All I Want For Christmas….


It is never too early to start dropping hints about Christmas presents you would like to see under the tree, and this week could be the best time ever, according to new research published today.

One in four of the people consulted in a  survey conducted by gift card One4all said the earlier loved ones drop hints, the more likely they are to fulfill them – and with 69% of British adults starting their Christmas shopping after October pay day, now is the optimum time to let friends and family know what you’d like to unwrap on Christmas Day.

According to the survey of 1,025 UK adults, only 5% have fully completed their Christmas by mid-November, meaning now’s the perfect time to drop a heavy hint or three. After all, it appears that more than one in three prefer friends and family to directly tell them what they would like. And it works – as 62% say they usually buy the items that loved ones have hinted they would like.

So we came up with a few ideas to get the ball rolling… Here’s Belle’s list for Santa…

giftsPayot Perform Lift gift set. The established French beauty product line leads the market in lotions to keep your skin looking younger. Comprising a day cream, face firming cream, eyelid lifting creme and lipo sculpting mask, this giftset contains £100 worth of products.  RRP £59.90  from

Chanel Comete ring. Mademoiselle Chanel once said: “I wanted to cover women with constellations. Stars! Stars of all sizes.” And so the comet has become one of the emblems of Chanel fine jewellery. Crafted from 18k white gold and diamonds, this beautiful ring is top of our list. Pretty please…. £5100 from

Chocolate Block Magnum The Chocolate Block has now reached almost cult status; loved across the world for its opulent style with super-fine tannins, luscious palate of dark fruit flavours and the distinctive cocoa hints giving it its name. £49.99 from Waitrose 

Monty Bojangles Quite simply the scrummiest truffles we’ve ever tasted. Wrapped in gold are Scrumple Nutty, which contain deliciously toasted hazelnut pieces rolled in finished exquisite bittersweet cocoa. For those with a soft spot for caramel, its time to open the Flutter Scotch. Get in the festive spirit with Berry Bubbly , infused with fruity berry aromas and popping candy, the perfect partner for a Christmas movie and the sofa!   Scrumple Nutty, Flutter Scotch and Berry Bubble Gifts are available at Waitrose from £5.00 Choccy Scoffy Gift is available at Morrisons from £5.00.



Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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