The Telegraph Editor Marianne Jones' Christmas Gift Guide

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! 

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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.


Confession: I have an obscene number of Bella's jumpers, but if I could just have a lovely red one to top off the collection, I would be very happy. It's the coolest Christmas jumper you could ever wish for.

Bella Freud ‘Candy Darling’ Slogan Jumper, £290; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

The strimmer incident would be totally forgiven if this sparkly babe of a bag was placed under my tree on Christmas Eve. 

Atelier Swarovski Core Collection Marina Clutch, £1095; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

Beautifully packaged and with a rose heart and top notes of vanilla and patchouli, this texturised scent will sit proudly on my bathroom shelf. 

By Kilian ‘Woman in Gold‘ 50ml Spray in Box, £245; Available at Fenwick Newcastle

I have lusted after one of Anina's Victorian gold charm necklaces for years. This would be the ultimate unique and keep-forever present. Yes please, Santa.

Annina Vogel Victorian & Antique Necklaces, from £350 – £1055, Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

My candle obsession is famous and the Etoile scent, combining notes of cedar, sandalwood, patchouli and rose, is perfect - surely even my husband (hint hint) could manage to smuggle one of these into my stocking. Here's hoping...

Cire Trudon Etoile Candle, £70; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

If my other half bought me this I would faint with shock It's such a cool, stylish label with designs that are versatile, timeless and beautifully made.

Dodo Bar Or Embellished Velvet Dress, £720; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

A household present that I would be happy to receive because it is quirky and fun and will actually mean that those walnuts will get eaten.

Alessi ‘Scoiattolo’ Nutcracker, £75; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

The sleek black packaging alone is enough to get my pulse racing - don't even start me on the contents. Who wouldn't want these fabulous lipsticks and nail colours?

Tom Ford Four Piece Lip and Nail Lacquers Gift Set, £138; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Colchester, Newcastle

A cute stocking filler that looks grate (sorry) and will look very pretty in my kitchen.

Rivsalt Mini Grater and Block, £25; Available at Fenwick Newcastle

Shades of red and buttery-soft leather are two of the season’s key trends - and perfectly festive to, er, boot...

Gianvito Rossi Red ‘Levi’ Ankle Boots, £705; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

While I already have one very lovely pair of their luxury PJs there is definitely room for this gorgeous silk pair that I could change into after an enormous Christmas dinner and swan about in until at least Boxing Day.

Yolke Stretch Silk Pyjamas, £325; Available at Fenwick of Bond Street

By Marianne Jones