In the final instalment of our Telegraph Christmas Gift Guide series, we've quizzed The Telegraph’s Design and Interiors Editor, Talib Choudhry, to find out what made it onto his shopping list this Christmas. Here, Talib shares how he basks in the festive season and hand-picks a selection of gifts for his loved ones…
There’s nothing I enjoy more than the sight of a temporary Christmas tree forest arriving outside my local greengrocer, where stacks of clementines and bags of nuts are piled up inside; cards landing on the doormat (as well as a few brown-paper packages tied with string); and watching TV’s Nigella, Jamie and Mary adding twists to traditional festive food and baking Christmas cakes weeks before the big day.
It’s the time for decorations to emerge from hibernation and rooms to be festooned in sparkling style as good taste flies out of the window. My favourite part, though, has to be the furtive squirrelling away of gifts that will (hopefully) surprise and delight, even if a few not-so-subtle hints have been dropped.
Although I am heartened by all the markers of the Christmas countdown, revelling in the preparations of others, I have a confession: I’m a last-minute perfectionist. I have great intentions and plan to choose the ideal presents, decorate lavishly and entertain in sophisticated style – but I don’t leave enough time.
I’ll often bulk-buy a few of the same item (block-busting books, beauty bits and pieces, butter-soft cashmere socks and scarves) and think about the most appropriate recipient when I get home. Everyone unwraps something lovely, but perhaps a little more generic than I’d like. My dear old dad definitely doesn’t need another autobiography or any socks.