Whether it was the election, guilt pangs about Greta’s message of non-consumption or life that got in the way, it may be that this year, Christmas has defeated you. Organisation has not materialised, and now, along with the crystallising realisation that your loved ones may not be as delighted as you initially thought by the no-pressies-for-the-adults-this-Christmas mandate, the hunt is on for last-minute gifts that guarantee delivery by Tuesday.
Don’t be downcast. And don’t be tempted into thoughtless panic buying. There are so many lovely choices out there that will be treasured for years to come. Stay calm, steely – and if necessary, throw money at the problem by stumping up for same day delivery charges. Or, radical thought, if you can, make that pilgrimage to an actual high street. Stay focussed and target a small stretch where a handful of shops can supply on your needs – a visit to a single, top notch bookshop can solve all your gift dilemmas. Or make a traditional statement by visiting a real live department store. Believe it or not, I don’t get away from my computer much to shop properly, but when I do, I’m always amazed by the delights to be contemplated – many of which somehow never surface when you’re scrolling through hundreds of products on a screen.
1. Trish McEvoy Make-Up Planners
The Power Of Makeup Medium Planner, £63, Trish McEvoy
These chunky but compact make-up bags are the ultimate Build Your Own present. They come with an internal ring-binder for adding and subtracting specially designed pouches and palettes (which can also be used on their own if you’re carrying a small handbag). The leather planners are chic enough to be used as evening bags in their own right. Prices start at £52 and increase as you add compartments and cosmetics. This weekend Selfridges is throwing in a monogram service.
2. This has been the year of Alighieri
Mountain Candlestick, £100, Alighieri at Matches Fashion
The fashion jewellery line inspired by Dante’s Inferno. If you’ve admired any molten-looking gold settings or misshapen pearls, chances are they’re from this label (or one of the many “tributes”). Now Alighieri has branched into homeware with these charmingly romantic candlestick holders. Matches Fashion offers same day delivery in London. If you’re outside the capital, order now and you’ll receive items by Monday or Tuesday.
3. The happy smell
Scented candles have had a rough time, what with being relegated to the predictable-present zone and then found guilty of releasing particulates into the atmosphere. But a candle in a lovely glass container that can be used afterwards as a vase, to keep make-up brushes, or for putting jewellery in, is a joy for ever. Anya Hindmarch’s (£50) or Bella Freud’s edition of four minis (£70), are guaranteed to please fashionistas and also smell excellent (the Freuds can be split up for tree presents). If you’re concerned about particulates, try Lumira’s soy candles, in shiny chic black containers, £54.
4. Happy illustrator
Give a budding fashionista the gift of a skill – it could be a new career, or a fulfilling hobby that teaches them life skills about proportion and observation. Anna Kiper’s Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique (£16.99, Amazon), is a good starting point. A decent local bookshop should be able to order it for you overnight. Failing that, it might have to be Amazon.
5. The great whites
18ct Gold Baroque Pearl Hook Drop Earrings, £420, Annoushka
Pearls happen to (still) be extremely fashionable, but they’re also keepers. You have until Monday to order these for next day delivery. Or, for nerves of steel and those who live in London, you can leave it ‘til the 24thfor same day delivery.
6. Hats on
Red fedora hat, £90, Paul Smith
A classic fedora, with dash, £90 from Paul smith. Same day delivery in London is £15. Next day delivery, £12.
Lisa Armstrong's column appears each Saturday in The Saturday Telegraph and is published online every Saturday at 7am on Telegraph Fashion.
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