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Up to 118 million visits to UK retail websites estimated to have been made on each of Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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1. Bourgogne

Elle Macpherson models her own designs - well , if you've got it, why not flaunt it?

A head for business and a body for lingerie

It's been 10 years since Elle Macpherson launched her underwear label in the UK – and turned us all into frill-seekers

Mr Trotter's crackling. £1.89, selfridges.com

On The Menu: Pork scratchings; bobble jug; Long Table Night Market; sake; Mark Hix

This week I've been eating...pork scratchings

<p>1. Instead of a Book by Diana Athill</p>
<p>£20, granta.com</p>
<p>Can anyone resist the 94-year-old grand dame of publishing? This volume of letters spans 30 years.</p>

The 10 Best: Gifts for women

1. Instead of a Book by Diana Athill

£20, granta.com

Can anyone resist the 94-year-old grand dame of publishing? This volume of letters spans 30 years.

Using customer insight to turn a great idea into a successful business

We have never met an entrepreneur who does not think their idea will change the world. The question is: does the world agree?

1. Collezione barbiere shaving cream:
£37, Aqua di Parma, 01932 233861 -
This is a pricey, old-school cream but, enriched with almond oil and lemon balm, its scent is divine.

The 10 Best Shaving creams

The average chap will shave 20,000 times in his lifetime, so keep skin soothed with one of these face-friendly buys

Christmas gift guide: A taste of things to come

Gastronomes will struggle to keep their mouths from watering at the possibilities of these delectable treats

Blacks set for cash call as sales melt away

Announcement triggers 11.4 per cent share price slump to new low of 3.88p

1. Shark cycling helmet, £35, Paul Smith

Fabulous Christmas gift ideas: Toys for boys

Feast your eyes on part one of our ultimate Christmas gift guide: this week, terrific toys for boys and girls, foodie treats, addictive gadgets, literary treasures and much more…

Selfridges hands owners £101m windfall

Selfridges more than doubled its dividend to £101m last year after a leap in profits. The payout provides another huge windfall for the Westons, the billionaire family behind Associated British Foods, who bought the department store group for £598m in 2003.

Museum of Everything - picture preview

Giving people the strength of conviction to say ‘Now, I’ve seen everything’, The Museum of Everything - otherwise known as the art world’s zaniest collection of oddities- , returns in its fourth incarnation tomorrow.

The Insider: How to upcycle (without much effort)

The downsides of a consumerist society have been writ large of late, so the joy of revamping, rather than chucking out, old homewares feels particularly proper right now. Besides, it's gained a hip moniker and everything. But don't let that put you off (plus you can always cheat).

Anger over 'OCD chopping board' on sale at Selfridges

A chopping board sold by Selfridges and billed as the solution to sandwich problems for those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been condemned by sufferers of the condition.

The Ballet Pump: Sugar plum fairies

The ballet pump is a classic style that will see you from work to the barre, says Harriet Walker
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