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From high-street stores to backstreet boutiques, Trish Lorenz pounds the pavements in search of last-minute interiors inspiration

Sussex-based Nessie Maclay designs beautiful handmade greeting cards and stationery for her company Thisisnessie
Sussex-based Nessie Maclay designs beautiful handmade greeting cards and stationery for her company Thisisnessie

The Insider: Last-minute gift inspiration

You don't need to spend a fortune on a present from a glossy design store to satisfy your interiors-mad friends…

Ho, ho, home: How to make your pad a festive palace fit for Santa

1. Acrylic christmas tree

Plain to see: Use plain brown paper and add a personal handcrafted touch with beads, ribbons and Christmas decorations. From £2.99/3m roll, tch.net

The final flourish

There's no point buying the perfect gift if you don't wrap it properly. Trish Lorenz has all you need to roll out the cheer this Christmas

<p>1. Lakeland</p>
<p>£19.99 for one, lakeland.co.uk</p>
<p>This is vast. It has two party wigs, funny noses, teeth, moustaches, glasses, eye patches, paper hats, jokes, charade cards and balloons.</p>

The 10 Best Christmas crackers

Make sure your crackers don’t put a dampener on your festive feast by picking up one of these sparkling sets

Pushing the envelope

Whatever happened to Christmas cards? These days we send mass-produced rubbish, if anything. But a handmade creation is a joy for ever, says Virginia Ironside

White out: Keep the table free for food by hanging decorations from the ceiling or light fittings. From £4, thewhitecompany.com

Hanging out the cheer

Whether you're putting them up now or holding out until Christmas Eve, Trish Lorenz has all the bright baubles and luxuries lights you'll need

The 10 Best heaters

Get the shed, garage, office and even the living room nice and toasty with these portable fans, fires and radiators

<p>{1} Fizz Foam Fold Out</p>
<p>With its deep, plump pillows and jet-black cover, you'd never guess that the Fizz Foam Fold out costs less than £200. Even less so, when you see it fold out, which it does with unusual ease, and turn into a comfy occasional bed.</p>
<p>£179.99, argos.co.uk</p>

The 10 Best sofa beds

Got the relatives coming to stay this Christmas? Put them up in style with one of these stylish (and comfy) couches

<p>{1} Wragwrap Crackle Medium</p>
<p>This environmentally friendly gift wrap is made from recycled plastic bottles and polyester. Instead of sticky tape, it is fastened using a cord and button, so it can be reused dozens of times. The material is even designed to make that proper paper crackling sound to please the traditionalists.</p>
<p>£8.99, wragwrap.com</p>

The 10 Best wrapping paper

Reusable, recyclable, retro and reprints... result. Here are ten of the coolest ways to wrap your presents this Christmas

When experts were asked to vote for Britain’s coolest brands a little company called To Dry For, specialising in tea towels, made the cut

Designer dishcloths to dry for

When experts were asked to vote for Britain's coolest brands (2012-2013), in a list that included companies such as Topshop and Soho House, a little company called To Dry For (todryfor.com) also made the cut. To Dry For specialises in printed tea towels.

Pay a visit to the House of Voltaire pop-up shop between now and 15 December and you could find a well-known artist manning the tills. Limited-edition prints from £100, studiovoltaire.org

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