“Christmas is all around us,” as Bill Nighy’s aged rocker sardonically informs viewers of Love Actually. But even if some smug shoppers have the festive season all sewn up, it can be daunting picking the perfect present for the fashion-lover in your life.
We know money can’t buy love, but surely it can purchase a bit of comfort and joy, not least in the form of super-soft cashmere. You may have forgotten how long and cold the season was last year, but believe me, it’s long and cold. The receiver of your bounty will no doubt be grateful for being able to cuddle up in something cosy.
The use of neon and colour ranges from subtle to statement, while cartoonish animals add a dash of frivolity to even the most mundane of purchases. Harvey Nichols’ tongue-in-cheek “Sorry I spent it on myself” range of essentials provides the perfect gag gift, but the sentiment that most people opt for at this time of year is one of extravagance and indulgence.
A gift is something special, to be treasured forever – or if not, it should at least come with a gift receipt.