To help you find the perfect presents this Christmas, we’ve quizzed editors at The Telegraph to find out what items are top of their wishlist to Santa this year. We asked Editor of Stella Magazine, Marianne Jones, to share the gifts that would make any lady giddy with glee on Christmas Day. So take note, Gents!
My Christmas wishlist is simple. I wish that just one year, as my husband, sons and dog gleefully rip open their thoughtfully wrapped presents, I would get something in return that I actually want. Not need. Just want.
As the mother in a houseful of males, I'm sure I'm not alone in being given the job of chief (make that lone) shopper and gift buyer. And while it's meant to be the season of goodwill, mine has been sorely tested over the years. Let me share with you my Christmas morning three years ago when unexpectedly I spotted a large box with my name on it under the tree, from someone who shall remain nameless but I'm married to. Said person watched, beaming as I opened - wait for it - a strimmer. I kid you not. And yes, a very expensive Boxing Day shopping trip followed.
So here goes with 2017's wishlist. One which I'm sure, from talking to similarly afflicted and 'hard to buy for' girlfriends, would please most of us. We would like cashmere jumpers in delicious tones - chic logo optional, designer beauty products in sublime packaging, understated jewellery that is reassuringly expensive and exquisite candles.
If you absolutely must buy something for the house, be sure to make it beautiful and personal. A showstopper of a vase or a cute, colourful ornament is acceptable. However, for the exceptionally brave, a dress from a favourite designer will earn you an extra helping of Christmas pud. But this must firstly have been rubber-stamped by a trusted friend of hers and be in the right size. In a nutshell the rules are: nothing cheap, nothing useful and definitely no strimmers. Gentlemen, you have been warned.