Belfast Telegraph

Christmas fashion gift guide for him and her

Heels £150,
Heels £150,
Cardigan £190, Acne,
Kate Moss by Mario Testino £45,
Avery pyjamas by Equipment £470, my-wardrobe
Bargain £15 Christian Lacroix notebook,
Bag £79.99,
Earrings £14,
Bargain: £14.99 Necklace, £14.99 for two,
Star ring £289, Jordan Askill,
Clear stone necklace £39.50,
Warped ring £12, COS,
'Ballgowns at the V&A' £20,
Donkey charm, £125, Dodo, 020 7259 1414
Blow out: £2,190 Chess set by Prada, 16 - 18 Old Bond Street, London W1, 020 7647 5000
Blow out: £590 Platform shoe by Chanel, 26 Old Bond Street, London W1 020 7493 5040
Rabbit soap £8, Emma Cook for Topshop,
Brogues, £145, Made in England,
Diary £32,
Bargain: £22, $35,
Blow out: £695, Appliqué knit by Burberry Prorsum, 21-23 New Bond Street, London W1
Blow out: £3,995 Shearling jacket by Alexander McQueen,
Boxers from £28,
Camera £50,
iPad cases $178 (£111) each,
Hat £40,
Shirt £175, McQ Alexander McQueen,
Jackson rucksack £189,
Toothbrushes £11 each, Paul Smith,
Socks £69,
Candle £50, Byredo,
Bargain: £12 Gloves,
Blow out: £805 Watch by Junghans,

By Gemma Hayward , Lee Holmes , Harriet Walker

Stuck for ideas this Christmas? All out of steam in the shops? Gemma Hayward and Lee Holmes select the best buys for budgets big and small

It's that time of year again when humankind is split into two very distinct groups. The former comprises those who did their Christmas shopping in August and have now only to ponder whether wrapping paper looks better adorned with a classic curly ribbon or a festive sprig of holly.

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The rest of us may be feeling less serene, tearing up and down high streets – and tearing our hair out – completely stumped by the infinite variety of gift sets, limited editions, froth and tat offered up for us to spend our hard-earned cash on this Christmas.

Wouldn't it just be easier if you could buy everyone vouchers?

Enough of this Grinchery; if you have to buy your loved ones something this Christmas, you may as well get them something they'll be grateful for. And there's something out there that will bring a smile to that special someone's face, whatever your budget.

In the olden days, hats, gloves, scarves and socks were the ideal accessories to bestow at this time of year. They still are, but they have evolved – now, you can also buy all manner of socks and scarves for the gadgets in your guy's life, too. A brightly coloured iPad sleeve is the modern equivalent of a jaunty tie.

Add to that the scope nowadays for male vanity and there are any number of manly accessories to choose from – bags, boxers, even a de luxe Paul Smith toothbrush.

There's plenty of choice for the ladies, too, whether you're looking to break the bank or simply get the most bang for your buck. The high street comes into its own, with eye-catching and bold bags and shoes which will come into their own for New Year's Eve but last well beyond that too. Similarly, a cosy knit is for life, not just for Christmas – though some of the sludgy burgundy-ish hues on offer at the moment offer a rather more refined take on the traditional festive jumper. Not a reindeer in sight.

And if all else fails: chocolate. Everyone loves chocolate – almost as much as they love vouchers.

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