Fashion: Look what Santa brought

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TO PREVENT retail rage this Yuletide, feast your eyes on this week's top 10 family Christmas present ideas, brought to you by our intrepid store trawler Beth Dadswell.

Grey wool poncho, pounds 44, by Baby Gap. For the most ultra-trendy toddler in town, and guaranteed to make everyone go gaga. From Baby Gap stores nationwide, telephone 0800 427 789 for branches

Post-Xmas weekend break, pounds 350, (for large double room for two nights) at the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. If you fancy some peace and tranquillity in the New Year, treat your partner to a long weekend in this subtly lit, sumptuously decorated hotel. Just make sure that you're invited too! For reservations call 00353 1878 2999

Multicoloured diamante bangles, pounds 20 each, by Paul Smith Women. Yum! These sparkle encrusted bangles are a perfect present for magpies in the family. Pile them on for an ethnic look. Paul Smith Women, 40-44 Floral Street, London WC2, tel: 0171-379 7133

Moulded wooden bag, from pounds 189, by Cho Cho. Beautifully crafted, idiosyncratic, charismatic - ideal for any self-respecting girl about town. Could this be the answer to Fendi Baguette fatigue? From JW Beeton, 68 Ledbury Road, London W11 stockist enquiries: 0171-434 4333

Gloves, from pounds 35, by Pickett. A present for Mum or Aunty that won't haemorrhage your bank account. Pick out their favourite colour from the rainbow shades. Available with or without cotton or silk linings. Pickett, Burlington Arcade, London W1, tel: 0171-493 8939.

Silver hip flask, pounds 8, by George at Asda. It's the perfect solution to the perennial

"what-shall we-get Uncle Arthur" problem. Small, discreet, and most importantly, it's not going to break the bank! Available from selected Asda stores, tel: 0500 100055

Turquoise and silver disco decorations, pounds 7.99, by Asda Homeware. Worried that your Yuletide celebrations are in danger of lacking sparkle? Turn the lights down, the music up, and dazzle your way through christmas with these groovy disco balls. Available from selected Asda stores, tel: 0500 100055

Christmas make-up kit, pounds 30, by Pixi. Neatly packaged and ready to go: a lip gloss, nail polish and loose glitter. It's all a girl needs to survive the festive season. If you're feeling generous, Pixi also offers a Make- up Master Class, a package which includes six products, for pounds 125. Pixi, 12 Ganton Street, London W1, tel: 0207 287 7211

Tartan wool clogs, pounds 89.50, by Ann-Louise Roswald at The Scotch House. Following the summer craze for Marni's pony-skin clogs, these are guaranteed to keep your feet dry, warm and one step ahead of the crowd. The Scotch House, 2 Brompton Road, London SW1, tel: 0207 581 2151

Tan Yogi shoes, pounds 90, from Duffer of St George. The first batch sold out immediately, so knock up some fashion Brownie points and grab this tan version while you can. Duffer of St George, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2, tel: 0171-379 4660

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