Style: The present crisis: nine smart solutions

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Not quite been able to get to grips with Christmas shopping this year? With just three shopping days left, Holly Davis gives you her tips for the most stylish shopping list for the last minute festive frenzy.

home for under pounds 6

These days the truly fabulous are investing more in their homes than on their wardrobes. Bathrooms, kitchens and studies are all just screaming out for a make-over.

1: For a bathtime treat to make Cleopatra jealous, Daisy the cow Milk soap, pounds 5.95, from The Conran Shop, Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3, inquiries 0171-589 7401.

2: Scribble sweet nothings in pistachio, cream and baby blue notebooks, pounds 4.50 each from Paperchase, 213 Tottenham Court Road, London W1 and branches nationwide. For stockists, call 0171-580 8496.

3: Aluminium mug not recommended for hot drinks, might be a bit of a scorcher, pounds 4.95, from Muji, 26 Great Marlborough Street, London W1, 0171- 323 2208.

red for under pounds 30

If in doubt, go for something bright and vibrant. Red is always a good winter warmer and, unlike chocolate brown and grey, it never goes out of fashion.

4: Brighten up dark winter nights in red cotton pyjamas, pounds 27.50, from Habitat, as before.

5: Pack up your make-up troubles in a red vanity case, pounds 19.95, The Conran Shop, Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3, inquiries 0171-589 7401.

6: Dress up like Little Red Riding Hood in a red hat complete with plaits, pounds 19.50, from The Hat Shop, 14 Lamb Street, London E1, inquiries 0171-247 1120.

Gadgets for under pounds 50

Everybody loves a gadget on Christmas Day, something they can plug in, shake up, wind up and play with for the day. It's not just children who want toys for Christmas.

7: Two-timing made simple with a Dual face watch, pounds 47.50 at Paperchase, as before.

8: Practise your saucy skills and combine it with a Billy Whisk, pounds 19.75, by Phillips, available from John Lewis, Oxford Street, London W1 and branches nationwide; inquiries 0171-629 7711.

9: Mix the perfect cocktail every time with a classy shaker. Just twist the sections round for cocktail recipes, pounds 49 from Jerry's Home Store, at Bentalls in Kingston; Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London W1, inquiries 0171-581 0909.

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