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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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Lego: If you build it, they will come

It's just lumps of snap-together plastic, yet in a virtual age, children are still clamouring for Lego. And it's a favourite that we don't outgrow, says Nick Duerden

Christmas gift guide: Home helpers

Stunning pieces to transform any interior

Ultimate Christmas gift guide: Part two

In the second part of our bumper gift guide, Eliisa Makin picks out the perfect fashion and beauty presents for all the family.

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Ultimate Christmas gift guide: Part one

In the first of a two-part special, Eliisa Makin picks the perfect presents for foodies, pet lovers, children, sports fans... and those unexpected guests...

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Selfridges unveils Christmas windows

Selfridges unveiled its Christmas windows today with a series of festive family settings ranging from a dolls' house to an urban tower block.

Fondue: It's a cheesy Seventies revival

Fondue sets are making a big comeback as we fall in love with the alpine flavours of gruyère and comté. Anthea Gerrie finds out how to make a magical melt

If the shoe fits, buy it: The best shoes and boots for this season's trends

As Selfridges opens its new shoes galleries, styling manager Kirsty Attwood talks Carola Long through the best shoes and boots for the season's trends

Gemma Arterton the height of fashion



Screen beauty Gemma Arterton was at the height of fashion today as she showed off some towering heels - as big as her.

Vivienne Westwood shoes: An exhibition

“Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal,” said fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Dressing table: The best compacts

Only 145 shopping days to Christmas shopping

Britain may be enjoying a hot summer at the moment, but Selfridges department store in London's Oxford Street is set to open its Christmas shopping section on 2 August, 145 days before the day itself.

Dressing table: Best bronzers

How We Met: Dannii Minogue & Tabitha Somerset Webb

'We are queens of the booty shake. I couldn't walk the next day after our first few nights out'

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Previously hidden amid the Barbican complex, the story of the capital's history at last has a decent platform
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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