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The 10 best last-minute gifts


1. Razor A Scooter

£39.99, sainsburys.co.uk

The original kick scooter remains a big hit with all kids. Smooth, folds up and the height-adjustable handles mean you won't need to buy a new one next year.

2. VTech Kidiminiz

£14.97, tesco.com

While parents may groan when these interactive pets start singing, dancing and telling jokes, you can always point out their educational qualities.

3. Next lambswool rich zip-neck jumper

£42, next.co.uk

This seasonal sweater, made from a rich Italian lambswool blend, is terrific quality. And it comes in a range of colour options.

4. Early Learning Centre Wonderland Castle

£42.50, elc.co.uk

A magical twist on traditional dolls' houses. Perfect for inspiring fairytale adventures. Best of all, half-price until Christmas Day.

5. M&S Champagne tin

£39, marksandspencer.com

This cuvée of 2004 Oudinot Vintage Champagne comes in a limited-edition gift tin designed by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.

6. Bobbi Brown palette

£50, johnlewis.com

This palette, which is exclusive to John Lewis, includes four lip glosses, six eyeshadows and accompanying brushes.

7. The Silver Spoon

£23.09, waterstones.com

Published in 1950, this classic is one of the most influential Italian cook books. This version has been updated to include modern ingredients, quantities and methods.

8. Downton Abbey mug

£9, pasttimes.com

A great mug for Downton fans (most of us). Features a quote from Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: "I hanker for a simpler world. Is that a crime?"

9. Sennheiser/Adidas PMX 680 sports headphones

£39.99, hmv.com

A partnership between top names in sound engineering and sportswear. No wonder they offer superb sound quality, while staying secure and comfortable in the ear.

10. M&S leather stitch-detail gloves

£15, marksandspencer.com

These leather gloves will keep hands toasty without compromising on elegance. They are a safe present for women of all ages and comes in myriad colours.