


PROMOTIONAL PAGE Teksta is a robotic puppy from the next generation with all the innovation and design to prove it!

These quirky, cute dolls have a crazy shock of neon hair that girls will love to style. Each has their own personality which is echoed in their intricate body art. Girls will be delighted this Christmas to find out which Zelf (from SRP £1.99) could be in their stocking! character-online.co.uk.

Teksta (SRP £59.99) responds to voice, touch, and hand gestures without the use of a remote control. Teach him to sit, walk, turn tricks and even backflip. Teksta comes in both pink and blue, so will make both boys and girls happy this Christmas. character-online.co.uk.

Meet The Zelfs who promise to give a lasting impression on the girl’s collectable scene this Christmas!

There’s going to be Tree Fu Tom Magic this Christmas This brand new poseable Ultimate Tom (SRP £24.99) action figure stands an impressive 30cm tall and has heaps of features to discover. Tom’s light up Magic Sapstone Belt and Holopax is where the magic begins whilst 30 sounds and phrases which provide plenty of variety to any Tree Fu Adventure. flairplc.co.uk.

Let the kids create their own prehistoric world this Christmas with Schleich’s Dinosaur collection Young children have been fascinated by Dinosaurs (from SRP £3.99) for generations and with Schleich’s award winning collection of Dinosaurs the possibilities are endless. From the Carnotaurus to the Styracosaurus, kid’s imaginations will run wild with these fearsome beasts. schleich-s.co.uk.

Let girls recreate their favourite Little Mermaid moments with the Disney Princess Ariel’s Vanity Set With many great features, it’s perfect for endless bath time fun. The play set (SRP £14.99) fixes to the side of the bath and comes with a beautiful moulded mirror for girls to see their own make-overs plus, washable play make up means little girls can pretend to be a princess during bath times. argos.co.uk.

The Hive – Buzzbee to the Rescue Join Buzzbee, Rubee, little Babee and the rest of the extremely cute Bee family on their adventures in and around The Hive. Featuring episodes from the delightful children’s series, the first official UK DVD release is available from the 7th October in all good stockists. abbeyhomemedia.com.


CHRISTMAS GIVING

Hashtag name necklace, Anna Lou of London, 020 8879 3676, annalouoflondon.com.

£56 Moustache sunglasses, My Gift Tree, 01288 595135, mygifttree.com.

£3.99

Charlotte Aztec Print backpack, Pilot, pilotfashion.com.

£13.99

‘Love’ iron-on clothes plasters, Jennie Maizels, 01794 368006, jenniemaizels.com.

£8.99

Gorgeous gifts Xbox 360 Gold Chrome controller, Very, 0844 822 2321, very.co.uk.

Panasonic DC3EB-R camcorder, Isme, 0844 811 8112, isme.com.

£129

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Woollen scarf, Catherine Tough, 020 7729 2291, catherinetough.co.uk.

Personalised iPad case with Bluetooth keyboard, Photobox, 0844 854 3366, photobox.co.uk.

£75

£64.99

Woollen gloves, Catherine Tough, 020 7729 2291, catherinetough.co.uk. Teksta robotic puppy, Hamleys, 0871 704 1977, hamleys.com.

£60

£26 Woollen bobble hat, Catherine Tough, 020 7729 2291, catherinetough.co.uk.

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Egg helmet with skin and mohawk add-ons, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

£85

Sunshine watch in a range of colours, Ice Watch, icewatch.com.

£79.95 Accento GB portable speaker, OTONE otoneaudio.co.uk.

£24.95

Wooden boxed tool set, Lily & Lime, 0844 800 8867, lilyandlime.co.uk.

£21.50

Katy Perry Killer Queen scent, The Perfume Shop, 0800 988 8660, theperfumeshop.com.

£22.99 Make-up bag, Paul’s Boutique, 01234 227140, pauls-boutique.com.

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Glitzi Globes starter kit, Argos, 0845 640 2020, argos.co.uk.

£12.99 Big Pencil notebook, The Kid Who, 0845 548 5440, thekidwho.eu.

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Pendleton Somerby Limited Edition hybrid bike, Halfords, 0845 579000, Halfords.com.

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Gifts for older kids

Kurio just got even better!

Stevenson Brothers’ delightful dapple grey on an English Oak safety stand. Fitted with a secret locking compartment for those childhood treasures, a dated and numbered plaque and English leather tack. This piece is a modern design for contemporary homes and can be personalised with different coloured suede blankets and embroidery. See www. stevensonbros.com for the full range. Christmas Orders now being taken for that special present of a lifetime. Not just for the children but adults rides too. 01233 820363. stevensonbros.com.

The new Kurio S Series is bigger, better and faster than ever. Running a dual core processor, Kurio 7S features 8GB memory, has a more durable casing, improved interface, and boasts stereo speakers. Preloaded apps include gaming and educational titles, e-books, a video store and more. Meanwhile, KurioGenius™ Parental Controls will keep children safe online and allow usage to be limited. kurioworld.com/uk.

The Big Apple Buddies Lunch Sack carries cute to a whole new level. Don’t be surprised when your child hugs their new lunchbox. Choose from five adorable Buddies, each ready to stand watch over your child’s lunch like it was their very own. Durable, reusable and easy to wipe clean. Matching snack pack and reusable sandwich bag available. From £9.95. bagcrazy.co.uk.

Horse mad? They’ll love this fully fitted, wooden stable for two, 30 x 20 x 17cms £35, and Pony Pack with pony, 17cms, saddle, bridle, halter, saddlepad, stablerug, haynet, leg bandages, flyfringe, grooming kit and red rosette! £15. Buy both before November 30th and get the Feed Pack FREE Call 07881 493512. Only from… stableonthetable.com.

Lego Lord Of The Rings

Air Hogs AtmoSphere™

Take yourself back to the magical world of The Lord of the Rings and launch an ambush attack on the Sauron army with the new LEGO Lord of the Rings Pirate Ship Ambush Set. The set includes nine minifigures with weapons and accessories: AragornTM, Legolas GreenleafTM, GimliTM, 2 MordorTM Orcs, the King of the Dead, 2 Soldiers of the Dead and a Pirate of Umbar. £89.99. thelordoftherings.lego.com.

Powerful levitating sphere which requires no remote control and hovers above any surface! Control with the palm of your hand. Its spherical shape allows it to bounce off walls and ceilings for non-stop flight. Complete with a palm-sized charging cradle, the AtmoSphere is easy-to-use and recharge. Requires 6xAA batteries. Ages 8 + £24.99. airhogs.com.


CHRISTMAS GIVING

Vintage Comic 3D letter, The Letteroom, 01267 326339, theletteroom.com.

£45

BeeWi Ground Bee Bluetooth headphones, Amazon, amazon.co.uk.

£59.99

Boxcart, Kiddi Moto, 01749 871175, kiddimoto.co.uk.

£124.99

LOVE bracelet, Cruciani Bracelets, 020 8458 3640, crucianibracelets.co.uk.

£10

Gorgeous gifts

New Era 9FIFTY Superhero snapback, cap, Bank Fashion, 0844 264 0111, bankfashion.co.uk.

£25

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Tesco, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com.

£179 Microwave popcorn maker, Lakeland, 01539 488100, lakeland.co.uk.

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£16.99 Lego Star Wars R2-D2, Argos, 0845 640 3030, argos.co.uk.

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Super Gran boots, Accessorize, 0844 811 0069, accessorize.com.

Pick ‘n’ Mix jewellerymaking kit, Interplay, 01628 488944, interplayuk.com.

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Monsters University Sulley Monster Mask Put on this soft and furry monster mask and practice your scare tactics just like Sulley! You control the facial movements as your jaw opens and closes, Sulley’s eyebrows and mouth move too - creating funny faces to scare to your friends and family. Be normal, be silly or be scary! No batteries required. For ages 3+ SRP £24.99. spinmastergames.com.

Spy Gear™ Panosphere 360 Spy Cam™ Experience espionage technology with the Panosphere 360° Spy Cam! Roll into a room and capture amazing 360° panoramic video. Suction cup tripod and Velcro band let you place Panosphere in secret locations to record in every direction all at once. Then download and review your spy footage. Includes Rechargable LIPO Battery and 1 USB Charge/Data Cable. For ages 8+ £59.99. spygear.net.

Celebrate Doctor Who’s half century with new DVD board game Fans of the world’s best loved Time Lord can celebrate his 50th anniversary by playing the brand new DVD board game from Paul Lamond Games. The Doctor Who DVD board game, features more than 100 clips from the epic cult TV series with thousands of trivia questions suitable for all the family from age eight upwards. RRP: £24.95. amazon.co.uk.

Flying Fairy by Flutterbye™ The only magical fairies that really fly! Watch as they gracefully fly through the air, guided only by your hand. They are so easy to control and come with a beautiful display stand for charging and launching the fairy. Requires 6xAA batteries Ages 6 + £34.99. flutterbyefairy.com.

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Boom Boom Balloon™ The crazy game where you take turns at trying not to pop the balloon! Roll the die, and carefully push in a stick until it clicks. Watch as the balloon changes shape and in one more click the balloon will surely pop! It’s the ultimate game of anticipation where you never know when the balloon will pop! 2+ Players. Ages 8+ £17.99. spinmastergames.com.

New Guinness World Records game is a great Christmas challenge Holding a Guinness World Records title is now within reach thanks to an exciting new board game based on the best-selling books. Paul Lamond Games has launched this fantastic game, where players aged eight upwards can test their Guinness World Records knowledge with trivia questions, Who am I? cards and even have a go at breaking a Guinness World Record yourself and appear in the next edition of the book! RRP: £19.95. amazon.co.uk.


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Scalextric Digital – Law Enforcer This set allows you to race up to four cars at the same time (three cars are provided), performing amazing, realistic overtaking and braking manoeuvres. You can switch lanes at the touch of a button to overtake or block your opponent. The Audi R8 features flashing lights and siren, the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Corvette feature working lights at the front and rear. Product Code: C1310. RSP: £319.99. scalextric.com.

Breyer Stablemates Red Stable Set Come and visit the exciting world of Breyer’s Stablemates®, where new friends and great adventures are waiting for you! The Red Stable Set features a storage area and comes with fencing, a jump, water trough and three racing barrels. Also included are two hand-painted Stablemates horses. Assembled Stable Size: 11.5”L x 7.5”W x 9.25”H RRP: £29.99. Available now. breyerhorses.co.uk.

Airfix Starter Sets Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and acrylic paints, all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit! From Aircraft to Cars, Airfix starter sets have something for everyone. What a fantastic way to start your hobby of Airfix modelling. Skill Level 1. Age 8+. Supermarine Spitfire MKIa £7.99 MINI Countryman WRC £18.99. airfix.com.

The Lotus Collection Corgi presents the Lotus collection, a series of die-cast 1:43 scale detailed model cars. Each model carries an authentic Lotus livery and comes complete with a collector card detailing information about the car as well as an optional display box. The Lotus Evora is the flagship of the current Lotus range. Lotus Evora S Solar Yellow Product Code: CC56503 Limited Edition: 1500 corgi.co.uk.

Humbrol For almost one hundred years Humbrol has been producing superior quality paints. During that time Humbrol has become one of the best-known names in the modelling field and has established a world-wide reputation for excellence. A must for every modeller and craftsperson. The Humbrol Workstation is manufactured from a tough and durable material that can’t be melted by Humbrol Poly Cement, and is suitable for almost all kinds of craft activity. humbrol.com.

Scalextric – Fast & Furious This set pairs two of the most iconic vehicles from Fast & Furious; the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, on an extended figure-ofeight circuit featuring side swipe, leap and crossover sections! The ramps and chicane can change position to set up a different challenge. Create your own exciting chases scenes using the gravity defying flying leap. Product Code: C1309 RSP: £99.99. scalextric.com.


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The Lotus F1 Team® Collection Airfix QUICK BUILD The Airfix QUICK BUILD range consists of six awesome aircraft: the Spitfire, Messerschmitt, Typhoon, F-22, Hawk and Apache helicopter. The models piece together using push-fit construction, are pre-coloured, come with a display stand and decorative stickers. This new way of building Airfix allows younger modellers to have fun at an earlier age (5+) ‘No glue, no paint, just BUILD!’ airfix.com.

Corgi’s Lotus collection includes Lotus F1® Team models such as the Special Edition E21 2013 Race Car of Kimi Raikkonen. The newly tooled 1:43 scale die-cast model is highly detailed and includes decorated helmet and wooden base detail. Also available is Kimi’s teammate, Romain Grosjean’s car. corgi.co.uk.

Airfix Combustion Engine This Fantastic engine with real working sound and light is a marvellous and fun way to learn about the Internal Combustion Engine. It comes in kit form with simplified instructions to piece together over 100 parts and no gluing needed. This Engine shows how combusting fuel and air drives the pistons down to make the crankshaft turn. Skill level 2. Age 9+. £26.99. airfix.com.

Scalextric QUICK BUILD - Demolition Derby Enjoy the full impact excitement of a demolition derby with this brand new set. Features ‘QUICK BUILD’ clip-together cars which break away on impact. Customise your car with clip-on wheels, decal sheets and mix and match parts. The long, figure of eight track includes crossroads and twin-chicane sections for maximum contact opportunities! Product Code: C1301. RSP: £99.99. scalextric.com.

Is this the ultimate train set!!? The contents of this computer controlled Majestic train set includes two locomotives and rolling stock plus a twin oval of track. Both locomotives are controlled by a Windows PC (not included) using the RailMaster software via the Hornby e-Link interface unit, which is capable of “calling up” 9,999 locomotives and in excess of 2,000 points or accessories! This set is a great way to start a model railway! hornby.com.


Gifts for the family

Mask ‘n’ Ask A brilliant new board game (rrp £15.99) which up to four people aged 7+ can play together. You don’t know who or what is featured on the mask you are wearing, and as you proceed around the board, you have to ask questions of the other players (helpful hints are provided) to get your animal or human character right.

Bubble Buster Kazoo Game LOGO Billionaire There are two levels of play to this raucous new board game (rrp £24.99, age 8 to adult) – Apprentice and Executive. You and the family are collecting well-known brands like Ford, Marmite, Persil, Nivea and Twix – to form companies, which you then sell for a fortune! But it’s risky – turn up a ‘Bust’ card, and you lose that business… and have to start again.

Brilliant bubble-bursting fun! A perfect stocking, party or ‘grandparent’ present, the new two-player version (rrp £9.99, age 4+) of the popular Bubble Buster game has a clever kazoo bubble blower and a smiley ‘pinging’ electronic wand which counts how many bubbles each child bursts, and announces the winner at the end of the game!

LOGO What Am I? A highly colourful multi-activity picture-based board game concept for children aged 8+ (rrp £24.99). It comes with hundreds of question cards featuring really well known ‘of-the-minute’ icons – from the iPod and Crocs to Heinz Baked Beans and Kellogg’s Coco Pops, the names of which players are asked to guess, draw or describe. Kids can play by themselves or with adults, too.

Wordsearch Junior This new game (rrp £18.99) is an excellent way for youngsters aged 4+ to build their recognition and reading skills – without even realising it! The double-sided circular ‘word search’ cards show picture patterns, words with picture hints and simple words by themselves. The children race to place their coloured counters on the board once they have spotted the sequence.

Catch Phrase Up to six players take it in turns to step into Stephen Mulhern’s shoes and play host in this beautifully designed new ‘official’ ITV show board game (rrp £19.99, age 8 to adult). It’s a battle of wit and brainteasers – a veritable twirl of tongue twisters and picture puzzles… all amazingly true to the game show format.

These products are from Drumond Park, the UK’s leading independent games company. They are in full national distribution - for stockists, visit drumondpark.com or call 01506 855577.


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Gift essentials

A perfect pair of Silvered Peahens Solid silver pieces usually cost hundreds of pounds but this pair of charming silvered pea-hens are made from silvered resin and are available with a 10% discount, making them just £53.95 for the pair. Generously sized at 20.5x31cm each, they would add a festive touch to any interior and also make the perfect gift. To purchase visit alisonathome.com or call 08000114793. Use code PEAHEN before 21 December. alisonathome.com.

LED Flickering Flames These candles flicker like the real thing, but are completely safe. They come in a wide range, including tealights and colour changing real wax. This set of three real wax candles includes a nifty remote control. Only £24.95. Go to primrose. co.uk for hundreds of exciting gift ideas. Spend £40 and get 10% off your purchases with code GIFTS123. primrose.co.uk.

Original Blues Welcome to the lifestyle of Original Blues, where living colours melt together in perfect harmony, rough becomes soft, rugged becomes refined and quality is achieved. Fresh styles reflect confidence. Inspired by the ocean, influenced by romance, Original Blues captures the essence of nature and the style of the moment. Our model wears The Traveller Jacket from The Indigo Knitwear Company: style 1114 in indigo, available in small, medium, large or extra large. For information call 020 8813 7766. originalblues.co.uk.

Argent of London Argent of London designs and offers jewellery that is stylish, original, contemporary, yet at the same time with a timeless quality. We set ourselves the target of achieving the highest quality of workmanship at the same time as offering value for money. Our ambition is and always has been to produce products that are ‘affordable luxury’. argentlondon.com.

The Snowdog is a stocking filler favourite

Fans of the new ‘The Snowman™ and The Snowdog’ film will adore Rainbow Designs’ new plush Snowdog character. Following its Channel 4 premiere, seen by over 10 million viewers last Christmas, the new film captivated fans and this irresistible toy is the perfect stocking filler. The 14cm Snowdog retails at £9.99 and has adorable socks for ears! amazon.co.uk.

Give the gift of luxury this Christmas Cashmere of this quality costs over £400 on the high street but an Alison at Home Heritage cashmere throw can be yours for £195. Woven in the UK from 100% cashmere, these throws are generously proportioned (D80 X W156cm), feature a smooth weave, tasseled fringe and arrive gift boxed. Available in 8 stunning colours. To order call 08000114793 or visit alisonathome.com. Use code CHRISTMAS to claim your discount before 21 December. alisonathome.com.


CHRISTMAS GIVING

Circus Fun hamster cage, Pets at Home, 0800 328 4204, petsathome.com.

Bird feeder, Pets Pyjamas, 0845 805 8458, petspyjamas.com.

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Three Christmas cat toys, Poundland, 0800 731 5622, poundland.co.uk.

Polka Dot Bow dog collar, Pets Pyjamas, 0845 805 8458, petspyjamas.com.

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Appleby Harris Tweed pet carrier, Love My Dog, 020 7739 4237, lovemydog.co.uk.

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Fish cat toy, Mungo & Maud, 020 7022 1207, mungoandmaud.com.

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Pawfect stocking, £10, and cat toy, £5, Next, 0844 844 8000, next.co.uk.

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Union Jack pet jumper, Accessorize, 020 3372 3000, accessorize.com.

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Cotton dog toy, Not On The High Street, 0845 259 1359, notonthehighstreet.com.

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Ho Ho Ho Christmas dog biscuit, D for Dog, dfordog.co.uk.

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Blue Spot dog lead, Cath Kidston, 0845 026 2440, cathkidston.com.

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Christmas dinner, £2.49, and biscuits, £2.99, Lily’s Kitchen, 020 7433 1863, lilyskitchen.co.uk.


Gifts for pets

PROMOTIONAL PAGE Say it with Flowers this Christmas! Flowers are always the best way to say ‘I love you’ and Holly&Lil The Collar Makers, have surpassed themselves this Christmas with 2 delicious flower collars that make perfect presents for your dog. A choice of the glistening Black Ice or the uniquely joyous Flower Power. Handmade in England these gorgeous calf leather collars come with Matching leads. Available in the Holly&Lil shop in London NOW and online at hollyandlil.co.uk.

Adopt a puppy this Christmas! For £1 a week you can contribute to training a puppy to become a canine partner and assist a disabled person. Your gift recipient receives regular updates, photos, soft toy puppy and more! caninepartners.org.uk/ adoptapuppy.

Backdoorshoes®… hmmm, it just gets better and better! Whether you keep chickens, own rabbits, walk dogs or occasionally chase your tortoise around the garden these washable, waterproof and comfortable slip on shoes are just amazing! 100’s of Crufts visitors and contenders just can’t be wrong! Backdoorshoes® sold out. “Most useful and practical” at a very reasonable £20. Chickens backdoorshoes® are featured with many more to choose. backdoorshoes.co.uk.

All your pets could wish for this Christmas! Cats, rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets and rats all love the SmartKitz Cardboard Pet Castle. SmartKitz have lots of other exciting and original toys for your pets at pet shops and online from just £3.99. smartkitz.co.uk.

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This ancient city’s St Nicholas Fayre comprises not just one but several different markets, where you can shop to the sound of carol singing. The markets specialise in gifts, crafts and the best in local farm produce, and are spread across York’s historic streets and buildings. The Guildhall will play host to artists and craftsmen from across the region, while the magnificent ancient townhouse, Barley Hall, will be home to a medieval market, with costumed traders showcasing crafts and selling mulled wine. If you’re after a one-off gift, meanwhile, head to St William’s College for high-quality, handmade items. DATES: 28 November– 1 December, yorkfestivals.com.

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Christmas in Austria is always magical, particularly in Saltzburg, which hosts the original Christmas Market – founded in the 15th century. Around 95 stalls fill the historic Cathedral Square, selling homemade gifts, tree and floral decorations, glühwein (mulled wine), festive snacks and mementos. Highlights include the blessing of the Advent wreaths and crown on the first Saturday in Advent by the local Archbishop, and hornblowing on Saturdays. Look out for Krampus, the weird and wonderful imps and sprites who roam the streets, as the aroma of mulled wine, spiced apples and other festive goodies fill the air with Christmas cheer. DATES: 21 November– 26 December, salzburg.info.

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Family days out Events, entertainment and activities with all-age appeal

BLISTS HILL VICTORIAN TOWN

Visit this atmospheric venue in Shopshire’s Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, and you’ll find the townsfolk busy preparing seasonal goodies and making traditional presents. There are brass bands, Punch and Judy shows, cookery demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for shopping, plus you can witness artisan skills in action or step inside recreated 19th-century cottages. Don’t forget to pet Santa’s reindeer before they start their mammoth journey around the world! DATES: 7/8 and 14/15 December 2013, 10am–4pm. Entry £15.95 adults, £10.50 children (5–18), 01952 433 424, ironbridge.org.uk.

LAPLANDUK

This Christmas treat your family to a magical experience at LaplandUK, an authentic award-winning immersive theatrical production, which magically transports your child to Father Christmas’ arctic homeland here in the UK. Located deep in the Windsor Estate, where families can help the elves in the Toy Factory, decorate gingerbread with Mother Christmas, meet husky dogs and reindeer, and write letters from the North Pole post office. The highlight of the day is a magical meeting with Father Christmas in his woodland home, where every child receives a keepsake gift. DATES: 30 November to 24 December. Entry from £45-£75 per person, 0871 620 7063, laplanduk.co.uk.

WARWICK CASTLE

At ancient Warwick Castle, children are invited to Breakfast with Santa in the Undercroft, for games, carols and a gift. Alternatively, there’s a family Winter Torchlit Tour, to experience how Christmas was celebrated through the ages, guided by characters from the castle’s history. DATES: Breakfast with Santa: 7, 8, 14, 15, and 19 to 24 December, £23.50 per person (including admission to the Castle and grounds), under 2s free. Winter Tour: 1, 8, 15 and 22 December, tickets £16 per person, including a snack and warming drink. 01926 495421, warwick-castle.com.

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From 9 to 23 December, the lower floors of this grand Derbyshire house are transformed into a celebration of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. For food and gifts, visit the Christmas markets from 14 to 24 November, and learn to make your own wreath at workshops on 12 and 13 December. Entry to the house, garden and farmyard is £19 per adult, £13 per child (4–16), workshop, £40. 01246 565300, chatsworth.org.

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HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND For six weeks, London’s Hyde Park is turned into a dazzling outdoor winter extravaganza. Attractions are almost too numerous to mention, but include the Magical Ice Kingdom with its breathtaking ice sculptures and an iconic giant observation wheel illuminating the skyline. Here you’ll find the UK’s largest outdoor skating rink next to the picturesque bandstand, where musicians play as you glide on the ice. Other favourites include rides and thrills in Santa Land, Zippo’s Circus, a Bavarian village, plus a wide selection of restaurants and bars.

DATES: 22 November 2013 to 5 January 2014, closed Christmas Day. Entrance is free, but there are charges for skating and other attractions, payable in advance or on the day, hydepark winterwonderland.com.

PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD

At the Victorian Festival of Christmas, visitors can experience Dickensian snowcovered streets, visit Father Christmas and the ever-raucous Fagin’s Tavern, while the historic buildings are transformed into a glorious bazaar of arts, crafts, food and drink with hundreds of stalls. Prepare yourself for a right-old Victorian knees-up! DATES: 29 November to 1 December 2013, 10am–6pm. Ticket prices: £13.50 for adults, £11.70 for children aged 5–15, including entry to the museums, ships and a boat trip of Portsmouth Harbour (weather permitting). Call 023 9283 9766, or visit christmasfestival.co.uk.

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Travel through the beautiful Gwili Valley in old-fashioned train carriages pulled by one of Santa’s special steam engines, before receiving a special gift. 7/8, 14/15 and 21 to 24 December 2013, adult £12, child (18 months–15 years), £10, child (under 18 months), £6, 01267 238213, gwilirailway.co.uk.

Blair Castle PERTHSHIRE

In his woodland grotto in the castle grounds, a piping Santa entertains boys and girls with Christmas jingles and special requests, all played on his Scottish bagpipes. 14/15 and 21/22 December 2013, child £6, 01796 481207, blair-castle.co.uk.

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STRATFORD CITY Enjoy a unique all-digital, 5D personalised Christmas experience with a Pixar film animated story about Elbow the Elf, who saves Christmas. Children receive a gift and have the opportunity to feature in the film, too. 15 November to 24 December 2013, child £3.50, uk.westfield.com/stratford city/news-and-events/

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TRIP TO LAPLAND

Deep in the Arctic Circle is a land of wonder and enchantment that comes alive with the spirit of Christmas. Take your family on an unforgettable adventure, where you can visit the Santa Claus workshop, experience a reindeer drawn sleigh ride, fly along on a snowmobile and enjoy the exhilaration of a husky dog ride. The trip costs from £699 per adult and from £615 per child (ages 2-13 years) for a family of four, including flights from Gatwick or Manchester on 8th

December 2013, transfers, three night’s bed and breakfast accommodation at the Levistar Apartments, all activities and services of resort representative. To book or for further information, visit cosmos.co.uk, call 0871 902 5851 or visit your local travel agent.

Special breaks

PAMPERING SPA SESSION

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN NEW YORK New York at Christmas is a magical experience – with some amazing shopping bargains to be had, too. Departing on 3 December, three nights in New York with Virgin Holidays, including direct scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow, and accommodation at the 4V Millenium

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Hilton Hotel on a room-only basis, starts from £903 per person. Or, departing on 10 December, three nights room-only are from £730. A day trip to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, offering discounts

of up to 65% on designer brands, costs from £26 per adult and £17 per child (3–17 years). 0844 557 3859, virginholidays.co.uk.

It’s easy to feel a little frazzled at this time of year, so why not recharge your batteries with a relaxing spa break? Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire, a short drive off the M1, offers a range of treatments including facials, massages, wraps, manicures and pedicures, to help you unwind, detox and revitalise, and generally look and feel your best, ready for Christmas. Choose from a day spa comprising lunch, use of the spa, leisure club, Heat and Ice Experiences and choice of treatments, or a stay spa, with overnight accommodation, dinner and breakfast added on. Both packages start from £99, 0845 400 0002, whittleburyhall.co.uk.

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Make this a Christmas to remember with seasonal getaways everyone will love


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Counting down the days

FESTIVE PLANNER

Cut out and keep this December planner and you’ll be all set for the big day – we’ve left space for you to add your own reminders… Open your advent calendar!

Bake your festive treats in advance

Take the kids to see Santa – don’t forget their wish-lists

Order your fresh turkey today!

Start wrapping your presents, don’t forget the ribbons & bows!

Enjoy some seasonal fun at an ice-rink and wrap up warm

Avoid the Christmas rush & buy your veg today

Write your cards and buy your stamps

Post your cards today to arrive before the 25th

Take the family to see a panto!

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SHOPPING DIRECTORY Our directory provides the contact details of products in this magazine

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hristmas is a time I remember as always being wonderful. My mother was a very good cook and Christmas dinner was an opportunity for her to show off her talents. Turkey, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, stuffing, bread sauce and sausagemeat – she was very efficient and always had it ready for 1.30pm. Father would carve the turkey, and pour the brandy over the Christmas pudding and light it. After that, we always had nuts in shells and tangerines. We would have Christmas trees that reached the ceiling and pretty lights that Daddy brought home from his electrical business. We always had crackers, of course, and paper hats and homemade decorations all over the house. On Christmas morning, we’d wake up really early and find presents at the foot of our beds, plus a stocking. We had lots of gifts from uncles and aunts and grannies. They weren’t expensive ones – not like nowadays – they were books and boxes of paints. My uncle made us a wonderful doll’s house one year for Christmas. It was a marvellous bungalow with a roof that lifted off, and it was wired for electricity. My mother had five children, but there were only ever three at a time because first my brother died – he got a cold that turned into pneumonia – and then my sister died when I was seven. That happened a lot in those days as there were no antibiotics back then. My sister wouldn’t have died now. Unless something dreadful had happened, our Christmases were all the same – they were traditional. I was 12 when the war started, and I was at home until I was almost 18, when I joined the Wrens. Even though there was rationing, my mother would save tins of fruit so that we had it at Christmas and she would make her own puddings, normally in about September. And we would sit round the piano and sing, because we always did. My daughter Louise said to me the other day, ‘You tried to re-create your childhood Christmases for us,’ which I suppose I did. I

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Classic Christmas recipes to get your tastebuds tingling!

11 CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER

An easy slow-cook menu to take the pressure off the chef.

15 CHRISTMAS DAY MENU

Traditional recipes, including roast turkey with all the trimmings.

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Spiced lamb and chocolate roulade – delicious alternatives to leftovers!

30 FESTIVE DRINKS

Fabulous Christmas-inspired cocktails for the party season.

32 NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY FOOD Tasty canapés to impress your guests on New Year's Eve.

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Christmas Baking

Makes a 20cm round or 18cm square cake

Classic Christmas Cake INGREDIENTS ✴ 125g glacé cherries, halved ✴ 100g dried apricots, chopped ✴ 200g currants ✴ 200g sultanas ✴ 200g raisins ✴ 75g candied peel, chopped ✴ 100g dried cranberries ✴ 150ml sherry, brandy, rum or brewed tea ✴ Zest and juice of 4 clementines ✴ 250g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing ✴ 250g light soft brown sugar ✴ 2tsp vanilla extract ✴ 4 eggs ✴ 200g plain flour ✴ 2tsp mixed spice ✴ 50g flaked almonds ✴ 50g chopped hazelnuts RECIPE FROM LAKELAND.CO.UK

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1 Place the dried fruit, alcohol or tea, zest and juice into a large bowl. Mix well, cover and leave overnight. 2 Heat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Butter and double-line a deep cake tin with enough baking parchment to extend 3cm over the top of the tin. Wrap the outside of the tin with a few sheets of brown paper and secure with string. 3 In a clean bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. 4 Add the flour and mixed spice, soaked fruit and liquid and nuts. Mix together well. 5 Transfer to the cake tin and use a spoon to make a slight dent in the centre of the surface. Bake for 90 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 140°C/275°F/gas mark 1. 6 Loosely cover the top of the tin with foil or baking parchment and bake for another 45-60 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin, then remove and wrap in baking parchment. 7 Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months. Every few weeks, pierce the cake with a skewer and sprinkle over a little more alcohol or tea. Festive Food

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INGREDIENTS ✴ 500g block sweet shortcrust pastry ✴ 400g jar mincemeat ✴ Caster sugar ✴ Icing sugar

Mini Mince Pies 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry to about 4mm thick and cut out 24 6.5cm (2½in) discs. Then cut 24 5cm (2in) discs for the lids. 2 Line a mini morsel baking tin, available at lakeland.co.uk, with the larger pastry discs and fill two-thirds full with

Makes 24

mincemeat. Dampen the edges with a little cold water and press on the pastry lids. Brush lightly with water and sprinkle with caster sugar. 3 Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden brown. 4 Pile up on a plate and dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

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Tip Once you've stamped out the shapes, you can gather the remaining dough together into a ball and re-roll to make more. The shapes will then need to be put in the fridge for a further 15 minutes before baking.

INGREDIENTS ✴ 300g unsalted butter, softened ✴ 300g caster sugar ✴ 2 small eggs, beaten ✴ 1tsp vanilla extract ✴ 600g plain flour, sifted

Vanilla Cookies 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and creamy. 2 Add the beaten eggs, vanilla and a pinch of salt and mix well. Gradually add the flour and mix until combined. Bring together into a dough, divide into 2 balls, then wrap and chill for 1 hour. 3 Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 3-4mm. Dip different

Makes 18

sized, star-shaped cookie cutters (10 sizes in total) in flour before each use. Cut out 2 cookies of each size and arrange on prepared baking trays. 4 Bake the cookies on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for about 12 minutes, or until firm and golden, swapping the trays over, if necessary. 5 Leave to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Christmas Eve Easy Dinner

Oxtail Stew with Red Wine and Port

White Christmas Ice Cream

The last thing you'll want to do on Christmas Eve is spend all day cooking, so we've devised a menu where the main course can be left to braise in a slow cooker, and the pud can be prepared way in advance. The result is a meal that's special enough to convey a sense of occasion, but leaves you with plenty of time to relax with family and friends.

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Oxtail Stew with Red Wine and Port 1 Trim excess fat from the oxtail and toss in flour to coat; shake off excess. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and cook oxtail, in batches, until browned. Transfer to a 4.5-litre slow cooker. 2 Peel onions, leaving the root ends intact. Heat the rest of the oil in the same pan and cook the onions, carrots, celery and garlic, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are lightly browned. Transfer to the slow cooker. 3 Add the wine and port to the pan and bring to the boil. Boil, uncovered, until reduced to 1 cup. Transfer to the slow cooker with the stock, thyme and bay leaf. Cook, uncovered, on low, for 8 hours. 4 Discard thyme and bay leaf. Remove oxtail from the cooker and cover to keep warm. Cook sauce, uncovered, on high for about 30 minutes, or until thickened. Skim fat from surface. Season to taste. 5 Return oxtail to the sauce and heat through. Serve with roast garlic, red onion and potatoes.

INGREDIENTS

Serves 8

✴ 2kg oxtail, cut into 5cm pieces ✴ 2tbsp plain flour ✴ 2tbsp vegetable oil ✴ 12 brown pickling onions (480g) ✴ 2 medium carrots (240g), chopped coarsely ✴ 1 stalk celery (150g), trimmed, sliced thickly ✴ 8 cloves garlic ✴ 375ml dry red wine ✴ 500ml port ✴ 500ml beef stock ✴ 4 sprigs fresh thyme ✴ 1 dried bay leaf RECIPE FROM LAKELAND MORE SLOW COOKING AVAILABLE FROM LAKELAND.CO.UK 12

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INGREDIENTS ✴ 1 vanilla pod ✴ 430ml milk ✴ 580ml double cream ✴ 180g white eating chocolate, chopped coarsely ✴ 8 egg yolks ✴ 165g caster sugar ✴ 130g dried cranberries ✴ 2tbsp brandy ✴ 140g unsalted pistachios ✴ 2tsp vegetable oil

1 Split vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out seeds into a medium saucepan. Add the pod, milk, cream and 50g of the white chocolate and bring to the boil. 2 Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until thick and creamy, then gradually whisk into the hot milk mixture. Stir the custard over a low heat, without boiling, until thickened slightly. 3 Strain into a medium heatproof bowl. Cover surface of the custard with clingfilm and put in the fridge for about 1 hour, or until cold. 4 Pour the custard into an ice-cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Or place the custard in a shallow container, such as an aluminum baking tin, and cover with foil. Freeze until almost firm. Place

White Christmas Ice Cream the ice cream in a bowl, chop coarsely, then beat with an electric beater until smooth. Repeat this process two more times. 5 Meanwhile, place the cranberries and brandy in a small bowl and stand for 15 minutes. Then stir cranberry mixture and nuts into the ice cream. Spoon the ice cream into 8 x 180ml moulds, cover,

and freeze for 3 hours, or until firm. 6 Stir the remaining chocolate and oil in a small saucepan over a low heat until smooth. 7 Dip each mould, one at a time, into a bowl of hot water for about 1 second. Turn the ice cream onto serving plates and top with warm chocolate mixture.

Serves 8

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THE MAIN EVENT

Christmas Day What's on the menu? STARTER

Salmon Terrine MAIN COURSE

Roast Turkey Roast Potatoes Buttered Sprouts with Bacon and Walnuts Roasted Baby Carrots with Garlic Roasted Caramelised Parsnips Cranberry and Pear Sauce Apricot and Chestnut Stuffing Balls Nut Roast with Cranberries DESSERT

Christmas Pudding

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STARTER

Salmon Terrine

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS ✴ 500g fresh salmon ✴ 500g sliced smoked salmon ✴ 200g butter ✴ 300g cream cheese ✴ 450g natural yoghurt ✴ 4tbsp chives, chopped ✴ Juice of 2 lemons

1 Poach the salmon and set to one side. Line a terrine (about 31 x 9 x 8cm/12.25 x 3.5 x 3in) with the smoked salmon, leaving an overhang on each side. 2 Blend the butter and cream cheese together until smooth, then add the yoghurt and chives and mix well, taking care not to over-beat.

3 Flake the poached salmon and chop any remaining smoked salmon then stir both into the mixture. Add lemon juice and mix well. Season to taste. 4 Spoon into the terrine, fold over the smoked salmon, cover with clingfilm and put into the fridge for several hours until firm.

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Roast Turkey INGREDIENTS ✴ 4kg whole turkey ✴ 2tbsp olive oil ✴ 250ml chicken stock ✴ Rosemary sprigs, optional

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Roast Potatoes

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS ✴ 6 floury potatoes, peeled and halved ✴ 2tbsp olive oil

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7. Oil an oven tray. 2 Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes, then drain well. Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. 3 Cover the pan with a lid and gently shake the potatoes. Place on an oven tray and brush with oil. Roast, uncovered, for 50 minutes, or until browned and crisp.

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1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Rinse the turkey under cold running water and pat dry, inside and out, with kitchen roll. Tie the legs with kitchen string and tuck the wings under the turkey. Put the rosemary sprigs behind the legs, if using. 2 Place onto a wire rack in a large roasting tin. Brush with

the oil and pour the stock into the tin. Cover with two layers of oiled foil and roast for 2½ hours. Uncover and brush with the pan juices. 3 Roast, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until browned all over and cooked through. Remove the turkey from the pan, take off the string and discard. Stand for 20 minutes before carving.

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THE VEGETABLES Roasted Baby Carrots with Garlic Serves 8

INGREDIENTS ✴ 1kg baby carrots, untrimmed ✴ 60ml olive oil ✴ 2 cloves garlic, crushed ✴ 2tsp honey ✴ 1tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Buttered Sprouts with Bacon and Walnuts Serves 4

INGREDIENTS ✴ 600g Brussels sprouts ✴ 4 rashers streaky bacon, chopped ✴ 25g walnuts, coarsely chopped ✴ 25g butter

1 Place the sprouts in a pan of salted, boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, then drain. 2 Heat a large frying pan and fry the bacon until crisp, then add the walnuts and fry for 1 minute. 3 Add the sprouts and the butter and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned.

1 Preheat the oven to

220°C/425°F/gas mark 7. Trim the carrot stems, leaving 2cm of stem intact, and wash well. 2 Place the carrots into a roasting dish. Combine with the olive oil, garlic and honey and pour over the carrots and toss well. 3 Roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes. 4 Add the thyme leaves and roast for a further 3 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.

Tip

This recipe can easily be halved.

Roasted Caramelised Parsnips

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS ✴ 1kg parsnips ✴ 2tbsp olive oil ✴ 55g light brown sugar ✴ 1tsp ground nutmeg ✴ 1tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/ gas mark 7. Halve the parsnips lengthways and combine with the olive oil, light brown sugar and ground nutmeg in a large baking dish. 2 Roast the parsnips for about 1 hour, or until they are browned and tender. Serve sprinkled with finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley.

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Cranberry and Pear Sauce Makes about 750ml

INGREDIENTS ✴ 225g fresh cranberries ✴ 175g caster sugar ✴ 40ml water ✴ Juice and rind of 1 medium orange ✴ 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and finely chopped ✴ 50ml port

1 Place the fresh cranberries, caster sugar, water, orange juice and rind into a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the cranberries begin to burst open. 2 Add the chopped pears and simmer for a further 30 minutes, or until soft, then stir in the port. 3 Carefully pour into sterilised bottles and once cooled seal the lids tightly.

Apricot and Chestnut Stuffing Balls Makes about 18

INGREDIENTS ✴ A little butter, to grease ✴ 1 large brown onion, coarsely chopped ✴ 225g dried apricots, finely chopped ✴ 225g dried white breadcrumbs ✴ 75g butter ✴ 225g frozen chestnuts, thawed and chopped ✴ Bunch fresh parsley, chopped ✴ 50ml port

1 Preheat the oven to

200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Grease a roasting tray with some butter. 2 Place the onion and apricots in a saucepan, pour in a little hot water and boil for 5 minutes. Drain, tip into a large mixing bowl and stir in the breadcrumbs. 3 Melt 75g of butter in a frying pan and pour half into the mixing bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add the chestnuts to the frying pan and cook over a high heat for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned. Tip the chestnuts into the breadcrumb mixture, add the parsley, season and mix well. 4 Using your hands, shape into about 18 balls. Place in the roasting dish and bake for 30 minutes, uncovered, until crisp and piping hot.

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VEGGIE OPTION

INGREDIENTS ✴ 1tbsp olive oil ✴ 3 medium leeks, finely sliced ✴ 4 rosemary sprigs, leaves only, roughly chopped ✴ 6 thyme sprigs, roughly chopped ✴ 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped ✴ 250g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped ✴ 5 sage leaves, roughly chopped ✴ 600g mixed pecans, cashews and hazelnuts ✴ 150g Gruyère cheese, grated ✴ 3 eggs ✴ 150g dried cranberries ✴ A little butter, to grease ✴ 125g frozen cranberries, thawed ✴ 3 bay leaves to decorate, optional

Nut Roast with Cranberries 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the leeks, rosemary and thyme for a few minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. 2 Add the mushrooms and sage, cook for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl and leave to cool.

3 Place the nuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven for about 8 minutes. Leave them to cool, then chop finely before adding to the leek mixture. 4 Add the Gruyère, eggs and dried cranberries, season and mix well. Grease a 2lb loaf tin and line with baking parchment. Transfer the mixture to the tin and

Serves 8

cook for 50-55 minutes. The nut roast should feel firm and a skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes, if required. 5 Cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out and removing baking parchment. Decorate with the cranberries and the bay leaves, if using. Serve immediately.

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Tip

Gently heat a small amount of brandy before pouring it over your pudding, it should then ignite fairly easily.

INGREDIENTS ✴ 450g white breadcrumbs ✴ 1tsp ground ginger ✴ 1tsp mixed spice ✴ 225g suet, shredded or finely chopped ✴ 225g brown sugar ✴ 110g mixed peel, chopped ✴ 110g currants ✴ 110g sultanas ✴ 450g seedless raisins ✴ 75g carrots, grated ✴ 3tbsp brandy ✴ 2tbsp milk ✴ 110g golden syrup

Christmas Pudding 1 Mix the breadcrumbs, spices, 2tsp salt, suet, sugar, dried fruits and carrots together in a large bowl. 2 Blend the brandy, milk and golden syrup and stir thoroughly into the dry ingredients. Let the mixture stand for at least 1 hour, then put into a greased pudding basin or pudding steamer. If using a pudding basin cover with greaseproof paper and cloth or foil. 3 Steam pudding according to the volume of the basin: for a 500ml pudding, allow 5 hours; for a 750ml pudding,

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allow 7 hours; for a 1-litre pudding, allow 9 hours. 4 When cooked, remove the basin from the steamer and allow to cool. Then cover with fresh paper and store in a cool place. 5 On the day of serving, renew the covering and steam the pudding as follows: for a 500ml pudding, steam for 2 hours; for a 750ml and 1-litre pudding, steam for 3 hours. 6 Turn out onto a hot dish, decorate with holly and flame with warmed brandy. Serve with rum or brandy butter.

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Slow-Roasted Spiced Lamb Shoulder

Chocolate & Raspberry Roulade

Even though the most likely option is that you'll be tucking into left-over turkey and bubble-and-squeak, if you've got relations coming over, you might like to ring the changes with roast lamb as a delicious alternative to turkey. Follow that with an indulgent chocolate roulade, filled with cream and raspberries as a contemporary spin on the traditional Yule log!

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Slow-Roasted Spiced Lamb Shoulder 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Dry-fry the spices in a frying pan until fragrant. Combine spices and half the olive oil in a bowl. 2 Using a sharp knife, score the lamb at 2.5cm intervals and push garlic into cuts. Rub lamb with spice mixture. Season. 3 Heat the remaining oil in a flameproof dish and cook the lamb, turning, until browned all over. Remove from the dish. 4 Peel the onions, leaving root intact. Add to the dish and cook, stirring, until browned. 5 Add carrots and water to the dish; bring to the boil. Put carrots on top of lamb and cover loosely with foil. Transfer to the oven and roast for 1½ hours. Reduce oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3. 6 Uncover the lamb and roast for a further 1½ hours, or until it's tender. Cover and allow to stand for 10 minutes, then slice. thinly. Strain pan juices into a heatproof jug. Serve lamb with onions, carrots and pan juices with steamed green beans, if you like.

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4

✴ 2tsp fennel seeds ✴ 1tsp each ground cinnamon, ginger and cumin ✴ ¼tsp chilli powder ✴ 2tbsp olive oil ✴ 1.2kg lamb shoulder, shank intact ✴ 2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly ✴ 6 baby brown onions (150g) ✴ 375g baby carrots, trimmed ✴ 250ml water ✴ Green beans, to serve RECIPE FROM LAKELAND NORTH AFRICAN COOKING AVAILABLE FROM LAKELAND.CO.UK 28

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INGREDIENTS For the sponge

✴ 175g dark chocolate ✴ 175g caster sugar ✴ 6 eggs, separated ✴ 2 tbsp cocoa, sifted For the filling

✴ 500ml double cream ✴ Icing sugar, to dust ✴ 200g fresh raspberries, reserve 6-8 to decorate ✴ 2tbsp icing sugar

Chocolate & Raspberry Roulade 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. 2 Place the sugar and egg yolks into a bowl and whisk until light and creamy. Add the cooled chocolate and stir until evenly blended. 3 Whisk the egg whites in a large mixing bowl until stiff. Stir a large spoonful of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture; mix gently, fold

in the remaining egg whites, then the cocoa. 4 Turn the mixture onto a Lakeland Baking FlexiSheet and gently level the surface. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch. 5 Place a sheet of baking parchment on top of the roulade, then put a damp tea towel on top of that and leave until cold. 6 Whisk the cream until it just holds its shape. Remove the tea towel and parchment from the roulade. Dust a large piece of baking parchment with icing sugar and carefully turn the roulade onto it.

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7 Spread the roulade with the whipped cream, arrange the raspberries in lines from one end to the other and roll up like a Swiss roll, using the baking parchment to help. Don’t worry if it cracks slightly, that’s part of its charm! 8 Place the 2tbsp of icing sugar into a small bowl; add 1tbsp of water at a time, mixing, until the mixture is smooth and syrupy then drizzle over the roulade. Place the reserved raspberries on top of the roulade to decorate, then finish off with a light dusting of icing sugar.

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Christmas Cookie

Hot Buttered Rum Serves 1

Serves 1

✴ 2 ginger biscuits, crushed ✴ 60ml peppermint schnapps ✴ 30ml Kahlúa ✴ 90ml Baileys ✴ 60ml Amarula ✴ Ice cubes

✴ 1 cinnamon stick ✴ 1 long strand of lemon rind ✴ 60ml dark rum ✴ Hot water, to top up the glass ✴ A pinch of ground cloves ✴ A small knob of butter

✴ 10ml Cointreau ✴ 50ml cranberry juice ✴ Champagne, chilled, to top up the glass ✴ Cranberry balls, optional

Serves 2

1 Place 2 martini glasses into the fridge and chill for 30 minutes. 2 Place the crushed ginger biscuits onto a saucer. Pour a small amount of cold water onto a separate saucer. To decorate the chilled glasses, dip the rims into the water, then into the biscuit crumbs. 3 Place the peppermint schnapps, Kahlúa, Baileys and Amarula into a cocktail shaker. Top up with the ice cubes, shake well and strain into the martini glasses.

1 Tie the lemon rind around

the cinnamon stick. Place in a heatproof glass and add the dark rum. 2 Pour in hot water, add the ground cloves and top with butter, allowing it to melt on the surface before stirring in. Serve immediately.

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1 Pour the Cointreau and cranberry juice into a champagne saucer and stir gently, then top up with champagne. 2 If using, make the cranberry balls according to the instructions in the Lakeland R-Evolution Cocktail Kit.

Tip Have a drinks tray ready with glasses of

various sizes, a range of alcoholic drinks, fruit juice and mixers, and an ice-bucket – and don't forget to make sure you've got plenty of ice in the freezer!

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CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

Fruit Punch (left)

Makes 2 litres

✴ 500ml pineapple juice ✴ 500ml mango juice ✴ 80ml lime cordial ✴ 1 litre lemonade ✴ Ice cubes, optional ✴ Sliced lime, to decorate, optional

1 In a large bowl, stir together the pineapple juice, mango juice and lime cordial. Top up with lemonade, stir, and serve in martini glasses. 2 Add ice cubes and decorate each glass with a slice of lime, if using.

Snowball (left)

Makes 2

1 In a small bowl, mix together the lime zest, juice and sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes before using. 2 Place the eggs, whisky and lime mixture into a cocktail shaker and shake well. 3 Strain into tall glasses and top up with lemonade.

Mulled Wine Serves 4-6

✴ 750ml bottle of red wine ✴ 60g demerara sugar ✴ 1 cinnamon stick ✴ A light grating of fresh nutmeg ✴ 2 star anise ✴ 1 orange, halved ✴ 60ml sloe gin, optional ✴ Star anise and sliced orange, to garnish, optional

Non-alcoholic Eggnog* ✴ 4 eggs, beaten ✴ 4tbsp caster sugar ✴ 1tsp ground allspice ✴ 150ml vanilla syrup ✴ 400ml full-fat milk ✴ Cinnamon sticks, to decorate, optional ✴ Freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish

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1 Place the red wine, sugar, spices and orange in a large saucepan. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste, and add a little more sugar, to if necessary. 2 Remove from the heat and stir in the sloe gin, if using. Pour over a sieve or tea strainer into heatproof glasses. 3 Garnish with the star anise and orange, if using, and serve immediately. *PREGNANT WOMEN, ELDERLY PEOPLE AND YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD AVOID EATING RAW EGGS

✴ Zest and juice of 1 lime ✴ 3tsp caster sugar ✴ 2 small eggs ✴ 100ml Scotch whisky ✴ Lemonade, chilled

Serves 6

1 Put the eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk until combined. Add allspice, vanilla syrup and milk; whisk until combined. Cover with clingfilm; chill for 30 minutes. 2 Whisk again. Strain into glasses. Add cinnamon stick, if using. Top with nutmeg. Festive Food

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New Year's Eve Let's party! CANAPES

Mini Salmon Tarts Makes 24

INGREDIENTS ✴ 6 sheets of filo pastry ✴ 50g butter, melted ✴ 200g smoked salmon, cut into 24 small strips ✴ 2tbsp crème fraîche ✴ 2tbsp finely chopped chives ✴ Freshly ground black pepper

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Cut each sheet of pastry into 8 squares (48 in total). Brush each one with a little butter. 2 Layer 2 squares at different angles and place into a hole of a mini morsel baking tin, available at lakeland.co.uk. Repeat until all the holes are lined with pastry. Bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from oven and leave to cool. 3 Twist each strip of salmon and place into a pastry case. Top with a little crème fraîche, chives and pepper.

Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Beef and Horseradish Makes 24 INGREDIENTS For the Yorkshire puddings

✴ 100g plain flour ✴ 1 large egg ✴ 125ml full-fat milk ✴ A little sunflower oil

For the filling

✴ 250g lean steak ✴ 2tbsp crème fraîche ✴ 4tsp readymade horseradish sauce ✴ Watercress, to garnish

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Tip Use a selection of simple dishes to present your party food in all its glory.

1 To make the Yorkshire pudding batter, sift the flour into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the egg and season. Lightly whisk until the egg is just broken up and gradually add the milk, stirring continuously, combining the flour. Whisk, adding milk as needed, until you have the consistency of double cream. Pour into a jug, cover, and set aside for 30 minutes. 2 Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 425°F/gas mark 7. Season the steak. Place a griddle pan over a high heat and cook the steak for 3-4 minutes on each side; allow a little longer, if preferred. Remove from the pan and set aside. 3 Pour a little sunflower oil into the holes of a mini morsel baking tin, available at lakeland.co.uk and place in the oven for 5 minutes. 4 To cook the puddings, remove the tin from the oven and immediately pour in the batter, filling the holes half full. Return the tin to the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes, until well risen and golden brown. Remove the puddings and place on kitchen paper. 5 Mix together the crème fraîche and horseradish sauce. Thinly slice the steak and divide between Yorkshire puddings. Top each one with a little crème fraîche mixture and a sprig of watercress. Serve immediately.

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Chicken Tandoori with Naan Bread Makes 80

INGREDIENTS ✴ 280g natural yoghurt ✴ 4tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves ✴ 400g chicken breast fillets, cut into 1cm cubes ✴ 2tbsp tandoori paste ✴ 110g mango chutney Naan Bread Ingredients

✴ 300g plain flour ✴ ¼tsp baking powder ✴ ¼tsp salt ✴ 1tsp dried yeast ✴ 1 tsp black onion seeds ✴ 95g natural yoghurt ✴ 1tbsp vegetable oil ✴ 1 egg ✴ 80ml warm milk Chicken Tandoori Instructions 1 Combine the yoghurt and coriander in a large bowl, reserve and refrigerate 60ml for serving. Stir the chicken and paste into remaining coriander yoghurt; refrigerate. 2 Meanwhile, make the naan bread (see right). Stir the chicken mixture in a heated oiled frying pan until cooked. 3 Top each naan with ¼ teaspoon mango chutney, a piece of the tandoori

chicken and a dollop of reserved coriander yoghurt. Naan Bread Instructions 1 Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl; stir in yeast and seeds. 2 Make a well in the centre and add the yoghurt, oil, egg and enough milk to mix into a soft dough. 3 Turn out onto a floured surface, knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. 4 Place in a large oiled bowl, cover, and stand in warm place 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size. Heat a heavy-duty oven tray under a preheated grill. 5 Cut the dough in half and working with one half at a time, divide into 2cm balls. Roll the balls out to 3mm thick, stretch the ends of each piece of dough. 6 Grill the naan, in batches, on the tray, for 45 seconds each side, or until browned.

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Cranberry Bites Makes 16

INGREDIENTS

Makes 15

✴ 120g fresh cranberries, rinsed ✴ 2tbsp maple syrup ✴ 100g granulated sugar ✴ 5 slices white bread, crusts removed ✴ A little butter, melted ✴ 225g Brie, cut into 16 slices ✴ 16tsp cranberry sauce ✴ Mint sprigs, to garnish

INGREDIENTS

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/gas mark 4. Gently roll the slices of bread so they're slightly thinner. 2 Using a square cutter, stamp out 15 shapes. Brush with melted butter, then put into a square-shaped silicone canapé tin, butter side down. Bake for 10 minutes, leave to cool. 3 Heat the maple syrup in a saucepan until warm. Place cranberries in a bowl, pour over the warm syrup and stir. Cool, cover, and leave to soak overnight in the fridge. 4 Drain the cranberries. Put sugar in a bowl and lightly toss cranberries until coated. Leave to dry on a baking sheet for 1 hour. Top each bread base with a slice of Brie and 1tsp of cranberry sauce. Divide cranberries between the bases and garnish with mint. 34

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✴ 5 slices white bread, crusts removed ✴ A little butter, melted ✴ 200g garlic and herb cream cheese ✴ 1 punnet redcurrants

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Using a rolling pin, gently roll the slices of bread so they're slightly thinner. 2 Using an oval cutter, stamp out 15 shapes. Brush each one with melted butter, then put in an oval-shaped silicone canapé tin, butter side down. Bake for 10 minutes, then leave to cool. 3 Divide the cream cheese between the bread bases – use a teaspoon to scoop the mixture from the tub and another one to push it from the first spoon into the bases. Garnish with redcurrants.

Tip If you can't get redcurrants, cranberries will work just as well to add a splash of seasonal colour.

Peri-Peri Olives Serves 8

INGREDIENTS ✴ 150g Kalamata olives, pitted ✴ 1tbsp lemon rind, finely grated ✴ 2 small fresh red chillies, halved ✴ 2 garlic cloves ✴ 60ml red wine vinegar ✴ 180ml olive oil

1 Combine the pitted olives, finely grated lemon rind, red chillies, garlic cloves, red wine vinegar and olive oil in a medium bowl. 2 Cover, and put in the fridge overnight.

Tip The Peri-Peri

Olives will keep for up to a week, if stored in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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DESSERT

INGREDIENTS For the sponge

✴ 50g plain flour ✴ 1tsp baking powder ✴ 50g ground almonds ✴ 4 large eggs ✴ 80g caster sugar, plus 2tbsp extra ✴ 1tsp lemon extract ✴ Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon For the filling

✴ 200ml double cream ✴ 75g crème fraiche ✴ 3tbsp lemon curd ✴ 200g fresh raspberries

Lemon Roulade 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Sift together the flour and baking powder, add the ground almonds and a pinch of salt. 2 In a bowl whisk eggs and sugar until pale and the mixture leaves a ribbon when the whisk is lifted out. Add lemon extract and mix again. 3 With a metal spoon, fold dry ingredients and lemon zest into mixture. Pour into a Swiss-roll tin lined with baking parchment and level out. Bake on middle shelf of oven for 10 mins, until golden and just firm. 4 Remove from the oven and rest for 1 minute

Serves 6

before turning out onto a sheet of clean parchment dusted with extra sugar. Peel off parchment used to line tin and discard. Starting at narrow end, roll up sponge with parchment inside, then leave to cool completely. 5 Whisk the cream with the crème fraiche until thick. Unroll the roulade and spread with a thin layer of lemon curd, leaving a 1-2cm border around the edge. Spread the cream mixture over the lemon curd and arrange the raspberries on top. Tightly re-roll using the parchment to help the process.

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