All I want for Christmas

From earth mother to minimalist, there's something special for everyone in our 32-page luxury gift guide PS Presents by post pages 86- 88
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Earth mother: Wears Multi-coloured sweater, pounds 59.99, by Amano; amber earrings, pounds 600, from a selection at Liberty

Gifts Anna Silverton vases, from pounds 105, The Conran Shop; grape design jug with oil marinade, pounds 25, Graham & Green; Aveda skin care and aromatherapy candle, from pounds 6, from Harvey Nichols and Liberty; saffron-and-chocolate umbrella, pounds 43.50, The Conran Shop; hand-woven cotton throw, pounds 165, The Conran Shop; cotton rust/saffron pyjamas, pounds 95, robe, pounds 85, The Conran Shop; amber necklace, pounds 495, and hatpin, pounds 235, Liberty; Balmain's "Vent-Vert" perfume range, from pounds 30, Selfridges; Peter Reed white, pure cotton pillowcases, pounds 25, and single flat sheet, pounds 45, Harrods; Derek Jarman's Garden, Thames & Hudson, pounds 15.95; selection of garden and cookery books from The Conran Shop

For stockists see page 81

English gent

Wears tweed jacket, pounds 295, waistcoat, pounds 125, check shirt, pounds 52, and tie, pounds 39, all from Cordings

Gifts Red-and-gold polka dot dressing gown, pounds 135, Cordings; Mont Blanc fountain pen, pounds 270, Paperchase; black and blue leather notebooks, from pounds 25, by Smythsons of Bond Street; Round the Horne cassettes, pounds 7.99, BBC, and Everyman classics, from pounds 10.95, Dillons the Bookshop; cartridge bag, pounds 195, hunter boots, pounds 165, socks, pounds 9, racing trilby, pounds 39, wet bag, pounds 135, silk scarf, pounds 119, dog cufflinks, pounds 69, salmon tie pin, pounds 39, yellow leather hogskin gloves, pounds 115, yellow braces, pounds 42, cotton multi-coloured socks, pounds 9, yellow hunting vest, pounds 95, shooting stick, pounds 125, all from Cordings; Davidoff cigars, leather cigar case, cigar cutter and long lighting matches, from a selection at Davidoff; chrome hip flask, pounds 29.95, Selfridges; Aston Martin, from pounds 20,000, Straight Six

For stockists see page 81

Soho boho

Coat, model's own Gifts Red glass candlesticks, pounds 44 each; silver drinking goblets, pounds 18 each; Indian singing bowls, pounds 22 each, all from David & Charles Wainwright; Shu Uemura skincare, aromatherapy and perfect make-up, from pounds 6, Liberty and Space NK; Jil Sander perfume, pounds 56, Harvey Nichols; Gold Tequila, pounds 18.99, Oddbins; decorated shot glasses, from a selection at the Cross; Love Lies and a selection of books from Graham & Green; bright pink bra, pounds 70, panties, pounds 32, and suspender belt, pounds 45, all from Agent Provocateur; pink diamante bellychain, pounds 65, Agent Provocateur; Tina Engell rings, from pounds 250 each, Harvey Nichols; Karma Sutra weekender kit, pounds 22, Agent Provocateur; pink loveheart powder puff, pounds 15, Agent Provocateur; aluminium coloured beakers, pounds 5.95, Graham & Green; silver, beaded, knitted scarf, pounds 68, purse bag, pounds 48.50, by Lyme's at the Cross; large blue witch ball, pounds 42, David & Charles Wainwright; pink christmas tree decorations, pounds 1.25 each, Graham & Green

For stockists see page 81

Batman & Princess

James wears Batman dressing-up set, pounds 24.99, Hamleys. Hannah wears tiara, pounds 3.99, and pink boa, pounds 5.99, Preposterous Presents

Gifts Skeleton from Preposterous Presents, wearing Manchester United scarf, pounds 8.99, from sports shops; music stand, pounds 28.95, Harrods; Scalextric set, pounds 69, Hamleys; diving flippers, pounds 10.95, Harrods; chicken mask, nodding dog, clown hat, crown, ladybird, from a selection at Preposterous Presents; goldfish from a selection at Regent Pet Centres; snake board, pounds 49.99, Hamleys; Manchester United hat, pounds 10-12, and shirt, pounds 27.99, football, pounds 16.99, from sports shops; fish tamborine, pounds 12.95, Harrods; Bauer rollerblades, pounds 60, Harrods; diamante buckled shoes, model's own

For stockists see page 81


Clothes model's own

Gifts (clockwise from left) Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, pounds 26 per lb; Panettone 1kg, pounds 9.95; acorn-fed black pig ham, pounds 13.75 per 14 lb, all at Harvey Nichols; Fachon's Jasmine petal jam, pounds 6.45, from Harrods; Carluccio's Truffle oil, pounds 6.75; Carluccio's saffron, pounds 5.65; Valhrona's manjari chocolate, pounds 16.72, The Chocolate Society; Patum Peperium's Gentleman's relish, pounds 8.60, Harvey Nichols and specialist food shops; Krug Champagne, pounds 72, Le Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine Jacques Prieur 1992, pounds 125, Glen Grant 31-year-old Highland Malt Whiskey 1964, pounds 74.02, all from Lea & Sandeman; Beluga caviar, pounds 1,759 per kg, and lobster, pounds 22.75 whole, The Caviar House; Castletown Darjeeling tea, pounds 25 per 125g tin, Harrods; oysters, 69p each, Harvey Nichols; marrons glaces, pounds 16.65, Harvey Nichols. Weekend break at the Hope End Hotel, Herefordshire, from pounds 340

For stockists see page 81

Teen Queen

Blue fur coat, pounds 89, Red or Dead; Oasis T-shirt, model's own

Gifts Terry's chocolate oranges, from confectioners nationwide; Calvin Klein CK1 perfume, from Harvey Nichols; Patrick Cox snakeskin "Wannabe" loafers, pounds 180, and rucksack, pounds 380, Patrick Cox; Mac skin care and make-up range, from pounds 8, Mac Store; Coca-Cola CD player, pounds 249, Harrods; CDs by Blur, Oasis, from a selection at Our Price; Fender guitar, pounds 899, from a selection at Vintage and Rare Classics; sequinned halter-neck dress, pounds 395, Katherine Hamnett; gingham stationery, from pounds 5.99, Paperchase; blue glitter shoes, pounds 34.99, by Rin Tin Tin at Faith; Wright & Teague jewellery, from pounds 65, at Harvey Nichols; mobile telephone by Orange, from a selection at Carphone Warehouse

For stockists see page 81

Seventies man

Spaceman watch, pounds 125, 20th-century Design; original Seventies' shirt and tie from a selection at Camden Market; chrome glasses, Portobello Road Market

Gifts chrome syphon, pounds 59, The Conran Shop; orange Eric telephone, pounds 80; black murano glass vase, pounds 18, both 20th-century design; blue and red glass vases, pounds 11.50 each, The Conran Shop; yellow lava lamp, pounds 65; chrome Seventies' executive toy, pounds 25; orange radio bracelet, pounds 65; chrome candlestick holders, pounds 15 each; Radio radio, pounds 45, all from Tom Tom; camera, from a selection at Lee's Cameras; original Visionarama watch, pounds 75, 20th-century Design

For stockists see page 81

Managing Director

Gifts Patrick Cox red-and-black python skin shoes, pounds 230, Patrick Cox; black silk underwear, pounds 185, Rigby & Peller; chocolate truffles, pounds 4.40 per 100g, and coloured chocolate nuggets, pounds 3.50 per 14 lb, Rococo; Lerryn Laptop Office, from pounds 2,500; red satin and gold notebooks, from pounds 8.95, Paperchase; Donna Karan perfume range, from pounds 26, Harvey Nichols; bouquet, Wild at Heart; red snakeskin clutch bag, pounds 420, Filofax, pounds 180, and purse, pounds 150, all at Patrick Cox; black-and-red rose bra and panties, from pounds 85, Agent Provocateur; black fluffy mule slippers, pounds 55, Agent Provocateur; red cashmere twinset, pounds 344, by Barrie from Harrods and Space NK; hand-painted enamel egg box, pounds 65, Fortnum and Mason; Pascal 18ct yellow necklet, pounds 1,795, earrings, pounds 360, and bracelet, pounds 895, Harvey Nichols and Liberty

For stockists see page 81


Black polo neck, pounds 90, Paul Smith

Gifts Lexon radio, pounds 16; Lexon calculator, pounds 22.50; Quadro ball pen, pounds 11.99, all from Paperchase

For stockists see page 81

Stockists A-Z

Agent Provocateur 6 Broadwick Street, London W1 (0171-439 0229)

Amano 16 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 (0171-267 6918)

Aveda Head Office, 75-77 Margaret St, London W1 (0171-636 7911)

Balmain Jean Patou Head Office (0171-328 1026)

Barrie available at Space NK and by mail order. Enquiries 0171-379 7030

Bauer available through all leading sporting goods shops

BBC Shop Enquiries 0171-765 4970

Bond 10 Newburgh Street, London W1 (0171-437 0079)

Coca-Cola CD player available through Harrods. For national stockists call Spectra International 0181-951 4323

Contax G1 Stockists enquiries Kyocera 01734-311919

Carluccio's 28a Neal Street, London WC2 (0171-240 1487)

Carphone Warehouse 146 Marylebone Road, London NW1 (0800-424800)

Calvin Klein Available from department stores nationwide. Enquiries 0171- 629 9643

The Caviar House 61 Piccadilly, London W1 (0171-409 0445)

Chocolate Society Clay Pit Lane, Roecliffe, nr Boroughbridge, N Yorkshire (01423-322230)

The Conran Shop 81 Fulham Road, London SW3 (0171-589 7401)

Cordings 19 Piccadilly, London W1 (0171-734 0830)

The Cornflake Shop 37 Windmill Street, London W1 (0171-631 0472)

Patrick Cox Wannabe, 129 Sloane Street, London SW1 and stockists (0171-730 8886)

The Cross 139 Portland Road, London W11 (0171-243 0834)

Davidoff 35 St James's Street, London SW1 and stockists 0171-930 3079

Dillons Bookstore 82 Gower Street, London WC1 and branches. Enquiries 0171-636 1577

Dolce & Gabbana Enquiries 0171-580 5400. Available in department stores nationwide

Tina Engell exclusive to Harvey Nichols (see below)

Ericcson mobile phones Enquiries 0171-418 4218

Fauchon 28 Old Oak Road, London W3 (0181-795 0278)

Fortnum and Mason 181 Piccadilly, London W1 (0171-734 8040)

Graham & Green 7-10 Elgin Crescent, London W11 (0171-727 4594)

GQ Conde Nast subscriptions (pounds 21 per annum) 01444-445432

Hamleys 188-196 Regent Street, London W1 and branches. Enquiries 0171- 734 3161

Katherine Hamnett enquiries 0171-629 9952. Available from department stores nationwide

Harrods 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1 (0171-730 1234)

Harvey Nichols 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1 Enquiries 0171-581 7538

Home 39 Beak Street, London W1 (0171-287 3708)

The Hope End Hotel Hope End, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1JQ (01531-633613)

Lea & Sandeman 301 Fulham Road, London SW10 (0171-376 4767)

Lees Cameras Ltd 235 Camden High Street, London NW1 (0171-485 9444)

Lerryn Data Technology Enquiries 0800-669911

Lexon available by mail order from Paperchase (see below)

Liberty 210-21 Regent Street, London W1 (0171-734 1234)

Lillywhites 24-36 Lower Regent Street, London SW1 (0171-930 3181)

Lumiere Tavolo available at The Conran Shop (see above)

Manchester United Superstore Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford Manchester MI6 ORJ (0161-872 3398)

Mac Make-Up 109 Kings Road, London SW3. Stockist enquiries 0171-349 0601

Mont Blanc 60/61 Burlington Arcade, London W1. Enquiries 0171-493 6369

Oddbins 141 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 and branches. Enquiries 0171- 229 4082

Orange mobile phones Enquiries 0800 286286

Our Price customer services 0500-120012

Paperchase 213 Tottenham Court Road, London W1 and branches nationwide (0171-580 8496)

Pascal exclusive to Harvey Nichols and Liberty (see above)

Portobello Road Market (weekends) Westway, London W11

Preposterous Presents 4 Charlotte Place, London W1 (0171-436 9253)

Red or Dead Enquiries 0171-937 3137

Regent Pet Centre 35-7 Parkway, London NW1 (0171-485 5163)

Rigby and Peller 2 Hans Road, London SW1 (0171-589 9293)

Rin Tin Tin Enquiries 0800-289 2971

Rococo Chocolates 321 Kings Road, London SW3 (0171-352 5857)

Jil Sander exclusive to Harvey Nichols (see above)

Scalextric Enquiries 01843-299413

Selfridges Oxford Street, London W1 (0171-629 1234)

Shu Uemura Space NK, Thomas Neal's Centre, Earlham Street, London WC2 (0171-379 7030) and at Liberty (see above)

Ann Silverton exclusive to The Conran Shop (see above)

Paul Smith 40 Floral Street, London WC2 and stockists (0171-379 7133)

Smythsons of Bond Street 44 New Bond Street, London W1 (0171-629 8558)

Space NK Thomas Neals, Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H (0171-379 7030)

Straight Six Cars Gemini House, High Street, Edgeware, Middlesex HA8 (0181-951 0188)

Teamwork 41-2 Foley Street, London W1 (0171-323 6455)

Tom Tom 42 New Compton Street, London WC2 (0171-240 7909)

20th-century Design The Stables, Camden Market, London NW1

Vintage and Rare Classics 68-70 Kenway Road, London SW5 (0171-370 6828)

David and Charles Wainwright 251 Portobello Road, London W11 (0171-792 1988)

Wild at Heart Turquoise Island, 222 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RJ (0171-727 3095)

Wright and Teague available from Harvey Nichols (see above) and stockists. Enquiries 0171-336 8633

Zwemmer Bookstore 80 Charing Cross Road, London WC2 (0171-240 4157)

Presents by post

There's still time to do all your Christmas shopping without leaving the house. Most mail order companies supply catalogues by return of post, you can order by telephone and the deadline for sending parcels is 14 December. Sophia Chauchard Stuart compiles a tempting selection

The Great Little Trading Company 0171-376 3337

Practical products for parents and kids, including bathtime ponchos in soft white towelling, pounds 19.99, and the Mother Goose lamp, pounds 42.99, with an in-built tape recorder for nighttime stories. The light dims slowly as the tape comes to an end to encourage sleep.

Video Plus Direct 01733-232 800. 16,000 titles from children's tapes to comedy and Hollywood blockbusters. Hot this Christmas for children are Miracle on 34th Street, Nightmare before Christmas and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - the Movie. All pounds 14.99.

Tridias Toys by Post 01225-469455 A traditional family run toy company providing old-fashioned gifts - no computer shoot-em-up games here - from Sew your own Frog kit, pounds 3.99, to hand-carved classic rocking horses, from pounds 585.

White House 0171-629 3521

Offer an entire designer layette collection for the mother-to-be including a baby basket and stand, in pale blue with rabbit and chicks motif, pounds 350, to delicate cream-coloured teddy bears, pounds 31.

Take it home

Ocean 0800-132985

Their Winter catalogue has a host of ideas for the home from funky Fifties-inspired Bop clocks (available in muted pastels), pounds 44.95, to galvanised storage boxes in various sizes, from pounds 14.95 to pounds 22.95. Catalogue costs pounds 2.

The British Museum 01353-668400 has two catalogues full of Christmas ideas. For chess fans, the beautiful Lewis Chess set and board, pounds 230, is modelled on a set made of walrus ivory found on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Prices for a plaster plaque cast from one of the features of Michelangelo's David start at pounds 24.95 for his lips (add pounds 4.50 for post and packing).

Art Connoisseur 0171-258 3835

provide faithful reproductions of great masters. Waterhouse's The Lady of Shallot will cost you pounds 1,950. Renoir's At the Milliner's will set you back a more modest pounds 400.

Wear it

The Cashmere Store of Scotland 0345-697836, will dispatch pure cashmere scarves in 15 colours, pounds 45, round-neck classic Argyle jumpers, pounds 159 in sizes xs to xl sizes in three colour combinations.

Wealth of Nations 0171-371 5333 Traditional clothes from around the world from Thai silk fisherman's coat, pounds 115, to cotton, machine washable Nepalese suits, jackets, pounds 49, trousers, pounds 36, to Austrian poplin shirts for both sexes, pounds 38.

Janet Coles Beads 01905-755888. Glamorous jewellery to make yourself with beads from all over the world. A new Christmas collection includes the Blenheim necklace, pounds 43 (right).

Donna Karan has produced a new range of pampering beauty products. Bath and Body Essentials come in a black lacquer box, accented with burnished gold cord and a hand-picked magnolia leaf for pounds 50. Available mail order from Harvey Nichols 0171-235 5000 or Selfridges 0171-629 1234 .

Penhaligon's 0800-716108 Celebrating their 125th anniversary this year, the classic purveyors of English scents and grooming accessories have a box set of four Victorian- style glass bottles filled with delicately fragrant bath oils (including Elizabethan Rose and Victorian Posy scents), pounds 30, and, for men a box of four miniature eaux de toilette (including Blenheim Bouquet and English Fern), pounds 20.

DR Harris & Co 0171-930 3915 Beautifully packaged selection of perfumery products. The Arlington Range are classic products for men with everything from shaving cream to cologne. The complete set costs pounds 143.45 (including 100ml size cologne) but items are available individually.

Enjoy it

Berry Bros & Rudd 0171-396 9666 have selected 26 Christmas gift parcels from its range of 1,000 wines and spirits. Prices from pounds 29.95 for a bottle of 1970 Rebello Valente Vintage Port and a 2lb Stilton to pounds 210 for six bottles of 1970 Warre's Vintage Port. Delivery free within mainland UK for orders over pounds 50.

3D Wines 01205-820745 offer rental on a row of vines for only pounds 49 a year. A row will yield, on average, about four cases (48 bottles) a year and "owners" have the option of buying the wine at as little as pounds 3 per bottle plus delivery. Or you can collect the wine from the vineyard and pay no duty on your return.

Heal Farm Meats 01769-574341

will deliver fresh meat straight to your door, perfect for a Boxing Day lunch. Products include Venison in Wine and Port - a fallow venison from Powderham Castle, steeped in red wine and port, with juniper and marjoram to season and bacon to finish - at pounds 22.50 for six to eight servings.

Neal's Yard Dairy 0171-379 7646 have a mail-order service with overnight delivery to mainland UK with a huge range of cheeses and sundries including: Caerphilly Duckett's mature at pounds 4.90 lb, 1lb Orange Mincemeat, pounds 3.50, and 1lb Appleby's unpasteurised butter, pounds 2.50.

The Gluttonous Gardener 0171-371 0775 combine something delicious to eat with something beautiful to grow attractively packed in wooden crates lined with straw and bound in raffia bows. Two new kits this year are: The Christmas Box, a small Christmas tree, ready to plant, and a Christmas pudding laced with brandy and port, pounds 20; and That Old Chestnut, a sweet chestnut tree, and a box of succulent marrons glaces, pounds 30.

Fauchon 0181-795 0278 are this year exporting luxury fresh food from Paris to the UK for the first time. Available in Selfridges and through mail order, products include a special blinis pan at pounds 7.50 to go with a portion of duck foie gras for pounds 21 (quarter pound).

Fortnum and Mason 0171-734 8040 Classic hampers include the grand Windsor Hamper at pounds 1,000 (containing everything from a whole Alderton ham on the bone to five Monte Cristo cigars) and the more modest Port and Stilton Gift Box at pounds 25. After Dinner Crackers cost pounds 25 (six crackers containing miniature liqueur and icy mint chocolates).

Rococo 0171-352 5857

Chocolates starting at pounds 7.30 for a half-pound box of fresh cream truffles (flavours include vanilla, Irish Coffee and champagne) to pounds 29.75 for a 1.5 lb box of Rococo Swiss Recipe (flavours include dipped apricot, and pear and walnut lubecker marzipan).

Carluccio's 0171-240 5710

The luxury Covent Garden Italian food shop, also has a mail-order catalogue. Specialities for Christmas include La Dolte Stravaganza, a thoroughly indulgent box of sweetmeats priced at pounds 90, including dessert wine and truffle chocolates.

Mailpack 0171-287 3301

provides a specialised packing and mailing service for delicate or valuable items. which they will collect from shops and galleries