In my family there is a recent Christmas tradition of emailing wish lists around about a week before the day itself – since mine this year is full of horribly practical things that I can’t afford to buy myself, I won’t share the real thing.
1. Devore dress by Michael van Der Ham for Topshop £200
I almost bought this gorgeous Michael van Der Ham dress for myself before my monthly budget struck. The designer produced one of our favourite LFW SS12 shows this season and I think the colours and the mix of fabrics in this stand out piece of his Topshop collaboration would be so perfect for Christmas parties.
2. Baume & Mercier Men’s 8786 Classima Executives Watch c. £2000
Nothing gets me madder than women’s watches – why do men get brown leather, hundreds of carefully placed rubies and diamonds and classic watchfaces and we get diamante’s and disgusting ‘jewellery’ straps? I love skeleton watches that show the inner mechanisms and workings but it can feel cluttered which is why this Baume & Mercier watch is just busy enough.
3. Touche Eclat by Yves Sant Laurent £18
One of the only items of make-up that does its job instantly and flawlessly, I’ve been hooked on Touche Eclat for years and now the Yves Sant Laurent highlighter and under-eye concealer is even better as you can choose from six shades. Trust me, people will notice the difference so it’s worth splashing out on.
4. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum £84 for 100ml
This was my first impression of the Viktor & Rolf exhibition at the Barbican a while back and it stuck – so much so that before long I’d gone out and bought the perfume. I’m not quite ready for anything heavy by Guerlain or Chanel just yet – I wouldn’t feel right getting chucked out of clubs wearing a grown up scent – but this girly, floral perfume is just right for now.
5. Asus Transformer Prime £500
I might have to whisper it but some of Apple’s hard work at becoming the only brand of technology we crave is unravelling this year. If you want a stylish addition to your family of – let me guess – iPhone, MacBook Pro etc then ignore the LG Prada phone or anything that’s pink and decked out in trinkets. The Asus Transformer Prime tablet is thinner, lighter and more powerful than the iPad 2 plus the price includes this keyboard dock that gives you 18 hours battery life. And it’s undeniably sexy.
6. D&G Herringbone Holdall £273 (on sale)
You may have already heard me fawning over the perfect weekend bag but here’s another beautiful holdall – yes, they do exist. It’s classic herringbone is muted enough not to clash with whatever you’ve packed for your work trip but stylish enough to sit smugly in the overhead locker next to tons of navy blue suitcases.
7. Limited Edition Lovebird Lambswool Throw by Heart Zeena £180
If, like me, you live in a fairly new flat that you don’t have time to decorate you might like the Heart Zeena range of printed textiles to make it a bit cosier this winter. This reversible lambswool throw was woven in Scotland and will add some character to bland, identikit Ikea flats.
8. Tickets to next year’s Bestival £170
What present do I want most? Well, I’m trying not to wish the winter away but tickets to a festival for next Summer – like Bestival, Isle of Wight in September – would be the perfect way to round off the year. Getting something to look forward to without having to lug it back from your parents house? Now that’s a thoughtful Christmas gift.