On Thursday 12 December, Habitat is opening its doors to readers of The Independent and the Independent on Sunday for an exclusive Christmas shopping party. Plus, all of the participating 36 Habitat stores nationwide will be offering a 10 per cent discount on everything.

From 6pm to 9pm, you will be able to avoid all the hassels of the pre- Christmas rush and instead, spend a relaxed evening shopping for those presents you haven't had time to get! And to help you with your decisions, you will be able to enjoy real organic wine or non-alcoholic punch, a selection of exotic bites from around the world and the opportunity to sample some of Habitat's great food range.

It's the perfect chance to pick up bundles of ideas with decoration tips for the home, beautiful ways to use flowers and new wrapping ideas.

And look out for our shopping team's great gift ideas. Take advantage of your 10% discount on two of our recommendations - Habitat's jewel coloured wool blankets for pounds 25, or Habitat's large, three-wick, vanilla scented candles, made in Mexico, for pounds 15.

There will be fabulous prizes to be won in our Christmas raffle, all proceeds of which will go to Save the Children.

Everyone who attends our Christmas party will also be entered into a free prize draw for the chance to win a fabulous Gamelan sofa worth over pounds 1000.

To receive an invitation (admits two people) to the shopping evening, simply collect two differently numbered tokens from the four we will be printing in The Independent and the Independent on Sunday until Tuesday 26 November. Today we are printing Token 3. Our final token, Token 4 will be printed in tomorrow's Independent.

Since places are limited at each store, we would advise you to select a first and second choice of stores you would like to visit from our list (above right). Then simply send your two tokens with your name, address, daytime phone number and choice of stores to: Independent/Habitat UK, PO Box 362, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 9EH by 4 December 1996.

Participating Habitat Stores:

Bath: New Bond Street, Birmingham: New Street, Bournemouth: Avenue Road, Brighton: Churchill Square, Bristol: Queens Road, Bromley: High Street, Cambridge: Fitzroy Street, Canterbury: St Andrews Close, Cardiff: The Capital Centre, Chelmsford: Grays Brewery Yard, Cheltenham: The Promenade, Chester: Pepper Street, Croydon: Drury Crescent, Purley Way, Exeter: Queen Street, Glasgow: Bothwell Street, Guildford: High Street, Harrogate: Station Parade, Hatfield: Oldings Corner, Kingston: Eden Walk, Leeds: Briggate, Leicester: High Street, London NW3: Finchley Road, London SW3: King's Road, London W1: Tottenham Court Road, London W6: Kings Mall, Hammersmith, Maidenhead: Bishops Centre, Manchester: John Dalton Street, Milton Keynes: Silbury Arcade, Norwich: London Street, Oxford: Seacourt Tower, Richmond: George Street, Southampton: High Street, Tunbridge Wells: Mount Pleasant Road, Watford: High Street, Wythenshawe: Southmoor Road, York: High Ousegate.

Terms & Conditions

1. The closing date for applications is 4 December 1996. 2. Places at the participating Habitat stores are subject to availability. 3. Photocopies of tokens are not acceptable. 4. You may apply for for as many invitations as you like, as long as you have two differently numbered tokens per application. 5. Normal Newspaper Publishing plc rules apply.