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  • My possibly not that helpful Xmas survival guide

    Are you a notorious festive failure? I hear you. Here's how I muddle through (spoiler: lashings of booze).

  • On your marks, get set… Crimbo

    Avoid the OMG panic shop by getting in early. All I want for Christmas? Tom Hardy wearing nothing but a bow but I'll settle for this little lot from Camp Hopson.

  • 5 beautiful books to give for Christmas

    I think it was Neil Gaiman who said, ‘Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than to buy them the whole world!’ I couldn’t agree more, I love giving and receiving books (added Christmas bonus: they’re dead easy to wrap). So, I’ve […]

  • Christmas gift ideas

    A cosy wrap, a cool messenger bag for kids and funky ceramics made out of bricks! I’ve pulled my 5 favourite gift ideas from the exhibitors who’ll be at the Windsor Christmas Gift Fair from Thurs 17 to Sun 20 November at Royal Windsor Racecourse. The Gift Fair is quite simply the answer to all […]

  • The John Lewis Christmas ad has landed!

    The countdown to Christmas is officially ON! Today’s release of the John Lewis advert (and several others last week including the super-stylish Burberry ad) means the Christmas train has officially left the station and woe betide you if you’re not on it by now! Anyway, there are hundreds of Christmas adverts out there – some […]

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