The Ultimate Christmas Soul Playlist

I’m only 30 but when I think of classic Christmas soul music, I don’t think of Boyz II Men or Mariah Carey, like many of my counterparts do. I think of Otis Redding and James Brown. Now don’t get me wrong, they have Christmas classics, but when I am looking for that bottom of the gut, soul churning Christmas music. I skip most of the 1990s.

The other day I was listening to my Christmas playlist in my office and a co-worker asked, “what do you know about that?” I quipped, “a lot”.

Since I was a kid, my family has been playing the same Christmas cassette tape. It has a small white piece of half peeled tape on it, that reads “Christma ongs”. It was dubbed by an aunt or cousin but despite moves and life changes, this cassette has lasted. The songs are the soundtrack of such special memories.

I’m not walking around with a Walkman, so I have now pulled the playlist together on a streaming service and here is the list:

Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas – Carla Thomas 

Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter 

Santa Goes Straight To The Ghetto – James Brown

Christmas Ain’t Christmas – Bobby Womack 

Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year- James Brown 

Presents For Christmas – Solomon Burke 

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Carla Thomas

May Christmas Bring You Happiness – Luther Vandross

White Christmas – Otis Redding 

Please Come Home For Christmas – Charles Brown 

Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday – William Bell 

This Christmas – Donny Hathaway 

Silent Night – The Temptations 

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5

One Little Christmas Tree- Stevie Wonder 

What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas – Emotions 

Happy Holidays To You – The Whispers 

Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding 

For my family, this is the quintessential Christmas soul playlist. When it cranks up, I know we’re ready to cook, eat, or play a game of spades.

What’s on your family playlist? Let us know in the comments!


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10 of the best delis for traditional food and Christmas treats

Step into a world of spices and chocolates, cold cuts, cheeses and Christmas favourites at delicatessens from Venice to New York

Francis Ford Coppola is just one of the many fans of this second-generation purveyor of regional delicacies from around Emilia-Romagna. Metal hooks, once used to cure hunks of mortadella from the rafters, still decorate the ceiling and the umami-heady funk of aged Parmigiano-Reggiano that perfumes the shop. Since opening in 1932, in Bologna’s Quadrilatero, a labyrinth of medieval streets, the store stocks some of the best charcuterie in town. When owner Giovanni Tamburini isn’t rubbing elbows with local politicians over plates of superlative tortellini, he plays in a rock band named Ciccioli Ciccioli, which translates as “pork cracklings” in local dialect. During the month leading up to Christmas, Bolognese come here to stock up on bottles of bubbles and baskets of gourmet goodies.
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12.7.18 Clark Stinks; Free gifts for kids at Christmas

Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here; Clark shares a long list of free gifts that will mean a lot to kids at Christmas time. 

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Inside J.Crew’s Identity Crisis, Except When It Comes to Christmas Socks

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When I woke up this morning, I did not expect to spend part of my day waiting in a line for socks.

And yet, there I was, staring at J.Crew’s five color-coordinated shelves of socks, straining my neck to see whether the print on one pair was of the fire emoji or Rudolph the Reindeer. (Closer inspection revealed the pattern was actually a repeated gingerbread house.)

If you walked into New York City’s Rockefeller Center J.Crew and took one look at the sock-fawning crowd, you might forget for one second just how much internal instability the brand has seen in the past few weeks.

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These are the must have best Tech Gifts for Christmas 2018


Words by Megan C. Hills and Sunil Makan

From the wireless headphones to speakers with built in Alexa and fitness trackers to hair straighteners these are the best tech gifts for Christmas 2018.

Fitness trackers

Oura Heritage Ring

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Prince Harry is known to wear one of these and if it’s good enough for the Duke, it’s good enough for us. Smaller and sleeker than a chunky tracker bracelet, these stylish Finnish rings are packed with a ton of sensors and other tech. The Oura ring tracks your activity, sleep and keeps tabs on everything from your body temperature, steps and even your breathing. Available in several different shades, it’s a pretty nifty piece of tech and syncs to an app on your phone.

Rings start at £279, available at Oura

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Hair straighteners

ghd Gold – Glacial Blue Professional Styler

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A great hair styler is a total investment piece and luckily, ghd’s released a luxe icy blue version of their best-selling product. Designed to both curl, straighten and keep your hair looking smooth and sleek, it’s as tech-forward as they come with two heat sensors to optimise the temperature.

Priced at £139, available at lookfantastic

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Tech teen gifts

Super Mario Party

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Nintendo stans have been waiting a long time for this classic party game and it’s finally dropped. If you thought Mario Kart could get competitive, you’ve obviously never given Mario Party a go as you’ll have to compete with one another to win mini games and collect the most stars.

Priced at £49.99, available at Nintendo

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Tech geek gifts

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Enabled Droid

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If you or someone you know is a massive Star Wars buff, this little droid is the perfect gift. Perfect for if your landlord won’t let you have a pet, you can instead grab BB-8 from the new gen of Star Wars and make him roll around from an app on your phone. For those who are more old school, there’s also an R2D2 version.

Priced at £96.48, available at Amazon

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Tech gifts for kids

littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

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It doesn’t get much cooler than this. This Avengers-themed kit both teaches kids how to code and make their own superhero identity a reality. It syncs up to an app which will help walk them through step by step how to assemble the electronic building blocks to create circuits and bring cool new powers to life.

Priced at £149.99, available at Amazon

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Tech gifts under £50

Echo Dot (3rd Generation) Smart Speaker with Alexa

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Ever wanted to channel your inner Tony Stark and have your own computerised butler? Amazon’s upgraded their voice-controlled speaker and it’s enabled with Alexa, their digital assistant. If you give her a shout, she’ll be able to do things like help you stream music from Spotify, check the weather, set alarms and even work with your other smart home products if you’ve got them.

Priced at £49.99, available at Amazon

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Shark DuoClean Cordless Upright Vaccum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet IC160UKT

Shark DuoClean Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Powered Lift-Away and TruePet IC160UKT

The new Shark DuoClean Cordless Upright With Powered lift-Away and TruePet, is designed for homes with pets. You wouldn’t expect such great performance from such a lightweight and cordless vaccum bit it really does make light work of the whole vacuuming thing. And, with an impressive battery run time to boot. Huge thumbs up from us.

£479.99 from Shark.

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RIVA Concert Speaker, Compact & Portable Smart Speaker, £199

RIVA Concert Speaker, Compact & Portable Smart Speaker, £199

This powerhouse of a speaker which features RIVA’s Patented Trillium Audio Technology – which means impressive surround sound without distortion at any volume – has Alexa built-in and several methods of connectivity.

£199 from Amazon.

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Mophie power station plus 600 Universal Battery with Lightning Connector, £69.95

Packing an impressive 20 hours of extra life in here (around 4 charges) this handy Mophie power station with integrated Lightning cable is a real game changer.

£69.95 from Apple.

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Meghan and Kate to Spend Christmas Together as Palace Fights Feud Rumor


Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle will spend Christmas together at Sandringham this year, sources tell The Daily Beast, as the palace struggles to contain an explosive story of a rift at the heart of the royal family.

Despite rumors that Kate and William would skip Christmas at Sandringham this year in favor of spending the holidays with Kate’s parents, it has emerged that both the Sussexes and the Cambridges will attend church with the queen at Sandringham.

The Daily Beast suggested this weekend that “appearing together on Christmas Day will be a useful way for the Sussexes and the Cambridges to telegraph that there is peace between the two families, or at least a Christmas Armistice. For one of them not to show up would be a declaration of civil war.”

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10 great pubs, chosen by Santa and other Christmas workers

From a turkey farmer to a choirmaster, we ask the people who help make Christmas special where they go for a festive pint or two

Sarah Mitchell, assistant manager at the Churchill Arms, Britain’s ‘most festive pub’
Every Christmas the Churchill is decorated with loads of Christmas trees and lights. In 2016 we got a lot of media coverage in the UK and abroad, so suddenly everyone was talking about us as the most festive pub in the country. This year we have 95 trees; inside the walls are draped with lights and we play Christmas songs on a loop. I love it, but I think some staff get sick of hearing Mariah Carey 20 times a day. The pub we all head to after work is the Mall Tavern, two minutes away. It’s completely different to the Churchill – we are a cosy, traditional pub with a fire, whereas the Mall is a craft-beer gastropub with 20 beers and ales to choose from. At the moment they have a beer and burger pop-up with a choice of about five burgers.
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12 DIY Christmas Gifts That’ll Make Your Loved Ones (and Your Budget) Happy

I grew up with a big family, which made it hard to buy everyone something nice at Christmas.

My gift options were to shop at the dollar store or “do it yourself.”

While the dollar store is by far the easier path, DIY gifts are a genuine labor of love. But you don’t have to be Martha Stewart or a contestant on “Making It” to explore the DIY route. It’s more about the gesture than making a perfectly crafted artisanal present. Your loved ones will likely appreciate a heartfelt and useful gift more than a store-bought one.

Plus, staying at home to make these gifts will save you from the impulse purchases shopping can bring.

12 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas to Try This Holiday Season

1. Photo Magnets

An assortment of wood cut outs lay next to modge moge.

These are so much fun to make, and there are dozens of ways to get the job done.  

Use precut wood shapes, tiles, glass stones or mason jar lids — all found at your local arts and crafts store — as your base. Use some Mod Podge (a glue-type sealant) to adhere your printed photos to the base. Once dry, glue magnet strips to the back of the base. Done.

Or, you can use adhesive magnetic sheets for bigger images. You can make hundreds of these personal DIY gifts and inexpensively give your friends and family all the feels.

2. Baked Goods

Chocolate chip cookies sit on a plate.

The fastest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Home-baked treats will do the trick.

Try making holiday-themed cookies with cookie cutters and decorations, or play with seasonal flavors like peppermint, ginger and chocolate.

Turn up the sweetness with some fudge, challenge yourself to whip up toffee or make a loaf of banana bread (my mother’s signature baked good).

Bake your goods in large batches and deliver them to family, friends and coworkers in reusable holiday tins, treat bags or Tupperware.

3. Family Cookbook

Covertly gather recipes from your family members and put them into a special family cookbook.

Ask family members to share their recipes or take notes next time someone whips up a casserole or batch of cookies. Maybe grandma has a box of handwritten recipes you can convert.

Create an accessible digital version online or assemble your own hard copy. Free and low-cost templates and software are available if you want to do it yourself.

The cookbook will be a treasured gift for generations to come. Just don’t tell anyone else what’s in the sauce, because we all know that’s a family secret.

4. Pickled Fruits and Veggies

Pickled vegetables make great Christmas presents.

Use a hot water bath to pickle fruits and vegetables. You can pickle anything from cucumbers, green beans and carrots to cauliflower and pears. Find out your relatives’ favorites and surprise them with a homemade jar — or five.

One minimal investment in canning equipment and the basic ingredients can yield enough to give something to everyone special in your life during the holidays. Go a step further and create your own cheeky product labels for the jars.

You might find a workshop in your city to teach you how. Follow our pickle tutorial or use herbs and vegetables from your garden to save on produce costs.

5. Framed Pictures

Love that photo of you and mom on vacation? What about the one of all your best friends together? Frame it.

Scope out affordable picture frames at thrift stores, dollar stores, Michael’s (it always has a coupon available) or another major retailer.  Or spruce up and decorate an old picture frame with buttons.

Once you know what size frame you have, get the highest-resolution copy of the picture and have it printed to size at a local photo processor (CVS, Walgreens, Walmart). Each print usually costs less than $ 1. Too many photos to narrow down? Assemble an entire photo album.

6. Ornaments

Commemorate the year with a homemade ornament using paper, glass, precut shapes or reusable everyday products like wine corks, popsicle sticks and bottle caps. Spend a Saturday and craft them all yourself, or get the kids or significant other involved.

Make cheeky ones using pictures of the kids or fur babies, or you can tailor them specifically to your home state or siblings. Start a tradition and create a new one every year.

7. Mason Jar Mixtures

A mason jar mixture is wrapped in ribbons.

Assemble an edible gift in a jar. Concoct your own specialty holiday recipe like salsa, dry soup mix, hot chocolate, snack mix, nuts and cookie ingredients. Shoot, you can even go the alcohol route and infuse vodka.

All you need is a case of Mason jars, your ingredients and a recipe tag. The tag should include ingredients and any baking instructions.

If it’s really good, you’ll have everyone excited for next year’s batch.

8. Kid Art

A child's art work hangs on the work desk of a person.

There’s nothing wrong with this kind of child labor. The rugrats get creative and you get cheap DIY Christmas gifts out of it. Win-win.

Gather non-toxic paints, glitter and large pieces of posterboard (paper, cardboard or canvas work, too) for the kiddos to craft their masterpiece upon. Let them go to town. Once it’s finished and dry, cut up the project into frameable pieces. Sign and date the bottom like a true artist.

Frame the pieces and give them out as gifts. I have the one my nieces made me in 2011 on my desk.

9. Coasters

Do your civic duty and save all tables from condensation rings by making DIY coasters for your friends and family. It’s a cheap and easy gift you can’t go wrong with, because everyone needs coasters, especially funky (or classy) homemade ones.  

Craft DIY coasters out of ceramic tiles, wood slices and pressed flowers, mason jar lids, popsicle sticks or fabric. The picture magnets mentioned above can double as coasters if you skip the magnetic strips.

Sets of four are standard, so put on some Netflix and settle into a project weekend.

10. Pressed Flowers

Pick wildflowers on a walk, or save flowers from a special occasion and use them to create a piece of art.

Press the flowers with a book or iron and display them between glass, on paper, as a bookmark or matted onto a candle holder or key ring. There are a surprising amount of pressed flower projects to try.

While the art of flower pressing takes time, the elegantly preserved souvenir will be worth it.

11. Homemade Spices

Homemade spices can make a great, affordable Christmas present.

Homemade spices, seasonings and extracts are an affordable and practical gift for the food lovers in your life.

Awaken your inner chef and concoct a spice combination that suits your personality or complements a slice of your favorite meat. Blend a piquant taco seasoning, dry rub or apple and pumpkin pie spice mixes.

Just don’t forget to add your own labels for that extra zing.

12. Knitted or Crocheted Goods

Homemade scarves, hats and gloves make for affordable Christmas presents.

My favorite handmade gifts over the years have been knit scarves and shawls my mother made.

Knitted and crocheted goods are truly one-of-a-kind gifts.  Something as simple as a hat, scarf or bag will carry sentiment forever. The only thing they really cost is time, which makes a finished product feel more valuable.

If you don’t want to make bulky sweaters and ill-fitted hats for people, try coasters, blankets or rugs. There are free patterns galore online.

Probably not a new hobby to take up 10 days before Christmas, though.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s making mustard and pickled things as gifts for her friends and family this year. Read her full bio here or say hi on Twitter @StephBolling.

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How The ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ Conquered America

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This year, Debbie McClain will make around 800 ugly Christmas sweaters from her workshop in Fremont, Indiana. She’ll ship the bedazzled jumpers around the world—but McClain will not be found in one herself.

“I love them, but I don’t actually wear them,” McClain told The Daily Beast. “I don’t go anywhere this year. I’m strapped to the shop. I’m in such a Grinch mode by the time we get to Christmas that we don’t usually have a tree up.”

McClain works with a team of nine to pump up the wearable holiday cheer found in her brick-and-mortar store and online Etsy shop, which is aptly-titled Tacky Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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So Cute: Mariah Carey Teaches Her Twins Background Vocals to ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ [Video]

Mariah Carey’s twins might just have a career in music — if they so choose.

The singer shared a super cute clip of twins Moroccan and Monroe, 7, getting in the Christmas spirit by singing background vocals to her legendary hit “All I Want For Christmas Is you” are in the Christmas spirit!

“Roc & Roe have been practicing the background vocals to ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You,’ we’re gonna take this one step at a time— we’re very excited about it! It’s our first video doing this! It’s festive, Cmon!!” Mariah wrote alongside the video on Twitter adding a few Christmas tree emojis.

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Kristin Cavallari’s Christmas Tradition Keeps Her Kids ‘In Line’

Kristin Cavallari’s holiday tradition doesn’t involve caroling or decorating sugar cookies. 

“Growing up, the elves would come every day before Christmas, and if you were good, they’d leave a little something in your stocking, and if you were bad, you got coal,” Cavallari, 31, told Us Weekly exclusively at the Uncommon James pop-up shop at The Grove in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 27.

Now, the Hills alum and her husband, Jay Cutler, do the same thing every December with their children, Camden, 6, Jaxon, 4, and Saylor, 3. “It’s a good way to keep your kids in line and have them be on their best behavior,” the Very Cavallari star told Us.

There will be plenty of presents under the tree this year at the couple’s Nashville home. Camden and Jaxon have already completed their Santa wish lists. “They had toy magazines come to the house and they cut things out and put them together,” Cavallari told Us.

Though daughter Saylor isn’t ready for scissors just yet, she verbally expressed what she wants. “She’s into her baby dolls right now, so I got her a little baby carrier,” the E! personality revealed. 

The whole family will feast on homemade meatballs and sauce on Christmas Eve — Cavallari swears by her dad’s recipe — and then on December 26, they will hop a flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The trip is Cavallari and the retired football player’s gift to each other. As the Balancing in Heels author shared with Us: “It’s more just about spending time together.”

Cavallari and the athlete, 35, tied the knot in June 2013. This will be their ninth Christmas together.

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Christmas beauty gift sets: the ultimate christmas beauty gift guide

Something for everyone

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It’s seriously time to start thinking about Christmas presents. Isn’t it much better to be prepared and to spread the cost of everyone’s presents over a couple of pay days?! That’s what we thought. You know what else? Everyone LOVES Christmas beauty gift sets.

However, there are quite literally too many Christmas beauty gift sets on offer this year. So we’ve been jolly helpful and rounded up the best of the bunch.

You. Are. Welcome. Happy (early) Christmas.

Tom Ford Fabulous Gift Set, £262 Selfridges

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Yes it does say ‘Fucking’. Give this to your most fantastic, your utterly wonderful and ‘fucking fabulous’ friend.

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Tiba & Marl x Honest Skincare Beauty Gift Set, £60

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This set was designed with expectant and new mothers in mind, so find your favourite preggo (or new mother) friend. The soothing oil helps with stretch marks, the all-purpose balm really is all-purpose and can be used on dry patches and lips, and then candle is just for them to light at the end of the day when the baby’s in bed.

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M&S Autograph Nail Collection Trio, £7.50

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Do you have a favourite workmate? Give them this before the office party and you can nick it as you get ready together. A deep, dark red and glitter gold are really the only two colours you need this season.

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Percy & Reed Stars of Wonder, £30 Marks & Spencer

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Good hair? One of the best gifts you can give. This set of wonders (see what we did there?!) works on every hair type. So you could help condition someone’s curls, soothe someone’s dry ends or tame someone’s frizz. That’s a great gift.

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Votary Hello Darlings Gift box Set, £105

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This is one heck of a luxurious gift set, so give this to someone who has been very, very nice this year. The Christmas beauty gift set contains their fab cleansing oil, the fragrance free Super Seed Facial Oil, that nourishes skin to make it winter-proof, their overnight Intense Oil, which helps to firm and their newest oil – the teeny tiny rollerball eye oil. Plus a soft flannel (much kinder to skin than the rougher muslin) and ANOTHER handy bag!

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Lancome Hypnôse Drama Mascara Miniature Collection Gift Set

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Eyelashes with heaps of volume are a winter trend we’re 150% here for and Lancome’s signature Hypnose mascara will get you there with just a couple of swipes. This collection is perfect for the beauty geek who’s all about eyes as it brings together four of their mascaras: a full sized Hypnôse Classic and three travel mini sizes of the Hypnôse Classic, Hypnôse Doll Eyes, Hypnôse Volume-A-Porter.

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L’Occitane The Best of L’Occitane Collection, £69

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You should buy this Christmas beauty gift set for three reasons. 1 – someone will get to enjoy all of these wonderful L’Occitane goodies. 2 – This box will make for very useful and smart storage in the future. 3 – £10 from each sale will go directly to Unicef to provide life-saving eye care treatment to those in need.

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Alaïa Paris Nude Eau de Parfum Gift Set, £67 Harrods

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It is highly unlikely that the majority of us will ever be able to afford a piece of clothing from Alaïa, which is a crying shame. However, most of us would be chuffed as anything to receive the sensual Nude fragrance, shower gel, body lotion and this buttery vanity case this Christmas. A little bit of Alaïa is far better than no Alaïa.

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IT Cosmetics Your Luxurious Must-Haves Brush Set, £120 Selfridges 

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This is a brilliant gift. Not only are IT Cosmetics brushes some of the best on the market, but LOOK AT THIS CHICER THAN CHIC CLUTCH! A winning combination.

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Foreo Here and There Gift Set, £119 Look Fantastic

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Lovers of beauty gadgets will get a kick our of this gift set on the 25th December. There’s a normal-sized everyday cleansing brush, and a matching teeny tiny travel one. The vibrating tools help lift away dead skin and unclog pores to reveal glowy skin.

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Face Gym Double Detox Gift Set, £85

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If you’ve ever had a Face Gym facial then you know that it can leave your face more sculpted, drained of all toxins and generally just looking about 10-years younger. Now there are sets for you to use in between appointments. Give this to someone who loves an at-home Sunday night pamper session.

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Stila Enchanted Eyes Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set, £49 Fabled

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Stila’s glitter eyeshadows – if you know, you know. These beauties are the best (and easiest) way of applying a little bit of magic to your lids. The shimmery ones work well as a base, with sparkle on top. The ideal gift for those with Christmas parties galore.

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Surface Anti-Pollution Wash & Cream Set, £68 at Luisa Via Roma

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More and more brands are becoming aware of the need for anti-pollution skincare, especially when you live in a sit that’s prone to mucky air. This skincare set from Surface includes both a face cream and face wash to keep you looking so fresh and so clean.

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Oskia Secret Book Of Beauty, £48 Cult Beauty

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If your friend (or let’s be honest, you) don’t know Oskia very well then this it the perfect introductory set. Four of their bestsellers, in super handy travel sizes. Find your faves and fall in love with this really brilliant niche skincare line.

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Liz Earle Bontanical Body Care Duo Skincare Gift Set, £26 John Lewis

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Bodies deserve love and attention as well you know?! Yes their Cleanse & Polish is legendary, but their body care collection is often overlooked. The Orange Flower scent of this body wash is sublime.

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Harry Potter Swish & Flick Cosmetic Brushes, £20 Boots

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We all know a hardcore Harry Potter fan, who listens to the audiobooks on repeat, the film soundtrack when they clean and has been to the Watford theme park over four times. Imagine their face when they open up this on Christmas morning. Exactly.

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Good Enough to Steal Palette, £39


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Yes, we love Christmas, but sometimes, our inner Grinch takes over and sentiments like ‘Christmas Whatever’ and ‘Go Away’ make so much sense. Which is why we’re still not sure if we’re going to make like the Grinch and keep this 12-piece face palette and color-changing lip balm set for ourselves, or gift it to a loved one…

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Ameliorate 3 Steps To Smooth Skin Christmas Limited Edition, £19.50

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If you know somebody who really struggles with dry skin this time of year, Ameliorate’s gift set is a total lifesaver. It’s got everything you need for glowing skin including a Smoothing Body Exfoliant, Nourishing Body Wash, Transforming Body Lotion and Exfoliating Body Mitt. Packed with omega oils and designed to be deeply hydrating, you’ll want to buy two of these.

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GHD Dry & Style Gift Set, £199 Look Fantastic

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This. Is. A. Great. Gift. Brilliant hair dryer? Tick. Incredible hair straighteners? Tick. Expect joyous smiles.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Everyday Winter Hand Collection, £36

Crabtree & Evelyn are renowned for their luxury hand creams, which smell good enough to eat (though you probably shouldn’t). This set comes with six of their bestselling anti-ageing products including lavendar, rosewater, pomegranate and argan oil and more.

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Medik8 Midnight Miracle Gift Set, £65

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This is like giving someone the gift of youthfulness. Vitamin A, or retinol creams and serums, are meant to be the key to fighting the visible signs of ageing. Give this to someone and by next Christmas they’ll look 10-years younger.

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Goldfaden MD The Glow Kit, £85 Space NK

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Another cracker of a present for post-party skin. If you have a friend who knows how to party, they’ll be super grateful for this skin saving kit. Ideal for New Year’s Day.

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Pixi Skintreats Besties, £28 Marks & Spencer

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Give anyone a bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic and they’ll like you forever. Give that same person the Glow Mud Cleanser too, they’ll love you forever. Everybody is happy with the gift of glowing skin.

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Elizabeth Arden Sparkle On Holiday Collection, £98 Look Fantastic

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This set is so incredible. Look at what you get inside – two eyeshadow palettes, a blush and highlighter palette, two lip glosses, a mascara, an eyeliner, four lipsticks AND a super chic red holdall. You’ve basically got yourself a whole new make-up. All of this is worth £292. Billy bargain.

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The Organic Pharmacy Discovery Kit Face Care Set, £62 LuisaViaRoma

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Looking to make an eco-friendly shift in your beauty routine? This intro skincare kit from The Organic Pharmacy is a great shout as it comes with the brand’s bestsellers ranging from their carrot butter cleanser through to double rose ultra face cream

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Away The Beauty Set, £75 (Out 13th November)

Away suitcases are THE fashion-packs go-to luggage. Why? Probably because you can charge your phone on them. Neat, eh? This Christmas sees the launch of the brand’s new beauty travel cases. In true Away fashion, the cases are filled with some incredible beauty products. No one who would be unhappy opening this on the 25th.

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Bioderma Beauty Essentials, £22.50 Look Fantastic

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This is quite literally the gift of good skin. Bioderma is a classic French pharmacy brand that delivers good results for a low price point. The micellar water is a cult classic and that little pouch of cotton pads will bring even the biggest Grinch a huge sense of joy.

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Illamasqua Beyond Powder Vault, £125

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Ready to glow up? This dreamy set from Illamasqua comes with four of their most popular and super pigmented highlighters, ranging from pearlescent Frost to a bronze Epic.

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Neom Limited Edition Beauty Sleep In A Box, £25 John Lewis

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

This is the perfect gift for someone going on a long flight soon. The combination of the eye mask, pillow mist and super nourishing face oil is sure to knock anyone out. Each one is scented with their own blend of English lavender, sweet basil, jasmine and chamomile – it’ll calm your mind and body. Even in Economy class.

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BeautyBlender Sweet Surprise Mystery Blind Bag, £19 Fabled


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Christmas is all about surprises and not even you will know what’s inside this pouch. What you do know is that each one contains a Beautyblender sponger and a matching cleanser, but you haven’t got a clue which colour. It’s the simple things…

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Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Scent Surround Room Spray & Scent Surround Diffuser Duo, £108

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

It’s not Christmas without a bit of Jo Malone London under the tree. Every year their gift selection sets pulses racing – you could opt for the full on cologne set or the beauty advent calendar, but this Pine & Eucalyptus duo will have any home smelling like Santa’s grotto.

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Byredo Rose Hand Care Gift Set, £78 Liberty London

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You could buy your loved one a Byredo fragrance, but wouldn’t you rather put that money to buying yourself a Byredo fragrance?! That’s what we thought. However, give them this stunning hand wash and lotion set and you’ll still be the most popular person in the room. (Smelling so sweetly of Gypsy Water.)

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Rossanno Ferretti Parma Esperienza 2 Volume Regime Set LuisaViaRoma

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Need a little more joozh? This luxury hair care set comes with shampoo, conditioner, spray and a movement enhancer – all designed specifically for fine hair that needs a little more volume. The only problem is that the box is so cute, you’ll never want to crack it open.

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Malin & Goetz Weekender Kit, £39 Space NK

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The best Christmas beauty gift set for that annoying person who just can’t pack light. Do it for them, with this essential (under 100ml) set.

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Emma Hardie Cleansing Kit, £30 Marks & Spencer

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So many people don’t wash their faces properly. Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm removes every scrap of make-up and dirt and add some of the Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds to the balm and you’ve got yourself one heck of an exfoliator. Give this to someone, then give it a couple of weeks, their skin will vastly improve and they’ll have you to thank for it.

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Elemis Frangipani Stars, £40 Fabled

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Frangipani is Elemis’ most beautifully scented range. Whilst this set is essentially a shower gel and body oil, this is the most luxurious shower gel and body oil anyone will ever receive. Trust us.

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MZ Skin Christmas Eyessentials Kit, £165 (Out early December)

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If you really want to treat someone, then look no further. Dr Maryam Zamani is an Oculoplastic Surgeon and leading Facial Aesthetics Doctor with a long list of loyal clients, but with this gift box you have access to her expertise. This set includes her De-Puff & Define Contouring Eye Rescue, which will be super helpful after the party season, the Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatmant Mask and the brand new Tone & Lift Geranium Contouring Facial Roller that helps with skintone.

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Espa The Replenishing Collection, £65 Look Fantastic

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An ideal gift for natural skincare lovers. Not only will this help with skin that’s seen too many late nights, but it will also soothe sore skin that’s suffering with the colder weather.

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Benefit Homemade Hotness Complete Makeup Set, £29.50 Debenhams

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We all know a Benefit-obsessive and it doesn’t get much better than this. This is a complete make-up look in one set and it’s stuffed full of all of their bestsellers – BADgal BANG! (their new and incredible mascara), Hoola bronzer (who doesn’t love this?!), Gimme Brow (how did we cope without it?), They’re Real! Duo ShadowBlender in Brazen Bronze and They’re Real! Double The Lip in Lusty Rose. Actually, forget giving this one away. Keep it yourself.

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Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Hand Care, £10 Fabled

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

No matter what you do, somehow you always end up involved in a Secret Santa. Don’t be that person who buys a lame joke present that no will ever use, be kind and buy this SUPER DUPER useful gift. Everyone always needs a hand cream, everyone always needs a nail file. Women and men.

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Nars Riot Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set, £49

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Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are some of the best lipsticks on the market. They glide on, they last for ages and the colour payoff should win an award. Plus, come on you know that people can’t get enough of handy little pouches.

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Aveda Limited Edition Rosemary Mint Gift Set, £30 Fabled

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This gift set is for that person (maybe a housemate, maybe a lazy boyfriend) who struggles to get out of bed in the morning. The Rosemary Mint collection is invigorating and zingy. 10 minutes in the shower with these babies and it’s like a quadruple shot of caffeine for that sleepy person.

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Sunday Riley Vault Kit, £296 Cult Beauty

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OK, yes it’s pricey at £296. BUT the contents are actually worth £465. This way you can look OVER THE TOP generous, when actually you’ve only been VERY generous. Keep this gift set for someone you’re trying to impress.

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Patchology FlashPatch Wink & A Kiss Set, £10 Harvey Nichols

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Christmas and New Year is the season of snogging – under the mistletoe and drunkenly at 12am on the 1st January – so it’s vital that lips and peepers are in prime condition. Patchology knows how to make sheet masks; the Rejuvenating Gels hydrate tired, partied-out eyes and the Hydrating Gels plump up lips.

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Ouai Swing Both Ouais Kit, £40 Selfridges

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Ever since Jen Aitken launched her haircare range we all now have access to Kendal Jenner’s and Chrissy Teigan’s hair. And these two products are the heroes of the collections. Nothing will give A-List hair like these, so give them to your most bouji friend.

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Romilly Wilde x Jessica Russell Flint Silk Eye Mask & Gift Set, £110

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There are three wonderful things in this set – a 100% natural eye serum that moisturises the eye area to help with dark circles, a super chic eye mask to protect the delicate eye area and a matching silk bag that you can use as a knicker pouch when you travel.

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The Body Shop Olivia the Owl, £18

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You can always rely on The Body Shop to delivery the cutest Christmas beauty gift sets that put the joy into the festive season. This year’s offering is no different. Inspired by the magic of the forest, each gift celebrates nature and in classic Body Shop style is committed to sustainability and minimising package waste. Not only is Olivia stuffed full of products to tend to your body’s winter skin, but afterwards you can use her as moneybox.

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Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set, £50 Cult Beauty

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Yes, we know that smoking is bad for your health (blah, blah, blah), but how cool does this cigarette box-style set of lipsticks look? You get three stunning lip shades for winter – a dusty rose, a deep rose and a red currant – and two pink metallic applicators.  The applicators are chicer than chic and will look incredible when you stop to reapply.

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Kiehl’s Limited Edition Zesty Grapefruit Body Care Set, £25 Debenhams

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We don’t know one person who doesn’t like Kiehl’s. These four little pots of happiness will whip your winter-worn arse into shape. Smooth, moisturised limbs are there for the taking.

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Clarins Double Serum Collection, £63.75 John Lewis

Christmas Beauty Gift SetsHere are the four reasons whey should get this christmas beauty gift set for a dear friend (or you know, yourself). One – their Double Serum (full size) is their most powerful anti-ageing serum and has won countless awards. Two – if you’ve never tried their Beauty Flash Balm, you quite literally have not lived. This cult product should be used in place of your normal day cream when skin needs a wake up. It brightens, tightens and moisturises. Three – the Lip Comfort Oil plumps up lips better than any balm. And four – look at that jolly bag they all come in.

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Lixirskin x Lykke Wulf Gift Set, £140

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Screw everyone else, buy this for yourself. Not only do you get some brilliant skincare, but look at this super smart bag that will have you sorted for the party season. Screw them all.

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There’s something for everyone in this list.

Or, you know, all for you… We’re not here to judge.

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Diane von Furstenberg Designs Claridge’s Christmas Tree

WINTER WONDERLAND: Diane von Furstenberg has lit up Claridge’s hotel with her “Tree of Love” design for the holidays. The designer’s 6-meter, or nearly 17-foot, Christmas tree, unveiled during a Champagne breakfast on Tuesday, has transformed the hotel’s lobby into a midnight blue wonderland.
“I wanted to do a tree of love because trees are such an important and powerful symbol,” von Furstenberg said of her design, which takes the form of a forest tree instead of the typical Christmas fir tree.
To give it that festive look, von Furstenberg has covered the branches with 8,000 hand-painted silver leaves and hung 150 hand-blown glass heart baubles. To complete the wonderland theme, silver animal sculptures, from deer and owls to doves, were added to the base and on the branches.

“I wanted to show the beauty of the tree, it gets its strength from the roots, the branches go up to the sky, the flowers become fruits, it’s a home for birds, it provides shade for children, gives shelter to lovers and lastly, it’s a symbol of life and light,” the designer added.
December also marks the designer’s birthday, which is why she has chosen a zodiac theme as the tree’s backdrop. A zodiac print with the 12-star signs cover the walls of

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Sergio Rossi Releases Christmas Capsule Collection

MILAN — Sergio Rossi is stepping into the holiday season in a sparkling way.
The Italian footwear company has released a capsule collection of silver glittered styles, comprising sneakers, kitten-heeled pointy sling-backs and high-heeled pumps.
To enhance the festive mood of the lineup, the styles are embellished with ribbons and the brand’s initials in crystals.
Available beginning Tuesday at the Sergio Rossi stores and e-commerce, the collection retails from 595 euros for the sneakers to 695 euros for the pumps.

A shoe from Sergio Rossi’s 2018 holiday capsule collection. 
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Flanking the launch, a short video dubbed “A Magic Spark” has been created to promote the lineup on the brand’s web site and social media.
Through the work of multimedia artist Sofia Mattioli and illustrator Delphine Cauly, the video combines illustration with live action, as footage of a dancer sporting the footwear are alternated with sketches depicting the styles and the company’s factory in San Mauro Pascoli.

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Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Introduces Christmas Capsule Collection

CHRISTMAS PHILOSOPHY: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.
For the first time, the label has developed a capsule collection for the holiday season that includes two sweater styles in merino wool inlaid with Christmas-inspired motifs and slogans, retailing approximately at 350 euros each.
A mini red turtleneck pull carrying the “Team Santa” wording in ivory-white on the front and the number “25” on the back is embellished with a snowflake motif. A matching scarf and a black, oversize hoodie with the same lettering are also in the collection.

A sweater from Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini’s capsule collection for the holiday season. 
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In addition, the lineup includes an alternative, round-neck sweater style available in four color combinations and embellished with “Dear Santa” on the front and the “I’ve been naughty” lettering on the back, with overall patterns of hearts, reindeer and snowflakes. A kids’ version has also been developed bearing the alternative “I’ve been good” wording on the back.
Washed blue denim shorts with contrasting red stitching and themed patches complete the offer, which officially launched on Wednesday evening on
The capsule collection will be also available at the brand’s stores and selected retailers globally.

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Event Review: The Christmas House

Canadian Tire decked the halls of a house in Toronto with this year’s trendiest décor, furniture and hottest toys. Each room is uniquely designed to showcase all the colors of the 2018 holiday season.

The open concept kitchen and dining room was every holiday entertainer’s dream and one of the highlights of the tour. Every little detail had been thought of with cozy throw pillows, fabulous skate ornaments draped over the back of the chairs, an adorable antique car ornament used as a place  card holder and a beautiful centerpiece.

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This room twinkled in colors of silver and white which is always an elegant combination during the holidays.

The master bedroom and ensuite was decked out in blue and silver including this fun display of ornaments in the tub!

Three children’s bedrooms were filled with all the must-have toys for this holiday season. The bedrooms of all our childhood dreams!

On a magical note, a closet that led into a secret room was the very last spot on the tour. Decorated with ornaments in this season’s hottest color, Serene Rose, this room was a selfie taker’s delight.

If you’d like to see more from the CT Christmas House be sure to check out #CTChristmas on your social channels.

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‘The Soul And Spirit Of Christmas’ Will Put You In A Holly Jolly Mood!

GetTv‘s second original special, The Soul & Spirit Of Christmas is an hour of your favorite R&B and gospel artists making a joyful noise to get you ready for the best time of year!

The performers will belt out holiday classics, and some originals. It also features exclusive interviews where some of your favorites share memories and family traditions.

Performers include gospel legends BeBe and CeCe Winans, Anthony Hamilton and The Voice finalist Kyla Jade.

“Soul and spirit,” CeCe Winans reportedly says early in the special. “When you put those two things together — and you give it all you’ve got – something great comes alive!”

The special airs Friday Nov. 23 at 8:00pm ET.

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Want to beat the Christmas rush? Here are key shipping deadlines for the holidays

With the annual holiday shopping frenzy here, those of us who would rather shop online than brave long lines in chilly temperatures need to be aware of key ordering dates for the holidays.

The stakes are especially high this holiday season. Online spending this holiday is expected to see a nearly 15% increase to $ 124 billion, according to a forecast by Adobe Analytics, a company that tracks transactions from top retailers.

Ordering gifts in time for the holidays? Know these key dates

That means that if you wait too long to order your goods online, you run the risk of being empty handy when it comes time to exchange gifts. To help online shoppers, retailers are offering free shipping or dropping their purchase minimums.

Many have also banded together like in years past to offer “free shipping day,” set for December 14, 2018. This is the ship-by date that retailers are guaranteeing that your packages will be delivered in time for Christmas.

Of course, delays are quite common around this time. UPS has already announced that its shipping schedule in parts of Southern California is being affected by the wildfires.

Here are some other key dates to keep in mind:

Here is the UPS 2018 holiday shipping schedule

  • UPS 2nd Day Air: Thursday, December 20 (delivery on Monday, December 24)
  • UPS Next Day Air: Friday, December 21 (delivery on Monday, December 24)

For the most accurate appraisal of when your specific package will arrive at its destination, UPS is encouraging customers to log on to see its Calculate Time & Cost tool.

Here is the U.S. Postal Service 2018 holiday shipping schedule

The USPS recommends mailing and shipping on the following key dates for expected delivery by December 25:

USPS Retail Ground Friday, December 14
APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express Tuesday, December 18
First-Class Mail (including greeting cards), Priority Mail Thursday, December 20
Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail Thursday, December 20
Alaska & Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express Saturday, December 22
Priority Mail Express (includes Alaska & Hawaii to mainland) Saturday, December 22

Here is the 2018 holiday shipping schedule for FedEx

SmartPost Monday, December 10
Ground Friday, December 14
Home Delivery Monday, December 17
Express Saver Wednesday, December 19
2-Day Services Thursday, December 20
Overnight Services Friday, December 21
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Yummy Christmas Mocktails Perfect for Christmas Dinner

If you’re going to go out of your way to leave a non-alcoholic beverage out for Santa this year, why not follow suit with these festive virgin drinks that even the minors at your dinner table can enjoy.


Grinch punch

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Apple pie cider

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Eggnog hot chocolate

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Candy cane sparkler

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Festive fruit punch

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Netflix Christmas 2018 movies revealed – the festive films to watch this winter

NETFLIX has released a new trailer to show what’s available to stream over the Christmas period.

Films on offer include The Princess Switch, The Christmas Chronicles and A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding.

Netflix has released a new trailer for its offerings over the Christmas period

There will also be a holiday special of Bake Off with Paul and Prue welcoming back their favourite bakers.

And for fans of the new Sabrina series that’s getting its own Christmas special called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinters Tale.

Love Actually and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are both already available to watch on the site.

It comes days after The Sun Online revealed the easy way of tracking down the best Christmas films on Netflix.

You can unlock secret Netflix Christmas movie genres using special codes

What to watch

The Princess Switch – coming November 16

The Christmas Chronicles – coming November 22

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays and A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding – both coming November 30

Nailed it! Holiday – coming December 7

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinters Tale – coming December 14

Love Actually – already streaming

We tracked down the secret codes that unlock specific categories and have together a guide on how to get access the genres on ANY device.

You should also read our guide to the secret Netflix controls you never knew existed.

If you waste hours trying to find something to watch, you’ll definitely want to try Netflix Roulette.

And find out how to get new Netflix features first.

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Laetitia Casta Unveils Printemps Christmas Windows

CORSICAN ZEST: There won’t be milk and cookies for Father Christmas at Laetitia Casta’s house.
“It’s a Corsican tradition — I put out a mandarin and a glass of red wine,” said the French cinema star, breaking into smile. “A bit of comfort after the difficult voyage.”
The Boucheron brand ambassador was on hand for a ribbon-snipping ceremony to inaugurate the Christmas windows for Printemps, along with the Paris department store’s director Paolo De Cesare and Boucheron chief executive Hélène Poulit-Duquesne.

Franck Banchet, Laetitia Casta, Paolo De Cesare and Helene Poulit-Duquesne. 
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Before adding her touch to the annual rite of festivity and glamour on the Boulevard Haussmann, Casta reflected on the season from a velvet sofa several flights above the street.
“For me it’s an important holiday, even as an adult, I still want to believe in it,” she said. “I want the people around me that I love to be comfortable and happy – I make sure they have a wonderful evening.” The food, table setting and dressing up are central to her approach.
Notable memories?
First Christmas celebrations with her children.
“It’s pretty magical and reminds us of when we were little…it’s all the stories we tell during Christmas time,” she said.
“The best

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LOCAL NEWS: Put-in-Bay Pulls The Plug On Its ‘Christmas in July’ Event


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PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio– The village of Put-in-Bay opted to cancel its annual “Christmas in July” celebrations for 2019.

The decision was made because unruly crowds and busloads of people coming from Detroit overwhelmed local law enforcement, according to Visit Put-in-Bay.

“Islanders, residents and business people are concerned about the worsening progression of this weekend and are trying hard to come up with ways to get this weekend back to normal. It appears canceling Put-in-Bay Christmas In July was the best option and it will no longer be a part of the Put-in-Bay Events,” Visit Put-in-Bay reported.

Put-in-Bay police get assistance from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce released the following statement Thursday evening,

“We as an island organization, have not promoted, advertised or had a ‘Christmas in July’ celebration for many years. As July is already the busiest time of the year, no further promotion of an event like ‘Christmas in July’ is necessary. However, sometimes events like this continue on organically without official island organization. At this point, we concentrate on promotions for our shoulder seasons — our Octoberfest, our Maritime Festival and our Pirate Fest. We welcome all visitors to the island. In fact, we have visitors from numerous cities, states and countries every weekend during the summer. Put-in-Bay is a welcoming place to visit, work, and live. We strive every year to make it a safer and friendlier experience for all.”



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Kristin Scott Thomas, M.I.A., Naomi Campbell and Her Mom to Feature in Burberry’s Christmas Campaign 

THAT TIME OF YEAR: Riccardo Tisci wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted to build a wardrobe for a mother and a daughter, a father and a son. “Why just offer one identity when you can really design for every age, for every culture and every different lifestyle?” said Burberry’s chief creative officer after his debut spring/summer 2019 show in September.
He’s sticking to his guns with the Christmas ad campaign, which will feature Naomi Campbell, her mother Valerie Morris-Campbell, actors Kristin Scott Thomas and Matt Smith, and singer-songwriter M.I.A. Tisci has tapped the British photographer Juno Calypso, who is known for her self-portraits, to direct and shoot the campaign, which will launch on Nov. 13 across all Burberry channels.
Last year, Burberry worked with Cara Delevingne and Smith, shooting them against a snowy backdrop in a retro, black-and-white video clip. Past campaigns have featured the likes of Lily James, Sienna Miller, Romeo Beckham and James Corden. While details of the new campaign remain under wraps, the brand hinted to the theme by releasing arty portraits of the five faces split in half and blurred into one another.

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Inside the Rockettes’ new look for 2018 Christmas Spectacular

You may already know most of the stars of Radio City Music Hall’s “Christmas Spectacular”: Santa, his elves and, of course, the legendary, leggy Rockettes. But this year, they’ll share the stage with some crazy new performers who’ll generate their own buzz. We’re talking about drones, 100 of which will join the Rockettes on stage…
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The new Primark Christmas jumper collection has got us feeling festive

Fa la la la la, la la la llama…

Words by Niamh McCollum

Raise your hand (mentally) if you’ve ever been at an office Christmas party, festive drinks or a 12 Pubs of Christmas and have seen at least two people there donning the same Primark Christmas jumper? Maybe you were even one of them.

You’re raising your hand, aren’t you? Of course you are – we’re talking about the annual Primark Christmas jumper collection here people – it’s iconic. 

If you love it just as much as we do, then get excited because we are giving you an exclusive look into some of our favourite pieces from its 2018 range that will see you through any Christmas occasion.

Novelty Knits

Bright colours, dogs in Fair Isle thermal wear, and who doesn’t love a good Christmas pun? – (especially one about llamas – how wonderfully random??) Setting you back just £10-12, these cheerful knits are perfect for a Christmas night out, and are sure to put a lil’ smile on the face of even the strongest of Christmas cynics.

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The Classic

For many, Christmas is a time for tradition, and sometimes people just want to stick with what they know. For £12, this reindeer winter-warmer offers a bit more of a classic Christmas feel.

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Cute & Subtle Patterns

Subtle, but enough print and glitter to put you in the Christmas mood. These cost only between £12-£15 quid, and are so cute !!

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And now for the Christmas Cynic…

You’re a rare but growing breed. You grit your teeth every single time you hear someone utter that spine-chilling 9-letter word. You’d like to go to the pub, but why should you have to dress up? This creation, for the fine price of £9, is all yours…

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Well, what are you waiting for?

We’ve picked our favourites, now go out and grab yours !!

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10.24.18 Where to buy toys for Christmas; Mobile check deposit rules; Prescription drug price disclosure

With Toys R Us having gone bankrupt, Clark discusses how to approach toy shopping for Christmas; Mobile check depositing is a gift from above. But some folks are abusing this gift and new rules about how you can deposit mobile checks are coming to a banking app near you; Prescription drug companies might have to disclose their drug prices on TV ads in the near future.

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Talbots Partners With the ‘Christmas Spectacular’ Starring the Radio City Rockettes

HOLIDAY CHEER: In one of the more unexpected branding coups, Talbots has partnered with the “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes,” and will be the official women’s fashion and footwear partner.
In addition to being a sponsor with presenting sponsor Chase, the Massachusetts-based chain of boutiques will have a replica storefront in the department store scene during this year’s “Christmas Spectacular” production at Radio City Music Hall. That scenario centers on two brothers who are on the hunt for the ideal Christmas gift for their sister and they wind up on a wintry adventure to discover the magic behind Santa Claus.
The Talbots-Rockettes connection will not only be on the historic hardwood stage at Rockefeller Center. The high-kicking dancers will be featured in Talbots’ holiday campaign, which will encompass the holiday catalogue and the retailer’s site. For the crucial fourth-quarter selling season, Talbots has recruited the Rockettes to field their share of meet-and-greets and to make cameos at select customer events at the Talbots Madison Avenue flagship.
Set to bow Nov. 9, this year’s production will feature a more technologically advanced “Christmas Lights” finale, combining innovation — futuristic digital projections with more traditional aspects that will extend the show beyond the stage.

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Costa’s festive menu is here and it’s exactly what we want for Christmas

There’s so much more to it than gingerbread lattes

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Credit: Costa

The countdown to Christmas starts that bit earlier every year. Halloween is still weeks away and yet we’re already pining after the best beauty advent calendars and shopping for these amazing Harry Potter baubles.

Oh, and have you heard about the Aldi chocolate wine? We’re already planning to stock up when it goes on sale.

But things aren’t stopping there. Festive cheer – and menus – are cropping up everywhere, and Costa has just released a list of their own merry offerings, and we can’t wait to try it all.

Making a comeback this year are the black forest hot chocolate and the gingerbread and cream lattes, alongside some new flavours including caramelised orange and cream, hazelnut praline and cream, and gingerbread and cream – all of which are available as hot chocolates or as lattes.

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Credit: Costa

Customers will also be able to get their hands on a luxury hot chocolate, described as ‘small but beautifully formed rich, dark and decadent.’ Fancy.

For coffee lovers, there will be a festive roast blend to sing to your tastebuds, but if you’d prefer something a little different you could try the new hot spiced apple or hot caramel drinks on offer.

costa christmas menu

Credit: Costa

There are also some sweet and savoury treats available, such as gluten free vegan mince tarts, gluten free vegan iced fruit slices, gingerbread and sticky toffee wreath cakes and clementine drizzle loaf cakes.

Plus a special mention to the pigs in blankets mac’n’cheese. Drool.

And let’s not forget a rather extensive variety of Christmas sandwiches, which also cater to veggies and vegans, will be hitting the shelves, fan faves being the Christmas cheese board panini and the veggie Christmas lunch wrap which includes sweet potato falafel with Wensleydale and cranberry cheese and spiced plum chutney.

The menu, as well as the Costa Christmas themed cups, launch on November 1st.

We’re ready and waiting…

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These Harry Potter baubles are here to make your Christmas complete

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This month, Harry Potter fever is at an all time high. Not only are we blessed enough to get Harry Potter stamps (they truly are a thing of beauty), but we also get to create our own cocktails with actual magic at this Harry Potter bar (and you get your own interactive wand).

And as if that wasn’t enough, Primark has announced that their Harry Potter baubles are back so that Christmas 2018 really will be that bit more magical.

When you see how cute they are, you’ll completely forget that you never received your Hogwarts acceptance letter.

(Sorry for the reminder.)

This year, we’re being treated to some of the fan faves from 2017 as well as a whole new range of Christmas tree decorations, and we dare you to try not to buy them.

Fancy some of the characters in mini bauble form? You can choose from Harry Potter himself, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Hedwig… and if you can’t choose, fear not. They come in packs of two, and will set you back a mere five pounds.

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If the characters don’t quite tie in with your very sophisticated Christmas decor theme, then maybe you’ll be tempted by the classy snitch and broomstick baubles.

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And if you want something more traditional, there are lots of options – from a Deathly Hallows themed bauble, to a glittery platform 9 and 3/4 number, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Plus, there are house baubles.

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Oh, and did we mention that you can also get HP socks as part of a magical duo pack?

With everything in the range costing five pounds or less, we advise that you start stocking up immediately.

Who doesn’t want a Christmas tree dripping in all things Harry Potter?

Apparate to Primark, please.

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