Saturday 22 November 2014

The best Christmas gifts for her

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<p><strong>TASTEFULLY SEXY  </strong></p>
<p>This lace basque is exactly the kind of
  underwear women love to receive
  from their menfolk. </p>
<p>Basque, €54;
  briefs, €16, Autograph,
  Marks & Spencer nationwide</p>

TASTEFULLY SEXY

This lace basque is exactly the kind of underwear women love to receive from their menfolk.

Basque, €54; briefs, €16, Autograph, Marks & Spencer nationwide

HANGING FROM A CHANDELIER

Give her these, and tell her knowingly you thought they were just the thing to nail the Downton Abbey look. You may not know what you're talking about, but she will, and we guarantee she'll be delighted.

Chandelier earrings, €23.50, Accessorize nationwide

SMASHBOX PRIME AND SET

Get her photo-ready this year - instead of shiny and red-cheeked - with this duo of tried and tested favourites. Save more than a tenner on the Photo Finish Foundation Primer and travel-size Finishing Powder and she'll thank you when she sees the snaps.

Smashbox Behind the Lens Holiday Prime and Set Kit, €40, department stores and pharmacies nationwide

LET IT JO

There are some lucky people for whom Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir is the smell of Christmas, but bring them a seasonal surprise this year, in the scent of the Roasted Chestnut Deluxe Candle, which is deep, delicious and traditional with a twist.

€100, Brown Thomas

GETTING YOUR STRIPES

Your grandmother probably had a Kenwood - it's celebrating its 60th birthday this year - but it never looked this pretty. We love the Barcelona Stripes model and it comes in three different colourways.

The kMix Stand Mixer, Barcelona Stripes, €499.95, Arnotts

LEATHERING UP

So Cary Grant. Leather gloves, €120, Jaeger, Arnotts

BRUSHES WITH LUXURY

Buy her one or buy them all, the grade of generosity is down to you and the depth of your pockets, although the starting price point of €23 allows everyone some access to Chanel’s limited-edition make-up brush range.

Chanel professional make-up brushes, Chanel counters nationwide

BATHING IN NO5

Such luxury. A treat you would never dare buy yourself.

Chanel No5 Intense Bath Oil, €75, Chanel counters nationwide

PUT A RING ON IT

Rings at Christmas don't have to be of the engagement variety.

Pave-set Cocktail Ring, €140, Agatha, Arnotts

CHANELLING COCO

Nothing says I love you like something quilted by Chanel.

Quilted leather bag with CC lock, €1,350, Chanel, Brown Thomas Dublin

ORIGINS EXTRAVAGANZA

Nothing beats the gift that is as impressive as it is economical. Which is to say, the gift that looks like you spent a fortune on it. Check out Origins this Christmas, for skincare sets with serious savings. The Famous Favourites set comprises seven best-sellers at almost half the normal price.

Origins Famous Favourites, €79, Arnotts; Clerys; House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, D16

THE ICON

If you want to impress your lady, this black resin and strass cuff featuring the iconic Chanel camellia will do the trick.

Chanel cuff, €1,090, Brown Thomas Dublin

TRAVELLING COACH

We know the It bag is dead, but American mega brand Coach, new to our shores this season, is the bag label du jour. Timeless, classic American style and the prices aren't too crazy.

Madison Quilted Chevron Nylon Sophia Satchel, €354, Coach, Arnotts

OFF THE TOP OF THE HEAD

Every woman should have a hat. If the woman in your life doesn't yet own one, this stunning navy hat, which also comes in camel or grey, is the perfect thing.

€79.90, Tommy Hilfiger outlets nationwide

WAXING LYRICAL

There’s no place on earth that can’t be improved with the flickering of a little subtle candlelight.

Cream candlesticks, large, €12; medium, €10, Dunnes Stores nationwide

ENGAGE THE CLUTCH

A simple evening bag will work with her whole wardrobe.

Bag, €58, Coast nationwide, or see www.coast-stores.com

STYLE IN THE CITY

The insider's guide, full of stylish tips. 'The Stylist's Guide to NYC', Sibella Court, €25, The Marvel Room, Brown Thomas Dublin

EYE CANDY

Can be worn all year round.

Ray-Ban Wayfarers, €165, Brown Thomas

TIME ON YOUR HANDS

Quite simply, stunning. Diamonds and navy, two of our favourite things.

Ladies 18-carat white-gold diamond-set Patek Philippe Gondolo Serata on a navy silk strap, €29,990,

Keanes Jewellers, 93-95 Oliver Plunkett St, Cork, tel: (021) 427-1256, or see www.keanes.ie

HAPPY HEART GIFTS

The Irish Heart Foundation has a selection of fund-raising offerings and Christmas cards this year, and this hat, scarf and mitten set, hand-knitted by the ICA, is something special.

Hat, scarf and mittens, €29.95, Kilkenny shops

GET HER GUINOT

If she loves Guinot, then don’t go and buy her anything else. She knows what she wants and she always wants more of it; trust us. And good news for you, the seasonal saving means you pay almost half price.

Guinot Coffret Noel, €55.50, salons and spas nationwide

ADULT ADVENT

Christmas comes early with the Luxury Brand Advent Calendar, which has miniature beauty products, from top brands including Lancome, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani and Kiehl's behind each and every door.

€90, Brown Thomas

PATTERNS OF THE PAST

For the girl who loves Victoriana, give her some blue Burleigh pottery, still made exactly as it always has been since the 18th Century. The huge range at Arnotts includes traditional cups and saucers as well as quirky items such as the cow-shaped milk jug.

Cup, €14.95; saucer, €7.95; milk jug, €29.95, Arnotts

TOM FORD COSMETICS

You’ll get brownie points for knowing that Tom Ford has moved into make-up, but give her the gloss and she’ll cover you in sticky kisses.

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Lost Cherry, €40, Brown Thomas Dublin

SATCHEL STEAL

This boxy satchel will smarten up the work wardrobe of any woman.

€20, Dunnes Stores

FAKE IT TO MAKE IT

A bejewelled fur tippet bestows instant chic.

Faux fur neckpiece with brooch detail, €20, River Island

ON ANGEL'S WINGS

Sterling silver with white syn-zirconia stones winged heart earrings will be a lovely Christmassy addition to her jewellery box.

Earrings, €279, Thomas Sabo counters, House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, D16; Clery's; Brown Thomas Cork and independent jewellers nationwide

A PIECE OF HISTORY

Every woman should have a skull piece by Alexander McQueen.

Skull-print scarf, €275, Brown Thomas Dublin

JERSEY FROM CHANEL

It’s not often that Chanel adds to its range of Exclusifs fragrances, so show how on top of the perfume game you are with this scent, which is redolent with lavender, vanilla and musk.

Chanel Les Exclusifs Jersey, from €110, Chanel Fashion Boutique, Brown Thomas Dublin

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