Christmas shopping breaks in Lisbon, Boston and Istanbul

Forget kitsch Christmas markets or tackling the crowds on homogeneous high streets. Our writers suggest three destinations where you can pick up the perfect gloves, cut-price designer threads or one-off home furnishings for your loved ones

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Is easyJet still flying from Luton to Istanbul this summer?

Q. I have been trying to book flights from Luton to Istanbul with easyJet for the summer but they have still not gone on sale. easyJet is offering flights to Istanbul only up to March. Is it feasible that it'll quietly axe such a seemingly prosperous business and tourist route for summer 2014? Dom Wood