The Telegraph Editors' Christmas Gift Guides: Kate Finnigan

In this week’s Telegraph Christmas Gift Guide, we've quizzed The Telegraph’s Fashion Features Editor, Kate Finnigan, to find out what made it onto her shopping list this Christmas. Here Kate shares her favourite Christmas tunes,  traditions and what she’ll be buying her loved ones this year…

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Prepping for Christmas is the ultimate, extended, special-edition, album-length version of getting ready to go on an exciting night out when you’re a teenager. By the start of December I’m as eager as my seven-year-old to drag in a Christmas tree and throw tinsel at it. I mean, what's not to like about fairy lights and the scent of trodden pine needles?

Even before we get to Christmas Day lunch I’m helping myself to all the trimmings – the bulk-buying of charity Christmas cards, the gift wrap (I like plain old brown paper with metallic ribbons or twine and a holly leaf), digging up the Christmas Spotify mix my husband made for my daughter a few years ago with endless replays and dancing to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, planning what to wear on Christmas Eve (something sparkly), on Christmas Day (something woolly), and Boxing Day (something elasticated).

And yet when it comes to the gifts I’m never prepared - sadly, I’m all thought and no action. All lists and nothing crossed off. I rarely buy a present until at least the middle of December and I’m always stuck with the realisation that if anyone is to receive a gift by some time in January I must spend £200 on postage. Oh, I know my faults. But this year could be different. It will be different. This year at least I've trawled the aisles, I've made a list and I'm checking it twice...

Aspinal is such a clever brand. From notebooks to handbags there is something so desirable about their leather products. This classic brown pochette will be the perfect bag-within-a-bag for my mama. 

Aspinal of London Large Essential Flat Pouch, £80; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Kingston, Colchester, Windsor

All the female members of my family on both my side and my husband’s love Neom’s luxurious aromatherapy products. This one’s got my sister-in-law’s name on it. Who doesn’t need some peace at this time of year? 

Neom Perfect Peace Candle, £45; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Canterbury, Colchester, Newcastle, York 

My former colleague Iain R Webb kicked off a craze when he published his colouring book of Vogue images last year. Like all the best fashion items, it’s a classic. One for my teenage goddaughter.

Vogue Colouring Book by Iain R Webb, £10; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Kingston, Tunbridge Wells

Made in Britain, stylish, classic, cuddly and slightly grey, John Smedley knitwear is the perfect match for my husband. And yes I am hoping he will read this and in return buy me something just like me – cool, sharp and sparkling.

John Smedley Polo Knit, £155; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross

This retro-style leather radio has become one of those modern classics that seem to work in any interior. They have them in the bedrooms at the Soho House establishments. This post-box red version will look great in my mother-in-law’s kitchen. 

Roberts Digital Radio, £179.99; Available at Fenwick Kingston, Colchester 

This is the perfect palette for my grown-up goddaughter who is still living the high life in her twenty-something Peter Pan years. When you’re living fast you need dashing make-up. 

Bobbi Brown Party To Go Lip & Eye Palette, £42; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Canterbury, Colchester, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells

I happen to know that my sister loves these cheerful, colourful ceramic pots, which come in all the letters of the alphabet. A great personal gift that will make a statement on a desk, by the phone or even holding toothbrushes. 

Bridie Hall Alphabet Brush Pot, £40 each; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

Like most children, my daughter is obsessed with gadgets and emojis. This old-fashioned style light box with letters and emoji symbols is brilliant for personalisation and could be a way of staving off the phone obsession for a little bit longer.

Locomocean Light Box, £25 and Emoji Kit, £8; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Kingston, Newcastle, York 

I think it’s got to that stage in the list where I’m allowed to suggest a stocking-filler for myself. This face cream does what it says on the tin – puts a little bit of a magic spell into your daily beauty routine. Abracadabra: fewer lines please…

Charlotte Tilbury Giant Magic Cream, £180; Available at Fenwick Bond Street, Brent Cross, Kingston, Newcastle, Tunbridge Wells 

I’m nominating this as the perfect stocking-filler for my husband. It’s to encourage him to make real leaf morning tea for his delightful wife with a perfectly designed strainer from the master of minimalist design. 

Georg Jensen Tea Strainer, £36; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross, Kingston 

It's not Christmas in our house without a pile of new books. My husband collects photography books and is a huge vinyl fan so I predict this book about the late David Bowie is going to go down a storm. 

Tachen The Rise of David Bowie book £49.99 available at Fenwick Colchester 

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ead our previous Gift Guides from The Telegraph’s Men’s Style Editor, Stephen Doig and stay tuned for more Gift Guides from T
he Telegraph’s Acting Beauty Director in the coming weeks here on The Daily Muse...

By Kate Finnigan