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Presents - who's buying who what this year!

Celia Holman Lee

model agency boss

"We've a new grandchild, Ryan, to join our other grandson and granddaughter, and are over the moon. I love buying special things for the grandchildren, and will be buying in Ralph Lauren for the boys and Gucci for the girl, and it'll be coats I'll be looking for.

"I do a lot of my shopping at Christmas in the Brown Thomas group. A lot of my friends love purses and they're a lovely thing to receive for a birthday or Christmas. I don't go overboard, but a special friend might get a Chloe purse.

"Last Christmas was heavenly, with all my lanterns twinkling in the snow. I love the house to look welcoming when people come over on Christmas Day, and love wreaths, and have them on the front door, French doors, and on the side door."

Jo Malone

founder of the beauty brand Jo Malone

"I love candles and have them everywhere at Christmas. I also love to scent my home with spiced orange and pomelo, and use fresh pine to make a Christmas wreath, which I hang inside the door to scent my hallway.

"I cover the Christmas tree in thousands of white lights and decorations that we've collected as a family. We have a long table at home, which I line with small glasses from Ikea, in which I'll place tea lights, roses, sprigs of holly and pine. I've bought red and white wrapping paper from M&S and will bow each gift with personalised ribbon from notonthehighstreet.com because it looks great and saves me time by not having to write cards."

Kate Phelan

creative director of Topshop

"The Christmas tree is a real mix of old baubles, freshly picked pine cones and chocolate decorations. I wrap my presents in brown paper and makes tags using last year's cards. I like to keep it simple on Christmas Day by wearing an oversized silk shirt and my trusty Topshop Baxter jeans. Once I've finished cooking, I add some Alexis Bittar drop earrings, heels and lots of mascara."

Jessie Collins

editor, Irish Tatler

"I like something chic but not constricting to wear on Christmas Day and pick it up a few days beforehand -- maybe a wrap dress this year. I like to keep an eye on Smock Boutique and Brown Thomas. There's also a Pauric Sweeney sample sale coming up.

"Shopping for men is a challenge but something from Paul Smith usually goes down well. Since there's a limited range here, I shop on their website.

"Friends are happy to receive jewellery. I like the Rebecca Davis jewellery boutique in the Westbury Mall, you get great pieces. There are lots of Irish jewellery designers in the Powerscourt Centre too.

"It's about the smell of Christmas at home for me, and I love a tree covered in traditional baubles."

Alice Temperley

designer

"We do Secret Santa and the gifts we exchange are often handmade or fun. One year, I filled the cupboards in the kitchen with boxes of pet ducks and chickens for my mother's farm, which was a lot of fun, especially for the kids. "I also love super-imposing people's faces on vintage prints I collect from junk shops throughout the year. These are easy to do and hilarious and personal. The best bit, though, is stockings. I do these for everyone who stays at my house over Christmas, with jokes, pampering bath stuff, cosy clothes and Alice by Temperley scarves each year."

Marietta Doran

fashion stylist

"I can't give a bad present, it would make me feel bad. I do research into what people like and listen to their conversations, and you know, when in doubt, a gift voucher is actually good and not in any way thoughtless.

"I'm extremely traditional and got gold, red and green baubles in Dunnes for the tree and they are absolutely beautiful and were great value.

"I've also got myself a red dress and got my daughter a seasonally coloured dress in Zara, which does a fabulous selection of children's clothes. From the moment shops begin putting their decorations up in September, I begin planning Christmas.

"We do Kris Kindle because we're a large family, and spend €100 on whoever we have rather than buying lots of little gifts. For that someone special, I like Brown Thomas, who do some gorgeous wrapping."

>Anya Hindmarch

handbag designer

"I love shutting the door, shopping done, lighting all the fires in the house, putting on my cashmere tracksuit bottoms and preparing for the best bit of all, decorating with the children.

"We've collected some beautiful baubles over the years, which I mix with little vintage finds, twinkling lights and all the glittery, gluey contributions the children have made at school.

"On Christmas Day, I always wear a dress -- something simple and elegant by Marni, perhaps.

"The key to being a good hostess is not to rush getting ready: a long, strong shower, and pampering with creams a -- I love Dr Sebagh's Essential Glow.

"As I'm a terrible cook (my husband is the chef in our house), dressing the table is something I throw myself into.

"I like mixing patterned vintage crockery with plain whites and pale greys: there's something quite charming about mismatched pieces with a shared theme."


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