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The Gift List

Our guide to everyone on your Christmas shopping list and what to buy them

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Illustrations - John Broadley

A bedecked tree has sprung up in the living room and your diary is awash with drinks parties, carol concerts and village fayres, and yet, one thing remains before you can fully unwind and enjoy the festivities: the Christmas shopping. The stress of finding the perfect gift is something we all know too well, so this year, we’re offering up our definitive guide to everyone on your list and how to pinpoint a gift they’ll love.

The Wanderer

Oh, The Wanderer, almost impossible to pin down until they return months later, loaded with envy-inducing tales from their travels to Kyoto, Costa Rica and beyond. Pander to the seasoned globetrotter with a gift they can carry to the corners of the earth or exotic additions to sate their wanderlust once they’re back on home soil.

The Expressionist

Their home is a masterpiece of considered clashing, strewn with vibrant furnishings, art pieces and vintage furniture. Buying for them should be easy – but god forbid you get it wrong. Make the Interiors Emporium your saviour for conversation-starting ceramics and discernible design icons that won’t be relegated to the attic.

The Beauty Buff

First to snap up the latest launches with an encyclopedic knowledge of retinoids, AHAs and phyto-molecules, the beauty buff is always up to speed on the next innovation, loaded with tips for maximising your regime. You may not be an expert, but our extensive edit of cult must haves offers a tried-and-tested route to gifting success.

The Tastemaker

Never one to pass up an opportunity to host, the tastemaker is a party planning pro with a roll-call of mouthwatering recipes up their sleeve and a knack for interior styling. Feed their imagination with culinary accessories, unusual ingredients and distinctive home accents for maximum brownie points and a future invite in the bag.

The Juggler

They’re a force to be reckoned with, and how they do it you’ll never know. Multitasking is no match for the juggler, who’s life is an endless stream of conference calls, PTA meetings, dinner parties and home improvements. Lighten the load with our hacks for an overstuffed schedule, from timesaving beauty to capacious carry-alls and daily planners.

The Tricky Customer

They’re the colleague you’ve been lumbered with for secret Santa, the distant aunt invited to Christmas dinner, or the high-flying friend who has it all – and you have absolutely no idea what to get them! Keep it simple. Little luxuries and fine foodstuffs are a foolproof solution to the difficult-to-buy-for, leaving you free to mull over the rest of your list.

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